Bucknell Women's Basketball to Challenge Lafayette Saturday at Sojka

Audrey Dotson

Feb. 15, 2013

Bucknell (13-11, 4-5 PL) vs. Lafayette Leopards (10-14, 3-6 PL) Women's Basketball
WHERE: Lewisburg, Pa., Sojka Pavilion
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
RADIO: WVBU 90.5 FM and SportsJuice.com
STREAMING VIDEO: Bison Vision video camera
 PROMOTIONS: Dinner on Us (Win a $25 Gift Card),
Pack the House ($500 to Winning Student Group)

Bucknell returns home to Sojka Pavilion this Saturday when it hosts Lafayette at 7 p.m. The Bison sneaked out a one-point win against the Leopards earlier in the year in Easton to get their second straight win at Lafayette.

Saturday also marks Bucknell’s Dinner on Us promotion. All fans in attendance will be eligible for one of six $25 gift certificates to local restaurants.

Live coverage of Saturday’s action will be all the usual places. Danny Will has the play-by-play on WVBU 90.5 FM and SportsJuice.com. Live stats on GameTracker and streaming video on Bison Vision will be at BucknellBison.com.

• Remain in the top four in the Patriot League and in the hunt for home court advantage in the PL Tournament Quarterfinals.
• 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 Leopards.
• Improve to 8-4 at home this season.
• Snap its current four-game losing streak, its longest of the season.

• As of Feb. 10, Bucknell ranked 12th in FG% defense (.338), 29th nationally in rebounding margin (+7.3), 48th in 3FG% defense (.272) and 87th in scoring defense (57.9).
Audrey Dotson has 199 rebounds on the season.
• Bucknell leads the Patriot League in defensive rebounds (28.2).
• 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.
• In the six games after registering a double-double (10 pts.-11 reb.) vs. Colgate on Jan. 16, Lindsay Horbatuck averaged 5.8 points and 10.5 rebounds.
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 (13-11). 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 seventh in career blocks (88).
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. 19, 2013: Bucknell 50, Lafayette 49 (Kirby Sports Center)
Lindsay Horbatuck made both ends of a 1-and-1 to give Bucknell a four-point lead with 0:02 left in the game. That put the contest out of Lafayette’s reach, giving the Bison a 50-49 win despite a buzzer-beating half-court shot from the Leopards’ Maddie Peabody.
• Horbatuck finished with 11 points and was 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Audrey Dotson registered her third career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. She also led the team in assists (4), steals (2) and blocks (1).
• Bucknell held Lafayette to .277 (18-65) shooting. The Leopards struggled from the field throughout the day, going without a field goal for 10:35 at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. Despite its shooting woes, Lafayette outscored Bucknell in the final frame, 30-24, to make it a close one.
• Lafayette’s bench outscored Bucknell’s, 28-4.
• With the win, Bucknell improved to 2-1 in the Patriot League. It was the first time the Bison had been better than .500 in the conference at any point in the season since the 2008-09 campaign.

Since facing Bucknell on Jan. 19, Lafayette won three straight in Patriot League play, including sneaking through with a 49-47 victory over American. Since then, however, the Leopards have dropped the last two, 60-52 to Navy and 70-57 at Army. Those streaks take them to 10-14 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

Lafayette’s forwards have been doing much of the team’s stat production on both ends of the court. The Leopards lead the league in rebounding, although at 40.7 they’re just one-tenth ahead of Bucknell in the standings. They’re also at the top of the rankings in blocked shots (5.8) and offensive rebounding (14.2). Individually, Danielle Fiacco continues to be a dominant defensive force, leading the Patriot League with 3.0 blocked shots per game.

