By The Daily Item
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Audrey Dotson hit the 20-point mark for a second consecutive game but, unlike the previous contest, Bucknell couldn't ride the individual performance to a victory as it fell 82-62 to Yale at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday night.
The Bison are now 1-2 this season against the Ivy League and 8-6 overall.
Bucknell never got its offense off the ground in the first half. Keeping the Bison close in the early going was its free throw shooting as Dotson tied the game at 9-9 at 13:50 with two successful shots from the line. At the intermission, the Bison were 6-for-7 (.857) from the free throw line compared with 3-for-4 (.750) for the Bulldogs.
Although they were hitting from the stripe, the Bison couldn't find the bottom of the net in the flow of play. They managed just one field goal in more than seven minutes during one first-half stretch. That took the game to the 9:03 mark and Bucknell trailed 19-11 with most of those points coming from the free throw line.
Yale (4-9) contributed greatly to Bucknell's offensive woes, forcing the Bison to play faster than they wanted and getting them to turn the ball over as a result. Through the first half, Bucknell totaled 15 miscues and Yale had 16 points off turnovers.
Bucknell's bright spots came as they got the ball in the paint where 16 of their 26 first-half points originated. Dotson and Lindsay Horbatuck were responsible for much of that as Dotson totaled 10 points through the first half and Horbatuck added seven points and five turnovers.
Rachel Voss also had five points off the bench in the first after hitting a jumper at the buzzer to take the game into halftime. The Bison still found themselves down by 13, however, by a score of 39-26.
The story was much the same in the second half with Yale trying to force the pace of the game. Bucknell found a way to slow it down by switching to a zone defense, but that opened the door for the Bulldogs' 3-point shooters. Yale shot 4-for-9 from behind the arc in the second half and 8-for-22 (.364) for the game.
Meanwhile, a majority of the Bison offense continued to run through Dotson. The sophomore hit 20 points with 12 minutes still remaining. Up to that point, Dotson had 10 of her team's first 12 points in the second half. Dotson now has three career 20-point games, all of which have come this season. Saturday also gave the active forward her first set of back-to-back contests of at least 20 points after she totaled a team-best 22 against Cornell on Wednesday. Only teammate Shelby Romine has more 20-point games this season, having hit that mark four times already.
Despite the low score, Bucknell was able to hit the shots it did get off. The Bison were 25-for-52 (.481) from the field for the game. The Bulldogs beat their clip, however, shooting 31-for-61 (.508).
Dotson's 22 led all players. Horbatuck finished with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds. Voss also chipped in seven points.
Leading the way for Yale was Megan Vasquez with 16 points, while Sarah Halejian added 15 and Zenab Keita and Janna Graf each had 14. No Bulldog had more than five rebounds as the Bison won the battle of the boards 34-25.
With the 20-point loss, Bucknell suffered one of the largest margins of defeat in the series with Yale, second only to last season when it fell to the Bulldogs by 21. The Bulldogs have now won each of the last four against the Bison.