Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.10.14

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Jade Geif has netted back-to-back double-doubles for Navy. The Mids host Army in a first-place battle on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
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Jade Geif has netted back-to-back double-doubles for Navy. The Mids host Army in a first-place battle on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
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Jan. 10, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — As if Saturday’s Army-Navy tussle on CBS Sports Network needed more interest, intrigue and emotion, both teams head into that contest with a share of first place in the Patriot League following wins at home on Wednesday night. The Black Knights outlasted Lehigh 74-63, while the Mids pulled away from Boston University 70-50. The third team in the tie is Holy Cross, a 70-65 winner at Colgate on Wednesday.

American and Bucknell also enter the weekend with momentum. The Bison won their second straight by overcoming a 13-point halftime deficit to rally past Lafayette 75-72, while American stifled Loyola Maryland 52-34.

PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS

• Holy Cross’ Alex Smith tallied three assists in Wednesday’s win at Colgate to move up to eighth all-time in League history with 476.
• Army remains the League’s only unbeaten team at home with an 8-0 mark.
• Depending on Saturday’s results, there could be another first-place showdown on Wednesday when Army visits Holy Cross. The Black Knights are at Navy on Saturday, while the Crusaders host Bucknell, and if both win they’ll be 4-0 in the League heading into the midweek matchup.
• Army and Navy are ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the League in scoring offense at 68.6 and 68.2 points per game.
• Lafayette’s Danielle Fiacco blocked seven shots on Wednesday at Bucknell to give her 337 for her career. She’s now seven shy of tying the League record of 344 held by Bucknell’s Hope Foster. Fiacco also leads all active players in Division I.
• Holy Cross’ Brisje Malone is two assists shy of 400 for her career.
• Holy Cross is ranked No. 19 in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25. American, Army and Navy received votes.
• The NCAA released its first official RPI ratings of the season on Tuesday. Holy Cross is the top League team at No. 87, while Army (97), Lafayette (99) and Navy (100) are in the top 100. Bucknell is No. 157, American 171, Boston University 183, Lehigh 192, Colgate 207 and Loyola 264.

Patriot League Notebook

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMPS HERE
Several sophomores are having strong seasons in the Patriot League this season, and they’re also on top of a few stat categories. Army’s Kelsey Minato (19.9 ppg) and Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek (17.9) are 1-2 in the League in scoring, while Holy Cross forward Raquel Scott is averaging a League-best 9.5 rebounds per contest with a League-leading seven double-doubles. The League’s top shooter at the moment is also a second-year player, as American’s Michelle Holmes is hitting on 68.4 percent of her tries from the floor. Minato is also tops in free throw shooting (93.8 percent) and is followed closely behind by Holy Cross’ Lisa Mifsud (90.3), who is third.

ABOVE .500 AGAIN
With a 4-6 mark during the last weekend of 2013, Patriot League teams finished off an above-.500 record in non-League play for the season. The 10 schools finished the ledger 61-50, one year removed from a 63-58 non-League composite. League teams went 10-3 versus the MAAC, 9-4 against the America East, 7-4 against the NEC, 6-6 versrus the Atlantic 10 and 9-9 against the Ivy League.

SMITH ADDS GOOD WORKS NOMINATION
Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith, already a Senior CLASS Award candidate with American’s Alexis Dobbs, added another citation to her resume on Dec. 3 when she was named to the list of nominees for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. A total of 84 players from all levels were nominated, and Smith is one of 52 nominees from Division I.

WATCH FREE ON PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create Patriot League Network (PLN), a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. From this point on, all League games outside of the two Army-Navy regular-season contests on CBS Sports Network will air on PLN. PLN also includes on-demand video content with feature stories, highlight shows and recaps. For more, visit patriotleague.tv.

DOBBS, SMITH ARE CLASSY CANDIDATES
American’s Alexis Dobbs and Holy Cross’ Alex Smith were named to the list of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in late October. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Dobbs has been the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women’s basketball each of the last two years, while Smith has joined her in picking up back-to-back Academic All-League citations.

EVERYBODY IN THE POOL
It’s a bigger Patriot League now with a bigger League tournament. All 10 squads will qualify for the League bracket that begins with first round games on Tuesday, March 4, with the No. 7 seed hosting No. 10 and No. 8 home for No. 9. The 7/10 winner will move on to visit the second seed, and the 8/9 victor goes on to play No. 1 in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 6, with 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 matchups taking place as well. The semifinals are set for Monday, March 10, with the last two teams moving on to the championship game on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The higher seeds will host all rounds.

THE FAVORITE TO REACH FOUR
Boasting a deep, talented and experienced senior class of four, Navy was selected as the preseason favorite in voting done by the League’s head coaches and sports information contacts in October. The Mids claimed 14 of 20 first-place votes and topped the polling with 157 points. Army was next with 133 points and three first-place votes, while newcomer Boston University took third (128 points, 3 votes). Holy Cross, the runner up each of the last two seasons, was fourth with 112 points, while Lehigh took fifth with 97 points. American (87 points), Bucknell (62), Loyola (54), Lafayette (37) and Colgate (33) rounded out the list of 10.

