What: Patriot League Semifinal | Navy (24-6, 13-5 PL) at Bucknell (22-8, 15-3 PL)
Where: Sojka Pavilion (Lewisburg, Pa.)
When: Thursday, March 8 (6 p.m.)
Webcast: Patriot League Network
Radio: 90.5 WVBU
Internet Radio: BucknellBison.com
Live Statistics: BucknellBison.com
Bucknell Probable Starters
G: Kyi English (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg)
G: Rachel Dumiak (2.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.7 apg)
G: Kate Walker (12.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg)
F: Kaitlyn Slagus (12.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 apg)
F: Catherine Romaine (5.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg)
With a Win Over Navy, Bucknell Would ...
• improve to 23-8 overall with program record 13th straight win.
• advance to the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament for a second straight year.
• improve to 13-3 at home this season.
• improve to 43-4 at Sojka Pavilion over the last three seasons.
• improve to 38-28 in the all-time series with the Mids.
• improve to 11-5 against the Mids under head coach Aaron Roussell.
• improve to 53-7 against Patriot League opponents over the last three seasons.
How They Got Here
• Bucknell earned the second seed, a first round bye, and a home game in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament after going 15-3 in Patriot League play. The Bison opened the postseason with a 67-53 win over seventh-seeded Holy Cross behind a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebouds from Kaitlyn Slagus. Kyi English and Kate Walker scored 13 points apiece, while Catherine Romaine finished with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block.
• Navy entered the tournament as the third seed after going 13-5 in the Patriot League. The Mids advanced past the quarterfinal round with a 63-55 win over sixth-seeded Loyola, a team that had beaten them in one of the two regular season matchups. Taylor Dunham (13 points), Hannah Fenske (11), Kaila Clark (10), and Laurel Jaunich (10) all scored in double-digits in the postseason victory.
• The Bison take a 12-game winning streak into the tournament, which is tied for the longest streak in program history. It is the eighth-longest current streak in the nation behind Connecticut (31), Baylor (28), Mercer (27), Quinnipiac (22), Belmont (22), Drake (18), and Lamar (14).
• Bucknell is the defending champion in the Patriot League, but graduated three senior starters from that team, including the league and tournament MVP. That didn't stop the Bison from having yet another successful season as they finished as the runner-up in the conference standings and posted at least one win over all nine teams. They are in the semifinal round for a third consecutive year.
• Five Bucknell players received conference honors at the end of the regular season. Kate Walker was a First Team All-Patriot League selection, while Kaitlyn Slagus made the Second Team and Kyi English made the Third Team. Catherine Romaine was voted to the All-Defensive Team, while Abby Kapp landed a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
• Romaine added another award just days later as she was voted to the Academic All-Patriot League Team.
• The Bison have used just two starting lineups this season. It has been the same -- English, Rachel Dumiak, Walker, Slagus, Romaine -- for the last 25 games. The team posted a 20-5 record during that stretch.
• Bucknell has won its most recent game against every Patriot League team. The Bison have current win streaks of nine against Boston University, eight against Lafayette, seven against Navy, six against Colgate, four against Army West Point, and three against Holy Cross. They also won the most recent matchups with Lehigh, Loyola, and American. The last league team to beat the Bison in consecutive games was American in 2015.
• Needing 24 points to become the 23rd playing in program history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring milestone, Slagus scored a career-high 25 in a 75-55 win over Army West Point in the regular season finale. She scored 15 points and added 13 rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Holy Cross to up her total to 1,016 points. At her current pace, Slagus would become just the third player in program history to total over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds.
• Including this season, Bucknell has been by far the best team in league play over the last three seasons, posting a record of 47-6. That's nine games better than the next best, which is Army West Point at 38-15. Navy is third at 35-18.
• The Bison have had a double-digit winning streak in three consecutive seasons. They won 10 straight during the 2015-16 season, 12 straight during the 2016-17 season, and now 12 straight this season.
• Navy is 24-6 overall after advancing to the semifinal round with a 63-55 win over Loyola at Alumni Hall. The Mids went 16-1 at home this season, with the lone loss coming to Bucknell.
• The Mids are 8-5 on the road this season. Four of their five league losses came on the road.
• As it was at the time of each of the two regular season games against Bucknell this season, Navy is the top scoring team in the Patriot League and has the best defense based on points per game allowed.
• Part of the Mids offensive and defensive success comes from their play from beyond the arc on both ends of the floor. They have 22 more 3-pointers than any other team in the league and have allowed opponents to shoot a league low 29.3 percent on 3-pointers.
• Taylor Dunham is the team's go-to 3-point shooter and it helped her land a spot on the All-Patriot League First Team. She has made 91 3-pointers this season, which is 26 more than an other player in the conference.
How to Get the Game
• Thursday's game can be seen online free of charge on the Patriot League Network.
• The game can be heard online via BucknellBison.com and on the radio on 90.5 WVBU, with Justin Antweil calling the action. The pregame show begins 15 minutes before tip-off.
• Live stats can be accessed at BucknellBison.com
Bucknell vs. Navy Series Notes
• Bucknell and Navy will meet for the 66th time. The Bison hold a 37-28 lead in the all-time series.
• The Bison have won seven straight games in the series, including a sweep of the two regular season games this year.
• Thursday marks the ninth Patriot League Tournament game between the teams and the postseason series is tied at 4-4. Bucknell ended a four-game postseason losing streak against Navy with a 79-71 overtime win in last year's title game.
• Kaitlyn Slagus has averaged 12.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in seven career games against Navy.
Bucknell vs. the Patriot League
• Bucknell is 267-233 against current members of the Patriot League.
• The Bison are 222-175 in Patriot League play.
• Bucknell has a winning record against six teams in the conference -- Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Lafayette, Loyola, and Navy.
• The Bison have won three Patriot League titles and have played in the title game four times.
Where Do They Rank?
• Bucknell is 89th out of 351 teams in the latest RPI. The Bison are receiving votes in the CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25.
• Navy is ranked 76th in the RPI and is receiving votes in the Women's Mid-Major Top 25.
Career Highs Set Last Game
• The winner of Thursday's game will advance to the championship game on Sunday at 11 a.m. If the Bison win, they will either play on the road against top-seeded American or at home against fifth-seeded Army West Point. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.