Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.4.14

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Kara Pollinger leads Navy into Sunday's contest at Lafayette at 2 p.m. Each of the last two games between the programs has required overtime.
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Kara Pollinger leads Navy into Sunday's contest at Lafayette at 2 p.m. Each of the last two games between the programs has required overtime.
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Jan. 4, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The five home teams won the opening games of Patriot League play on Thursday, and four of those teams will look for similar success on the road when the second set of games commences on Sunday.

The only home winner from Thursday to remain at its friendly confines for Sunday is American. The Eagles will entertain Holy Cross, which was victorious over Boston University in Thursday’s opener. Army, Lehigh and Navy, winners on their own floors on Thursday, visit Loyola Maryland, BU and Lafayette, respectively, on Sunday.

PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS

• Navy won its fifth straight Patriot League opener with Thursday’s 67-44 win over Loyola Maryland.
• Raquel Scott of Holy Cross posted her League-best fifth double-double on Thursday with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the 69-59 victory over Boston University.
• American, Holy Cross and Navy all enter Sunday’s contests with two consecutive wins.
• All five games on Sunday are available on Patriot League Network at patriotleague.tv. In addition, the Lafayette-Navy game in Easton, Pa., will air on the Lafayette Sports Network on RCN Channels 4 & 8 and WBPH 60.
• The Patriot League entered the week ranked 11th as a conference in the latest College Basketball News RPI report from Monday.
• Boston University and Loyola Maryland will host their first Patriot League games as conference members on Sunday. The Terriers entertain Lehigh and the Greyhounds are home for Army.
• Lehigh (3-2) and Navy (4-1), both on the road on Sunday, are the only two League teams with winning records away from their home courts.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato enters the weekend leading the League with 19.3 points per game. Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek is second at 18.7 per. Both are sophomores.
• Holy Cross sophomore Raquel Scott is the League’s leading rebounder entering Sunday at 8.8 boards per outing.
• Lehigh coach Sue Troyan has 294 wins on the Mountain Hawk sidelines after Thursday’s 76-69 triumph over Colgate.
• Lafayette senior Danielle Fiacco is 17 shy of tying the League career mark for rejections, which stands at 344.
• Navy entered the week seventh in the nation averaging 9.2 treys per game. The Mids’ average is up to 9.6 after hitting 14 on Thursday in the win over Loyola.
• The longest win streaks currently held in Sunday’s head-to-head series are Navy’s five games against Lafayette and Boston University’s three over Lehigh. Loyola has won its last two against Army.

Patriot League Notebook

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMPS HERE
Several sophomores are having strong seasons in the Patriot League this season, and they’re also on top of a few stat categories. Army’s Kelsey Minato (19.3 ppg) and Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek (18.7) are 1-2 in the League in scoring, while Holy Cross forward Raquel Scott is averaging a League-best 8.8 rebounds per contest. The League’s top shooter at the moment is also a second-year player, as American’s Michelle Holmes is hitting on 67.3 percent of her tries from the floor. Minato is also tops in free throw shooting (94.4 percent) and is followed closely behind by Holy Cross’ Lisa Mifsud (93.3).

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. From this point on, all League games outside of the two Army-Navy regular-season contests on CBS Sports Network will air 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.

Patriot League Games

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (9-3, 1-0) AT LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS (3-9, 0-1)
Reitz Arena (2,100); Baltimore, Md. • Sunday, 1 p.m.
Series: Loyola, 5-1 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Loyola, 2 Last Meeting: Loyola, 53-47 (West Point, N.Y.; 12.10.12)
Last Army Win: 60-52 (West Point, N.Y.; 12.19.10) Last Five Games: Loyola, 4-1

• Sunday marks the seventh meeting between Army and Loyola, who have played each of the last five seasons and will square off for the first time as League foes.
• Army is 2-3 on the road this season, while Loyola is 2-2 at home.
• The Black Knights are tops in the League in scoring margin (+11.3), free throw shooting (74.9 percent), field goal percentage defense (35.0 percent), 3-point shooting (38.5 percent) and 3-point defense (26.5 percent).
• Nai Brown leads the Greyhounds and is sixth in the League averaging 14.4 points per game.
• Kara Marshall, Loyola’s second leading scorer at 13.5 per, did not play in Thursday’s loss at Navy.

