Women’s Basketball bounces back on senior night

Rylee Donaldson, Staff Writer

The Orange and Blue faced two tough opponents this past week, falling to the Boston Terriers and knocking off the Lafayette Leopards. The Terriers were able to hold the Bison to just four points in the second quarter, taking the lead into halftime. The Orange and Blue were not able to capitalize on Terrier mistakes and fell 67-58.

The Bison were prepared to take on the Leopards back at home in Sojka Pavilion for Senior Night. The Orange and Blue played a strong game forcing 21 turnovers and knocking down 9-of-18 attempts from beyond the arc. The Bison decisively defeated the Leopards 68-40, with four different Bison scoring in double figures. Marly Walls ’22 led the way with 14 points as the rest of the team shot 45 percent from the field. Walls also added a team-high five assists and three steals.

The other Bison in double digits were Tai Johnson ’23 (11), Carly Krsul ’23 (10), and Isabella King ’25 (10). Krsul also added 10 rebounds, earning her fourth double-double of the season. Taylor O’Brien ’22 also put up eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals for a well-rounded Senior Night performance.

The Orange and Blue improved to 16-6 overall and 7-4 in Patriot League play with the victory over the Leopards. The Bison also added to their streak of wins over the Leopards with its 15th consecutive win.

The Bison capitalized off of Leopard turnovers, scoring 19 points off of their 21 steals. The game started off slow with a scoreless five and a half minutes for the Bison, but once Walls hit a free throw with 4:24 to go in the first, the flood gates were open. A strong second-quarter put the Bison ahead 28-13 going into halftime. They extended their lead in the third leading 40-20 over the Leopards. All 12 Bison registered minutes before the end of the game.

“It was awesome to get the win, especially on Senior Night. We were coming back from a tough game against Boston a few days ago and I think this win really swung the momentum back in our favor. I am proud of the way everyone played tonight and super excited for where we are headed,” Walls said.

The game against Boston was a tough one for the Bison, who fell by a score of 67-58. Despite leading 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Bison could not solve the tough Terriers’ defense, scoring only four points in the second quarter. This put the Bison in a hole they could never dig themselves out of for the rest of the contest. Krsul led the way for the Bison with 18 points and eight rebounds. Cecelia Collins ’25 (16) and O’Brien (14) were the other Bison in double figures. O’Brien also had a team-high nine rebounds.

The Orange and Blue are on the road Wednesday, Feb. 9, to face American. The game tips off at 6 p.m.

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