BOSTON – Junior Kyi English led all scorers with 21 points, and Bucknell matched a season-high with eight 3-pointers in a 63-58 win over Boston University in a Patriot League women’s basketball game Tuesday at Case Gym.
The Bison improved to 7-6 overall and evened their Patriot League record at 1-1. The Terriers, who opened league play with a 60-59 win over preseason favorite Army West Point, dropped to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
“It may be early, but this was a big win for us in so many ways” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “I was proud of our overall toughness and desire today, and we were rewarded for it in some key moments.”
Junior Kaitlyn Slagus registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Kate Walker tallied nine points and dished out a career-high five assists, while senior Catherine Romaine added four assists.
Junior Rachael Dumiak was 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, including a clutch 3-pointer to put the Bison up 57-52 with under two minutes to play. Freshman Abby Kapp also hit a pair of 3-pointers, both coming in a first quarter that saw the teams combine to go 8-11 from long range while matching each other on the scoreboard at 20-20.
Dumiak’s late trey was followed by a jumper by English to put the Bison up 59-52, but Boston responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to cut its deficit to one, 59-58. Slagus hit a pair of free throws, and the Terriers missed an open 3-pointer at the other end to mark the end of a comeback attempt. Walker, who went 7-8 from the line, helped seal the win with two free throws in the closing seconds.
Bucknell out-scored Boston 11-2 in the first 4:18 of the third quarter to take its largest lead of the game, 42-31. Walker scored four points during that stretch, while English hit one of her three 3-pointers.
“We started the game very focused and it was great to start the second half in that fashion for the first time in a while, too,” Roussell said.
That start to the second half made the difference in an otherwise close game. Despite a narrow differential for most of the contest, Bucknell led for 37:29 and trailed for just 58 seconds. The Terriers’ last lead was 23-22 with 6:29 to play in the second quarter.
Vanessa Edgehill paced the Terriers with 12 points and five rebounds. Katie Nelson finished with 11 points and seven boards.
“There are still things to work on, but we asked to see strides toward great improvement and that’s what we have seen over the last few days,” Roussell said.
Bucknell will play at Sojka Pavilion for the first time in over a month when it hosts Army West Point on Friday at 6 p.m.