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Women’s basketball secures third straight semifinal appearance

Kaelyn Long, Staff Writer

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The Bison women’s basketball team advanced to the Patriot League semifinal game after a win of 67-53 against the Holy Cross Crusaders on March 5. Kaitlyn Slagus ’19 recorded her 24th career double-double of the season, with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bison into their third straight semifinal appearance in the Patriot League Tournament.

“It felt great to get the win,” Slagus said. “Holy Cross is a really good team and they shot the ball really well in the first half. In the second half we focused on our defense and getting the boards, which led us to a lot of easy buckets in transition.”

This win marks the Bison’s 12th straight victory this season, tying the program record that was set last season. At the half, the Bison were up 28-27, then went on to outscore the Crusaders 39-26 in the second half. For all but 35 seconds, the Orange and Blue were up on the scoreboard.

The run of the night came in the fourth quarter when Ellie Mack ’20 and Kate Walker ’19 scored layups on back-to-back possessions, followed by a block by Slagus and a crucial three-pointer from Catherine Romaine ’18. Both Kyi English ’19 and Walker finished with 13 points each. Romaine made an impact both offensively and defensively, finishing with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block.

Romaine was also responsible for holding the Patriot League’s leading scorer, Lauren Manis, to 6-of-21 shooting. Defensively, the Bison came up big overall, holding Holy Cross to a 30.2 shooting percentage.

By the time this article is published, the Bison will have already competed in the Patriot League Semifinals against Navy. During the regular season, the Bison won both match-ups against the Mids. Last year, the Bison and Navy matched up in the title game, with the Bison outlasting the Mids 79-71 in overtime. The game was held March 8 at 6 p.m. in Sojka Pavilion.

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