Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 1.1.14

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Jade Geif and Navy ramp up the defense of their last three Patriot League titles beginning Thursday night at home against League newcomer Loyola Maryland.
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Jade Geif and Navy ramp up the defense of their last three Patriot League titles beginning Thursday night at home against League newcomer Loyola Maryland.
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Jan. 1, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Now the games get serious.

For the next two months, Patriot League women’s basketball teams will fully embrace the new 10-team era with their first foray into the 18-game schedule. It begins on Thursday with five contests all on Patriot League Network tipping off at 7 p.m. New members Boston University and Loyola Maryland will both play their first League contests on the road when they visit Holy Cross and Navy, respectively.

PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS

• The Lafayette/Army tilt at West Point, N.Y., on Thursday has been moved up to a 1 p.m. tip because of the predicted snowstorm in the Northeast.
• Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith jumped into the Patriot League’s all-time top 10 in assists over the weekend. Her 461 place her seven shy of ninth in League annals.
• League teams wrapped up a 61-50 (.550) non-League record for the regular season after combining for a 4-6 mark over the weekend.
• Army eclipsed the century mark for the fourth time in program history in Sunday’s 108-64 victory over Staten Island.
• Army’s Dave Magarity has 129 victories at West Point, four shy of taking over the program lead.
• Boston University won its eighth straight game against Vermont with Sunday’s 80-62 triumph in Burlington.
• The Terriers posted season bests of 80 points and 51.9 percent shooting from the field.
• Holy Cross’ 8-3 start is its best since 2001-02.
• Lafayette senior Danielle Fiacco blocked six shots in Sunday’s 77-60 loss at then-No. 23/22 California. She has 322 to rank second all-time in League history and needs 23 to break Hope Foster’s record.
• Fiacco ranks sixth in NCAA Division I as of Monday averaging 3.45 blocks per game.
• Navy’s Chloe Stapleton, who netted a career-high 26 points and eight 3-pointers in Sunday’s 72-68 victory at Marshall, has made at least three treys in five of 11 games this season.
• Navy coach Stefanie Pemper notched her 100th win on the Mids’ sidelines on Sunday.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato (third) and American’s Alexis Dobbs (fifth) are both among the Division I leaders in free throw percentage. Minato is at 94.7 percent, Dobbs at 93.9.

Patriot League Notebook

PEMPER HITS CENTURY MARK
Navy’s 72-68 victory at Marshall on Sunday enables the three-time defending Patriot League Champion Mids to enter Thursday’s League opener with Loyola on a high note. It’s also notable in that it was coach Stefanie Pemper’s 100th victory on the Navy sidelines. Pemper is 100-70 in six seasons in Annapolis. The next approaching victory milestone for a Patriot League coach is the 300 mark for Lehigh’s Sue Troyan, who is in her 19th season guiding the Mountain Hawks.

ABOVE .500 AGAIN
With a 4-6 mark over the weekend, Patriot League teams finished off an above-.500 record in non-League play for the season. The 10 schools finished the ledger 61-50, one year removed from a 63-58 non-League composite. League teams went 10-3 versus the MAAC, 9-4 against the America East, 7-4 against the NEC, 6-6 versrus the Atlantic 10 and 9-9 against the Ivy League.

SMITH ADDS GOOD WORKS NOMINATION
Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith, already a Senior CLASS Award candidate with American’s Alexis Dobbs, added another citation to her resume on Dec. 3 when she was named to the list of nominees for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. A total of 84 players from all levels were nominated, and Smith is one of 52 nominees from Division I.

WATCH FREE ON PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create Patriot League Network (PLN), a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. All League and home non-League games not already set to air on CBS Sports Network will be available on PLN. PLN also includes on-demand video content with feature stories, highlight shows and recaps. For more, visit patriotleague.tv.

