Army, Holy Cross, Navy Win on the Road to Tie for First in Patriot League Women's Basketball



Jan. 5, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army, Holy Cross and Navy sit atop the Patriot League women's basketball standings in a three-way tie at 2-0 following victories during Sunday's action. The other two winners were Boston University and Bucknell, which both evened their League records at 1-1.

Five more games are set for Wednesday, with the first contest between American and Loyola Maryland at Reitz Arena in Baltimore scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Bucknell entertains Lafayette at 5 p.m. The other three games are set for 7 p.m., with Navy hosting Boston University, Lehigh visiting Army and Colgate entertaining Holy Cross. All five games will air on Patriot League Network.

Brief recaps of Sunday's five games are below.

Army 66, at Loyola Maryland 62 (OT)

BALTIMORE - Sophomore guard Kelsey Minato scored a career-high 29 points and netted crucial buckets late in regulation and overtime to lead Army (10-3, 2-0 Patriot) to a come-from-behind 66-62 win at Loyola Maryland (3-10, 0-2) on Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.

Minato tied the game at 55-all when her jumper fell with 21 seconds left in regulation to force the extra five minutes. Loyola took the early lead in overtime on Tiffany Padgett's trey, and went up 62-60 with 2:20 to go on Nai Brown's bucket.

Minato struck again for Army, sinking a basket with 1:26 left to tie the game at 62. After the Greyhounds came up empty on their ensuing possession, Minato scored another bucket with 27 seconds remaining to give the Black Knights their first lead since the 10:36 mark of the first half. She added two more free throws in the waning seconds to end the game on a personal 6-0 run.



Loyola ended the first half on a 7-0 run and took a 32-22 advantage into the break. Minato's trey cut it to a 43-42 Greyhound lead midway through the second, and she sank another 3-pointer to knot the game at 47-all with five minute to go.

Brown put Loyola up 51-47 with three minutes left with a layup, and both teams traded free throws down the stretch of regulation before Minato tied the game.

Jen Hazlett added 10 points for Army, while Olivia Schretzman hauled down a game-high 15 points. Brown led the Greyhounds with 24 points on 10-of-22 from the field with six rebounds, and Lisa Mirarchi poured in 17 points with four assists.

at Boston University 71, Lehigh 64

BOSTON - Meghan Green led three Terriers in double figures with 15 points in 20 minutes off the bench as Boston University (6-9, 1-1) won its first Patriot League game with a 71-64 triumph over Lehigh (8-5, 1-1) at Case Gym on Sunday.

Rashidat Agboola had 14 points and 15 rebounds up front for BU, and Melissa Gallo chipped in 13 points.

Kerry Kinek scored a game-high 16 for Lehigh (8-5, 1-1) with six rebounds, while Elizabeth Sharlow chipped in 12 points and nine boards off the bench. Kayla Burton scored 11 points and Sarah Williams poured in 10.

BU opened the game on a 9-0 run and led 16-2 with 12:18 left in the first. The lead ballooned to 29-9 with 8:32 remaining before Lehigh chipped it down to a 35-24 halftime deficit with a half-closing 7-0 run. The Mountain Hawks started slow from the floor and were 10-of-33 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

Gallo sank one of her three triples for the game to put BU up 40-25 less than two minutes into the second. She hit another to give the Terriers a 46-27 advantage at the 15:47 mark. BU led by between 15 and 20 points most of the rest of the way. Agboola hit two foul shots and Green went on a personal 4-0 run to put BU ahead 71-54 with 1:03 to go before Lehigh scored 10 quick points to end the game.

Navy 67, at Lafayette 53

EASTON, Pa. - Kara Pollinger's 15 points paced a balanced Navy offensive attack as the Mids (10-3, 2-0) held off a second-half rally to defeat Lafayette 67-53 at Kirby Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.

Pollinger had seven boards to go with her 15 points, while Jade Geif logged a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double and Alix Membreno chipped in 14 points. Chloe Stapleton had 11 points and seven rebounds while dropping one-third of her team's nine 3-pointers.