ARMY Jen Hazlett scored a game-high 22 points and Kelsey Minato tallied 21 to pace Army to a 66-49 victory over Lafayette in the Patriot League opener on Thursday afternoon at Christl Arena ... Both players did plenty of damage from the foul line, with Minato shooting 14-of-15 and Hazlett 8-of-9 from the charity stripe ... Their efforts were part of an overall 32-of-36 showing (88.9 percent) for the Black Knights (9-3, 1-0 Patriot) ... Emily Homan paced Lafayette (6-6, 0-1) with 13 points, while Linnel Macklin scored 11 ... Danielle Fiacco scored five points with six rebounds and five blocks ... She remains in second place all-time in League rankings with 327 career rejections, 17 shy of tying the record ... Trailing 4-0 in the early moments, Army rattled off a 13-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish ... It led by as many as 12 in the first half before Maia Hood’s trey and Kelly Loughney’s jumper helped whittle Lafayette’s deficit down to 33-27 at the break ... Brianna Johnson and Minato scored back-to-back 3s for Army to put it up 39-30 with less than three minutes gone in the second ... The Leopards were within 41-33 with 16:29 remaining, but Army scored nine of the next 11 points, capped off by Stephanie Geyer’s layup, to take a 50-35 advantage with 9:27 on the clock ... The Black Knights never looked back, extending the lead to as many as 22 in the final two minutes ... Army finished the game with a 36-29 edge on the glass and outscored Lafayette 32-14 from the foul line ... Both teams shot under 35 percent for the game ... Army is home for Lehigh on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LOYOLA Audrey Bauer scored 11 of Navy’s points during its game-opening 16-0 run in Thursday night’s 67-44 victory over Loyola Maryland at Alumni Hall ... The win was Navy’s fifth straight in League openers ... Bauer finished with a game- and career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 from 3 ... Kara Pollinger added 15 points, all from the arc, while Alix Membreno had eight points, eight assists and five rebounds, and Sandita Condie chipped in eight points and four dishes off the bench ... Nai Brown led the Greyhounds (3-9, 0-1) with 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field, while Nicole Krusen and Lisa Mirarchi both added eight points apiece ... Loyola was playing without leading scorer Kara Marshall, who is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists per outing ... Navy (9-3, 1-0) scored its 16 unanswered points over the game’s first seven minutes and never looked back ... The Mids used another 14-0 run later in the first to build a 37-10 lead with 3:33 on the clock, and went into halftime up 45-17 ... The first half shooting stats for the Mids were breathtaking: 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) from the field, 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from deep ... Navy opted to sub out its starting five as the second half wore on, going with a lineup entirely of reserves for the last 7:25 of the game ... The Mids led by as many as 33 down the stretch before taking the 23-point win ... The Mids finished the game 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from the arc, one made 3 shy of the League record ... They also dominated the glass 36-23 and distributed the ball to the tune of 21 assists on 24 baskets ... Loyola hit on 35.4 percent (17-of-48) from the floor but only 2-of-7 from the arc ... The Greyhounds host American on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (8-4, 1-0) AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS (5-9, 0-1)
Case Gym (1,800); Boston, Mass. • Sunday, 1 p.m.
Series: Boston University, 3-0 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Boston University, 3 Last Meeting: Boston University, 72-44 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 12.30.12)

• Lehigh and Boston University are meeting for just the fourth time and first as League rivals on Sunday.
• The Terriers won the previous meeting in last year’s championship game of the Christmas City Classic, 72-44.
• Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek is second in the League at 18.7 points and seventh at 7.0 rebounds per game.
• The Mountain Hawks are the only League team averaging better than 70 points (76.8) but also allow nearly 73 points per outing.
• Rashidat Agboola (11.5) and Danielle Callahan (10.6) are both averaging double figures in scoring for BU.

LEHIGH A decisive 17-0 second-half run gave Lehigh just enough of a cushion to hold off a late Colgate rally in a 76-69 victory for the Mountain Hawks on Thursday night at Stabler Arena ... Kerry Kinek scored a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds to pace Lehigh (8-4, 1-0), while Kayla Burton added 15 points with five assists ... Six other Lehigh players scored at least five points apiece ... Carole Harris netted a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Colgate (4-8, 0-1), which dropped its third straight ... Mariah Jones had nine points, four rebounds and four assists for the Raiders, while Josie Stockill had eight points and Lauryn Kobiela seven ... Colgate used a 10-2 run in the second half to take a 42-41 lead on Missy Repoli’s 3-point bomb with 12:18 to play ... After the teams traded two-point buckets, the Mountain Hawks began their run ... Katie O’Reilly and Burton sandwiched an Alexandra Yantzi layup with a pair of 3-pointers to send Lehigh on its way ... Burton capped off the run with a second trey that gave Lehigh a 60-44 advantage with 6:26 left ... Colgate hung tough thanks to defensive pressure and clutch shooting late ... Catherine Lewis hit back-to-back treys to cut Lehigh’s lead to 70-60 with 1:44 left, but the Raiders couldn’t get a defensive stop on the next possession as Amina Affini banked in a layup to give Lehigh a 12-point cushion ... Lehigh outrebounded Colgate 52-42 and won the battle for second chance points 16-9 ... The Raiders rebounded from a 2-of-14 showing from the arc in the first half to shoot 6-of-15 in the second to hang around ... Next up for the Mountain Hawks is Wednesday’s 7 p.m. tip at Army.

