Women's Basketball Falls to Top-Seeded Bucknell in Patriot League Semifinal
LEWISBURG, Pa. – The fifth-seeded Holy Cross women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start, falling to top-ranked Bucknell University, 66-31, in a Patriot League Tournament semifinal matchup on Thursday, March 14.
The Bison held the Crusaders to just 12 first-half points and only four in the first quarter; Holy Cross shot a season-low 22.6 percent from the field.
Holy Cross ends the year with an 18-13 record, their winningest season since 2013-14 (20-12). Bucknell improves to 27-5 overall and advances to the Patriot League Championship against American on Sunday, March 17.
The Crusaders had the contest tied just twice early; junior Megan Swords had an early basket to make it a 2-2 game and junior Madalyn Smith hit a shot in the paint to make it 4-4 with 7:33 to go in the quarter. At the end of a low-scoring first, Bucknell’s Ellie Mack hit a three as time expired to give the Bison a 12-4 lead.
Bucknell used that momentum to start off the next quarter on a 13-2 run and build a 25-6 lead with 3:03 left in the second. Holy Cross outscored the Bison 6-3 for the remainder of the frame, making it a 28-12 game at the half.
Swords had two free throws to bring the Crusaders within 14 points, but Kaitlyn Slagus answered with a basket; Holy Cross could only cut as close as 16 points for the remainder of the game as Bucknell’s lead grew as high as 36 late in the fourth.
Four Bucknell players were in double figures: Abby Kapp (13 points), Slagus (13), Mack (12) and Kate Walker (12).
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Manis had her 22nd game this season with double-figure rebounds. She ends the year with 344 total rebounds, tied for second in single-season program history with Amy O’Brien (1997-98).
- The Crusaders were held to a season-low in points.
- Senior Miranda Nixon played five minutes in her final collegiate game; she recorded one point and one rebound.