Feb. 19, 2013
ABOUT THE GAME
Looking to end its current skid and eyeing its first Mountain Hawks sweep since 2007, Bucknell women’s basketball will host Lehigh at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion. The Bison defeated Lehigh 53-37 when the two teams met last month, earning them their most lopsided victory in the series in more than five years. Wednesday’s contest has also been designated an Orange Out, so fans are encouraged to break out their best orange Bucknell gear for the Sojka showdown.
Live coverage of Wednesday’s action will be at 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 both be at BucknellBison.com.
WITH A VICTORY AGAINST LEHIGH, BUCKNELL WOULD...
• Collect its 14th win for the first time since the 2008-09 squad finished the season with a 16-12 record.
• Win back-to-back games vs. the Mountain Hawks since taking three straight from March 2006 to Feb. 2007.
• Sweep the single-season series with the Mountain Hawks for the eighth time in program history.
• Snap its current five-game losing streak, its longest of the season.
• As of Feb. 17, Bucknell ranked 13th nationally in FG% defense (.340), 32nd in rebounding margin (+6.8), 60th in 3FG% defense (.278), 92nd in scoring defense (58.2) and 95th in FT% (.713).
• Eight Bison were named to the Bucknell Dean’s List for the fall semester, including Lindsay Horbatuck and Rachel Voss who both posted perfect grade-point averages of 4.0.
• Audrey Dotson has 200 rebounds on the season. Felicia Mgbada has 403 for her career.
• 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 51.4 ppg in the last seven games at Sojka.
• 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 (89).
• 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.
LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH - JAN. 23, 2013
• Jan. 23, 2013: Bucknell 53, Lehigh 37 (Stabler Arena)
• Bucknell won its second game in three tries at Stabler Arena, thwarting the Lehigh offense and handing the Mountain Hawks a 53-37 loss. Lehigh shot just .207 (12-58) from the field for the game and .138 (4-29) in the first half.
• Bucknell limited Lehigh to 12 first-half points. That was the fewest points the Bison allowed in a half since Colgate scored just nine on Feb. 21, 2009, setting a Sojka Pavilion record.
• Shelby Romine led the Bison with 18 points, 15 of which came in the second half.
• No one had done much scoring in the opening frame. Bucknell’s first bucket came 7:15 into the game and Lehigh managed just one basket in the first 10:47.
• Lindsay Horbatuck became the 35th player in program history to score 600 career points. Alyssa Dunn played in her 100th career game.
• Bucknell improved to 12-7 on the year. That tied the team for the third-fastest rise to a dozen victories in program history.
ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Lehigh is coming off back-to-back wins at American (71-55) and vs. Colgate (62-40), bringing its record to 12-13 overall and 4-6 in the Patriot League. Before that, however, the Mountain Hawks were working through a five-game losing streak, which began Jan. 23 against Bucknell. In those five games, Lehigh was outscored by 14.0 points per game. Now 10 games into the conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks rank second in the Patriot League in scoring (58.4) and steals (9.2), with freshman Kerry Kinek ranking in the top five in scoring (second, 15.4), rebounding (fifth, 6.8) and blocked shots (third, 1.8).
Kinek was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday for the fifth time this season. The forward averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds to go along with 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game in Lehigh’s two wins last week. Kinek had a double-double (20 pts.-11 reb.) in the Mountain Hawks’ 16-point victory at American last Wednesday.
HISTORY VS. LEHIGH
• Lehigh is 40-32 all-time, and 16-16 in Lewisburg, against Bucknell. The Bison are averaging 63.5 points in all 32 games on their home court, but that drops to 45.6 points per game in the last five meetings at Sojka Pavilion, games the Mountains Hawks have won by an average of 13.2 points.
• The last few meetings between Bucknell and Lehigh have seen more than one extreme. When the teams first squared off on Jan. 18, 2012, Lehigh held Bucknell to its fewest points in series history with a 53-38 win. The next game went in favor of the Bison, 62-56, which snapped Bucknell’s 10-game losing streak to the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh’s 35 points on Jan. 23, 2013 was tied for its fewest in the series.
• Four of Bucknell’s last six wins in the series have come at Stabler Arena. That run dates back to the 2005-06 season. The last time the Bison won at Sojka Pavilion was on Jan. 24, 2007 by a score of 64-37.
• Bucknell went nearly four years between double-doubles against Lehigh. Hope Foster tallied 14 points and 13 rebounds on Feb. 27, 2008. Lindsay Horbatuck then broke the streak with a 13 point-10 rebound performance on Feb. 15, 2012.
• Molly Creamer tied the Bucknell single-game record for assists on Jan. 26, 2002. Creamer registered 14 assists in that game against Lehigh. The former Bison also holds the Sojka Pavilion scoring record with 35 points opposite the Mountain Hawks on Jan. 15, 2003.