BOSTON U. Raquel Scott’s fifth double-double of the season propelled Holy Cross (9-3, 1-0) to a 69-59 victory over new League rival Boston University (5-9, 0-1) on Thursday afternoon at the Hart Center ... Scott totaled a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Brisje Malone added a season-best 19 points with five rebounds and five assists ... Alex Smith dished six assists, and Emily Parker had 12 points and nine rebounds ... Rashidat Agboola shined for BU with 18 points on 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-10 from the foul line with seven rebounds and three blocks ... Clodagh Scannell chipped in 13 points and Meghan Green had 11, both off the bench ... Holy Cross used a 6-0 spurt to edge ahead 25-19 with 6:30 left in the first, and scored eight of the final 12 points of the frame to secure a 33-27 halftime lead ... The Crusaders took their first double-digit lead of the game at the 13:27 mark of the second at 45-34, and used a 10-3 run capped off by a Parker layup to make it a 56-40 game with 8:11 left ... The Terriers orchestrated a late 11-0 run to climb back within 61-58 with three minutes remaining ... Scott replied with a bucket and the and-one conversion to regain control for the Crusaders, who hit 5-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win ... The Crusaders dished 17 assists and shot 24-of-57 (42.1 percent), while BU ended the game at 38.3 percent (23-of-60) ... The Terriers were 6-of-21 from long range despite not hitting their first trey until the 12:01 mark of the second ... Holy Cross won despite shooting just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from the arc ... The Terriers are at Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (9-3, 1-0) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (8-4, 1-0)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Sunday, 2 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 16-13 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Holy Cross, 1 Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 73-63 (Worcester, Mass.; 2.16.13)
Last American Win: 67-62 (Washington, D.C.; 1.19.13) Last Five Games: American, 3-2

• American and Holy Cross square off for the 30th time in the only game on Sunday between two squads who both won League openers on Thursday.
• The Crusaders are second in the League averaging 69.5 points per game. The Eagles are fifth (66.2).
• American boasts the League’s best scoring defense at 55.4 per game and is second in scoring margin (+10.7).
• Holy Cross’ Raquel Scott leads the League in rebounding (8.8) and is fourth in scoring (16.3).
• American’s Alexis Dobbs dishes a League-best 5.6 assists and sits fifth in scoring (14.8).

HOLY CROSS Raquel Scott’s fifth double-double of the season propelled Holy Cross (9-3, 1-0) to a 69-59 victory over new League rival Boston University (5-9, 0-1) on Thursday afternoon at the Hart Center ... Scott totaled a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Brisje Malone added a season-best 19 points with five rebounds and five assists ... Alex Smith dished six assists, and Emily Parker had 12 points and nine rebounds ... Rashidat Agboola shined for BU with 18 points on 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-10 from the foul line with seven rebounds and three blocks ... Clodagh Scannell chipped in 13 points and Meghan Green had 11, both off the bench ... Holy Cross used a 6-0 spurt to edge ahead 25-19 with 6:30 left in the first, and scored eight of the final 12 points of the frame to secure a 33-27 halftime lead ... The Crusaders took their first double-digit lead of the game at the 13:27 mark of the second at 45-34, and used a 10-3 run capped off by a Parker layup to make it a 56-40 game with 8:11 left ... The Terriers orchestrated a late 11-0 run to climb back within 61-58 with three minutes remaining ... Scott replied with a bucket and the and-one conversion to regain control for the Crusaders, who hit 5-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win ... The Crusaders dished 17 assists and shot 24-of-57 (42.1 percent), while BU ended the game at 38.3 percent (23-of-60) ... The Terriers were 6-of-21 from long range despite not hitting their first trey until the 12:01 mark of the second ... Holy Cross won despite shooting just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from the arc ... The Crusaders visit Colgate on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN Lauren Crisler led three American players in double figures with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench as the Eagles ran away from Bucknell 77-40 in the Patriot League opener at Bender Arena on Thursday night ... Arron Zimmerman added 11 points and Shaquilla Curtis chipped in 10 for American (8-4, 1-0), which gave first-year head coach Megan Gebbia a victory in her first conference matchup ... Alexis Dobbs added nine points, six rebounds and four assists, while Jen Dumiak had eight points and eight dishes ... Claire DeBoer had nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds to lead Bucknell (5-6, 0-1), which was playing for the first time since the win at Longwood on Dec. 21 ... American took control right from the opening tip with the game’s first six points ... The Eagles used an 11-0 run later in the half to take a commanding 30-11 lead with 4:48 until the break before bringing a 35-19 advantage into halftime ... After scoring the first seven points of the second, the Eagles used a 10-2 spurt midway through the stanza to extend the lead to 55-27, and added 14 unanswered points over a 3:13 stretch to move in front 71-35 with 4:07 to play ... Bucknell struggled to a 12-of-59 showing (20.3 percent) from the field, including a 4-of-23 ledger (17.4 percent) from the 3-point line ... American shot a blistering 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) in the second half to pull away ... Bucknell beat American 19-10 in offensive rebounds, but the Eagles had a 17-10 advantage in second chance points ... American also outscored the Bison 12-0 on the fast break and dominated in the paint 42-12 ... American’s first road game of League play is Wednesday when it visits Loyola Maryland for an 11:30 a.m. tip.

