Wednesday's Results Set Up First Place Battle on Saturday in Patriot League Women's Basketball



Jan. 9, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - When Army and Navy square off on Saturday in Annapolis, Md., on CBS Sports Network at 1:30 p.m., it will be for at least a share of first place. That's because both teams, along with Holy Cross, were victorious on Wednesday night to improve to 3-0 and maintain their leads at the top of the League standings.

Army posted a 74-63 win over Lehigh in West Point, N.Y., while Navy was a 70-50 victor over Boston University in Annapolis, Md. Holy Cross kept pace by winning 70-65 at Colgate. In other action, Bucknell erased a 13-point halftime deficit to rally past Lafayette 75-72 at home, while American's stout defense led the way in a 52-34 win at Loyola Maryland.

Brief recaps of Wednesday's games are below.

American 52, at Loyola Maryland 34

BALTIMORE, Md. - Arron Zimmerman scored a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 from the floor with a team-high eight rebounds to pace American (9-5, 2-1 Patriot) to a 52-34 victory over Loyola Maryland at Reitz Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

Jen Dumiak reached double figures for the Eagles with 10 points and six assists, while Sarah Kiely hauled in six boards. Alexis Dobbs had six points, four rebounds and three steals.

Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola (3-11, 0-3) with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Jeneh Perry corralled a game-high 11 boards.

American scored the game's first eight points and jumped out to a 23-4 advantage midway through the first half. Ari Booth's jumper increased the Eagle lead to 27-6 with 5:58 left, and her team took a 30-10 lead into halftime. The Greyhounds hit just 4-of-25 (16 percent) from the floor in the first half and came up empty on six tries from long range. American was 12-of-29 (41.4 percent) in the first 20 minutes.



Loyola's shooting woes continued in the second, as it sank just 7-of-29 tries (24.1 percent). Dumiak and Zimmerman teamed up to score American's first four points of the second, and the Eagles maintained a 38-18 advantage halfway through the period and led by anywhere between 18 and 24 the rest of the way.

American owned the paint to the tune of 28-10 and never trailed.

at Bucknell 75, Lafayette 72

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Tyler Craig didn't light up the stat sheet on Wednesday night, but her only two points of the game gave Bucknell its first and only lead with 1:34 to play as the Bison (7-6, 2-1) rallied for a 75-72 win over Lafayette (6-8, 0-3) at Sojka Pavilion.

Audrey Dotson scored a game-high 24 points with nine rebounds and four assists, and Shelby Romine had 15 points with seven assists and no turnovers to pace Bucknell.

Emily Homan led Lafayette with 15 points, while Annette Snow chipped in 14 with nine boards. Maddie Peabody poured in 10 points, and Danielle Fiacco inched closer to the Patriot League's all-time blocks record with seven on the night. With 337, she stands seven away from the League mark.

Lafayette had two good looks in the final seconds. Linnel Macklin's jumper with five seconds left was off the mark, and after Dotson hit two foul shots the other way to put the Bison up three, the Leopards had one final look. Kelly Loughney's home run pass was caught by Madeline Fahan three-quarters of the way down the court. Fahan turned to her right, found an opening and let a 3-point try go that bounced off the front rim at time expired.

Thanks to scalding-hot shooting in the first half, Lafayette took a 46-33 lead into halftime. The Leopards were on fire early, hitting 11 of their first 15 shots and ended the first 20 minutes 19-of-38 (50 percent) from the field.

Dotson sank two foul shots to help Bucknell chip the deficit down to single digits at 52-44 less than four minutes into the second half, and Romine added a triple to cut it to a 56-51 Lafayette lead with 14:07 to play.

For a while, it seemed as though every time the Bison whittled Lafayette's advantage down to one possession, the Leopards had a response. Bucknell's Megan McGurk hit a 3-pointer to make it a 56-54 game, but Peabody converted an old-fashioned three-point play the other way. Katherine Harris' layup brought the Bison within three, but the Leopards used a 7-0 run to rebuild a 10-point lead at 66-56 with 8:02 left.

The Leopards were up 72-65 with 4:09 remaining before Harris ignited a final Bucknell rally with a 3-pointer. Romine and Dotson sank foul shots to bring the Bison within 72-71, setting up Craig's go-ahead layup in the final two minutes.

at Navy 70, Boston University 50

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Kara Pollinger and Audrey Bauer reached double digits in scoring and Jade Geif logged her second straight double-double to pace Navy to a 70-50 victory over Boston University at Alumni Hall on Wednesday night.

