Jan. 3, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - One player put forth a career effort, and another inched closer to a career milestone. In the end, both Colgate and Holy Cross were victorious Thursday night as the Patriot League continued its strong showing in non-conference play.
Lulu Brase led all scorers with a career-high 15 points and added nine rebounds as Colgate (6-7) doubled up NJIT 72-36 Thursday night in Hamilton, N.Y. Mariah Jones hit double figures with 10 points, three assists and a pair of rebounds, and Jhazmine Lynch added 11 points, five boards and three dishes in 21 minutes off the bench. The Raiders never trailed in the contest and scored the game's first seven points. The lead reached double figures 6:23 into the game on Lynch's 3-pointer, and a pair of Catherine Lewis free throws put the Raiders ahead 30-9 with 6:21 left until the half. The lead was 41-22 at the break, and Brase capped off a 22-8 Colgate spurt to put it in front 65-32 with just over six and a half minutes to go. The Raiders shot 48 percent in the first half and 41 percent for the game, while their defense held the Highlanders to 27 percent for the game and 2 of 13 (15.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
Amy Lepley posted her eighth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Alex Smith scored a game-high 12 points and Molly Hourigan added 10 off the bench as Holy Cross (7-6) won 64-52 at Dartmouth. The Crusaders used a 16-3 run in the first half to take a 24-11 lead just beyond the midway point. The Big Green crawled back within 28-20 at halftime, but Holy Cross was firing early in the second. The Crusaders outscored Dartmouth 17-9 in the first 9:49 of the second to move in front 45-29, and followed it up with an 8-2 run to take their biggest advantage of the game, 53-31, under three minutes later. Dartmouth rallied late but didn't close the deficit into single digits. The Crusaders shot 45 percent for the game, despite a 4-of-17 effort from beyond the arc. Lepley is now eight points shy of becoming the 75th player in League history with 1,000.
Friday's slate features American hosting Fordham at 1 p.m., and Navy heading to Richmond at 7 p.m.
at Colgate 72, NJIT 36
Holy Cross 64, at Dartmouth 52