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (9-3, 1-0) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (6-6, 0-1)
Kirby Sports Center (2,600); Easton, Pa. • Sunday, 2 p.m.
Series: Navy, 41-20 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv) TV: Lafayette Sports Network
Streak: Navy, 5 Last Meeting: Navy, 59-55 (OT; Annapolis, Md.; 3.7.13)
Last Lafayette Win: 58-53 (Easton, Pa.; 2.12.11) Last Five Games: Navy, 5-0

• Lafayette hosts Navy for the 62nd meeting between the programs on Sunday at Kirby Sports Center.
• Each of the last two meetings have gone to overtime. Navy won 59-55 on March 7 in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals, and escaped Easton with a 60-52 overtime victory on Feb. 9 of last season.
• Three of the last five games between the two have been decided by single digits.
• The Mids have hit 14 3-pointers in each of their last two games, shooting 51.9 percent from the arc in that stretch.
• Emily Homan (13.0) and Jamie O’Hare (10.9) pace the Lafayette offense.

NAVY Audrey Bauer scored 11 of Navy’s points during its game-opening 16-0 run in Thursday night’s 67-44 victory over Loyola Maryland at Alumni Hall ... The win was Navy’s fifth straight in League openers ... Bauer finished with a game- and career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 from 3 ... Kara Pollinger added 15 points, all from the arc, while Alix Membreno had eight points, eight assists and five rebounds, and Sandita Condie chipped in eight points and four dishes off the bench ... Nai Brown led the Greyhounds (3-9, 0-1) with 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field, while Nicole Krusen and Lisa Mirarchi both added eight points apiece ... Loyola was playing without leading scorer Kara Marshall, who is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists per outing ... Navy (9-3, 1-0) scored its 16 unanswered points over the game’s first seven minutes and never looked back ... The Mids used another 14-0 run later in the first to build a 37-10 lead with 3:33 on the clock, and went into halftime up 45-17 ... The first half shooting stats for the Mids were breathtaking: 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) from the field, 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from deep ... Navy opted to sub out its starting five as the second half wore on, going with a lineup entirely of reserves for the last 7:25 of the game ... The Mids led by as many as 33 down the stretch before taking the 23-point win ... The Mids finished the game 14-of-22 (63.6 percent) from the arc, one made 3 shy of the League record ... They also dominated the glass 36-23 and distributed the ball to the tune of 21 assists on 24 baskets ... Loyola hit on 35.4 percent (17-of-48) from the floor but only 2-of-7 from the arc ... The Mids are back home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip with Boston University.

LAFAYETTE Jen Hazlett scored a game-high 22 points and Kelsey Minato tallied 21 to pace Army to a 66-49 victory over Lafayette in the Patriot League opener on Thursday afternoon at Christl Arena ... Both players did plenty of damage from the foul line, with Minato shooting 14-of-15 and Hazlett 8-of-9 from the charity stripe ... Their efforts were part of an overall 32-of-36 showing (88.9 percent) for the Black Knights (9-3, 1-0 Patriot) ... Emily Homan paced Lafayette (6-6, 0-1) with 13 points, while Linnel Macklin scored 11 ... Danielle Fiacco scored five points with six rebounds and five blocks ... She remains in second place all-time in League rankings with 327 career rejections, 17 shy of tying the record ... Trailing 4-0 in the early moments, Army rattled off a 13-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish ... It led by as many as 12 in the first half before Maia Hood’s trey and Kelly Loughney’s jumper helped whittle Lafayette’s deficit down to 33-27 at the break ... Brianna Johnson and Minato scored back-to-back 3s for Army to put it up 39-30 with less than three minutes gone in the second ... The Leopards were within 41-33 with 16:29 remaining, but Army scored nine of the next 11 points, capped off by Stephanie Geyer’s layup, to take a 50-35 advantage with 9:27 on the clock ... The Black Knights never looked back, extending the lead to as many as 22 in the final two minutes ... Army finished the game with a 36-29 edge on the glass and outscored Lafayette 32-14 from the foul line ... Both teams shot under 35 percent for the game ... The Leopards visit Bucknell on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

