Bucknell Women's Basketball Hosts Stony Brook Tuesday
Jan. 3, 2006
After seeing its four-game winning streak halted last Friday against Delaware State, Bucknell looks to start a new one Tuesday night against Stony Brook at Sojka Pavilion. The Seawolves upended the Bison 81-72 in the season opener for both teams Nov. 18. That game featured 52 total fouls, while Hope Foster and Lauren Schober fouled out for Bucknell. Four other players picked up four fouls. Lindsey Hollobaugh, who returned Friday after missing four games with a knee injury, posted her fourth career double-double in the loss. Amanda Brown and Foster also netted double figures in that contest, while Stony Brook was led by 46 total points on 20 of 33 shooting from Jessica Smith and Mykeema Ford. Smith (17.0 ppg) and Ford (15.1) are the only two Stony Brook players averaging more than 10 points per game. Kesha Champion (10.7), Brown (10.3) and Hollobaugh (10.0) are all netting double figures for the Bison. Foster is close to a double-double, tallying 9.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.
ABOUT STONY BROOK: Stony Brook, which defeated Bucknell 81-72 in the season opener for both teams in November, is off to a 6-4 start under second-year head coach Maura McHugh. The Seawolves are just two wins shy of equaling their total from all of last year. The inside-outside tandem of junior forward Jessica Smith and classmate Mykeema Ford have led Stony Brook. Smith is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game, while Ford is second on the squad at 15.1. Sophomore forward Dana Ferraro leads the team in rebounding at 10.9 per contest. Smith and Ford were all-conference selections last year, while Ferraro was a member of the America East All-Rookie Team.
BISON VS. THE SEAWOLVES: Tuesday's meeting between Bucknell and Stony Brook is the second of the season. The two teams had met just twice prior to this year. The two squads split meetings in 2000 and 2001 with each winning at home. Stony Brook holds the 2-1 edge in the series thanks to its 81-72 victory in November.
STONY BROOK 81, BUCKNELL 72 - NOV. 18, 2005: Jessica Smith scored 27 points and Mykeema Ford added 19, while Dana Ferraro grabbed 13 rebounds, to lead Stony Brook to an 81-72 victory over Bucknell in the season opener for both teams. Lindsey Hollobaugh led the Bison with 14 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. The contest, which was plagued by 52 fouls, was close most of the way as Stony Brook's largest lead of 10 points came in the closing minutes.
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FAMILIAR NON-CONFERENCE FOE: Bucknell and Stony Brook have already faced each other once this year, with the Seawolves winning 81-72 Nov. 18. It is the first time the Bison will be facing a non-conference foe twice in the same season since they played Cornell twice in 2000-01. That year, Bucknell played the Big Red in the Cornell Classic, and later played them in a regularly scheduled contest in Davis Gym.
2005 IN REARVIEW MIRROR: Tuesday's game with Stony Brook marks the first game of 2006 for Bucknell. The Bison posted a 12-16 mark in the 2005 calendar year. Bucknell is 14-18 all-time in its first game following the new year, but has won four of its last five.
FAREWELL DECEMBER: Bucknell posted a 4-2 record in the month of December. The last time the Bison posted a month with a better winning percentage was March 2002 when they went 3-1 behind a Patriot League Tournament title.
BENCH PRODUCTION: Behind 22 points from both Amanda Brown and Jacquie Seawright, Bucknell's bench tallied 52 of the team's 74 points last Wednesday against Buffalo. The Bison bench is averaging 26.0 points per game, while the starters are averaging 35.5. Brown, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game, has come off the bench in all 11 games. Fellow freshman Lauren Schober is averaging 7.4 points while also coming off the bench in all 11 contests.
TRIO STEPPING UP: Freshman Amanda Brown, sophomore Kesha Champion and freshman Corrine Keller stepped up their games when Lindsey Hollobaugh went down with a knee injury against High Point. In the four games Hollobaugh missed, the trio averaged a combined 38.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Through the season's first six games before Hollobaugh was injured, the threesome was averaging 19.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
CHAMPION PL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For the first time since March 2004 a Bucknell player picked up the Patriot League Player of the Week last week with sophomore guard Kesha Champion earning the honor. Champion scored 12 points, tied her career high with seven rebounds and dished out five assists in the Dec. 20 62-57 win over Cornell. Desire Almind was the last Bison to earn the award. Since Almind last won that honor, Champion, Hope Foster, Kristina Collymore, Corrine Keller and Lauren Schober have each picked up PL Rookie of the Week honors once.
