Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.3.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Colgate senior Jhazmine Lynch reached the 1,000-point plateau in the Raiders' win over New Hampshire Saturday.
Colgate senior Jhazmine Lynch reached the 1,000-point plateau in the Raiders' win over New Hampshire Saturday.

Jan. 3, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The first day of games of 2013 went well for the Patriot League, with a pair of teams picking up victories. Thanks to Bucknell’s and Lehigh’s win Wednesday, the League is now a combined 54-48 so far this season with one week remaining before the start of conference play.

The League has already surpassed last season’s win total in non-conference action. The eight teams were a combined 49-72 a year ago, a season in which three squads made the postseason for the first time in League history.

There are 11 games on the schedule at the end of the week and into the weekend, beginning with Thursday’s two contests. Holy Cross visits Dartmouth and Colgate is home for NJIT, with both contests tipping at 7 p.m. Holy Cross needs a victory to assure itself of no worse than a .500 showing on its stretch of eight games away from Worcester, while Colgate hopes to inch toward .500 for the season before League play begins.

Two more games take place Friday, with American putting its perfect home record on the lien against Fordham and Navy going to Richmond. The Eagles have won two in a row, five of six and seven of nine.

Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh are in action Saturday, while American, Army, Colgate and Holy Cross hit the floor Sunday. There’s only one contest on Monday’s slate, with Lehigh hosting Columbia at 11:30 a.m.

Patriot League Women’s Basketball Quick Hits

• Colgate senior guard Jhazmine Lynch scored 11 in Saturday’s win over New Hampshire, including the 1,000th point of her career. She is the 74th player in League history to hit that mark and the first this season.

• A pair from Holy Cross are within striking distance of 1,000 points in the near future, with senior Amy Lepley standing at 982 and Alex Smith at 924. Bucknell’s Shelby Romine has 866 career points, while Navy’s Jade Geif has 822.

• Lindsay Horbatuck’s 19 rebounds Wednesday against Cornell were the most of any Patriot Leaguer this season. The Bucknell senior forward is now the League’s active leader with 618 boards for her career.

• The League has already eclipsed last year’s win totals against a few other conferences, including the Ivy League (5-9 in ‘11-12; 6-4 so far this year), MAAC (9-8 last year; 10-8 today) and NEC (11-13; 14-8).

• Lafayette’s 54-50 victory at Fordham Saturday in the Fordham Holiday Classic was the Leopards’ first road victory of the season. Each League team has won at least one road game in 2012-13.

• American is 3-0 at home and plays its next three at Bender Arena, starting with Friday’s contest against Fordham. The Eagles host Hampton Sunday and welcome Colgate in the League opener Jan. 12.

• Navy’s next two road contests will be battles against clubs in the College Basketball News RPI top 100. The Mids visit Richmond (83) and Princeton (31) Friday and Monday, respectively.

• Bucknell’s Audrey Dotson has shot 15 of 17 (.882) over her last two games.

Patriot League Notebook

Freshman guard Kelsey Minato was named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the third time Wednesday, bringing Army’s haul in that category to six in eight weeks. It nearly matches another stretch of Army’s dominance for that award dating back to the 1991-92 season, when the program picked up six accolades in the first seven weeks. Forward Aimee Oertner has also garnered three rookie recognitions this season, while Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek accounts for the remaining two. On the other hand, there have been eight different winners of the Player of the Week award.

Some of the Patriot League’s biggest performances belong to a handful of Bucknell players this season. Junior guard Shelby Romine owns the largest point total of the season so far with 29 points (vs. St. Peter’s), just ahead of sophomore forward Audrey Dotson’s 27-point showing against Longwood. Dotson also owns the League’s best showing from the field this season after shooting 10 of 12 in Wednesday’s 64-39 victory over Cornell. In that game senior forward Lindsay Horbatuck grabbed 19 rebounds, a season-best for any League player.

American’s 58-52 win at Drexel Friday was a big road victory for the Eagles, and it also had a significant impact on the computers. The Eagles jumped up 93 spots in the College Basketball News RPI released Monday, the third-largest upward move in this week’s rankings. American’s road victory also benefitted the Patriot League, as it moved up five spots to No. 20 among conferences.

