Women’s basketball tied for first in Patriot League

Bethany Blass, Sports Co-editor

Claire DeBoer ’17, Kate Walker ’19, Jacquie Klotz ’18, and Kaitlyn Slagus ’19 all posted double-figures to lead the lady Bison to a 74-64 victory over Holy Cross. The Orange and Blue’s season sweep of Holy Cross left them in a tie for first in the conference. DeBoer recorded 17 points and six assists during the Feb. 6 game. Walker tallied 15 points and a career-high of seven rebounds.

At halftime, the Bison trailed 31-30 and relied on Walker and Klotz to keep them alive. The second half proved to be stellar for the women, as they went on a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter to take a 13-point advantage over their opponents. Nearing the end of the third quarter, the Bison had a comfortable 51-38 lead. Leading the team with 14 boards, Klotz entered the game and added 11 points to her rebounding total. DeBoer, Kyi English ’19, and Tyler Craig ’16 each pulled down five boards.

The Bison’s 13-point margin over their challenger early in the final quarter dwindled to a slim 61-60 lead with about two minutes left in the game. Klotz and Sune Swart ’17 responded to put the Bison back on top with a 66-60 lead. The women managed to sink a final eight free throws, six from English.

Reflecting on the game, Slagus recalls the highlight to be teammate Sune’s three-pointer at the end of the game to put the team in a great position to secure the victory. As the season slowly comes to a close, the women have the Patriot League Championships on their minds.

“As the final month of our season begins to wind down, as a team, I think we are all thinking about the little things we need to still improve on individually to help our team and put us in the best position possible,” Slagus said.

 The Bison will face Colgate at home on Feb. 13.

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