• Recent Results:
Feb. 23, 2011 Lehigh, 72-39
Jan. 18, 2012 Lehigh, 53-38
Feb. 15, 2012 Bucknell, 62-56
March 1, 2012 Lehigh, 63-47 (PL Tournament Quarterfinals)
Jan. 23, 2013 Bucknell, 53-37
LAST TIME OUT
• Feb. 16, 2013: Lafayette 66, Bucknell 61 (OT) (Sojka Pavilion)
• Bucknell shot .500 (12-24) from the field in the first half and took a 16-point lead into halftime. Lafayette responded by shooting .538 (14-26) in the second and forcing an overtime period. The Leopards outscored the Bison 45-24 in the game’s final 25 minutes.
• After trailing by as many as 16 points, Lafayette whittled away at the deficit, getting it down to one possession in the final 0:10 of regulation. Alicia Manning threw up a running desperation jumper with her back half turned from the basket at the buzzer to tie the game at 55-55 and send it to overtime. With their first basket in overtime, the Leopards took their first lead since it was 2-0.
• Bucknell went on a 17-2 run in the first half to get its lead to double digits. Lindsay Horbatuck had six of her eight points and Katherine Harris scored all five of hers during that stretch.
• Audrey Dotson led all players with 19 points, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Shelby Romine finished with 11 points, five assists and four steals while playing 44 minutes.
• After shooting .500 from the field in the first half, Bucknell’s numbers dropped to .300 (6-20) in the second. The Bison finished the game at .404 (21-52) from the field. Lafayette improved from .265 (9-34) in the first to .538 in the second, ultimately shooting .388 (26-67) from the field for the night.
• It was just the second overtime game in the series’ 71-game history. The first came on Jan. 23, 2008. Lafayette won both contests.
Shelby Romine will be presented with a ball prior to Wednesday’s commemorating her 1,000th career point. The junior became the 20th player in program history to score at least 1,000 points when she achieved the milestone Feb. 9 vs. Army. Romine enters Wednesday’s game with 1,027 points.
BISON IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
As of Feb. 17, Bucknell had moved up in the national statistical rankings. The Bison rank 13th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.340). They were also 32nd in rebounding margin (+6.8), 60th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.278) and 92nd in scoring defense (58.2). The new week saw them return to the top 100 in free throw percentage as well where they are 95th in the country at .713. Individually Lindsay Horbatuck ranked 34th nationally in rebounding (10.2).
FIVE MORE MINUTES
• Bucknell played its third overtime game of the season on Saturday vs. Lafayette. The Bison are now 1-2 in games that go to an extra period having fallen at Penn on Dec. 3 and defeating Saint Peter’s on Dec. 22.
• Bucknell is shooting .333 (7-21) from the field in overtimes and opponents are at .350 (7-20). The Bison have yet to make a 3-pointer (0-4) in extra time, but are 11-for-13 (.846) from the line. Foes are 3-for-7 (.429) from behind the arc and 11-for-16 (.688) at the line.
• Shelby Romine is Bucknell’s leading scorer in overtime. The junior is putting up 4.3 points per overtime period this season. Romine went scoreless in the extra five minutes vs. Lafayette on Feb. 16.
Last week’s games might not have gone Bucknell’s way, but it was not for a lack of effort. In the two contests against Colgate and Lafayette, Shelby Romine averaged 11.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 steals. After playing the Leopards, the junior guard took over the team lead in steals. Romine had a personal-best four steals in that game, bringing her career total to 99.
BISON ON THE DEAN’S LIST
Eight Bison women’s basketball players were named to the Bucknell Dean’s List for having a grade-point average of 3.5 or better during the fall semester. Seniors Lindsay Horbatuck (elementary education major) and Rachel Voss (management) led the way with a perfect 4.0 mark. They were joined on the list by Ashley Baxter (environmental studies), Alyssa Dunn (management), Katherine Harris (mathematics), Felicia Mgbada (management), Shelby Romine (economics/philosophy) and Tara Wilk (civil engineering).
ODDS & ENDS
• Bucknell is registering 6.6 steals in its last five contests, nearly one more steal per game than its season average. The team set a season high on Feb. 13 with nine at Colgate. All five starters had at least one steal in that contest with Shelby Romine leading the way with three.
• Rachel Voss had seven points vs. Lafayette on Feb. 16. It was the senior’s highest scoring total since she also tallied seven vs. Yale on Jan. 5.
• After falling to American 66-58 on Jan. 30, Bucknell saw its season scoring average drop below 60 (59.6) for the first time in 17 games when it was 58.3 after the contest at Canisius on Nov. 17.
• Shelby Romine did not attempt a free throw on Feb. 16 vs. Lafayette. It was just the second time this season, and the 22nd time of her career, the senior did not earn a trip to the line.
