Bison Women's Basketball Looks to Upend Colgate for Third Straight Time Wednesday

Katherine Harris

Feb. 12, 2013

Bucknell (13-10, 4-4 PL) at Colgate (6-17, 0-8 PL) Women's Basketball
WHERE: Hamilton, N.Y., Cotterell Court
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
RADIO: WVBU 90.5 FM and
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Bucknell women’s basketball will be aiming to show that its last game with Colgate was no fluke when it meets up with the Raiders in Hamilton, N.Y., on Wednesday. The last time these two teams squared off, the Bison snuck through with a game-winning jumper at the buzzer. Bucknell will be going for a third straight win over Colgate, hopefully with some more breathing room this time, when they tip off at 7 p.m.

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• Collect its 14th win for the first time since the 2008-09 squad finished the season with a 16-12 record.
• Win its third consecutive game against the Raiders.
• Improve to 7-6 on the road this season.
• Win its first game on Cotterell Court since defeating the Raiders 76-66 in overtime in 2011.
• Snap its current three-game losing streak, its longest of the season.

• As of Feb. 10, Bucknell ranked 12th in FG% defense (.337) and 24th nationally in rebounding margin (+8.0).
• Bucknell leads the Patriot League in defensive rebounds (28.5).
• On Jan. 30 American was the first Bucknell opponent to score 60+ points at Sojka Pavilion since Longwood scored 60 on Dec. 15. Foes are averaging 51.7 ppg in the last six games at Sojka. The Bison have held seven of their last 11 opponents overall to fewer than 60 points.
• In the six games since registering a double-double (10 pts.-11 reb.) vs. Colgate on Jan. 16, Lindsay Horbatuck is averaging 5.8 points and 10.5 rebounds. She is averaging 12.8 rebounds in the last four games.
Shelby Romine became the 20th Bison in program history to record 1,000 career points on Feb. 9 vs. Army. Romine also scored her 900th point at Army on Jan. 12.
Audrey Dotson was named the Anaconda Patriot League Player of the Week on Jan. 7 for the second time this season (also 12/17). Shelby Romine was also named the league’s Player of the Week on Dec. 27.
• Bucknell has 13 wins this season (13-10). The Bison totaled five all of last year (5-25).
Felicia Mgbada finished her junior year ranked seventh at Bucknell in single-season blocked shots (39). She now ranks eighth in career blocks (86).
Aaron Roussell collected his first win as Bucknell head coach on Nov. 17 at Canisius. The Bison defeated the Golden Griffins 59-50 in Buffalo.
Aaron Roussell was hired as Bucknell’s ninth head coach in April 2012. Roussell spent eight years at the University of Chicago where he amassed a 161-50 record and led the Maroons to three Sweet Sixteens and one Elite Eight.

• Jan. 16, 2013: Bucknell 53, Colgate 51 (Sojka Pavilion)
• In a game that saw lengthy runs from both teams, it came down to the final second to determine the winner. Audrey Dotson hit a jumper as time expired to give Bucknell a two-point victory over Colgate on the 10th anniversary of Sojka Pavilion. It was the ninth consecutive win over the Raiders at Sojka Pavilion.
Audrey Dotson led Bucknell with 14 points. Shelby Romine had a game-high five assists, including one on Dotson’s buzzer beater. Lindsay Horbatuck registered her 12th career double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.
• Bucknell led by 10 points early in the first half before Colgate took over with an 18-2 run. The Bison then scored the final seven points of the half and enjoyed a 14-4 run to start the second. The Raiders’ own 14-4 run followed immediately, tying the game at 51-51 before the Dotson shot.
• Bucknell allowed a season-high 28 offensive rebounds to Colgate. The Raiders finished with a 51-47 total rebounding edge. It was just the third time this season, but the second game in a row, the Bison had been beaten on the boards.

Colgate was the only Patriot League team to play twice last week, but neither game went in its favor. With a 53-51 loss to NJIT and a 69-44 defeat at the hands of American, the Raiders saw their losing streak extend to 10 games. Colgate’s last victory came on Jan. 3 when it faced NJIT for the first time and came away with a 72-36 win. The Raiders are now 6-17 overall and 0-8 in the Patriot League this season.

Colgate is averaging just 49.9 points in Patriot League action, down from its 54.5 points per game through all contests. Jhazmine Lynch is team’s leading scorer at 8.3 points per game in conference play. Kelly Reid, who led the Raiders in rebounding when Colgate and Bucknell met in January, is fourth in the league with 6.8 boards per game.