Colgate senior guard Jhazmine Lynch became the 74th player in Patriot League history to reach 1,000 points, and now sits 72nd overall with 1,002. The San Diego native has played in all 12 Raider contests this season, starting three. She scored 11 points in Saturday’s 72-61 win over New Hampshire, and contributed three assists with no turnovers. Two 1,000-point scorers graduated last season in Lehigh’s Emily Gratch (1,112) and American’s Lisa Strack (1,059). With 982 points, Holy Cross senior Amy Lepley is posted to join the list shortly, while junior teammate Alex Smith could be next. She has 924 points. Two juniors in Bucknell’s Shelby Romine and Navy’s Jade Geif are over 800.

At 93-44 overall at American, head coach Matt Corkery ranks among the best in the League all-time in win percentage (.679). Corkery is also chasing the League record for fastest to 100 victories, a mark that is currently owned by Holy Cross’ Bill Gibbons. Gibbons reached 100 victories in 149 contests, with his 100th triumph coming in the 1995-96 season opener against Syracuse. Corkery would match Gibbons’ record with a 7-5 mark in American’s next 12 contests. Navy’s Joe Sanchez collected 100 wins in 162 games from 1994-2000. American has two games at home this weekend - Friday versus Fordham and Sunday against Hampton.

The Patriot League schedule opens on Jan. 12 for both men and women’s basketball, and fans will be able to watch six of the weekend’s contests for free on high-speed broadband through the All-Access package provided by the League and CBS Interactive. The contests, which are being offered for free for the first time, include Colgate at American, Bucknell at Army and Lehigh at Holy Cross in women’s basketball. The Lafayette-Navy women’s game on Jan. 13 at Noon will be shown live on CBS Sports Network. After the free opening weekend, the Patriot League All-Access package is available for a price of only $7.95 per month.

Three games involving Patriot League teams will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network this season, including two in the regular season and the League’s championship tilt in March. Two-time defending champion Navy hosts Lafayette Jan. 13 in Annapolis, Md., in the first televised contest, while Holy Cross visits Lehigh Feb. 10 in Bethlehem, Pa., in the second. Coverage wraps up Saturday, March 16, when CBS Sports Network televises the Patriot League championship game from the site of the higher seed. Tip off is slated for 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play and Amy Lawrence the analysis.

Team Notebooks

AMERICAN Junior guard Alexis Dobbs shot 5 of 6 on treys and finished with a team-high 17 points as the Eagles snapped Drexel’s three-game win streak with a 58-52 decision in Philadelphia Friday afternoon ... Dobbs also added five of her team’s 15 assists, while Jen Dumiak scored 12 points and dished four helpers ... American led for most of the first half and had a 26-23 advantage at the half ... Drexel rallied within one with 7:45 left, but American built a 10-point cushion at 56-46 with just under two minutes to go after a Dumiak basket ... Drexel inched within 56-52 with 40 seconds on the clock, but Dobbs hit a pair of free throws late to help clinch the win ... Dobbs forced a turnover at midcourt in the final seconds, drove to the basket and laid it in with 0.2 seconds on the clock to lift American to a 48-46 victory at Mount St. Mary’s Sunday afternoon ... Dobbs’ game-winning effort was set up by T’Asia McGeorge’s game-tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, which capped off American’s comeback from 11 down with 9:21 left ... Dobbs scored seven with seven rebounds and four assists ... The Eagles closed the game on a 17-6 run ... American hosts Fordham Friday at 1 p.m. and Hampton Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

ARMY ended a 17-day layoff and showed no signs of slowing down, picking up its 10th win of the season with a 67-51 triumph over visiting Bryant at West Point ... Freshman guard Kelsey Minato led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, which came on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc ... Olivia Schretzman scored 14 points with eight rebounds, and Anna Simmers poured in 13 points and hauled in seven boards ... The Black Knights outrebounded Bryant 45-35, with 14 of those coming on the offensive glass, helping Army to a commanding 23-4 edge in second-chance points ... The Black Knights used a 14-0 run in the second half to erase a one-point Bryant lead and essentially blow the game open ... Army posted its worst shooting night of the season, going 14 of 62 (22.6 percent) from the field in a 48-45 loss at Brown Wednesday night ... Jen Hazlett was the only Black Knight to reach double figures with 10 points, while Schretzman grabbed 11 rebounds and Simmers 10 ... It looked great early for Army, which led 17-7 at the 9:49 mark of the first half and 23-11 with 6:31 left ... The Black Knights led by nine at halftime and seven midway through the second when Brown began chipping away ... Lauren Clarke’s 3-pointer put Brown ahead 43-42 with 4:06 left ... Clarke sank another 3 and then hit two free throws with 19 seconds left to seal the win ... Army shot just 5 of 32 from the field in the final 20 minutes, including an 0-of-5 showing from beyond the arc ... Army visits Morgan State Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

