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Bison women open PL play with win

LEWISBURG – The Bucknell women’s basketball team opened up conference play with a 71-56 win over American on Thursday night at Sojka Pavilion. In a balanced scoring effort, the Bison received at least five points from eight different players, led by 14 points from junior Ellie Mack.

“I’m very happy with the win and proud of our players,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “We always know this will be a tough team to beat. Their coaching staff always does a nice job of prepping the team and we knew we may have to figure some things out on the fly. It’s nice to have experienced players out there that understand what it takes and how physical of a game it always is with American.”

The Orange and Blue (10-3, 1-0 PL), picked in the Patriot League Preseason Poll to finish first, improved to 5-0 at Sojka Pavilion this season, winning each home contest by at least 15 points. Bucknell used a 22-6 run over the final eight minutes, 23 seconds of the first quarter to establish a 25-11 lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Abby Kapp forced an early American timeout and the Bison defense forced the Eagles into missing 12 of their final 15 field goal attempts of the opening stanza. Bucknell led by at least nine points for the remainder of the contest, building a lead of as much as 20 in the final quarter.

Kapp, hampered by foul trouble, finished with 12 points in just under 17 minutes of game action. She made four of her five 3-point shots, having now made 48.1 percent from downtown this season (37-for-77). Kaitlyn Slagus added nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds, Kate Walker scored nine points to go along with six rebounds and three assists, and Kyi English had eight points. Autumn Ceppi (six points), Ally Johnson (five), Marly Walls (five), and Gia Hayes (three) led the bench effort.

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