PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Bucknell women’s basketball closed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 57-39 loss at Pitt on Wednesday at the Petersen Events Center. The Bison will enter league play with an overall record of 6-5, while the Panthers improved to 7-5.
"We just weren't with it today," Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. "A lot of things went wrong. We can't make a lot of excuses; we just have to learn from this and move forward."
The Bison were plagued by 28 turnovers and couldn’t find their shot in the game, finishing 15-52 (29%) from the field. They shot 4-18 from beyond the arc and were uncharacteristically bad from the line with a 5-of-10 mark.
Bucknell played well defensively, holding Pitt to 57 points on 24-of-65 shooting. Danielle Garven led the Panthers with 15 points, while Yacine Diop tallied 12. Kalista Walters just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Bison finished with a 41-40 edge on the boards. They have out-rebounded their opponents in 93 of the past 106 games.
“We don’t want to overreact to this game, but at the same time we don’t want to shrug it off and think that it can’t happen again,” Roussell said. “We have to get ourselves right mentally and believe that we are a good basketball team.”
Bucknell opens Patriot League play at American on Friday, Dec. 29. Both the Bison and Eagles were picked to finish in the top three in the conference standings this season.