BUCKNELL Three players hit double figures, but Bucknell shot under 40 percent in a 69-51 loss at Youngstown State Saturday ... Shelby Romine and Audrey Dotson scored 12 apiece for the Bison, while Katherine Harris added 10 ... Lindsay Horbatuck collected a game-high eight rebounds ... Youngstown State led 14-3 a little more than three minutes in before buckets by Romine and Sheaira Jones helped bring Bucknell within one ... Dotson’s jumper gave Bucknell the lead, but it was short lived ... The Penguins replied with and led 32-24 at the half ... Youngstown State made it a 10-point lead on its first possession, and Bucknell was never able to cut the deficit to smaller than nine the rest of the way ... A pair of forwards put up big performances as Bucknell stifled Cornell 64-39 in Lewisburg, Pa., Wednesday ... Dotson led the Bison with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Horbatuck hauled in a career-high 19 boards to go along with eight points ... Romine chipped in 13 points with four assists, and Alyssa Dunn scored 11 with three dishes ... The Bison used a 17-2 first-half run to turn an 11-10 deficit into a 27-13 lead with 5:18 left ... The lead was 15 points at halftime, and the Bison were never seriously threatened the rest of the way ... Horbatuck’s layup put Bucknell up 51-31 with 8:29 to play, and the Bison had their largest lead of the game when the final horn sounded ... Dotson’s 10-of-12 effort from the field was instrumental as Bucknell shot 46 percent from the floor for the game ... Bucknell visits Yale Saturday at 4 p.m.

COLGATE Mariah Jones scored a career-high 25 points and Colgate continued its success at home this season with a 72-61 victory over New Hampshire at Cotterell Court Saturday ... Jones led three Raiders in double figures, as Jhazmine Lynch added 11 points off the bench and Kelly Reid dropped in 10 ... Jones finished 8 of 13 from the floor, including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc ... Colgate led by as many as seven in the first half before taking a 30-27 advantage into the break ... The Raiders scored the first six points of the second, and extended the lead to 52-42 about 10 minutes in after Lulu Brase’s basket ... Back-to-back buckets brought the Wildcats within six, but Catherine Lewis’ trey gave the Raiders a 60-48 lead with 5:27 to go ... Colgate shot 9 of 24 (37.5 percent) for the game from beyond the arc, including a 7-of-17 showing in the second half ... The Raiders host NJIT Thursday evening before visiting UNC Charlotte Sunday afternoon.

HOLY CROSS Alex Smith scored a team-high 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, but Holy Cross was done in by a few big Florida runs as it fell 81-50 to the Gators in Gainesville Friday night ... Smith was the only Crusader in double figures, as Christine Ganser scored nine points and Amy Lepley chipped in eight ... Holy Cross was within 26-24 with seven minutes left before the Gators rattled off a 10-2 run and eventually took a 37-27 lead into halftime ... Florida opened the second with back-to-back runs of 13-2 and 17-7 to stretch its lead to 67-39 at the 8:29 mark and cruised ... Smith led Holy Cross with 15 points as the Crusaders ended their two-day trip through Florida with a 1-1 mark with a 63-54 win at Bethune-Cookman Sunday afternoon ... Smith grabbed five rebounds with a pair of steals and hit three 3-pointers in the game, while Ganser and Ashley Cooper added 13 points apiece ... Bethune-Cookman shot 20 of 55 from the floor to the Crusaders’ 15 of 43, but Holy Cross was 26 of 33 from the foul line while the Wildcats were 10 of 22 ... Holy Cross led 31-25 at halftime and extended the lead to 11 on a Smith trey just past the midway point of the second half ... The Crusaders hit 7 of 8 from the foul line to close the game ... Holy Cross ends its stretch of eight straight away from home Thursday night at Dartmouth and Sunday afternoon at Fordham.

