Geleisa George poured in a career-high 17 points as the AU women’s basketball team snapped their four-game losing streak and helped Head Coach Matt Corkery pick up his 100th career win.
“GG was really big,” Corkery said. “She made good decisions, she was aggressive looking for her shot and I thought she defended well also. G is one of the best players in the league and I think she proved that today.”
AU (14-13, 7-6 PL) held Bucknell (13-15, 4-9 PL) to just 30 percent shooting from the field, including a 19 percent mark in the first half and 0 percent from beyond the arc. The Eagles also forced the Bison into 17 turnovers while giving up the ball just 11 times themselves and scored 15 points off turnovers.
“Defense is our bread and butter,” junior guard Alexis Dobbs said. “When offense isn’t going our way, we got to lock down the other team and I think that was really a focus in the past two days of practice.”
With sophomore standout Jen Dumiak missing her second straight game due to an apparent head injury, George and Dobbs carried the load offensively for AU as Dobbs added 11 points and five assists with just one turnover. Sophomore forward Shaquille Curtis also recorded a career-high five steals while all 10 Eagles who played scored a point.
With his 100th win, Corkery became just the third coach to do so in program history. Corkery reached the milestone faster than any other coach in AU history and the second-fastest to have ever done it in the Patriot league.
“Playing for a coach, you work hard everyday. But I think people forget he works hard everyday too, and it’s something that he deserves,” Dobbs added. “We work hard to win as a team, but it’s definitely a great accomplishment, and for him to be recognized and pull of that in such a short time, it’s amazing.”
The Eagles remain in Bender Arena for their last regular season game of the season as they host Lafayette (11-17, 4-9 PL) March 2 at 2 p.m. AU fell to the Leopards, 49-47, Feb. 2 in their first matchup of the year.