Women’s Basketball adds two big Patriot League wins

Charlotte Dursee, Senior Writer

Bison Women’s Basketball had victories in both of their games last week.

The Bison traveled to Annapolis Wednesday, Jan. 25 to take on Navy, with a season record at the time of 6-13 overall and 2-6 in Patriot League play.

The first period started out strong, with the team obtaining a 10-5 lead. Grace Sullivan ’26 came off the bench helping contribute to the team’s first couple points and lead. Navy was quick to fight back, ending the quarter with a 17-12 lead after a 10-0 run. 

The Bison’s next points didn’t come until 2:45 minutes into the second quarter, mostly from free throws. Despite falling behind in offense, the Bison thrived defensively and were able to keep Navy in firing range. Navy’s lead reached 27-14, but Isabella King ’25 was able to hit a three-pointer to break the scoring drought.

After the first half, the Orange and Blue trailed by 10 points, 31-21. The Bison came out firing in the second half and went on a 15-5 run to even the game out 36-36. 

Emma Theodorsson ’26 contributed to the run with four straight points, Emma Shaffer ’23 had six, Tai Johnson ’23 added five and Remi Sisselman ’25 added a three-pointer and another basket. After a strongly offensive led quarter, the Bison secured a 47-41 lead.

Navy was able to shorten the lead during the final quarter of the game. However, the Bison were able to respond to each Navy basket with their own. Navy was able to close the lead to 57-49, but then Shaffer pulled off a three point play. 

Navy then resorted to fouling to maintain possession. Caroline Dingler ’24 made four straight free throws. Navy was unable to convert on their end but the Bison ended with a jumper from Shaffer and finished the game with a 67-49 victory. 

“We have been focused on taking care of the ball and having less turnovers,” Shaffer said. “This was good in the second half of Navy and the whole Loyola game. As a result good things were happening for us and we were getting the results we wanted.”

The Orange and Blue then returned home where they took on the Loyola Greyhounds Jan. 28. Impressive performances were had by King and Shaffer who each finished with 19 points, tying career highs.

The Blue and Orange took off offensively in the first quarter, scoring 26 points, tying their record for most points in a quarter, while only letting up seven. The Bison shot 54.5 percent from the field, 10 for 10 from the free throw line and 66.7 percent from three point range.

The second quarter was similar to the first. The Bison went on an 8-0 run to start, putting them up 25 points. Loyola countered with their own 7-0 run after a timeout. Going into halftime Bucknell led 38-18.

Loyola managed to cut the deficit down to 44-28 at one point in the third quarter, but the Bison quickly responded with an explosion of baskets. Johnson and King each added seven pounds in response. Julie Kulesza ’24 added two free throws and Shaffer added a jumper. 

The final quarter was also led by the Bison. Once the score was 66-35, Coach Woodruff was able to get each player on the court. They ended 73-37, another win for the Orange and Blue.

In addition to leading offensively, Shaffer tallied 10 rebounds and three assists, helping her reach her fifth double-double. King added four assists and two steals. Theodorsson and Sisselman helped contribute to the offensive play with 10 and eight points respectively. 

“With the injuries we have, I knew I had to step up offensively because it clears up the perimeter players to hit shots since they are focused on me inside, such as Bella [King] hitting multiple threes on kickouts in the game,” Shaffer said.

The Bison now hold a 8-13 record and are 4-6 in Patriot League play. They look to continue this streak as they travel to West Point Feb 4. to take on the Army Black Knights.

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