• Bucknell trails in the all-time series with Lafayette, 36-34. The series could hardly be any closer. The Leopards have a +0.44 scoring margin in those 70 contests.
• Bucknell is 7-10 against Lafayette when the game is decided by five or fewer points. The series is even at 6-6 when the game is decided by three or fewer points.
• Lafayette has failed to reach 60 points in any of its last five games against Bucknell.
• Bucknell is 21-12, including 5-2 in the last seven, when playing Lafayette in Lewisburg. The Bison are also outscoring the Leopards by an average of 4.2 points on their home court.
• The last time Bucknell defeated Lafayette at Sojka Pavilion was Feb. 16, 2011, exactly two years earlier than this Saturday’s game. The Leopards left town with a 46-34 loss.
Molly Creamer holds two of Bucknell’s series highs since the 2000-01 season. She tallied a Patriot League- and Bucknell-record 44 points on Feb. 21, 2003 in addition to 13 assists on Jan. 26, 2003. In her final two years with Bucknell, which included that 44-point performance, Creamer averaged 30.0 points per game against Lafayette.
• Bucknell also tied the program’s single-game steals record against Lafayette, collecting 23 on Feb. 21, 1996.
• Recent Results:
Jan. 19, 2011 Bucknell, 57-49
Feb. 16, 2011 Bucknell, 46-34
Jan. 14, 2012 Lafayette, 49-45
Feb. 11, 2012 Bucknell, 65-54
Jan. 19, 2013 Bucknell, 50-49

• Feb. 13, 2013: Colgate 58, Bucknell 51 (Cotterell Court)
• Three Bison scored in double figures but the team struggled offensively in a 58-51 loss to Colgate at Cotterell Court. It was the second straight game between the Bison and the Raiders decided by single digits.
• Bucknell’s first four points all came at the free throw line, one area where it did have an early advantage over Colgate. The Bison were 18-for-27 (.667) from the line for the night, including 6-for-10 in the first half. After trailing by three at halftime, Bucknell took a brief lead after play resumed thanks again to its ability to get to the free throw line. The Bison were perfect at the stripe in three straight possessions to go up 28-26. Bucknell continued to get to the line as the game wore on, shooting in the bonus at the 10-minute mark and the double bonus just three minutes later, but it couldn’t sustain that early pace. After starting 6-for-6, it hit just two of its next seven attempts.
• Bucknell took 5:20 to hit its first field goal and started the game 0-for-6.
• Felicia Mgbada’s 14 points were a season high, but the senior did more than just score. She also had seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Mgbada now has 88 career rejections, moving her up to seventh all-time at Bucknell. Joining Mgbada and Alyssa Dunn, who also had 14 points, in double figures was Shelby Romine with 11 points. She added seven assists to the effort, moving her up to eighth (280) on the career list.

• Dinner On Us: All fans in attendance will be eligible to win one of six $25 gift certificates to local restaurants. Be sure to pick up a raffle ticket upon entering Sojka Pavilion.
• Pack the House: One student group, club, team or organization will have the chance win $500. The winner will be the student organization that brings the most members to the game and shows the greatest enthusiasm and creativity as they cheer on the Bison.
• TV Giveaway: Students who signed up at the LC Mall will be eligible to win a 32” flatscreen TV. Winners must be present to claim their prize.

As of Feb. 14, Bucknell had moved up in the national statistical rankings. The Bison rank 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.338). They were also 29th in rebounding margin (+7.3), 48th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.272) and 87th in scoring defense (57.9). Individually Lindsay Horbatuck ranked 30th nationally in rebounding (10.3), while Alyssa Dunn cracked the top 100 in free throw percentage, ranking 97th at .803.

Bucknell and Lafayette’s last meeting ended in a one-point decision after the Leopards’ Maddie Peabody hit a half-court shot at the buzzer. The Bison’s 50-49 victory was the fourth one-point decision in series history. Fitting of a series that is separated by a scoring margin of less than one-half point, the teams are even at 6-6 in games decided by three points or fewer. Lafayette has a 10-7 edge in contests decided by five points or fewer.