LAFAYETTE Emily Homan logged her second consecutive double-double and Lafayette held off a late Fordham run as the Leopards outlasted the Rams 54-50 in the opener of the Fordham Holiday Classic Saturday afternoon ... Homan scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, while Danielle Fiacco narrowly missed a double-double with a team-best 16 points, nine boards and a pair of blocks ... The teams traded the lead early before the Rams jumped out in front and led 25-21 at the half ... Homan scored six straight points to spark a 15-0 Lafayette run, and Fiacco capped it off with a jumper to put the Leopards in front 41-31 at the 12:06 mark ... Fordham rallied late and pulled within one with 30 seconds left before Fiacco went 1 of 2 from the line and Linnel Macklin hit both of her attempts to ice the win ... Four players hit double digits in points for Lafayette, but the Leopards couldn’t erase an eight-point halftime deficit in a 66-54 loss to Providence in the championship game of the Fordham Holiday Classic Sunday ... Fiacco had another dominant performance in the middle with 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, while Brya Freeland chipped in 12 points, and Homan and Macklin scored 10 apiece ... The Friars built an eight-point advantage in the first 6:25, and it stayed that way right up to halftime ... Macklin’s 3 1:06 into the second half cut Lafayette’s deficit to five, but the Friars went up 39-29 with 14:27 left ... The Leopards rallied back with a 7-0 run to come within 52-47 with 4:10 remaining and trailed 56-51 with 2:41 to go, but the Friars used a 7-0 run of their own to put the game away ... The Leopards host Brown Saturday at 2 p.m.

LEHIGH Senior Becky Guman scored a career-high 18 points and two others scored in double figures as Lehigh overwhelmed Binghamton 67-37 to start the Christmas City Classic at Stabler Arena Saturday ... Guman added seven rebounds, while Katie O’Reilly chipped in 12 points and Kerry Kinek scored 11 points with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks ... Lehigh scored the first seven points of the game en route to a 26-3 game-opening run ... Guman hit one of her five 3s on the game to put the Mountain Hawks up 49-29 at the 11:23 mark and Lehigh cruised from there ... The Mountain Hawks shot 44 percent for the game and outrebounded Binghamton 48-35 ... Lindsay Hoskins scored a team-high 11 points with eight rebounds, but Lehigh fell 72-44 to Boston University in the title game of the Christmas City Classic Sunday ... The Terriers shot nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 12 3-pointers to Lehigh’s two ... Boston University jumped out to a 9-0 advantage and led by as many as 15 before taking a 33-21 lead at the half ... BU’s lead expanded to 20 three minutes into the second half, and it stayed there throughout most of the rest of the contest ... Hilary Weaver’s game-high 19 points paced four Lehigh players in double figures as the Mountain Hawks won 66-57 at Mount St. Mary’s Wednesday ... Kinek narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Guman scored 11 points and O’Reilly added 10 ... Lehigh took a 22-15 lead with 4:07 remaining in the first after a Sarah Williams trey, and the Mountain Hawks had a 26-22 advantage at halftime ... The Mountain Hawks replied with six consecutive points after a Mountaineer rally, and two of Weaver’s nine free throws on the night put Lehigh ahead 61-53 with 1:28 to play ... Lehigh visits NJIT Saturday at 2 p.m. and hosts Columbia Monday at 11:30 a.m.

NAVY Audrey Bauer powered Navy with her first career double-double and the Mids used big runs to power past Marshall 67-51 Sunday afternoon in Annapolis in their final non-League home game of 2012-13 ... Bauer scored 18 points with 12 rebounds and shot 8 of 14 from the floor with a pair of treys, while Jade Geif poured in 15 points with five boards ... Navy’s first big run was a 21-3 spurt in the first half, which turned a 15-11 Marshall edge into a 32-18 Mid lead with 4:37 left until the break ... After leading 36-26 at halftime, Navy used a 9-0 run to regain control after the Thundering Herd had pulled within six ... In all, Navy had runs of 11-0, 10-0, 9-0 and 7-0 during the course of the contest and shot 52 percent from the field ... The Mids visit Richmond Friday at 7 p.m.