Women’s Basketball Goes 1-1 on the Week

Brooke Tracey, Senior Writer

The Bison women’s basketball team went 1-1 in their matchups this past week versus Army West Point on Wednesday, Feb. 23 and away at Boston University on Saturday, Feb. 26. While the Bison pulled off a large-margin victory to start the week, they could not hold off the Terriers’ attack. The Orange and Blue now sit at 20-8 on the season and 11-6 in the Patriot League. 

The first of the games was an exciting one for the Bison, as they soared past the Black Knights 79-51. After losing to Army earlier in the season, this was a huge team victory and also their fourth straight Patriot League win. The Bison dominated from tipoff, outscoring Army 25-8 in the first quarter and leading by 20 points at the half. The Bison kept their lead in the third quarter, but were slightly outscored 12-13 Army. This did not stop the Bison, as they put up 25 points in the fourth quarter to Army’s 16, comfortably securing the victory. 

With such a strong result comes many key performances. Both of the Bison’s seniors stole the show, with Marly Walls ’22 recording a career-high 19 points and tying her career-high with eight assists. Taylor O’Brien ’22 also scored 20 points in the game, which included her 1,000th career point late in the fourth quarter. She becomes the 27th player to reach 1,000 points in program history, and is the first to do so since the 2019-2020 season. 

The Orange and Blue hit the road to face off against the Terriers on Saturday. With playoff implications on the line, the Bison entered the game determined, however, offensive struggles and missed opportunities resulted in a tough result. The Bison battled throughout the first half, leading the Terriers 13-10 early in the first quarter, which was their largest lead of the game. The Terriers began taking the lead in the second quarter, where they outscored the Bison 15-9, entering halftime up by nine points. While the Bison were able to put up 27 points in the second half, this was not enough to pull out a win. The game ended in favor of the Terriers, 69-51. 

When talking to Forward Emma Shaffer ’23 about the games, she was really satisfied with how the Army game went. She said the team “made adjustments from the last time [they] played them and executed those adjustments well.” She acknowledges that the team has “a tough road ahead with the goal of a championship” but she has the utmost “faith that this team can achieve that championship.” 

The Bison will finish out the regular season in Sojka Pavilion against Colgate on Wednesday, March 2 at 6 p.m. They have already clinched a first-round bye and quarterfinal-round home game for Patriot League playoffs, and are now playing for final seeding.

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