Women’s basketball extends winning streak to 11 games

Becky Chambers, Staff Writer

With two consecutive road victories against Patriot League opponents Loyola (Md.) on Jan. 18 and Boston on Jan. 21, the Bison women’s basketball team is now at the top of the record books with its 11 straight wins this season.

It was a strong showing in Baltimore as the Bison trounced Loyola. The Orange and Blue were first on the board, thanks to a 3-pointer by Megan McGurk ’17, and kept the lead for the first quarter. Loyola began to fight back in the second quarter, but the Bison continued to outscore them, ending the first half with a 29-27 lead.

In the second half, Loyola pulled ahead and held the lead until the end of the third quarter. At that point, the Orange and Blue rallied and ultimately overtook Loyola to finish the period 48-43.

Their momentum carried through the end of the game, with the Bison outscoring Loyola in the second half 43-39 to win by a final score of 72-66.

Claire DeBoer ’17 led in scoring for the sixth straight game with 17 points. Right behind her on the charts were Kate Walker ’19 and Sune Swart ’17 with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Kaitlyn Slagus ’19 also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, a team high for the game.

On Jan. 21, the Bison took their undefeated Patriot League streak to face Patriot League opponent Boston University.

The teams were neck and neck for the first half, with the Orange and Blue coming out on top with a 27-25 lead at halftime. DeBoer scored 12 of her 20 points in the first half, while Walker scored five of her career-high 22 points. During the second half, Walker contributed the rest of her 17 points, alongside Swart’s 10 points, pushing the Bison into victory territory.

The Bison sealed the win with a score of 66-50. The Orange and Blue remain undefeated in the Patriot League with a record of 8-0 and the team members are satisfied with their performance, but always looking forward.

“The season is going very well and we are very happy with what we have accomplished so far. This week we have a bye-week so we are using it to rest but also to fix some things on the court that will allow us to play better throughout the rest of the season,” Swart said.

Walker echoed Swart’s comment on improving for the rest of the Patriot League schedule.

“We still have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be in the postseason, but we are happy with our season so far. When we’re focused in on defense, we’re a really hard team to beat. We are well-rounded and someone different steps up in some way every game,” Walker said.

The Bison have the week off and will be back in action to defend their undefeated Patriot League status against Army West Point on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in Sojka Pavilion.

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