• Bucknell leads in the all-time series with Colgate, 38-20. The 38 wins is the most against any opponent in program history.
• Colgate has had its field goal percentage held to under .300 eight times in its last 15 meetings with Bucknell. The lowest came on Feb. 21, 2009, when the Raiders shot .241 from the field and included .091 in the first half. The Bison ended up with a 53-35 win at the end of the night. The Raiders shot .266 from the field at Sojka Pavilion in January.
• Colgate outrebounded Bucknell 51-47 in January. That snapped a streak of six straight games in which the Bison had won the battle of the boards.
• Bucknell’s last win at Colgate was a 76-66 decision in overtime on Jan. 22, 2011. That was just the second overtime game between the two teams. The Bison are 2-0 in extra periods vs. the Raiders.
Shelby Romine broke the Bucknell record and tied the Patriot League record for most single-game free throws when she shot 19-for-21 at Colgate on Jan. 22, 2011. The Bison won 76-66 in overtime.
• Bucknell set a program record against Colgate on Feb. 16, 2002 with 59 points in one half of play. The Bison also shot a school-record .661 (41-for-62) from the field in that game, eventually winning by a score of 96-69.
• Recent Results:
Jan. 22, 2011 Bucknell, 76-66 (OT)
Feb. 19, 2011 Bucknell, 79-64
Jan. 11, 2012 Colgate, 66-43
Feb. 8, 2012 Bucknell, 67-45
Jan. 16, 2013 Bucknell, 53-51

• Feb. 9, 2013: Army 44, Bucknell 35 (Sojka Pavilion)
Shelby Romine scored her 1,000th career point. A shaky offensive performance for the rest of the Bison spoiled the celebration, however, as Bucknell fell by nine as the second round of Patriot League play got underway.
• Romine finished with a game-high 16 points on 5-for-15 shooting. The junior was the only starter with more than one field goal. The team finished 12-for-45 (.267) from the field, setting a Sojka Pavilion record for fewest field goals made by the Bison.
• Army had its own offensive struggles, shooting .262 (16-61) from the field. Anna Simmers, who had two points on 1-for-11 shooting in the first half, finished in strong fashion. The guard’s night came to a close with 14 points, including 10 in the game’s final 6:00 that propelled Army to the win.
• Bucknell also set or tied Sojka Pavilion low records for points in a game (35) and assists (4).
Lindsay Horbatuck led Bucknell with 11 rebounds, but the Black Knights won the team battle, 39-36.
• The Bison were unable to get good looks in the paint. Horbatuck and Audrey Dotson combined for five points on 1-for-12 shooting from the field.

• On Feb. 9 vs. Army Shelby Romine the 20th player in program history to reach 1,000 points for her career. The junior scored 16 points against the Black Knights, bringing her 81-game total to 1,005.
• Romine recorded her 900th career point on Jan. 12 against Army at West Point.
• The last Bison to score 1,000 points was Lauren Schober (2005-09). Schober hit the milestone on Jan. 31, 2009 vs. the Black Knights. Schober was the second Bison in program history to record her 1,000th point against Army. Desire Almind did so on Jan. 23, 2003 at West Point.
• Three Bison have scored their 1,000th career point against Colgate (Molly Creamer, Kirsten Ellison, Kim Delfs) and now Army (Romine, Schober, Almind). Two have hit 1,000 against Lehigh (Juliet McGee, Lindsey Hollobaugh) and Youngstown State (Susie Hopper, Lynne Walshaw).
• Bucknell is 12-10 in games when a player scores her 1,000th or 2,000th point.

With 1,005 career points, junior guard Shelby Romine became Bucknell’s 20th 1,000-point scorer. After her sophomore campaign, Romine had 679 points, the fifth-highest total after the first two seasons, while her 11.7 scoring average ranks seventh among other Bison in the 1,000-point club. Of the first 19 players to score 1,000 points:
• All-time scoring leader (4 years): Molly Creamer (2,462 points)
• Most points in first two years: Molly Creamer (1,008)
• Highest scoring average after first two years: Molly Creamer (17.4 ppg)
• Fewest points in first two years: Juliet McGee (201)
• Lowest scoring average after first two years: Juliet McGee (4.7 ppg)
• Last addition to 1,000-point club: Lauren Schober (2005-09): 1,129 points

1,000-200 CLUB
With her personal-best eight assists at Canisius on Nov. 17, Shelby Romine became the 19th player in program history to reach career 200 assists. She is also the 12th Bison to have both 1,000 points and 200 assists in her career.

