Women’s basketball handles Colgate on the road, 90-62

Kaelyn Long, Senior Writer

The women’s basketball team traveled through the snow to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on the Colgate Raiders on Jan. 19. The team dominated on the road with a final score of 90-62.

Six members of the Orange and Blue finished the game with double digits in scoring. Ellie Mack ’20 led with 19 points and Abby Kapp ’21 finished with 13 points, while Kaitlyn Slagus ’19, Ally Johnson ’21, and Autumn Ceppi ’21 all finished with 12 points apiece. Taylor O’Brien ’22 tacked on 10. Johnson was on fire from behind the arc, hitting four of the team’s 11 total 3-pointers. As a team, the Bison had 21 total assists on 30 field goals. Both Kyi English ’19 and Kate Walker ’19 contributed five each.

“The game against Colgate was a great team win. So many people contributed and we demonstrated how deep we are as a team. I think that this win is a good momentum builder as we continue into a tough stretch of games,” Mack said.

The Orange and Blue were never caught trailing on the scoreboard. They held the Raiders without a field goal on their first nine shot attempts. Going into the half, the Bison were leading 41-28. Kapp provided the spark in the first half, totaling 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Johnson was also hot with three 3-pointers and nine points by halftime.

In the third quarter, the Bison outscored the Raiders 29-23. This was the 10th time this season that the Orange and Blue scored at least 25 points in a quarter. By the end of the fourth, the Bison had 90 points, their second highest total this season. The Bison shot an impressive 48 percent inside the arc and 44 percent beyond the arc.

Defensively, the Orange and Blue held the Raiders to 37 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers. Slagus led the way in steals with three. All in all, Slagus had a well-rounded night adding nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Mack also had a well-rounded game, finishing just one rebound shy of a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds.

In a mid-season contest against the Loyola Greyhounds on Jan. 23, the Bison secured a decisive 75-57 victory. Slagus led the team with 17 points while Walker followed with nine. It was the Bison’s fifth consecutive win, and they remain tied for first place in the Patriot League with American University. The Orange and Blue moved to a record of 15-4 overall and 6-1 in conference play. Their next contest is Jan. 26 at Holy Cross.

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