Linnel Macklin scored a team-best 12 points for the Leopards (6-7, 0-2) while Madeline Fahan added 10. Maddie Peabody scored seven points, and Danielle Fiacco scored six points, hauled in seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

Lafayette led early before Geif scored back-to-back buckets to give Navy a 13-4 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Leopards rallied to cut the deficit to one before a 10-2 run for the Mids put them ahead 30-20 with 5:20 until halftime. Membreno capped off the spurt with a 3-pointer, one of nine for Navy in the game.

Navy led 35-25 at halftime and Membreno's layup expanded the lead to 50-33 with 13 minutes remaining. Fahan finished off a 10-1 Lafayette run with a jumper to make it a 56-48 game with 4:09 to play, but Stapleton sank a 3-pointer on Navy's next possession to give it another double-digit lead. The Mids led by at least 10 the rest of the way.

Holy Cross 63, at American 60

WASHINGTON - Emily Parker scored a team-high 17 points and Raquel Scott netted her second straight double-double in League play with 15 points and 10 rebounds as Holy Cross (10-3, 2-0) hung on for a 63-60 win over American at Bender Arena on Sunday in the nation's capital.

Parker added eight boards for the Crusaders, while Brisje Malone scored seven with nine rebounds, and Alex Smith scored eight points with six assists.

Arron Zimmerman paced American (8-5, 1-1) with a game-best 18 points, while Shaquilla Curtis hauled in a team-high eight rebounds to go with her seven points. Alexis Dobbs had eight points with six assists.

American led 59-58 with 55 seconds remaining before Parker sank two from the foul line to put the Crusaders up one. The Eagles tied it on their next trip down the floor when Zimmerman went 1-of-2 at the line. Parker went back to the stripe on Holy Cross' next possession and missed the front end, but grabbed the offensive rebound and found Scott for the go-ahead bucket with 14 seconds left. The Eagles missed a 3-pointer with one second to go, and Kate Gillespie sank a free throw on the other end to give Holy Cross the three-point win.

It was a close back-and-forth first half before American nudged out to a 25-19 lead at the last media timeout. The Crusaders went on a 10-3 run and took a 29-28 advantage into the break.

The teams traded runs in the second half, with American using an 11-2 spurt to move in front 46-42. After the Crusaders retook the lead, Michelle Holmes converted the and-one to put American ahead again 49-47. Holy Cross tied the game with 7:22 left, setting the stage for the squads to tie each other three more times and trade the lead seven times down to the end.

Holy Cross shot 49 percent (26-of-53) for the game and 52 percent (12-of-23) in the second half. The Crusaders won the glass 44-32. American finished the contest 39 percent (25-of-64) from the field.

Bucknell 88, at Colgate 72

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Claire DeBoer netted a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead four Bucknell players in double figures as the Bison (6-6, 1-1) shot their way past Colgate 88-72 at Cotterell Court on Sunday afternoon.

Shelby Romine scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists for Bucknell, while Audrey Dotson poured in 20 points and Sheaira Jones added 13 points.

Josie Stockill led the Raiders (4-9, 0-2) with 17 points, while Paige Kriftcher chipped in 11 points off the bench and Mariah Jones added 10. Lauryn Kobiela scored eight points with five assists.

Trailing by one, Bucknell used a 9-0 run started by two Romine free throws and a DeBoer layup to take a 32-24 lead with 6:13 to play. The Raiders cut the Bucknell lead to three before another Bison run, this time a 9-0 surge, put them up 41-29 with less than two minutes to go. The Bison took a 46-33 halftime advantage and shot a blistering 55 percent.

Jones' layup gave Bucknell a 53-33 lead less than two minutes into the second, and the Bison mostly cruised from there. Colgate scored seven straight points midway through the stanza to cut the deficit to 65-51, but the Bison matched the spurt with seven straight of their own. Colgate came only as close as 12 points the rest of the way.