Roussell decided to switch to a 2-3 zone and the Bison started to shoot better, ending the half 7 of 12 and cutting the American lead to 10 at the break.
"We talked last game about making some adjustments you don't want to make just because how the game was flowing," Roussell said. "We knew we would put (the 2-3 zone) out there at some point tonight and it worked for us. It's another credit to kids for executing something we're not known for."
American (12-8) would build a 14-point advantage early in the second half before Bucknell put together a 22-8 to tie the game at 54-54. Shelby Romine had eight points in the run, while Audrey Dotson and Alyssa Dunn each had four. Lindsay Horbatuk's foul shot with 4:17 left tied the game.
But George's penetration proved to be too much for the Bucknell defense. She had two driving layups, sandwiched around a pretty pass inside to Michelle Holmes to give American a 60-56 lead with less than minute. Bucknell turned the ball over on back-to-back trips down the court and the Eagles converted all six of their foul shots down the stretch. For the game, the Eagles, a team that shoots 66 percent from the foul line, converted 13-of-14 from the stripe.
We had the ball in the same girls' hands at the same spots on the court (we've had in past games late), tonight they just didn't go in," Roussell said. "I think it was the combination of their pressure and climbing out of the hole we dug ourselves. Unfortunately, that caught up to us in the end."
Alexis Dobbs had 17 points to lead American, while George finished with 12 points off the bench. Stephanie Ayna also added 12 points.
Romine had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead the Bison. Dotson finished with 12 points and 10 boards. Horbatuck had a game-high 16 boards, including nine on the offensive end.