Bucknell Women's Basketball Takes 80-75 Loss to Wofford Despite Career Night for Romine, Mgbada, Horbatuck
Dec. 21, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Shelby Romine (Centreville, Va./Westfield) set career highs in points, rebounds and assists, and Lindsay Horbatuck (Avon, Conn./Avon) and Felicia Mgbada (Edison, N.J./Blair Academy) each recorded double-doubles, but Bucknell women's basketball could not pull out the win against Wofford, falling 80-75 at Benjamin Johnson Arena on Tuesday night. Romine ended the night with 23 points, giving her three games this season with 20-plus points. The loss sends the Bison's record to 2-7 heading into the holiday break.
Romine's scoring output was not the rookie's only point production on the night. She also finished with six rebounds and six assists. Joining her with career-high marks was Horbatuck and Mgbada. Horbatuck's 13 rebounds was a career best, while her 11 points tied her high. Mgbada finished with 12 points and 10 boards, giving the sophomore her first career double-double.
Romine took control late in the first half to give Bucknell a chance after suffering at the losing end of a 20-5 Wofford run. The Terriers went from being six points down with 11:29 to play in the opening frame and ended their streak with a 32-23 advantage.
The slow scoring for the Bison was not for a lack of opportunity, however. Both teams ran the floor at a frantic pace, and Bucknell's looks at the basket came up empty to put them in a hole. After being in control for the first quarter of play, the Bison gave up the lead for the first time at 9:41 as the speed of the game looked to catch up with them.
The Orange and Blue regained their legs after some time with the help of Romine's breakout. Momentum finally began to favor Bucknell as the freshman drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner at 3:21 and drew a foul on the play. She then hit her free throw to pull Bucknell to within three at 32-29. Alyssa Dunn (Mason, Ohio/Seven Hills School) hit a layup on the next possession, and the Bison were within a single point for the first time in what seemed like quite some time.
Although its progress had slowed somewhat, Wofford did not allow Bucknell to pull back in front. The Bison continued to fight, but the Terriers kept them at bay with their own free throw shooting. Romine did her best to match the opponent shot for shot, and the guard ended the half with 16 points. Half of those came from the free throw line as she was 8 of 8 from the stripe.
At the break, Bucknell trailed by just five points, 45-40, with the final seven tallies coming from Romine.
The Bison came out of the locker room looking like the more focused team, and the effort paid off. Romine hit her third 3-pointer of the night to re-open scoring, and Bucknell eventually regained the lead at 14:46 as Joyce Novacek (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) sank a jumper from the free throw line for fro 53-51.
The advantage never grew much larger for the Bison, however. The Terriers calmed down and kept their opponent within reach for the remainder of the game. The contest was tied eight times after Bucknell pulled ahead for the first time. Wofford soon found itself in front by a bucket and although Bucknell threatened on several more possessions, that advantage was again hard to come by.
As the clock wound down, Wofford hit its late free throws and Bucknell's hopes of its first road win of the season came to an end. Despite the strong individual numbers, the Bison fell 80-75.
Romine, Horbatuck and Mgbada were not the only Bison to finish the night in double figures. Rachel Voss (Cincinnati, Ohio/Loveland) posted her second straight game in double-digit scoring, claiming 12 points.
Wofford also had four players in double-digit scoring, led by April Moorhouse with 19 points. Moorhouse earned a double-double of her own with 10 rebounds, as did Daniella Motely. Motley totaled 12 points and 11 boards to put the Terriers at 5-5 on the season.
Bucknell will be back in action on Dec. 28 when they travel to Penn State for a 7 p.m. matchup. The contest in University Park, Pa., will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.