DOBBS, SMITH ARE CLASSY CANDIDATES
American’s Alexis Dobbs and Holy Cross’ Alex Smith were named to the list of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in late October. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Dobbs has been the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women’s basketball each of the last two years, while Smith has joined her in picking up back-to-back Academic All-League citations.

EVERYBODY IN THE POOL
It’s a bigger Patriot League now with a bigger League tournament. All 10 squads will qualify for the League bracket that begins with first round games on Tuesday, March 4, with the No. 7 seed hosting No. 10 and No. 8 home for No. 9. The 7/10 winner will move on to visit the second seed, and the 8/9 victor goes on to play No. 1 in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 6, with 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 matchups taking place as well. The semifinals are set for Monday, March 10, with the last two teams moving on to the championship game on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The higher seeds will host all rounds.

THE FAVORITE TO REACH FOUR
Boasting a deep, talented and experienced senior class of four, Navy was selected as the preseason favorite in voting done by the League’s head coaches and sports information contacts in October. The Mids claimed 14 of 20 first-place votes and topped the polling with 157 points. Army was next with 133 points and three first-place votes, while newcomer Boston University took third (128 points, 3 votes). Holy Cross, the runner up each of the last two seasons, was fourth with 112 points, while Lehigh took fifth with 97 points. American (87 points), Bucknell (62), Loyola (54), Lafayette (37) and Colgate (33) rounded out the list of 10.

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR ARMY-NAVY
CBS Sports Network is one again the national broadcast partner of the Patriot League, and the Network will air both Army-Navy regular-season tilts in early 2014. The Mids host the first showdown on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m., and the two will reconvene their rivalry on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at West Point. Last season the academy rivals finished in a tie atop the League standings, but their head-to-head sweep of the two games gave the Black Knights the tournament’s No. 1 seed. CBS Sports Network will also televise the Patriot League title game on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m.

Patriot League Games

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (6-5, 0-0 PL) AT ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (8-3, 0-0 PL)
Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y. • Thursday, 1 p.m.
Series: Army, 31-23 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Army, 5 Last Meeting: Army, 70-57 (2.13.13; West Point, N.Y.)
Last Lafayette Win: 54-42 (1.26.11; Easton, Pa.) Last Five Games: Army, 5-0

• Originally set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, the game was moved up to 1 p.m. because of the predicted winter storm in the Northeast.
• Army has won 23 of the last 25 meetings in the series with the Leopards dating back to the second regular-season tilt in 2000-01. Lafayette captured the last regular season meeting in 2009-10 and the first in 2010-11.
• With 129 victories at West Point, head coach Dave Magarity is four away from becoming the program’s all-time leader.
• Lafayette is above .500 heading into League play for the first time under fourth-year head coach Dianne Nolan.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato leads the League with 19.2 points per game. Lafayette’s Emily Homan is third in the League shooting 54.5 percent from the floor.

LAFAYETTE Down just three at halftime, Lafayette (6-5) couldn’t rebound after California rattled off a 13-2 run early in the second in a 77-60 loss to the No. 23/22-ranked Bears on Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif. ... Danielle Fiacco tied for the team high with 13 points to go with eight rebounds and six blocks off the bench, while Linnel Macklin also scored 13 and Emily Homan chipped in 11 with six boards ... Lafayette trailed 30-27 at halftime and tied the game on a Macklin trey just 17 seconds into the second before Cal went on its decisive run ... The Bears built a 48-34 lead with 11:05 to play before the Leopards came within 53-44 three minutes later ... Cal replied by scoring the next 10 points and led by as many as 22 in the final five minutes ... Lafayette outrebounded Cal 49-42, but shot 23-of-74 (31.1 percent) for the game to the Bears’ 27-of-62 (43.5 percent) ... The Leopards host Navy Sunday at 2 p.m.

