DeBoer hits 1,000 points in Bison victory over Colgate

Annie Collet, Contributing Writer

On Feb. 10, the Orange and Blue beat Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. with the winning score of 67-54. Jacquie Klotz ’18 took the reins of this game with her 10th recorded double-double of the season, tallying 24 points and 11 rebounds to help bring the Bison to victory. Claire DeBoer ’17 had a notable performance with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. DeBoer finished this game just under 1,000 career points with 999. Other important contributions came from Tyler Craig ’16 with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Kyi English ’19 with 10 points. This game displayed an immense amount of teamwork, with four players scoring in double digits.

After the Lehigh game, the Bison went into their game against Colgate on Feb. 13 with an overwhelming sense of excitement. DeBoer entered the game with 999 career points. She reached the 1,000-point milestone with a layup, putting the Bison up 20-8 with 1:54 left in the first quarter. She is the 22nd player in program history to reach this accomplishment. 

Along with this fantastic feat, Klotz also had a successful day on the court, finishing with 27 points. The Bison displayed another game filled with connection and teamwork as four players scored double digits, yet again. Along with Klotz and DeBoer, English scored 13 points and forward Kaitlyn Slagus ’19 tallied 12 points for the day.

“The last two games have been really big wins for us. When Debs hit her 1,000th point it was a very exciting moment. She is a great player and leader on our team. It was awesome for her to reach such a huge milestone during the Colgate game,” Klotz said. “Lehigh and Colgate are good teams, and as we wind down these last few games of conference play, we want to go at teams hard and continue to show that we are a threat. A bunch of players stepped up, Ty had some great drives to the basket and Kyi hit some key shots for us in both of the games.”

Klotz also commented on the team dynamic. “We have a lot of players who are a threat on the court, and we have been getting in a good rhythm. We have some big matchups coming up, and look to keep building with the tournament coming up,” Klotz said.

“I think we have really moved and shared the ball well on offense, but I do think there has been a lot of room for improvement on the defensive end and still is especially if we want to win a Patriot League Championship. But overall, I think over the past few games I really think every player has contributed, which has definitely led to our success,” DeBoer said.

The Bison remain in a tie with the Army Black Knights in the Patriot League standings. Both teams are four games ahead of the rest of the Patriot League. The Bison will be back in action on Feb. 20, as they hit the road to take on Boston University. 

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