Bucknell occupies three of the top four spots in the Patriot League defensive rebounding rankings. Lindsay Horbatuck leads all players with 6.3 defensive boards per game, while Audrey Dotson (5.5) and Shelby Romine (5.3) are third and fourth, respectively. Only Navy’s Jade Geif (5.4) has been able to break up the Bison sweep.

Lindsay Horbatuck has put up some of her best career rebounding numbers vs. Colgate, but it didn’t always start that way. The senior averaged 4.0 boards in her first four games against the Raiders. In the three most recent games, Horbatuck has grabbed an average of 13.0 rebounds.

Rachel Voss likely wishes that Wednesday’s game was at Sojka Pavilion. Through seven career games against Colgate, the senior is averaging 7.3 points. That average jumps to 12.5 points per game when playing the Raiders at Sojka Pavilion and falls to 0.3 in Hamilton, N.Y. Voss had just one career point at Cotterell Court.

With a 44-35 final score on Feb. 9, Bucknell and Army posted the fifth game in series history in which both team scored fewer than 50 points. The Bison and the Black Knights have gotten a reputation for low-scoring games over the years and have averaged a combined 60.0 points in the 42-game series, the lowest combined mark of any of Bucknell’s Patriot League foes.

When Bucknell defeated Colgate 53-51 in January, it was the seventh time in the series’ 58-game history that neither team scored 60 points. The Bison are 6-1 in those low-scoring games with the only loss coming 54-44 on Jan. 20, 1999. Additionally, five of those games took place in Lewisburg. One played out at a neutral site in the Patriot League Tournament (March 3, 1996), and the only occasion in Hamilton, N.Y., in which both teams finished under 60 was that lone Bison loss in 1999.

Three Bison rank among the top 10 in minutes played during Patriot League action this Year. Shelby Romine is third (37.5 mpg), while Audrey Dotson (33.1) and Katherine Harris (32.5) are eighth and 10th, respectively. This is hardly new territory for Romine who has averaged better than 30 minutes per game throughout her career. The extra playing time is a change for her younger teammates, however, both of whom averaged fewer than nine minutes per league game last year. As freshmen, Dotson saw 8.7 minutes of Patriot League play and Harris averaged 7.4.

As of Feb. 10, Bucknell had moved up in the national statistical rankings. The Bison rank 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.377). They were also 24th in rebounding margin (+8.0), 68th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.277) and 90th in free throw percentage (.715). Individually Lindsay Horbatuck ranked 25th nationally in rebounding (10.6).

Shelby Romine has made 82 free throws this season, the most in her career.
Alyssa Dunn has made more 3-point field goals this season (11) than she did in her first three years combined (10). The senior also has more free throws made (55) and attempted (69) as well as rebounds (69) this season than she has in any one of her first three campaigns.
• Bucknell has 1,000 rebounds this season. Of those, 700 are defensive and 300 are offensive.
• Last year Audrey Dotson led the Bucknell freshmen in steals with 16. This year Dotson leads all Bison with 26 steals.
• With nine points at Navy and four against Army, Dotson failed to hit double-digit scoring totals in back-to-back games for the first time since late November.

Shelby Romine scored her 900th career point on Jan. 12 at Army and her 1,000th on Feb. 9 against the Black Knights at Sojka Pavilion. It took the junior just seven contests to get from 900 to 1,000. During her career Romine, who now has 1,005 points, is averaging 8.1 games to score 100 points.

Bucknell has been outrebounded just four times this season, including Jan. 16 as Colgate took the 51-47 advantage on the glass. Despite losing the battle of the boards, the Bison won the game. It was their first victory this season when they had been outrebounded. Bucknell has grabbed at least 40 rebounds in all 13 of its wins this winter.

Bucknell will be at home for its next two contests. The Bison host Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 16, followed by Lehigh on Feb. 20. Tip off for both games at Sojka Pavilion is 7 p.m.

When Bucknell takes on Lafayette, the Bison will be sponsoring their Dinner On Us promotion. Fans will be eligible to win gift certificates to local restaurants throughout the night.