Pollinger scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-9 from long range, while Geif scored 14 points with 15 rebounds. Bauer just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine boards for the Mids (11-3, 3-0).

Rashidat Agboola led BU (6-10, 1-2) with 17 points and seven caroms, while Danielle Callahan added 11 points and five assists.

Pollinger and Chelsea Terry sank consecutive 3s for Navy to nudge the Mids out to a 26-16 advantage midway through the first half. Geif's layup at 6:07 put Navy in front 35-20 before BU orchestrated a 9-0 run over the next three and a half minutes. Navy was up 38-31 at intermission.

After Whitney Turner opened the second with a layup to bring the Terriers within five, Bauer netted a pair of treys to start and finish a 7-0 Navy run for a 45-33 lead at the 17:27 mark.

BU cut the deficit to 10 twice, the last coming after an Agboola jumper to make it a 51-41 game with 10:34 to play, but the Mids responded with seven straight points in just over two minutes to lead 58-41 with 8:12 to go.

Navy finished the game with an astounding 60-34 margin in rebounding and dished 17 assists on 24 baskets.

The Mids, who entered the week as one of the top teams in the nation averaging 9.6 3-pointers per game, shot 12-of-29 (41.4 percent) from deep while holding the Terriers to just 3-of-20 (15 percent). BU came into the game averaging over seven 3s per contest.

Holy Cross 70, at Colgate 65

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Emily Parker and Raquel Scott both posted double-doubles to enable Holy Cross to hold off a late Colgate rally and come away with a 70-65 victory at Cotterell Court on Wednesday night.

Parker netted a team-high 23 points with 12 rebounds, while Scott notched her League-best seventh double-double with 16 points and 16 caroms. Brisje Malone (12 points) and Lisa Mifsud (10) also reached double figures for the Crusaders (11-3, 3-0).

Holy Cross spoiled a 24-point outing from Colgate's Mariah Jones. Missy Repoli chipped in 14 points and Catherine Lewis added 11 for the Raiders (4-10, 0-3).

After a 26-all first half, Holy Cross opened the second with a 14-0 run over the first 3:19 with Mifsud's layup capping it off. A short while later, Parker's layup from the paint extended the lead to 46-29.

Jones sank a pair from the foul line to make it a 48-38 game with 11 minutes remaining, and added a triple to cut the Crusader advantage to single digits at 49-41 at the 10:20 mark. The Raiders then used an 8-2 run ignited by a Harris layup and finished off by a Repoli steal and 3-pointer to cut Holy Cross' lead to 59-55 with 5:33 on the clock.

The Raiders came all the way back within 60-59 with four minutes left on another Harris basket, and then the teams traded buckets over the next few minutes. Repoli brought Colgate within one for the final time at 66-65 with 2:19 left before the Crusaders finished the game from the free throw line.

Holy Cross outrebounded Colgate 48-40 and shot 45.5 percent (25-of-55) to the Raiders' 29.4 percent (20-of-68).

at Army 74, Lehigh 63

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Jen Hazlett scored a season-high 25 points and hauled in 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season to pace Army to a 74-63 triumph over Lehigh at Christl Arena on Wednesday night.

Kelsey Minato reached double figures in scoring for the 30th straight game with 17 points, while Olivia Schretzman added 16 for the Black Knights (11-3, 3-0).

Sarah Williams scored a team-high 13 points for Lehigh (8-6, 1-2), and Kerry Kinek chipped in 11 with five rebounds.

Army opened the game fast with an 8-2 spurt and built a 17-6 advantage less than seven minutes in. After Williams sank two from the line to bring Lehigh within seven with 5:34 left, the Black Knights scored the next nine with Minato sinking a trey to put Army ahead 38-22 with under four minutes on the clock.

After leading 42-28 at the half, Army increased its lead to 17 on a Hazlett layup less than two minutes into the second. Hilary Weaver ignited an 8-0 Lehigh run with a jumper and she sank another to cut Army's lead to 52-47 with 11:53 remaining.

The Black Knights rebuilt a 10-point lead on Brigette Ocran's layup at the 5:49 mark and, after Lehigh had cut its deficit to six, took a 68-58 advantage on two Minato free throws with less than three minutes left.

Army won the battle on the glass 38-29 and shot 27-of-56 (48.2 percent) to the Mountain Hawks' 20-of-52 (38.5 percent).