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March 19, 2014

Women's basketball: Bucknell falls in WBI to Maine

BANGOR, Maine — The Bucknell women’s basketball team concluded its season 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.

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 Saturday.

Senior Shelby Romine, the program’s fifth all-time leading scorer, led the Bison in scoring 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 with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Lauren Bodine and Ashleigh Roberts had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Bison found their way onto the board first, as Romine worked herself through traffic for a layup 15 seconds in, but the Black Bears responded with the first of seven 3-pointers that they would drain in the opening half, putting Bucknell on the chase. Back-to-back shots from Dotson and Romine in the low-scoring, opening minutes would give the team a 6-5 lead with 15:28 to play, but Maine couldn’t miss from beyond the arc, sinking another 3-point shot to reclaim the advantage.

Freshman Claire DeBoer’s crafty footwork in the paint knotted the score at 8-8 with 14:30 to play, and the squads exchanged 3-pointers. Another long-range shot from the Black Bears flipped the score in their favor, however, and while Swart scored a second-chance basket to bring her squad within one, the home team remained just slightly ahead.

Freshman Megan McGurk halted a three-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer at 9:30, and Romine backed that up with another tricky layup, drawing the two teams even at 18-18. The Black Bears took the lead on a three-point play however, and wouldn’t relinquish it for the rest of the game, outscoring the Bison 20-9 over the last nine minutes to take a 38-27 edge into the locker room.

Bucknell hit 35.7 percent (10-of-28) of its shots in the opening 20 minutes, while Maine turned in a 40 percent (14-of-35) performance from the field, and both teams collected 20 boards. The Bison outscored the Black Bears in the paint, but the home team was hot from three, hitting 46.7 percent (7-of-15) of its attempts.

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, buoyed by its 50 percent (12-of-24) effort from beyond the arc.

The Black Bears also held a 38-33 advantage on the glass.

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