Jan. 8, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - It was another winning night for Patriot League teams, with Bucknell and Holy Cross capturing victories in their non-League finales Tuesday.
Shelby Romine led all players with 20 points as Bucknell defeated NJIT 52-35 Tuesday to enter Patriot League play with a 9-6 record. Audrey Dotson's string of consecutive 20-point games was snapped as she scored nine, and Lindsay Horbatuck added six with a team-high 11 rebounds. Dotson sank one of her four field goals to put the Bison up 12-4 with 13:38 left in the first. After NJIT clawed back within a pair, Bucknell ended the first half on a 10-0 run and had a 26-14 halftime lead. Rachel Voss' layup allowed the Bison to double up the Highlanders 36-18 with 14:38 on the clock. NJIT cut Bucknell's lead to 11 with under eight minutes to play, but the Bison used an 11-2 run to take their largest advantage of the game to that point at 20 with 5:57 left. Bucknell shot just 29 percent, while NJIT managed just 23.6 percent. The Bison were 15 of 28 from the foul line to the Highlanders' 7 of 8, and had a 49-37 rebounding advantage.
Alex Smith scored a game-high 20 points and moved up the Patriot League's all-time chart in 3-pointers to guide Holy Cross (8-7) to an 83-66 victory over Brown Tuesday afternoon in Worcester, Mass. Smith hit 7 of 13 from the floor and shot 6 of 12 from beyond the arc, giving her 214 treys for her career, placing her in a sixth-place tie in League annals. Amy Lepley chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, Raquel Scott added 11 points, and Brisje Malone scored nine points with nine assists. The Crusaders used several runs in this game to first overcome an early deficit and then pull away in the second half. Holy Cross closed the first frame on a 19-6 rally, including an 8-1 run right before the buzzer, to take a 39-32 lead into the break. The Crusaders opened the second with a 16-5 spurt, powered by five points by Malone and back-to-back 3s from Smith to put the Crusaders ahead 55-37 at the 14:34 mark. The teams traded runs, as Brown scored seven consecutive points before Holy Cross poured in the next 10 for a 65-44 lead just past the midway point of the second stanza. Holy Cross outrebounded Brown 43-26, and both clubs sank a total of 10 3-pointers and hit over 44 percent of their attempts from the field.
Princeton used a game-ending 15-0 run to put away Navy 70-50 Tuesday night in New Jersey. Jade Geif tied the game high with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Mids (7-8), while Kara Pollinger chipped in 11. Navy couldn't overcome four Tigers hitting double figures in scoring, with Niveen Rasheed leading the way with 18 points and 11 boards. It was an even game and both teams were scoring, with the Tigers up 20-19 midway through the first. Princeton used a 16-1 run to take a 33-20 lead and was up 36-26 at the half. The Mids showed their resiliency by climbing back from a pair of double-digit deficits in the second half, closing the gap to 55-50 on Geif's layup with just under five minutes remaining. Michelle Miller hit a 3 and Blake Dietrick sank a layup to spark Princeton's late run. Navy was outgunned on the boards 42-32, and Princeton shot 48 percent to the Mids' 37.
The last non-League game before the start of conference play is Wednesday, as Lafayette visits Columbia for a 7 p.m. start.
Bucknell 52, NJIT 35
Holy Cross 83, Brown 66
Princeton 70, Navy 50