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March 4, 2014

Women's basketball: Bucknell's DeBoer named Rookie of the Year

LEWISBURG — It has been a season of milestones for the Bucknell women’s basketball team, as the squad continues to elevate its level of play under second-year head coach Aaron Roussell, and the release of the Patriot League’s All-League teams and major awards on Tuesday was just one more testament to that fact.

Freshman Claire DeBoer was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year in a vote by the league’s head coaches, bringing the award to Lewisburg for the first time since 2004, and senior Shelby Romine earned first-team All-League honors, marking the first time that a Bison has been selected to that squad since 2009.

Junior Audrey Dotson received a spot on the second team, and Bucknell was the only team in the league to have two student-athletes selected to the All-Rookie team, as DeBoer was joined by classmate Megan McGurk, a true acknowledgement of the strength of the Bison’s freshman class.

DeBoer, Bucknell’s sixth Rookie of the Year honoree and its first since Lindsey Hollobaugh in 2004, has made her presence felt in the post, leading all freshmen in both scoring and rebounding from the very beginning of the season. She is currently averaging 9.8 points per game as the Bison’s third-leading scorer and 6.8 rebounds per contest as one of their top defensive presences, and has scored in double-digits in 12 of the 25 contests in which she has started.

The rookie became the first Bison freshman to register a double-double since March of 2008 with her 11 point-10 rebound effort at Cornell. DeBoer currently ranks among Patriot League leaders in scoring (23rd, 9.8 ppg), rebounding (9th, 6.8 rpg) and offensive rebounds (10th, 2.3 rpg), and has averaged 29.8 minutes per game while playing in all 28 of Bucknell’s contests this season.

Romine is the first Bison to earn first team All-Patriot League honors since 2009, but she is no stranger to being recognized by the conference. A second team selection in 2013 and an All-Rookie honoree in 2011, the guard has consistently played at the top of the league since her very first game in the orange and blue.

Romine, a three-year captain of the Bison, has led the team in scoring for each of the past three seasons, and currently ranks second on the squad and fifth in the league with a career-high 15.3 points per game. She has started in 116 of the 117 games in which she has played, and became the fifth player in Bucknell women’s basketball history to score 1,500 career points with her performance at Lehigh on Feb. 26.

Romine currently ranks fifth all-time at Bucknell with 1,518 points, as well as second in career 3-point field goals made (175) and third in career assists (429), and she is the only player in program history to tally over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in her four years. She has recorded 23 double-digit scoring games this season, including six 20+ point performances, as well as seven double-doubles and she is currently ranked among the Patriot League’s best in scoring (5th, 15.3 ppg), rebounding (12th, 6.3 rpg), assists (7th, 4.3 apg), free throw percentage (8th, .768), 3-point field goal percentage (4th, .417), three-point field goals made (10th, 1.7), defensive rebounds (3rd, 5.7 rpg) and minutes played (5th, 34.4).

Dotson, who earns her first All-League honor with her selection to the second team, has led Bucknell in both scoring and rebounding since the very first game of the season, averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, marks that rank her second and eighth, respectively, in the Patriot League.

She currently ranks among the top ten in the conference in scoring (2nd, 16.2), rebounding (8th, 6.9), field goal percentage (8th, .480), free throw percentage (5th, .840), blocked shots (4th, 1.5) and defensive rebounds (8th, 4.9).

McGurk, who joined DeBoer on the Patriot League All-Rookie team, has started in all 28 of Bucknell’s contests this season, embracing the role of point guard. Currently averaging 27.5 minutes per game in the role, she is the team’s fifth-leading scorer with 6.3 points per contest, and is also averaging 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per outing.

Bucknell was the only team in the conference to have four players recognized by the Patriot League, and the Bison accomplished that feat for the only the second time in program history, as they had a first team selection, a second team nod and two All-Rookie honorees in 2006.

The Bison are set to host the first-ever women’s basketball playoff game in Sojka Pavilion on Thursday. Fourth-seeded Bucknell will welcome fifth-seeded Holy Cross, a team that has played to an 18-11 overall record and a 10-8 Patriot League mark, with two of those losses coming at the hands of the Bison. Tip-off for the quarterfinal game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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