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December 1, 2011

Women's basketball: Bucknell rally falls short

Bison nearly erase 10-point halftime deficit

LEWISBURG -- It wasn't the execution on the either end of the floor that posed a problem for the Bucknell women's basketball team Wednesday night. It was trying to find that finishing touch.

The Bison nearly erased a 10-point halftime deficit, however, they couldn't quite capitalize off turnovers like visiting Canisius.

Despite playing a more balanced second half, Bucknell was painfully reminded that it takes two full halves to win games. The Golden Griffins turned 23 turnovers into 21 points, while the Bison only cashed in for 10 off 24 takeaways, ultimately providing the difference in a 55-47 setback at Sojka Pavilion. It was the seventh straight loss for Bucknell.

"What I did like was our hustle in the second half," said Bucknell coach Kathy Fedorjaka. "We used a lot of bodies and I think our defensive pressure is how we have to play to create offense. I liked the trapping, it created a lot of turnovers, but we just have to finish it off."

"In the first half we were able to do what we do and that's give our post players some action," said Canisius coach Terry Zeh. "We played very poorly in the second half because they made us. They took away our running offense didn't allow us to make very good basketball plays over a couple long stretches. I finally decided to go to four guards so that we could make some plays on the perimeter down the stretch."

Bucknell shaved its deficit to three a trio of times in the second half, but couldn't get over the hump as Canisius seemed to answer each Bison charge. Ashley Wilkes paced Canisius (2-3) with a game-high 15 points off the bench on a blistering 7-of-10 shooting. Alyssa Dunn, likewise, came off the bench to provide a spark for Bucknell, leading the way with 13 points.

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