• For the first time this season, Felicia Mgbada did not come off the bench. The senior earned her first starting assignment since Bucknell took on Holy Cross on Feb. 18, 2012. She now has 66 starts in 110 career games.
• Mgbada’s numbers do not fluctuate much depending on her status as a reserve or a starter. The forward is averaging 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 44 games coming off the bench, compared to 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a starter. The biggest difference is that she is shooting .510 (73-143) from the field in a reserve role but .418 (143-342) as a starter.
• Bucknell has used three starting lineups this year. There have been four constants in each variation. Audrey Dotson, Alyssa Dunn, Lindsay Horbatuck and Shelby Romine have started all 24 games this season.

Bucknell suffered its first loss of the year when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent when it fell 58-51 at Colgate on Feb. 13. The Bison mishandled the ball 14 times, compared to 15 for the Raiders. The Bison also outscored Colgate 16-6 in points off turnovers.

• Bucknell’s bench did not score against Colgate on Feb. 13, giving the Raiders a 28-0 advantage in reserve scoring. It was the first time this season, Bucknell’s bench was held without a point.
• Bucknell’s reserves were outscored by Colgate’s by a combined 53-6 in their two games this year.
• Bucknell has held three opponents’ benches scoreless this season - Cornell, Lehigh and Army. The Bison are 2-1 in those games.
• Bucknell’s bench was outscored by Buffalo’s 41-9 on Dec. 1. The Bison still won that game, however, 78-71.
• Bucknell’s bench is averaging 10.6 points this season.

• With a 7-4 record at home and a 6-4 mark at Sojka Pavilion, Bucknell is off to its best start in Lewisburg in nearly a decade. The 2004-05 squad also began its home schedule with a 6-1 record but ultimately closed out their Sojka slate at 7-6 after losing five of six down the stretch.
• Bucknell’s last winning record at home was in 2010-11. The Bison ended the year with five straight victories at Sojka Pavilion, making them 8-5 on their home court.
• Bucknell’s last 10-win season at home was in 2006-07. Those Bison finished the year at 11-3 after winning their final seven home games. That is also the only 10-win season at Sojka Pavilion on the women’s side.
• Bucknell has a +3.7 scoring margin when playing at home this season (-2.2 on the road). Audrey Dotson is averaging 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in those 11 home games.

• More Sojka Pavilion standards were either tied or reset when Bucknell faced Army on Feb. 9, but not all of them are records to be proud of. The Bison’s 35 points tied the home team’s low record, equaling the total against Drexel on Nov. 25, 2008. They also had 12 field goals and four assists against the Black Knights to set the low records in that category as well.
• Holy Cross set a pair of opponent low records at Sojka Pavilion on Jan. 26 and both came at the free throw line. The Crusaders made just three free throws on four attempts in their loss.
Lindsay Horbatuck has moved up the Sojka Pavilion career lists to No. 2 in rebounding. The senior has 353 boards on her home floor. Felicia Mgbada is also tied for third in blocked shots (42) and Shelby Romine is fourth in assists (129) and 3-point field goals made (46) and attempted (141).
• Colgate took 79 shots on Jan. 16, tying the Sojka Pavilion record for most field goal attempts by an opponent. The mark equaled that originally set by James Madison on Nov. 13, 2007 when the Dukes shot 26-for-79 (.329) for the 73-53 win.
• Two records were tied when Bucknell hosted Cornell on Jan. 2. Lindsay Horbatuck grabbed 19 rebounds, equaling the mark set by Desire Almind against Akron on Dec. 19, 2003. The Bison also limited Cornell to 11 field goals, which ties the total for fewest by a Bucknell opponent. That “honor” originally went to Lafayette on Feb. 16, 2011.

Bucknell will remain at Sojka Pavilion for a Wednesday matchup with Lehigh. Tip off against the Mountain Hawks is set for 7 p.m. The Bison defeated Lehigh 53-37 when the teams met earlier this year in Bethlehem, but Bucknell has not won in Lewisburg since 2007.