The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 27, 2013

Women's basketball: DeBoer, Dotson lift Bison past Youngstown State

By Shawn Wood
Daily Item

— LEWISBURG -- It's common in sports to try and compare one team to a team of the past.

Six games into the 2013-2014 season, the Bucknell Bison women are 3-3 following Tuesday's 66-41 win over Youngstown State at Sojka Pavilion.

"I don't like to compare one team to another, but I am really happy with the way the girls are meshing offensively," coach Aaron Roussell said. "They are very selfish players and we have five capable scores on the floor."

Junior forward Audrey Dotson score a game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while freshman forward Claire DeBoer added 15 points in the win.

Senior Shelby Romine, who didn't have a shot or field goal for the first 14 minutes of the game, ended with 11 points in 28 minutes.

It was the sixth straight game that Dotson had scored in double-digits and it was here third double-double of the year.

"The run set the tone for us offensively and the kept our energy up," Dotson said. "We did a good job getting inside and outside touches."

Dotson's career high is 27 points against Lockwood (December 15, 2012).

DeBoer, who made her first career start against Penn State on November 20, followed up here 11-point 10 rebound performance at Cornell with 11 points in the first half, including a lay up and 3-pointer that jumped-started a 20-0 first-half run.

"I'm getting used to the pace and the flow of the game," she said. "We did a great job in transition tonight."

Bucknell scored 19 of their 66 points off of turnovers, 32 points in the paint, and got 16 points from its bench.

"Both Dotson and DeBoer are always looking for the open player," Roussell said. "They fit well into our offensive scheme."

Dotson came into the game averaging 17.9 points per game while DeBoer was the first freshman to register a double-double in a game since Joyce Novacek in 2008.

DeBoer and Dotson combined to score 22 of the Bison's 31 first-half points.

Romine, Bucknell's leading scorer the past three seasons, didn't score her first points until the 4:25 mark before halftime.

"Shelby's becoming a better player and that has a lot to do with the depth of our bench as she's not playing the 39- and 40-minutes a night like she was doing," Roussell said.

Bucknell's lead was down to 12 early in the second half, but Roussell opted not to take a timeout to see how the players could handle it.

"I wanted to see how the girls were going to react," he said.

The Bison held a 27-19 edge in rebounds in the first half and ended the game with a 46-43 edge.

Youngstown State used a 6-0 run late in the first half to gain back some momentum after going without a basket for nearly 10 minutes.

"I tell our girls that the last three minutes of the half is our time," Roussell said. "I wasn't worried but we don't want to give a team momentum going into halftime after we make a big run."

The Pengiuns (1-3) were led by Heidi Schlegel who has 15 points.

Bucknell returns to action November 30 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology before returning to Sojka for a three-game home stand starting Dec. 4 against Towson.