Bulls bested by Bison
Freshman Rachael Gregory and the Bulls outscored Bucknell 46-43 in the second half, but they were unable to overcome a 16-point first-half deficit. Nick Fischetti /// The Spectrum
After falling to Duquesne (5-1) at home last Wednesday, the women's basketball team traveled to Lewisburg, Penn. searching for its second win of the season.
The Bulls (1-7) outscored Bucknell (5-2) 46-43 in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a slow start in the first, as they fell 78-71 at the Sojka Pavilion Saturday night.
"Again, it was a tale of two halves," said head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "But I'm really grateful that I can get a half out of these young ladies, who don't really know how to win yet. They just haven't put the two halves together yet."
Buffalo received impressive offensive production from its standout freshman guards, Rachael Gregory and Karin Moss.
Moss had a career-high 15 points - all of which were 3-pointers - igniting the Bulls' offense in the second half.
Gregory added 17 points - tying her career high in points - and nine rebounds. She was just one rebound shy of recording her first career double-double as a Bull.
"It's just a matter of when a Karin [Moss], Mackenzie [Loesing], Rachael [Gregory] are all going to step up on the same day," Legette-Jack said. "It's going to be beautiful to see. I just want the community to really help us grow this young team and help us give this team hope."
Sophomore guard Valerie Majewski also provided an offense threat, as she added 11 points - tying a career high - nine of which came on 3-pointers.
Majewski and Moss knocked down eight of the Bulls' nine 3-pointers in the game.
"I teach women that this game is a microcosm of life and every time you have the opportunity to make a first impression you must," Legette-Jack said. "These young ladies are grabbing a hold of that."
Sophomore forward Kristen Sharkey's 11 points helped the Bulls' bench come up big with 41 points, their second-strongest scoring effort of the season. The Bison bench, by comparison, ended up with only nine points.
"If you have two people as your leaders and those are the people you have to set your plays for, the other 12 kids that you don't fully give the reins to become that significant person," Legette-Jack said. "The one who steps up that day is the one that we will lean on."
The Bulls return home to play four consecutive home games, the first against St. Bonaventure (4-4) Wednesday night. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.
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