ARMY Jen Hazlett’s double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, both season highs, led the way as Army (8-3) rolled to a 108-64 victory over visiting Staten Island on Sunday afternoon ... The 108 points were a program record at Christl Arena, eclipsing the old mark of 103 set against Coast Guard in November 2005 ... Kelsey Minato added 16 points and six assists, while the starting frontcourt of Olivia Schretzman and Aimee Oertner tallied 12 points apiece, and Jordan Elliott and Danielle Failor added 11 each off the bench ... Army outrebounded Staten Island 66-27, coming up one shy of the League record of 67 set by the Black Knights against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Dec. 1, 2002 ... All six of Hazlett’s buckets were from long range, while Army finished 9-of-20 from the 3-point line and shot nearly 48 percent from the field for the game ... The Black Knights jumped out to a 63-31 lead at halftime and never looked back ... The Black Knights visit Loyola Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m.

BUCKNELL BISON (5-5, 0-0 PL) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (7-4, 0-0 PL)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 19-12 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Bucknell, 1 Last Meeting: Bucknell, 46-43 (3.7.13; Washington, D.C.)
Last American Win: 54-43 (2.27.13; Washington, D.C.) Last Five Games: American, 4-1

• Bucknell snapped a 10-game skid against the Eagles with a 46-43 win in Washington in the quarterfinals of last year’s Patriot League Tournament.
• The Bison haven’t played since Dec. 21 when they won 71-47 at Longwood. Bucknell played just three games in December and had one cancellation because of inclement weather.
• American fell 77-64 at George Washington in its non-League finale on Saturday. Alexis Dobbs led the Eagles with 15 points.
• Bucknell senior Shelby Romine is the League’s second-highest active player with 1,232 points. Dobbs is fourth with 1,029.
• The contest features two of the League’s newer coaches. American’s Megan Gebbia is in her first season in Washington, while Aaron Roussell is Bucknell’s second-year coach.

BUCKNELL Shelby Romine shot 11-of-17 from the field and scored a game-high 23 points with six rebounds and four assists in Bucknell’s 71-47 win at Longwood on Dec. 21 in the team’s non-League finale ... Claire DeBoer added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Megan McGurk chipped in nine points and five dishes ... The Bison built a 14-4 lead at the 10:34 mark of the first half and led by 15 with less than four minutes to go before Longwood scored the last seven points of the frame ... Bucknell put the game away with a 16-3 run to open the second and was never ahead by less than double digits the rest of the way ... A hot-shooting second half let Bucknell outscore Longwood 44-28 in the second, as the Bison hit 16-of-30 shots ... Bucknell finishes the non-League slate with a 5-5 mark ... The Bison head to Colgate on Sunday at 2 p.m.

AMERICAN wrapped up its non-League slate at 7-4 with a 77-64 loss at crosstown rival George Washington on Saturday ... Alexis Dobbs led three Eagles in double figures with 15 points, while Shaquilla Curtis chipped in 11 and Jen Dumiak added 10 ... The Colonials built a 51-34 halftime lead after shooting 54 percent (20-of-37) ... Alexis Chandler capped off a 14-4 George Washington run that put it in front 24-14 at the 10:42 mark of the first, and the Colonials scored 12 of the half’s last 17 points ... GW extended the lead to 21 shortly into the second half and never looked back ... Dobbs added six rebounds and four assists, while Dumiak had seven dishes ... The Eagles are 4-1 at home this season, but dropped their last outing at Bender Arena, 64-61, to Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 16 ... American hosts Holy Cross on Sunday at 2 p.m.

COLGATE RAIDERS (4-7, 0-0 PL) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (7-4, 0-0 PL)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 33-22 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv) TV: Service Electric 2
Streak: Lehigh, 2 Last Meeting: Lehigh, 62-40 (2.16.13; Bethlehem, Pa.)
Last Colgate Win: 77-71 (2.11.12; Hamilton, N.Y.) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

• Lehigh has won nine straight meetings with Colgate at Stabler Arena dating back to the 2005-06 season.
• Colgate snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Mountain Hawks with a 77-71 win on Feb. 11, 2012 in Hamilton, but Lehigh swept the 2012-13 season series to claim the last two.
• The Mountain Hawks own the League’s highest scoring offense at 76.8 points per game.
• Colgate is ninth in the League in scoring defense at 72.0 allowed.
• Both teams are very actively defensively. Lehigh leads the League at 9.1 steals per game, while Colgate is tied for second at 8.2.