SOJKA PAVILION RECORD WATCH
Just two more guaranteed home games remain on the schedule and several Bison have made their way up the facility record lists.
• Shelby Romine moved up the rankings in 3-point field goals made (49) and attempted (149) and is now third on both lists. The junior is also third in field goals attempted (511), fourth in assists (134) and fifth in free throws made (74) and games started (37).
• Lindsay Horbatuck began her senior season ranked fifth in rebounds. She is now up to second with 361. Hope Foster (2004-08) holds the record at 399. Horbatuck is also fifth in Sojka Pavilion history in steals (59).
• Felicia Mgbada ranks third all-time at Sojka Pavilion in blocked shots with 43. Three more will move her past former teammate Cosima Higham, but Hope Foster is a distant first with 178.
• Rachel Voss is tied for fourth with Lindsey Hollobaugh (2003-07) and Joyce Novacek (2007-11) for games played (50), while Alyssa Dunn, Lindsay Horbatuck and Felicia Mgbada fall just outside the top-five with 49. The record currently stands at 52, held by Kesha Champion and Hope Foster.
• Shelby Romine moved up to fifth on the Bucknell 3-point field goal list when she shot 3-for-6 from behind the line vs. Colgate on Jan. 16. The junior now has 121 career 3-pointers. She is also fifth on the 3-point field goals attempted list with 359.
• Romine cracked the program’s top-10 list in single-season 3-pointers as well on Feb. 16 vs. Lafayette. She now has 41 successful attempts, passing Lauren Schober (2007-08) and needing two more to tie Kate Franks (2001-02) for ninth.
• Romine has been doing plenty to help her teammates score. She now has 285 career assists, ranking eighth in program history.
• With 736, Lindsay Horbatuck is now seventh in career rebounds at Bucknell. Her 16 boards vs. American on Jan. 30 made her the 10th Bison to hit the 700 plateau. Horbatuck, who is also seventh in single-season rebounds with 256, is averaging 10.2 boards this winter.
• Audrey Dotson needs two more blocked shots to break into the single-season top-10. The sophomore has 34 rejections on the year. Dotson would become the second current Bison on the list, joining Felicia Mgbada who earned the No. 7 spot last season with 39.
OPPONENTS UNDER .300
Bucknell held Lehigh to .207 (12-for-58) shooting from the field on Jan. 23, setting a new season low for its opponents. That also marked the eighth game this season, the most in program history, in which the Bison held their foe to a field goal percentage of less than .300. Prior to this winter only the 2007-08 (7 games) and 2008-09 (6 games) teams held more than five opponents to sub-.300 shooting.
Lehigh totaled just 12 points in the first half against Bucknell on Jan. 23. That was the fewest points allowed in a single half by the Bison since they limited Colgate to nine on Feb. 21, 2009. It is the second time this season, however, that a Bucknell opponent has scored less than 15 in a half. NJIT totaled 14 points in the first stanza on Jan. 8.
HOME SWEET HOME
• With a 7-5 record at home and a 6-5 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 has a +3.0 scoring margin when playing at home this season (-2.6 on the road). Audrey Dotson is averaging 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in those 12 home games.
BISON IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
• Bucknell is 154-150 all-time in Patriot League games.
• Bucknell has registered 16 Patriot League seasons at .500 or better. The last was in 2010-11 when the Bison finished with a 7-7 record. The last season at better than .500 was 2008-09 when they went 8-6 in conference action.
• Bucknell has won two Patriot League regular-season titles (1995-96, 2006-07) and two tournament titles (2001-02, 2007-08).
• Bucknell is 88-63 (.583) in Patriot League regular-season games played at home. It is 40-34 (.541) in league games at Sojka Pavilion.
• Bucknell has never suffered back-to-back losing Patriot League seasons at home. The Bison were 1-6 against the Patriot League at Sojka Pavilion last winter. They were 4-6 this winter with two games remaining at home.
• For the first time this season, Felicia Mgbada did not come off the bench on Feb. 13 at Colgate. The senior earned her first starting assignment since Bucknell took on Holy Cross on Feb. 18, 2012. She now has 67 starts in 111 career games.
• Mgbada posted a season-high 14 points against the Raiders on Feb. 13. Her career high - 19 points in the 2011 Patriot League Tournament at Navy - also came as a member of the starting lineup.
• On Feb. 9 vs. Army, Shelby Romine moved into fifth place all-time at Sojka Pavilion for career starts. Still fifth on the list, the junior has been in the starting lineup in 37 games at the facility. She is the only player included on the top-five for games started but not games played.
• 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 25 games this season.
After its two-game stay at home, Bucknell will get back on the bus for its next two contests. The first will be the long trip to Holy Cross for a 2 p.m. tip of Saturday in Worcester, Mass. The Bison orchestrated a 14-point comeback to defeat the Crusaders 62-59 in January.