Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 1.6.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Geleisa George led American with 13 points in its hard-luck loss Sunday to Hampton.
Geleisa George led American with 13 points in its hard-luck loss Sunday to Hampton.

Jan. 6, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army was one of four Patriot League teams in action Sunday, and the only one to garner a victory as it closed out non-League action.

Anna Simmers led all scorers with 21 points, and Olivia Schretzman logged her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds as Army (11-4) finished non-League play with its best record in six years with a 63-59 win at Morgan State. Aimee Oertner added 10 points, nine rebounds and six rejections up front. The Black Knights built a 30-23 lead by halftime thanks mostly to Schretzman, who scored 12 points and hauled down seven boards in the first 20 minutes. In the second half it was Simmers who carried the load, as she scored 11 straight Black Knight points over a nearly 10-minute stretch, and Oertner later laid in a basket to give Army a 61-51 lead with 3:29 left. A pair of Oertner's blocks came in the final 20 seconds to help the Black Knights hold on.

Hampton's Alyssa Bennett sank a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to defeat American 61-58 Sunday afternoon at Bender Arena. Geleisa George scored a team-high 13 points and Michelle Holmes logged a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Both players came off the bench. Sarah Kiely's layup put American up 19-9 near the midway point of the first, and the Eagles took a 30-23 advantage at the half. Hampton scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a 33-30 lead, and stayed in front until George's layup put the Eagles ahead 42-41 with 8:48 left. Hampton regained the lead late before Shaquilla Curtis sank a jumper with five seconds left to force overtime. Hampton jumped out in front early in the extra frame, but the Eagles knotted the game on George's foul shots with 1:25 left, setting up Bennett's game-winner.

Jhazmine Lynch scored a team-high 15 points in 21 minutes off the bench in Colgate's 57-33 loss at UNC Charlotte Sunday afternoon. The Raiders (6-8) had a tough afternoon from the field, going 13 of 50 (26 percent) overall and 4 of 18 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc. The 49ers sank 13 first-half field goals to Colgate's six en route to a 33-18 halftime lead. Mariah Jones scored two of her seven points on a jumper with 13:34 to go to pull the Raiders within 38-29. After the teams traded buckets, Charlotte went on a game-closing 18-2 run to pull away. The Raiders went the game's final 10:13 without a point, going 0 of 13 from the field with eight turnovers.

Holy Cross went on an 18-4 run in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome a big Fordham lead as the Rams won 67-60 at Rose Hill Gym Sunday afternoon. Christine Ganser logged 17 points and 10 points for the double-double to pace Holy Cross, while senior Amy Lepley scored 13 points to become the 28th Crusader and 75th player in Patriot League history with 1,000 for her career. Four Fordham starters reached double digits in points. The Rams led 51-35 with 12:30 on the clock, but the Crusaders roared back with 18 of the game's next 22 points, cutting the Ram lead to 55-53 with 4:48 remaining, but that was as close as they would get. Fordham turned a 30-27 halftime advantage into the 51-35 lead with a 21-8 run to start the second. Holy Cross couldn't generate much off Fordham miscues, as the Rams turned the ball over only four times.

Monday's slate features just one game, as Columbia visits Lehigh at 11:30 a.m.

Army 63, at Morgan State 59

Hampton 61, at American 58 (OT)

at Charlotte 57, Colgate 33

at Fordham 67, Holy Cross 60