COLGATE Mariah Jones scored a team-leading 10 points and Catherine Lewis added eight in Colgate’s 96-46 loss at Michigan State on Sunday ... The Raiders (4-7), who are close out a stretch of five straight road games on Thursday in the League opener at Lehigh, were outscored 26-9 from the foul line, 30-9 from the 3-point arc and 15-3 in second chance points ... The Spartans used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to turn a 14-11 advantage into a 29-13 margin and never looked back ... Colgate trailed 44-21 at the break and scored the first deuce of the second before Michigan State rattled off the next 17 to clamp down control ... The Raiders host Bucknell on Sunday at 2 p.m. in their first home game since Dec. 4.

LEHIGH Katie O’Reilly and Kerry Kinek tied with a team-best 16 points, while Sarah Williams added 11 and Elizabeth Sharlow 10 in Lehigh’s 87-80 loss at Columbia on Saturday ... The Mountain Hawks (7-4) turned the ball over 22 times, which Columbia turned into 31 points ... Lehigh led 10-2 with less than five minutes gone before the Lions scored 10 straight points to take their first lead of the game ... Columbia led 44-42 at the half and opened the second on a 13-4 run to move ahead 57-46 with 3:57 off the clock ... Lehigh faced its biggest deficit at 71-57 with 8:31 to play and closed within six on several occasions, the last at 83-77 with 30 seconds left ... The Mountain Hawks hit on 48.3 percent (29-of-60) of their shots for the game, but went just 1-of-9 from long range in the second and 5-of-16 for the game ... The Mountain Hawks visit Boston University on Sunday at 2 p.m.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS (5-8, 0-0 PL) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (8-3, 0-0 PL)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 9-2 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv) TV: Charter TV3
Streak: Holy Cross, 8 Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 80-62 (12.28.05; Charlottesville, Va.)
Last Boston University Win: 81-26 (1977-78) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 5-0

• Holy Cross and Boston University tussle for the first time as Patriot League members on Thursday when the Crusaders host the Terriers at 7 p.m.
• It will be the 12th meeting and first since the 2005-06 campaign at the Virginia Classic in Charlottesville, Va.
• Holy Cross has taken each of the last eight showdowns. BU’s last win in the series was an 81-26 triumph during the 1977-78 season.
• Their previous meeting in 2005 was the first since December 1995.
• The Terriers went 40-7 in America East games the last three years before joining the Patriot League for this season.

BOSTON U. Rashidat Agboola paced an efficient Boston University offense with 19 points while Meghan Green added 14 points in 16 minutes off the bench in an 80-62 win at Vermont on Sunday ... The Terriers (5-8) shot just shy of 52 percent (27-of-52) for the game, scoring on 14-of-28 buckets in the first half and 13-of-24 in the second, along with a 6-of-13 clip from long distance ... BU, which never trailed, jumped out to a 14-7 lead six minutes into the contest and was up by as many as 20 in the first half before settling for a 44-27 halftime advantage ... Vermont cut the BU lead to 49-37 five minute into the second before the Terriers regained control with back-to-back treys from Clodagh Scannell and Sarah Hope ... The Terriers scored six straight points later in the half with Courtney Latham’s layup giving BU a 75-50 lead with 5:23 to play ... BU turned 16 Vermont turnovers into 22 points, and won despite the Catamounts having a 16-6 advantage in second chance points ... The Terriers welcome Lehigh in their first Patriot League home game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

