By Todd Hummel
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- When the Bucknell women's basketball team won five consecutive games in November and early December, it was on the strength of its defense and rebounding.
However with three losses in five games, the Bison have strayed from some of things it did well.
"We've had a real focus in practice in getting back to our identity we had during our five-game winning steak," Bucknell coach Aaron Roussell said. "We have talked about as a staff that we have to keep working on the things we have to improve on, but we can't forget who we are."
Roussell's team showed its coach that it heeded his words in practice and Cornell paid the price on Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion.
Bucknell dominated the glass and played its best defensive game of the season as the Bison beat the visitors from the Ivy League 64-39.
"It might have been our best defensive and rebounding game of the year," Roussell said.
Bucknell (8-5) out rebounded Cornell by 29 and senior forward Lindsay Horbatuck almost outrebounded the Big Red on her own. Horbatuck finished the game with 19 rebounds, while Cornell had 23 as a team. It was Horbatuck's seventh double-digit rebound game of the year.
"I knew coming into the game that Cornell's 42 (Allyson DiMagno) was a good offensive rebounder, so I was concentrating on that," Hortbatuck, who also had eight points and a team-high four assists, said. "I got a couple of rebounds early and I just got into the zone."
Audrey Dotson and Shelby Romine provided the offense for the Bison. Dotson continued her torrid recent play with 22 points and eight boards after being named the Patriot League Player of the Week last week. She made her first six shots Wednesday after going 5-of-5 in Saturday's loss to Youngstown State. Over the last two games, Dotson has made 15-of-her last 17 shots from the field.