Women's Hoops Postseason Fate on the Line in Bucknell vs. American Matchup

Shelby Romine

Feb. 26, 2013

Bucknell (13-14, 4-8 PL) at American (13-13, 6-6 PL) Women's Basketball
WHERE: Washington, D.C., Bender Arena
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
RADIO: WVBU 90.5 FM and SportsJuice.com
STREAMING VIDEO: Patriot League All-Access video camera

In its final regular-season road game of the season, Bucknell women’s basketball will take on American at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Bison are looking for their first win against the Eagles since the 2008 Patriot League Tournament.

Live coverage on the radio (WVBU 90.5 FM) and online (SportsJuice.com) will be available as always on Wednesday. Fans can also follow along with live stats at AUEagles.com and by streaming video on Patriot League All-Access at patriotleague.org.

• Collect its 14th win for the first time since the 2008-09 squad finished the season with a 16-12 record.
• Win its first game vs. the Eagles since upsetting them in the 2008 Patriot League Tournament by a score of 60-52.
• Improve to fifth place in the Patriot League standings.
• Defeat the Crusaders on their home court for the first time since the 2008 Patriot League Championship, which the Bison won 57-45.

• As of Feb. 25, Bucknell ranked 16th nationally in FG% defense (.342), 33rd in 3FG% defense (.267), 41st in rebounding margin (+5.8), 81st in free throw percentage (.719) and 91st in scoring defense (57.9).
• 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.
Katherine Harris is averaging 8.0 points in two games vs. Holy Cross this year. The sophomore’s average against the remainder of her 2013 Patriot League foes is 2.8 points per game.
• With its loss at Holy Cross on Feb. 23, Bucknell slipped below .500 (13-14) for the first time since being 1-2 in November.
• 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 51.1 ppg in the last eight games at Sojka.
Shelby Romine became the 20th Bison in program history to record 1,000 career points on Feb. 9 vs. Army.
• Bucknell has 13 wins this season (13-14). 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 (90). Audrey Dotson recently moved into a tie for seventh with 39 rejections this winter.
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. 30, 2013: American 66, Bucknell 58 (Sojka Pavilion)
• Bucknell almost made it two straight comebacks from double digits down, but the Bison ran out of gas down the stretch to fall 66-58 to American. Bucknell had trailed by 19 in the first half and tied the game as late as 54-54. A lack of field goals in the final 5:25 sealed its fate, however, dropping it to 13-8 overall and 4-2 in the Patriot League.
Shelby Romine registered her 15th career 20-point game (23), Lindsay Horbatuck had her 29th double-digit rebounding game (16) and Audrey Dotson tallied her fourth career double-double (12 pts.-10 reb.).
• A rocky start put Bucknell in catch-up mode from the very beginning. The Bison hit just one field goal in the first 10 minutes and the Eagles took advantage with a 17-0 run to expand its lead to 23-4. A push by Bucknell just before halftime drew them to within 10 at the break.
• Turnovers drastically hurt Bucknell’s cause in the opening. The Bison had 14 miscues in the first half, and 24 for the game, which ultimately gave the Eagles 21 points off turnovers.
• Horbatuck moved into 10th all-time at Bucknell with 702 career rebounds. Romine also cracked the top 10 in assists with 267. Her 23 points against the Eagles improved her career scoring total to 981, then tying her for 20th in program history.

Since winning over Bucknell at the end of January, American has seen its share of struggles. The Eagles have lost each of their last four and five of their last six. In its current four-game losing streak, American is being outscored by nearly 14 points per game. The Eagles have failed to hit 50 points in either of their last two outings, falling 52-42 to Navy at Bender Arena and 61-46 to Army on the road. At 13-13 overall and 6-6 in the Patriot League, American has more conferences losses than their last three years combined.

The Eagles enter Wednesday’s game leading the Patriot League in steals with 9.3 per game. Alexis Dobbs (second, 2.2), Jen Dumiak (sixth, 1.6) and Geleisa George (t-eighth, 1.5) rank among the top 10 individually in steals. In addition, American will be playing to get head coach Matt Corkery his 100th career win. The fifth-year coach currently stands at 99-52.