HOLY CROSS Raquel Scott scored a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds and Molly Hourigan added 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench in Holy Cross’ 72-50 loss at No. 14/10 Iowa State in the Crusaders’ first game at the Cyclone Challenge on Saturday ... Holy Cross led 12-10 at the 13:43 mark of the first, but the Cyclones rattled off a 17-2 run to take control with a 27-14 advantage with 7:24 until halftime ... Iowa State used another 14-8 spurt to led 41-22 at the break ... Iowa State pulled away with a half-opening 19-3 run to take a 60-25 lead ... Holy Cross finished the game 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from long range after missing all eight attempts in the first half ... The Crusaders shot 21-of-63 (33 percent) for the game ... Brisje Malone’s running jumper as time expired lifted Holy Cross (8-3) to a 51-49 win over Saint Louis in a meeting of Jesuit schools in the consolation round of the Cyclone Challenges in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday ... Malone finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists to pace the Crusaders, while Emily Parker scored a team-high 13 and Scott scored 10 with eight boards ... Both teams overcame slow shooting numbers in the first half, with the Crusaders hitting 25 percent and the Billikens 22 percent in the first 20 minutes that saw Holy Cross take a 22-21 lead into the break ... Holy Cross nudged in front 49-44 thanks in part to a 6-0 run ... Saint Louis scored five straight points to tie the game at 49 with 23 seconds left to set up Malone’s final bucket, which came after she drove into the lane and floated a shot off the backboard as the buzzer sounded ... The Crusaders head to American on Sunday at 2 p.m.

LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS (3-8, 0-0 PL) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (8-3, 0-0 PL)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: Navy, 12-4 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Navy, 1 Last Meeting: Navy, 71-60 (11.20.12; Annapolis, Md.)
Last Loyola Win: 42-38 (11.13.11; Baltimore, Md.) Last Five Games: Navy, 3-2

• Thursday will be the 17th meeting between the two schools and first as fellow Patriot League members.
• Navy entered the week ranked seventh in Division I with 9.2 3-pointers per game. Loyola is third in the League at defending the 3 at 27.7 percent.
• The Mids are 4-2 at home this season, while the Greyhounds are 1-6 away from Baltimore.
• Loyola’s Nai Brown is sixth in the League averaging 14.6 points per game. Navy’s Kara Pollinger is the team leader and 10th in the League at 13.5.
• Loyola will host the rematch on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

LOYOLA Nai Brown scored 15 points and Lisa Mirarchi had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Loyola Maryland’s 67-46 defeat at Towson on Saturday ... The Greyhounds couldn’t get on track from deep, hitting just 1-of-19 from the arc while hitting 19-of-38 on other attempts ... Towson led 22-20 at the break and used a 17-4 spurt over the first eight and half minutes of the second half to build a 39-24 advantage ... After Mirarchi’s layup cut the Tigers’ lead to 43-32 with 7:47 to play, Towson used another 13-4 spurt to move in front 56-36 with 4:29 remaining ... The Greyhounds host Army on Sunday at 1 p.m.

NAVY Playing its first game in 23 days, Navy (8-3) earned a 72-68 victory at Marshall on Sunday afternoon ... Jade Geif had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Chloe Stapleton led all players with 26 points thanks to 8-of-14 shooting from the arc, the most 3-point buckets for any League player this season so far ... Kara Pollinger, playing 30 minutes from her hometown, had 15 points, six boards and two assists ... Navy held several 10-point leads in the first half before settling for a 35-33 advantage at the break ... Stapleton drilled a trey to give the Mids a 51-40 lead at the 12:31 mark of the second half, and she sank another triple to put Navy ahead 67-57 with 5:45 left ... The Thundering Herd rallied and cut the Mids’ lead to 70-66 with 33 seconds remaining, but Pollinger and Alix Membreno both sank key foul shots in the waning seconds to preserve the win ... Navy finished 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) from the arc, one made triple shy of the League record of 15 set by the Mids during the 2010 Patriot League Tournament ... The Mids head to Lafayette on Sunday at 2 p.m.