LEWISBURG, Pa. – Kaitlyn Slagus posted her second-straight double-double, recording 16 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Bucknell women's basketball team to a 60-36 victory over Army West Point Friday night at Sojka Pavilion.
The Bison (8-6, 2-1 Patriot League) outscored the Black Knights (8-6, 1-2 Patriot League) by a 19-9 margin in the third quarter to turn a 24-18 halftime lead into a 43-27 advantage. For the second half, they outscored the Black Knights 36-18.
"That was an outstanding win for us tonight against a very well-coached team," Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. "We know they've been a good team for a lot of years, and our players were really amped up and ready for the challenge."
Bucknell held a sizable advantage in rebounds (52-39), with five Bison hauling in at least five. Army entered the game as the top team in the conference in rebounding margin, while Bucknell wasn't far behind in second. Catherine Romaine finished with seven boards, Kyi English and Abby Kapp had six, and Maegan Mikkelsen tallied five.
English had four of the team's 13 assists and matched Kate Walker for second on the team with seven points. Kapp added six points, while Ellie Mack contributed five points and four rebounds off the bench. Bucknell's bench had a 21-6 advantage over Army's reserve players and keyed a 13-0 run to end the first quarter.
"Our bench has showed a lot of pride, and you could really feel their energy even to start the game," Roussell said. "We went to them in that first quarter to get some energy, and they came through for us. They've been a lot better in practice, and we saw the results of that tonight."
Defensively, the Bison finished with nine steals and six blocks. Slagus also sparked that effort with three steals and two blocks.
Slagus did a large chunk of her work in the big third quarter to help Bucknell pull away. After recording three points and three rebounds in the first half, she registered nine points, three rebounds, a block, and a steal in the third quarter alone.
Highlighting the defensive effort was the work Romaine did while covering Madison Hovren, the Preseason Patriot League Player of the Year. Hovren, who entered the game averaging a double-double, was limited to five points on 2-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds. She was a First Team All-Patriot League selection as a sophomore last year and averaged 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games against Bucknell.
For Army West Point, Aliyah Murray registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Bison held the Black Knights to 22 percent shooting (14-64), including an 0-for-6 mark from beyond the arc.
Bucknell continues league play with a home game against Lafayette on Monday at 11 a.m. Only one team in the conference, American, remains unbeaten after three league games.