• American leads 18-11 in the all-time series with Bucknell. The Eagles also lead 8-5 with a +5.1 scoring margin in games in Washington, D.C.
• Bucknell has lost each of its last four games at Bender Arena. American has a +18.5 scoring advantage in those meetings. The Bison won the previous four games in Washington, D.C., by an average of 11.3 points per game.
• Through the 29 games in the series, American has a +0.93 scoring margin over Bucknell.
• This year’s Bucknell senior class has never defeated American.
• The last time Bucknell defeated American was on March 9, 2008 at the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. The fifth-seeded Bison knocked off the top-seeded Eagles 60-52 and eventually became the first team in history to be seeded as low as No. 5 and still win the Patriot League title. • Not surprisingly, Molly Creamer has had some of Bucknell’s highest scoring totals in Bison-Eagles series history. Her 41 points on Jan. 11, 2003 is the number-one mark all-time. In five career games against American, Creamer averaged 31.4 points.
• Recent Results:
Jan. 12, 2011 American, 60-55 (OT)
Feb. 9, 2011 American, 66-38
Jan. 25, 2012 American, 71-45
Feb. 22, 2012 American, 62-59
Jan. 30, 2013 American, 66-58

• Feb. 23, 2013: Holy Cross 57, Bucknell 49 (Hart Center)
Lindsay Horbatuck (15 pts.) and Audrey Dotson (10 pts.) accounted for more than half of Bucknell’s scoring in a 57-49 loss at Holy Cross. The Bison bounced back from a first half of shooting less than 20 percent from the field and improved to .474 in the second, outscoring the Crusaders 31-26 in the final 20 minutes of play.
• Bucknell had an overwhelming advantage at the free throw line. The Bison shot 19-for-25 (.760) from the line, while the Crusaders were 1-for-3 (.333).
• Horbatuck shot 7-for-10 from the free throw line. Both the number of shots made and attempted tied the senior’s career highs. Seven of 10 Bison who made it in the game made at least one trip to the line.
• The Bison totaled a season-best 12 steals. Dotson led all players with five, the most by a Bison since November 2011. Horbatuck also had three swipes against Holy Cross.
• Dotson and Felicia Mgbada continued to improve their standing on the blocked shots rankings as they both had one rejection against Holy Cross. Dotson increased her season total to 39, tying her with Mgbada on the program record list. Mgbada’s gave her 90 career blocks, which also ranks seventh.

• When Bucknell and American last squared off, Audrey Dotson finished with a double-double at 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was the sophomore’s fourth career double-double and her second against a Patriot League opponent.
Lindsay Horbatuck also has a double-double against the Eagles, registering 11 points and 10 boards on Jan. 25, 2012. The senior has 13 career double-doubles, seven of which have come in Patriot League action.
• Horbatuck has at least one double-double against six of seven conference foes. The only Patriot League opponent she does not have one against is Army.
• Dotson and Horbatuck are the only current Bison with at least one double-double in conference play.

• In her first two career games vs. the Eagles, Shelby Romine averaged 9.0 points and 2.0 assists. In the three games since then, the junior has come in at 14.7 points and 3.7 assists. That boost in scoring average is thanks in part to her 23 points against American on Jan. 30.
• In her first two games against American, Audrey Dotson totaled just one point and five rebounds. When the teams met in January, the sophomore totaled 12 points and 10 boards. Her four steals and two assists were also improvements.

In her last three games (vs. Lafayette, vs. Lehigh, at Holy Cross) Audrey Dotson is averaging 13.7 points, 2.3 blocks and 3.0 steals. In her previous three games (at Navy, vs. Army, at Colgate), the sophomore registered 6.0 points, 2.0 blocks and 0.7 steals per game.

• Bucknell is again making more free throws than its opponents have attempted this year. The Bison are 373-for-519 on the season while foes are 270-for-364.
• Bucknell ranks 16th nationally for fewest personal fouls per game at 13.1.
• The Bison sent Holy Cross to the free throw line just twice on Feb. 23 and the Crusaders ended the day 1-for-3. That is tied for the fewest attempts by a Bucknell opponent this year with Navy shooting 2-for-3 from the stripe on Feb. 2.
• Holy Cross shot just 3-for-4 from the free throw line on Jan. 26 when it first played Bucknell. In two Bison-Crusader matchups this winter, Bucknell is 34-for-44 (.773) and Holy Cross is 4-for-7 (.571).

