Bucknell falls to Maine in first round in Women's Basketball Invitational Tournament



March 20, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- The Bucknell women's basketball team concluded its 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday night, dropping a 77-47 decision to the University of Maine - Orono in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. The Bison, who returned to the postseason for the first time since 2008, finished their season with a 16-14 overall record, while the Black Bears improved to 17-14 overall and will play Fairfield in the second round of the tournament on Saturday.

Senior Shelby Romine, the program's fifth all-time leading scorer, led the Bison in scoring for one final time, tallying 15 points to bring her career total to 1,543. Junior Audrey Dotson contributed 14 points to Bucknell's offense, and both Dotson and freshman Sune Swart had six boards, leading the Bison on the glass.

The Black Bears were led by Liz Wood, who scored 21 points, hitting 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from long range. Mikaela Gustafsson chipped in 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Lauren Bodine and Ashleigh Roberts had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

After a Romine layup tied the score at 18, the Black Bears went on a 20-9 run over the last nine minutes to take a 38-27 edge into the locker room at the half. Maine, who connected on 12-of-24 three-point field goals on the evening, hit another three to open the second half which sparked a 14-4 run pushing the lead to 52-31 with 13:51 remaining.

Bucknell finished the game at 30.9 percent (17-of-55) shooting, including 40 percent (4-of-10) from long range and 75 percent (9-of-12) from the line, while Maine hit 49.2 percent (31-of-63) of its shots, includingits 50 percent from three-point distance. The Black Bears also held a 38-33 advantage on the glass in the contest.