Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 1.5.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell's Audrey Dotson scored 22 points in the Bison's loss at Yale Saturday.
Bucknell's Audrey Dotson scored 22 points in the Bison's loss at Yale Saturday.

Jan. 5, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A pair of Patriot League women's basketball teams were victorious on the last Saturday of non-League competition in 2012-13.

Freshman Jamie O'Hare had a breakout game with a career-high 18 points as Lafayette (6-8) stifled Brown 56-32 at Kirby Sports Center Saturday afternoon. It's the fewest points allowed in nearly 21 years by the Leopards, matching the 32 points surrendered Feb. 5, 1992 in a 55-32 win over Holy Cross. O'Hare added eight rebounds and four assists, while Danielle Fiacco recorded a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, and Emily Homan scored 11 with four rejections and four dishes. The Leopards jumped out to a 10-4 lead and later orchestrated a 25-6 run to take a 37-17 lead at halftime. The lead was never in any serious danger in the second, as the Leopard defense allowed Brown just five field goals and 17 percent shooting, including a 1-of-14 showing from the field.

Katie O'Reilly sank 1 of 2 from the free throw line with four seconds left and it was the difference as Lehigh pulled to .500 (7-7) with a 46-45 win at NJIT Saturday afternoon. Freshman Kerry Kinek led all scorers with 17 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds, while Sarah Pearce and Marybeth Egan scored six apiece for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh led 26-15 with less than three minutes to go in the first, but the Highlanders used a 14-0 run that spanned the end of the first and beginning of the second to take a three-point lead. It took Lehigh until the 6:30 mark of the second to regain the lead on a Kinek layup to make it a 40-38 game. A pair of free throws put NJIT in front 44-43 with 2:49 left, and then Kinek and Pearce both went 1 of 2 from the stripe on consecutive possessions to give Lehigh a 45-44 lead with two minutes to play. Keeping with the theme, NJIT hit 1 of 2 from the line on its next crack at the basket roughly 30 seconds later setting up O'Reilly's game-winning turn at the line.

Audrey Dotson had another monster game up front, scoring 22 points on 10 of 13 from the floor, but Bucknell couldn't overcome four Bulldogs scoring in double figures as the Bison fell 82-62 in New Haven, Conn., Saturday. Lindsay Horbatuck and Rachel Voss scored seven points apiece, while Horbatuck also pulled down nine rebounds. Yale started the game on a 6-0 run and expanded the lead to double figures for the first time at 25-14 at the 6:16 mark of the first half. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 16 before Bucknell chipped away and settled for a 39-26 halftime deficit. The Bison cut Yale's lead to single digits less than three minutes in, but the Bulldogs pulled away approaching the midway point of the second half with a 17-2 run. Yale shot 8 of 22 from beyond the arc to Bucknell's 2 of 8, and turned 26 Bison turnovers into 36 points.

Four games dot Sunday's schedule, including a pair to open the day at 2 p.m. The slate begins with Colgate at UNC Charlotte and Holy Cross visiting Fordham. American is home for Hampton at 4:30 p.m., and Army finishes the day at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan State.

at Lafayette 56, Brown 32

Lehigh 46, at NJIT 45

at Yale 82, Bucknell 62