BUCKNELL BISON (5-6, 0-1) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (4-8, 0-1)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Sunday, 2 p.m.
Series: Bucknell, 38-21 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Colgate, 1 Last Meeting: Colgate, 58-51 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.13.13)
Last Bucknell Win: 53-51 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 1.16.13) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 3-2

• Sunday marks the 60th meeting between Bucknell and Colgate when the two square off in Hamilton, N.Y.
• The Bison have won back-to-back games just one this season, a two-game win streak in November just before Thanksgiving.
• The Raiders have dropped three in a row following a three-game win streak.
• Shelby Romine and Megan McGurk are the only two Bison to start in all 11 games.
• Lauryn Kobiela (10.9 points per game), Carole Harris (10.9) and Mariah Jones (10.4) pace the Raider offense that is averaging just under 64 points per outing.

BUCKNELL Lauren Crisler led three American players in double figures with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench as the Eagles ran away from Bucknell 77-40 in the Patriot League opener at Bender Arena on Thursday night ... Arron Zimmerman added 11 points and Shaquilla Curtis chipped in 10 for American (8-4, 1-0), which gave first-year head coach Megan Gebbia a victory in her first conference matchup ... Alexis Dobbs added nine points, six rebounds and four assists, while Jen Dumiak had eight points and eight dishes ... Claire DeBoer had nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds to lead Bucknell (5-6, 0-1), which was playing for the first time since the win at Longwood on Dec. 21 ... American took control right from the opening tip with the game’s first six points ... The Eagles used an 11-0 run later in the half to take a commanding 30-11 lead with 4:48 until the break before bringing a 35-19 advantage into halftime ... After scoring the first seven points of the second, the Eagles used a 10-2 spurt midway through the stanza to extend the lead to 55-27, and added 14 unanswered points over a 3:13 stretch to move in front 71-35 with 4:07 to play ... Bucknell struggled to a 12-of-59 showing (20.3 percent) from the field, including a 4-of-23 ledger (17.4 percent) from the 3-point line ... American shot a blistering 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) in the second half to pull away ... Bucknell beat American 19-10 in offensive rebounds, but the Eagles had a 17-10 advantage in second chance points ... American also outscored the Bison 12-0 on the fast break and dominated in the paint 42-12 ... Bucknell entertains Lafayette on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

COLGATE A decisive 17-0 second-half run gave Lehigh just enough of a cushion to hold off a late Colgate rally in a 76-69 victory for the Mountain Hawks on Thursday night at Stabler Arena ... Kerry Kinek scored a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds to pace Lehigh (8-4, 1-0), while Kayla Burton added 15 points with five assists ... Six other Lehigh players scored at least five points apiece ... Carole Harris netted a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Colgate (4-8, 0-1), which dropped its third straight ... Mariah Jones had nine points, four rebounds and four assists for the Raiders, while Josie Stockill had eight points and Lauryn Kobiela seven ... Colgate used a 10-2 run in the second half to take a 42-41 lead on Missy Repoli’s 3-point bomb with 12:18 to play ... After the teams traded two-point buckets, the Mountain Hawks began their run ... Katie O’Reilly and Burton sandwiched an Alexandra Yantzi layup with a pair of 3-pointers to send Lehigh on its way ... Burton capped off the run with a second trey that gave Lehigh a 60-44 advantage with 6:26 left ... Colgate hung tough thanks to defensive pressure and clutch shooting late ... Catherine Lewis hit back-to-back treys to cut Lehigh’s lead to 70-60 with 1:44 left, but the Raiders couldn’t get a defensive stop on the next possession as Amina Affini banked in a layup to give Lehigh a 12-point cushion ... Lehigh outrebounded Colgate 52-42 and won the battle for second chance points 16-9 ... The Raiders rebounded from a 2-of-14 showing from the arc in the first half to shoot 6-of-15 in the second to hang around ... Colgate welcomes Holy Cross to Cotterell Court on Wednesday at 7 p.m.