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January 2, 2013

Bucknell women hammer Cornell

Bucknell women hammer Cornell

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"It's a confidence thing," Dotson said. "Being a sophomore now, you know what you are doing."

Romine provided the spark in the first half, pushing the Bison to a double-digit lead that it would never relinquish. Bucknell trailed 11-10 and Romine had missed her only attempt in the first 9:41 of play. Then she scored the next eight Bucknell points in a row to start a 17-2 run.

"We were struggling with movement on offense in the early going," Romine said. "We knew we had some mismatches inside and emphasis wasn't on where it should have been. Once we started moving the ball a little better and getting it inside, we were better."

Romine scored all 13 of her points in the spurt and by the time she knocked home a 3 with 5:18 left in the first half off a Horbatuck offensive board, Bucknell had a 27-13 lead.

The Bison, who have had problems closing out games all season, finally did so against the Big Red, but not without a near hiccup in the second half.

"We have games that we've built double-digit leads with strong first halves, but have let teams back into games in the second half," Roussell said. "I think part of it though is it's not a position this team was used to being in."

Cornell cut the Bucknell lead to 12 at 43-31 with 11:05 left in the game and forced a Bucknell turnover, but the Bison didn't let Cornell back into the game.

After a Roussell timeout, Bucknell scored eight consecutive points to push its lead back to 20 and the Bison were never threatened again.

"We just needed to slow the momentum down a little bit. We could see the easy layup if we broke the pressure," Roussell said. "We just needed to be a little more aggressive in attacking it. It was nice to see us close out a game."

DiMagno had 14 points to lead Cornell (6-6).

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