Women’s basketball maintains first place in league despite loss

Kaelyn Long, Senior Writer

The Bison women’s basketball team was handed its second Patriot League loss of the season by the Boston University Terriers, with a final score of 52-48. The Bison demonstrated a strong comeback after trailing by 15 points throughout the game. With 1:20 left in the game, the Bison took the lead, 48-46, but the Terriers sealed their win after scoring six consecutive points. The Bison now stand at 8-2 in the league. Ellie Mack ’20 took the scoring initiative, racking in 19 points on the night. She also added five rebounds and three assists.

Neither team was able to put points up on the board for the first three minutes, as the Bison scored only four first-quarter points, trailing 16-4. Early in the second, the team fell behind 22-7. Over the course of the last three quarters, the Orange and Blue were able to outscore the Terriers 44-36. The Bison shot 32.6 percent and went 7-for-22 from behind the arc.

The Bison’s largest deficit took place during the second quarter. The team kicked itself in gear in order to put together an 11-2 run, as Abby Kapp ’21 added a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in the first half. The Orange and Blue shot 50 percent alone in the second quarter and connected on three shots from behind the arc.

Coming out of halftime, the Bison forced a pair of turnovers early on in the third quarter to cut their deficit down to two points. The team entered the fourth quarter trailing 39-35. Ally Johnson ’21 tied the score for the Orange and Blue with 3:29 to play. Mack then followed up with another 3-pointer which gave the team a two-point lead 31 seconds later.

Taylor O’Brien ’22 finished with seven points and six rebounds. Tessa Brugler ’21 added 10 points and six rebounds. Johnson and Kapp added a combined 12 points, each with a pair of 3-pointers.

With another half of the season left to play, Autumn Ceppi ’21 seems hopeful. “It is always difficult when the outcomes of the games are not what we wanted them to be. However, it gives us more motivation knowing that we get a chance to play them again soon. Each game gives us an opportunity to learn from and improve in the future,” Ceppi said.

Next up for the Bison is a home game at Sojka Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 8 against the Loyola Greyhounds at 2 p.m. Saturday will also feature Girls and Women in Sports Day, sponsored by the athletic department. This event is free and open to all children in grades K-8.

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