Strong Week for Women’s Basketball

Rylee Donaldson, Contributing Writer

The Orange and Blue took on several tough opponents starting with Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 17. The Bison trailed for nearly 34 minutes in their second game of the season, but a strong effort in the fourth quarter put them ahead for good. The Bison outscored the Knights 22-6 in an impressive push to take the win in the final quarter. The final score was 66-56, with Senior Captain Taylor O’Brien ’22 leading the way with 18 points and five steals. Fellow Senior Captain Marly Walls ’22 also added a career-high of 14 points to push the Bison past the Knights.

The Orange and Blue traveled to Philadelphia for a matchup against the Temple Owls on Nov. 20. The Bison battled hard, once again outsourcing their opponent in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to get the win over the Owls. The final score was 59-46 in favor of the Owls.

The Bison then defeated Iona on the road on Nov. 23, bringing their record to an even 2-2. The Orange and Blue limited Iona to just 2-of-17 from beyond the arc and forced 14 turnovers in the win. Rookie Cecelia Collins ’25 had a big game for the Bison, leading the way with 16 points. She was followed by O’Brien (15) and Walls (12). Walls also had six rebounds. The scoring was very back and forth with 11 lead changes, but the Bison could come out on top in a 55-48 victory.

Coming off of the victory against Iona, the Bison headed into the annual TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vt, on Nov. 27. Their first game was against North Dakota, where they trailed for over 33 minutes before coming back to secure the victory. A season-high of 22 points for O’Brien led the way, followed by Carly Krsul ’23 (16) and Collins (13). The Bison’s first lead came with 1:50 remaining in the contest, and they came out on top in a 64-59 win. 

The Bison finished off a tough week of competition in the TD Bank Classic Championship. The offense put up 68 points in a 68-53 win over the Vermont Catamounts on Nov. 28. O’Brien led the way once again with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting. She was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player following the match. The offensive effort secured the Bison the win and Championship Title. 

“I am very thankful to get to spend the holiday with my second family. Winning a championship only made it that much better. We are looking forward to keeping the streak going into our home opener this week,” Walls said.

The Bison opened at Sojka Pavilion incredibly well against Saint Francis at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, with a score of 68-31.

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