WORCESTER, Mass. – Bucknell freshman forward Claire DeBoer scored 20 points including an improbable three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime and help lead the Bison to an 83-79 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the win, Bucknell improves to 8-6 overall and 3-1 against conference opponents on the season, while the Crusaders fall to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Holy Cross got off to a hot start scoring the first six points of the game. That run ended with a Bison three pointer by junior Audrey Dotson making the score 6-3 in favor of the Crusaders. Sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) tallied 10 of the Crusaders first 12 points. The score was knotted up at 12-12 with 13:01 remaining in the half after a Bucknell three pointer by senior guard Katherine Harris, which sparked a 9-0 run for the Bison to give them an 18-12 lead with 11:37 left on the clock. A steal by senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) led to a fast break layup that brought the score to 24-23 in favor of Bucknell. A 6-2 run for the Bison took the Crusaders into the locker room down five (31-36).
The second half started with some back and forth action, which led to a score of 41-40 in favor of Bucknell with 16:08 left to play. The Bison went on a 9-1 run to put them ahead 50-41 with 13:14 remaining. The Crusaders followed by having a run of their own (7-2) capped by a sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) three-pointer to bring the deficit within four (52-48). The Bison looked to pull away as they gathered a 8-2 run to gain a 66-59 lead over the Crusaders. Holy Cross answered with a 9-0 rally to gain a 68-66 lead with 2:51 left on the clock. A layup by Mifsud looked like it would put the game away with 1:29 remaining and a 72-69 lead for the Crusaders, however, a DeBoer three-point prayer was able to tie the game up at 72-72 as the buzzer sounded.
Bucknell took the early overtime lead 74-72. That advantage would not stand for long, as Holy Cross took the lead 75-74 with a freshman forward Madelyn Ganser (Needham, Mass.) free-throw shot and Mifsud layup. Bucknell would battle back with a 5-0 run to take a 79-75 lead with just 42 seconds remaining in overtime. The Bison would hold on to claim the victory with a final score of 83-79.
Mifsud led the team with a career-high 23 points, two assists and two rebounds. Senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) and Scott also totaled double-digit points, Smith with 18 and Scott with 16. Bucknell had four players who scored double-digits points led by DeBoer with 20.
The Crusaders hit 34 of 72 of their shots from the field (47.2 percent), while the Bison connected on 28 of their 61 shot attempts (45.9 percent) on the afternoon. Holy Cross canned five of its 18 attempts from behind the arc, while Bucknell drilled 40 percent from downtown (8 of 20). The Crusaders shot 54.5 percent from the charity stripe (6 of 11). Holy Cross held advantages in points in the paint (48-36), fast break points (12-4) and points off turnovers (21-16).
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when it will host Army at 7:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.