LEWISBURG - Far from the madding crowd.
That’s where Bucknell sophomore forward Audrey Dotson spotted up for one of the Bison’s biggest shots this season Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion. Dotson took a pass from Shelby Romine with one second left and made a jumper from just inside the foul line to give Bucknell a 53-51 victory over Colgate.
“That was the first time (making a game-winner),” said Dotson, who — like the rest of the Bison’s post players — had to deal with the Raiders’ sagging, aggressive defense down low in the second half. “It felt pretty good. I like it.”
The victory gave the Bison (10-7) their first Patriot League win of the season (1-1). It was also the first league triumph for first-year coach Aaron Roussell.
“We wanted to get the ball in the post, and we were able to get the ball in the post early,” Roussell said. “(And) we were really good defensively. ... We played some really, really good halfcourt defense.”
Bucknell put four players in double figures Wednesday, registered 15 assists, and held the Raiders (6-10, 0-2 PL) to 26.6 percent shooting from the field. But Colgate just wouldn’t go away.
The Bison led by as many as 11 in the second half, but the Raiders kept battling back. When Colgate’s Jhazmine Lynch buried a 3-pointer with a minute left in regulation, the game was tied at 51. After both teams traded turnovers, Bucknell took over with 19 seconds left. The Bison called timeout with seven seconds left, and then went to work.
Romine took the inbounds pass, dribbled down to the low block on the right side of the basket, and then passed it to Dotson for the game-winner.
“We tried to give space to (Romine),” Roussell said. “It’s one of those things where you put the ball in that kid’s hands and try to clear. ... I can promise you it wasn’t something we drew up, for (Dotson) to pop out there. These two kids just know how to play together.”
“That’s (her) spot, I’ll tell you what,” Romine added. “Coach gives me freedom to make a play. The defense doubled on me and (Dotson) was open.”
Dotson finished with a game-high 14 points, while Romine had 11 and Alyssa Dunn and Lindsay Horbatuck both added 10. Horbatuck also grabbed a game-high 11 boards, with many of those coming on the offensive end in the second half.
Thanks to her and Dotson (nine boards) down low, the Bison had 14 of their 17 offensive rebounds after halftime.
“You try boxing out Lindsay Horbatuck,” Roussell said with a smile. “She was an animal in there.”
Bucknell did most of its damage by getting the ball to its low-post stalwarts, Dotson and Horbatuck. Once they made their presence known, Romine was able to work from the outside, as she went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
“The post players were scoring in the first half,” Romine said. “(Colgate) started to double down, and we were getting offensive rebounds. That’s when I got the open shots.”
Colgate stayed close thanks to its bench (25 points) and by hitting the offensive glass. For the night, the Raiders outrebounded Bucknell 51-47.
“Some people will say that we gave up 28 offensive rebounds and won the game,” said Roussell, whose team led 33-32 at halftime. “But our M.O. is that we’re a great rebounding team, and we’ve got to get back to that.”
In addition to Lynch, three other Raiders shared team-high scoring honors with 10 points: Kelly Reid, Missy Repoli and Josie Stockill.
LEWISBURG - Far from the madding crowd.
Wrestling: Walter, Lane still alive in Fargo
High school wrestling may not kick off for a few months, but Cole Walter and Jaret Lane are spending time on the mats as if it were the high school season.
Motorsports notebook: ARDC returns to Big Diamond
One of the most anticipated shows of the year takes place tonight at Big Diamond Speedway as the American Racing Drivers Club midgets take to the 3/8th’s-mile oval as part of their 75th anniversary season.
Cicconi Jr. is an open-wheel veteran
Nestled just a mile from the Philadelphia International Airport, the Cicconi family auto body shop is as much a fixture in South Philadelphia as Rocky’s statue is at the sports complex.
Shawn Wood on The Inside Track: Feel free to dissent, but lose the anger
By now you would have heard that former sprint car driver John Westbrook lost his court case against Williams Grove Speedway on Monday.
Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat
Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.
Football: Nine players earn preseason all-east honor
High school football will sweep across the Valley in a few short weeks and numerous players from the area kicked off their seasons with an all-state nod as the EasternPAFootball.com Small School preseason team was announced Tuesday.
Wrestling: Two locals compete in nationals in Fargo
For wrestlers in search of a state title, the offseason is another chance to test their talent and perfect their technique.
MMA: Former Bloomsburg University wrestler prepares for UFC fight
He might just be the best-kept secret in mixed martial arts, but Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez is hoping that’s going to change soon.
Deadline for elk license drawing is now July 31
BENEZETTE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Commission says July 31 is the deadline for hunters to enter the lottery to receive one of 108 elk licenses to be issued this year.
MLB ROUNDUP: Yankees and Giants win 14-inning games
NEW YORK — Chase Headley hit a game-winning single in the 14th inning of his Yankees debut to give New York a 2-1 victory over Texas.
Wrestling: Mifflinburg's Walter, SCA's Lane place at Greco nationals
The calendar might say July, but for many high school wrestlers the summer months are a perfect time to hone their skills in anticipation for the upcoming prep season.
American Legion Baseball: Season comes to an end for Line Mountain
Line Mountain catcher J.P. Lenker knew right down to the inning how much baseball he and his teammates have played in the last three weeks.
Danville's Gronsky signs with Cardinals organization
It’s been a whirlwind past couple of weeks for Jake Gronsky, and it’s about to get headier for the Danville High grad.
Legion baseball: Line Mountain pulls out 12-11 victory at Region V tournament
Line Mountain manager Sam Strause exited the home dugout at Schute Field at Mansfield University looked at his home fans and said “I feel sick.”
Susquehanna's Hotaling named a preseason All-American in football
Susquehanna University senior placekicker Spencer Hotaling has been named a USA College Football Division III First-Team Preseason All-American. In addition, senior wide receiver Denzell Walker was named an Honorable Mention selection on offense.
Softball: Danville Bandits 18U squad qualifies for World Series
Most of them will be juniors or seniors when the fall scholastic year rolls around here in just a few short weeks, some are even in college already. But for a brief moment back on July 5, Danville Bandits manager Tony Fritz could’ve sworn he was staring at a bunch of Little League kids with the way his team was excited having earned a spot in the Stars and Stripes Salute 18U Tournament championship game.
- More Sports Headlines
- Wrestling: Walter, Lane still alive in Fargo