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Women’s basketball builds on momentum, gets revenge on BU 62-58

Kaelyn Long, Senior Writer

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The Bison women’s basketball team extended their win streak to eight games after gaining revenge with a 62-58 road win against the Boston University Terriers on Feb. 2, improving their Patriot League record to 9-1. The Terriers delivered the Bison’s only Patriot League loss of the season thus far on Jan. 6. After the Feb. 2 victory, the Bison hold an 18-4 overall record, their best in program history at this point in the season. The team is eight wins away from the senior class breaking the League record for wins by a graduation class, previously set by Army’s 2016 senior class.

 

“It’s awesome that the five of us have made it through all four years together. To have a chance at breaking the league record for winningest class is really exciting and special. We can’t look that far ahead yet but hopefully everything will work out in the end,” Kaitlyn Slagus ’19 said.

 

Three of the Bison dominated the scoreboard: Slagus finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, Ellie Mack ’20 added with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Abby Kapp ’21 tallied 14 points, going 5-of-6 for shooting, with three steals.


Going into halftime with a 34-19 lead, the Orange and Blue were tested when the Terriers put up a fight with only 6:06 left in the third quarter. BU’s spurt helped them claim the lead, 49-47, with 7:16 left in the fourth quarter. Despite this small comeback, Kapp responded with a three-pointer to give the Bison a one-point lead.

 

With 6:17 left to play, the game went back and forth. The Terriers claimed the lead until Slagus sank a bucket to give the Bison a 54-53 advantage. Among the chaos, the Orange and Blue remained focused on getting revenge, sinking 6-for-6 from the free throw line during the final stretch of the game to claim the victory.

 

Kate Walker ’19 played a key role in putting the Bison up 56-53, assisted by Mack. Slagus, Mack, and Marly Walls ’22 contributed from the charity line throughout the game.

 

“We knew that with the way they were hitting shots, the only way we were going to be able to pull out the win was if we worked together and locked in on defense. I think that we were able to do both those things, and that’s why we ended up winning. Throughout the second half, we continued to have a high level of energy, which was mainly due to our bench. They were a big reason why we ended up winning,” Mack said.

 

Struggling with foul trouble, the Bison entered the second half with four of its players having two fouls. At one point, the Bison had 20 fouls compared to the Terriers’ ten.

 

The Orange and Blue were hot from downtown, sinking six 3-pointers on 14 attempts. Mack continued to contribute to her team’s success, and she led the way with ten points and four rebounds going into halftime. Over the last five games, she has averaged 6.8 points in the first quarter alone.

 

The Bison will be back in action on Feb. 9 in Sojka Pavilion when they take on the Lafayette Leopards at 2:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the men’s game.

 

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