Women’s basketball goes on 8-0 winning streak

Lauren Whelan, Sports Editor

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For the first time in program history, the women’s basketball team has jump-started its Patriot League season with eight consecutive wins. This record shatters the previous 7-0 streak, which dates back to the success of the 1999-2000 team. The most recent victory for the Orange and Blue over Boston University was especially notable, as the team prevailed despite a depleted roster due to injuries. With only nine eligible players, the Bison pulled ahead, decisively winning with a score of 74-56.

Claire DeBoer ’17 and Jacquie Klotz ’18 led the offensive effort for the team with 21 points each, and Tyler Craig ’16 also posted double digits. Klotz had impressive statistics all around, recording 13 rebounds, three assists, and three steals. DeBoer contributed five rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

“I think our strength is the number of different threats we have on the court and also the fact that so many different players can produce and contribute,” DeBoer said. “Additionally, rebounding has been a major focus for us this year and I think we have been successful in winning the rebounding battles for the majority of the season.”

Kate Walker ’19 saw some of her first minutes by playing in the place of some of her injured teammates, and proved her worth for the Bison on the court. She played 30 minutes and recorded five points and two assists to propel the Orange and Blue to victory.

“This year has definitely been the year with the most injuries, but I think as a group we’ve done a great job of working through adversity even when having to dress a mere nine players against Boston. I don’t know if we really had a game plan, but players who typically haven’t played a ton have really stepped up and are contributing extremely important minutes for us,” DeBoer said. 

Looking ahead, the Bison have an extremely important game against the second-place Black Knights on Jan. 30. The Orange and Blue look to continue their winning streak and beat Army once again when they travel to West Point.

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