REPLACING HOLLOBAUGH: Freshman Corrine Keller was inserted into the starting lineup against High Point in place of the injured Lindsey Hollobaugh. The lone freshman to earn a starting assignment this year, she is averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30.2 minutes per game in her five starts. The Bison have posted a 4-1 record with the Rochester, N.Y., native in the starting lineup.
CLOSE GAMES: After going 4-7 in games decided by six points or less in 2004-05, Bucknell is 4-1 in games decided by six points or less in 2005-06.
SOJKA SUCCESS: Bucknell has won two of its first four games at home this season to improve its all-time record at Sojka Pavilion to 21-14 (.600).
Bucknell's All-Time Record in Sojka Pavilion Year W-L Pct. 2002-03 4-2 .667 2003-04 8-5 .615 2004-05 7-5 .583 2005-06 2-2 .500 Totals 21-14 .600
NON-CONFERENCE SOJKA SUCCESS: Bucknell's 59-55 loss to Saint Joseph's Nov. 27 snapped a seven-game home winning streak against non-conference foes for the Bison. Prior to that defeat Bucknell last lost a non-conference home game Jan. 2, 2004 when it fell 59-49 to Manhattan. The Bison are 10-5 all-time in Sojka Pavilion against non-league foes.
BLOCKS RECORD FOR FOSTER: Sophomore Hope Foster had a banner defensive year as a freshman. She blocked 72 shots to break Desire Almind's year-old Bucknell single-season record of 62. With 43 more blocks this year she is up to 115 in her career, good for second on the Bison career list. In addition to moving up the Bucknell charts, Foster has quickly ascended the Patriot League blocks list, ranking seventh all-time.
Patriot League Career Blocks Player, School Years Games Blocks 1. Kathy Courtney, Holy Cross 1994-97 117 309 2. Lisa Andrews, Holy Cross 2002-05 118 201 3. Karen Juda, Holy Cross 1993-96 112 194 4. Kelly Roche, Fordham 1991-93 78 174 5. Leandra Fuller, Colgate 2002-05 119 170 6. Jessica DePalo, Lehigh 2002-05 114 136 7. Hope Foster, Bucknell 2005- 39 115
FOSTER AMONG NATION'S LEADERS IN BLOCKS: Hope Foster is among the nation's leaders in blocked shots with 43 in 11 games (3.9 bpg). She ranked fourth in the country in the latest national rankings, but has blocked 13 shots in the three games since those rankings were released.
MORE BLOCKS FOR FOSTER: Hope Foster, who is second on Bucknell's career shot blocks list with 115, blocked seven shots for the second time in three games against Cornell Dec. 20. The seven blocks tied the Bucknell single-game record she already shared with Anne Kirwin. Foster has 43 blocks this season, and has at least one block in 26 consecutive games. As a team, Stony Brook has just 16 rejections.
SOPHOMORE PRODUCTION: Without a senior on the roster, the Bison sophomore class of Kesha Champion, Kristina Collymore, Hope Foster, Sarah Latham and Ashton Sprouse has had to play like veterans. Each of the five members of the class has started at least one game this season and the quintet has piled up impressive statistics. They have combined to score 44 percent of the team's points, grab more than 48 percent of the rebounds and dish out nearly 49 percent of the team's assists.
1,000 POINTS ON THE HORIZON: Through 64 career games, junior guard Lindsey Hollobaugh has amassed 969 points. Her 899 points at the completion of her sophomore year was the third-highest figure in Bucknell history, trailing only Molly Creamer's 1,008 and Jennifer Walz's 973. Creamer and Walz are the only two Bison to reach 2,000 career points. With 31 more points, Hollobaugh will become the 15th player in Bucknell history to tally 1,000 career points. Desire Almind, who reached that plateau at the end of the 2002-03 campaign, was the last Bucknell player to reach 1,000 points. Hollobaugh, who scored a Bucknell-record 483 points as a freshman, is averaging 15.1 points per game in her career, good for fourth on the Bison career list.
THREE STRAIGHT ROAD WINS: Bucknell has won three consecutive road games for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign. That year, the Bison defeated Lafayette on the road and then played three home games before winning at Colgate and Lehigh. The last time Bucknell played three straight road contests and won them all was in 1986-87. The Bison had lost five consecutive road games prior to the current three-game spurt.
UP NEXT: Bucknell will go after its 100th all-time Patriot League victory when it travels to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy. The game marks the start of league play for the Bison. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m., following the men's game between the Mids and Bison.