The Patriot League Tournament begins on March 7, and the Bison still have an opportunity to affect what their seed will be. Bucknell will be seeded fourth if it wins both its games against American and Navy, Lafayette loses at least one game and Navy finishes ahead of Army in the final standings. All other scenarios have the Bison seeded fifth or lower. The top four seeds in the Patriot League Tournament earn the right to host a quarterfinal game.

Bucknell has played its best basketball vs. Holy Cross this year in the second half. In both games, the Crusaders outscored the Bison 61-42 in the opening stanza but the roles reversed in the second half with Bucknell taking a 69-55 scoring advantage. Even more noteworthy is in the field goal percentage department. The Bison shot a combined 14-for-56 (.250) in the first halves opposite the Crusaders and improved to 22-for-46 (.478) after halftime.

As of Feb. 25, Bucknell had maintained its position the national statistical rankings. The Bison rank 16th in field goal percentage defense (.342) and personal fouls per game (13.1) and 33rd in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.267). Bucknell is also in the top 100 in rebounding margin (41st, +5.8), free throw percentage (81st, .719) and scoring defense (91st, 57.9). Individually Lindsay Horbatuck ranked 41st nationally in rebounding (10.1).

Lindsay Horbatuck shot 7-for-10 from the free throw line on Saturday at Holy Cross. Her seven made shots tied a career high set originally at American on Jan. 25, 2012. Horbatuck shot 7-for-7 in that contest vs. the Eagles.
Audrey Dotson registered five steals on Feb. 23 at Holy Cross. That is the most steals by a Bison in a single game since Dotson’s classmate Micki Impellizeri had five against Canisius on Nov. 30, 2011.
• Bucknell is registering 7.7 steals in its last seven contests, more than one steal per game over its season average. The team set a season high on Feb. 23 with 12 at Holy Cross.
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 junior did not earn a trip to the line.

• After grabbing 42 rebounds in the Feb. 20 game vs. Lehigh, the Bison moved into 10th on the program season record list. They have since improved to 1,146 on the season, ranking seventh all-time and just 40 off the school record of 1,186 set in 2007-08.
• Bucknell is fourth in 3-point field goals attempted with 368 this year. The Bison are also tied for 10th in 3-point field goals made (95). The last time a team was added to that list was in 2009-10 (seventh, 106).
• If the season ended today, Bucknell would rank fifth in program history in scoring defense (57.9) and eighth in rebounding average (42.4). That scoring defense mark is the best since the 2008-09 squad finished its season ranked fourth after allowing 57.6 points per game to opponents.

Audrey Dotson has 39 blocks on the year, making up a large majority of her 43 career rejections. Those 39 blocks this winter rank tied for seventh with teammate Felicia Mgbada on the Bucknell single-season record list.
• The last Bison to total 40 blocked shots in one year was Hope Foster when she rejected 84 shots during the 2007-08 campaign. Foster graduated with, and still holds, the Bucknell career blocks record with 344.
• Dotson has 24 career blocks at Sojka Pavilion. The sophomore needs just six more to tie for fifth on the facility record list. That would match Desire Almind who had 30 in just one season playing at the facility (2003-04) before graduating.

Lindsay Horbatuck enters Wednesday’s contest at American still in the lead in Patriot League rebounding. The senior is averaging 9.5 boards in 12 conference games. The last Bison to finish the season as the Patriot League rebounding leader was Desire Almind. Almind’s 13.4 boards per game during the 2003-04 campaign is still the highest single-season average in league history.

Including Almind, Bucknell has had three players claim four Patriot League rebounding titles. Shannon McGowan led the league with 9.8 rebounds per game in 1994-95 and Juliet McGee was the top rebounder in 1991-92 (9.4 rpg) and 1992-93 (9.1 rpg).

Bucknell has one game remaining on its regular-season schedule. The Bison will host Navy at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion. Ashley Baxter, Alyssa Dunn, Lindsay Horbatuck, Felicia Mgbada and Rachel Voss will be recognized prior to the game for Senior Night.