The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 12, 2013

Todd Hummel's college basketball column: Pitt-Bradford gets big contribution from Milton grad


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---- — One of the great disappointments of last year was the fact the Milton's Madison Krebs injured her knee during the preseason of her senior year of basketball, robbing her of the chance to play hoops or softball.

Krebs went to the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford to play softball for the Panthers, but was playing intramural basketball.

Coach Patrick Daniel saw Krebs playing and asked her to play for Pitt-Bradford team this season. That investment has paid off as Krebs had her first college double-double of her career last Wednesday night.

Krebs had 20 points and 20 rebounds in an 81-47 victory over Hilbert College. Her top double-double in high school was a 21-point, 16-rebound performance against Lewistown in the first game of her junior year.

Krebs followed up her career night with 14 points and eight rebounds in the Panthers' 73-64 win over Mount Aloysius on Saturday afternoon.

She is averaging 4.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 11 games played for Pitt-Bradford. The Panthers are 12-9 overall, 10-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Pitt-Bradford has five of its last six games, losing only to league leader LaRoche.

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The Bucknell women's basketball team was in a four-way tie for first place in the Patriot League after a stirring 16-point comeback over Holy Cross back on Jan. 26, but coach Aaron Roussell didn't want to celebrate that victory too long in the press conference afterwards.

He was quite concerned about the Bison upcoming three-game stretch after that win over the Crusaders. His team's schedule was daunting; facing the other three squads Bucknell was tied.

Here we are two weeks later and Roussell's worst fears came to fruition as the Bison dropped all three contests and now sit at 4-4, tied with Holy Cross for fourth place.

But don't count out Bucknell rebounding over the final two plus weeks of the regular season.

This Bucknell team under Roussell struggles sometimes with turnovers and shooting. It causes the Bison to fall behind big or let teams back in games after Bucknell had built a big lead.

However, Bucknell with its defense and rebounding ability always finds a way to right the ship on the floor more often than not to pull out the victory.

The Patriot League schedule is set up for the Bison get themselves back into contention.

They play the three teams behind them in the standings in their next three games (Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh) before rematch with Holy Cross in Amherst, Mass. Another 4-0 stretch like the first half would go along way in helping the Bison wrap up at least one home game in the Patriot League Tournament.

Bucknell ends the regular season at second-place American and hosts league-leader Navy in its final game.