LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell women’s basketball is off to its best start in program history following a 77-48 win over Patriot League foe Holy Cross on Sunday at Sojka Pavilion. Ten players scored for the Bison as they improved to 12-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference with their seventh consecutive win.
Senior Claire DeBoer paced the Bison with 19 points and eight rebounds. She had 14 points at the half thanks to 5-of-6 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 mark from beyond the arc. Sophomore Kaitlyn Slagus joined her in double-figures with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Bucknell led 15-11 after one quarter and extended the lead to nine, 32-23, at the half. The Bison pulled away with a 23-9 advantage in the third quarter. The 29-point victory was the largest over Holy Cross in program history and upped the team’s winning streak over the Crusaders to three games. The Bison also upped their home winning streak to 19 straight games.
The big difference between the halves was Bucknell’s ability to take care of the ball. The Bison totaled 16 turnovers through the first two quarters, but held the lead thanks to 45 percent shooting and four 3-pointers. They had just three turnovers in the second half and continued their hot shooting with a 56 percent mark from the field. They shot 51 percent (24-47) for the game, including a 42 percent (8-19) clip from long range.
After opening with three straight league victories by six points or less, including an overtime win over American on Thursday, Bucknell was in desperate need of a game where it could turn to its bench for minutes and production. The bench came through, out-scoring the Holy Cross reserves 27-17. Sophomore Kate Walker had seven points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes, while junior Catherine Romaine played just nine minutes but made the most of the time with eight points, two rebounds, a block, and a steal. Romaine made all three of her field goal attempts and two of her three foul shots.
“It was a great effort from our players all the way around,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “DeBoer was great and our bench was fantastic today. We needed that. We knew we couldn’t keep going with the rotation being as minimal as what it was during that stretch of close games.”
Freshman Gia Hayes added eight points in the win, while senior Sune Swart and sophomore Kyi English finished with seven apiece. Senior Megan McGurk had a solid all-around game with four points, four rebounds and four assists. Roussell also credited freshman MK Moore and sophomore Maegan Mikkelsen with quality minutes in the second half.
Holy Cross, which dropped to 2-13 overall and 0-4 in the conference, was led by freshman Lauren Manis with 14 points. Infiniti Thomas-Waheed chipped in with nine.
Bucknell, which sits all alone in first place in the Patriot League, returns to action Wednesday with a game at Lehigh at 7 p.m. The Mountain Hawks are 5-10 overall and 0-4 in the league following a 68-51 loss at American on Sunday.