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR ARMY-NAVY
CBS Sports Network is one again the national broadcast partner of the Patriot League, and the Network will air both Army-Navy regular-season tilts in early 2014. The Mids host the first showdown on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m., and the two will reconvene their rivalry on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at West Point. Last season the academy rivals finished in a tie atop the League standings, but their head-to-head sweep of the two games gave the Black Knights the tournament’s No. 1 seed. CBS Sports Network will also televise the Patriot League title game on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m.

Patriot League Games

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (6-8, 0-3) AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS (6-10, 1-2)
Case Gym (1,800); Boston, Mass. • Saturday, 1 p.m.
Series: Boston University, 8-1 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Boston University, 3 Last Meeting: Boston University, 61-48 (Boston, Mass.; 12.21.96)
Last Lafayette Win: 65-51 (Easton, Pa.; 1.6.94) Last Five Games: Boston University, 4-1

• The Terriers and Leopards renew a series that began in the 1985-86 campaign and has been dormant since 1996.
• Both teams come into the game off road losses on Wednesday. Lafayette fell 75-72 at Bucknell, and BU dropped a 70-50 final at Navy.
• The Leopards have lost six straight and seek their first win since a 61-45 victory at NJIT on Dec. 5.
• BU entered Wednesday’s game averaging over seven 3s per contest, but sank only three in the loss at Navy.
• The Leopards average a League-best 42.5 rebounds per game, led by Danielle Fiacco (7.4) and Madeline Fahan (5.3).

LAFAYETTE 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 ... The Leopards entertain Loyola Maryland on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

BOSTON U. 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 ... The Terriers visit Colgate on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (11-3, 3-0) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (11-3, 3-0)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Series: Tied, 30-30 TV: CBS Sports Network
Streak: Army, 2 Last Meeting: Army, 48-40 (Annapolis, Md.; 2.16.13)
Last Navy Win: 57-50 (West Point, N.Y.; 2.11.12) Last Five Games: Army, 3-2

• Army tied the series at 30-all by sweeping last year’s season series, 53-42 at West Point and 48-40 in Annapolis.
• Both teams were tied for first in the League at 2-0 entering last year’s first meeting, won 53-42 by Army at West Point.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato leads the League in scoring (19.9 ppg), while Navy’s Kara Pollinger is sixth (14.4).
• Minato has scored in double figures in 30 straight games.
• Navy’s Jade Geif has posted back-to-back double-doubles against Lafayette and Boston University.

ARMY 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) ... The Black Knights go to Holy Cross on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NAVY 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 ... Navy heads to Bucknell on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL BISON (7-6, 2-1) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (11-3, 3-0)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 40-14 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: Holy Cross, 1 Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 57-49 (Worcester, Mass.; 2.23.13)
Last Bucknell Win: 62-59 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 1.26.13) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 3-2

• The two split last year’s season series, with Bucknell using a 20-3 run over the last 7:32 to win 62-59 in Lewisburg before the Crusaders returned the favor with a 57-49 final in Worcester four weeks later.
• The Bison used some comeback magic in their last outing on Wednesday, overcoming a 46-33 halftime deficit to rally past Lafayette 75-72.
• Holy Cross’ Raquel Scott has double-doubles in all three League games so far.
• Bucknell’s Audrey Dotson is third in the League in scoring (17.3 ppg), just ahead of Scott in fourth at 16.2.
• Bucknell is 5-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season, while Holy Cross is 0-3 when allowing at least that many.

BUCKNELL 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 ... Bucknell hosts Navy on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS 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) ... Holy Cross is home for Army on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

COLGATE RAIDERS (4-10, 0-3) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (9-5, 2-1)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: American, 23-6 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv)
Streak: American, 14 Last Meeting: American, 69-44 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.9.13)
Last Colgate Win: 66-53 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.10.07) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

• American puts its 14-game win streak in the series on the line when it hosts Colgate on Saturday.
• Colgate is 0-3 despite tying for first in scoring offense in League games at 68.7 per contest.
• American leads the League in scoring defense in all games (54.4) and League contests (45.7).
• Colgate’s Mariah Jones is coming off a career performance with 24 points in Wednesday’s loss to Holy Cross.
• American’s Alexis Dobbs is tied for the League lead at 5.2 assists per game.

COLGATE 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) ... Colgate welcomes Boston University Cotterell Court on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN 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) 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 ... Next up for the Eagles will be Wednesday’s 7 p.m. tip at home against Lehigh.

LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS (3-11, 0-3) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (8-6, 1-2)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 4-2 Internet: Patriot League Network (patriotleague.tv) TV: Service Electric 2 Sports
Streak: Loyola, 1 Last Meeting: Loyola, 60-48 (Baltimore, Md.; 12.3.12)
Last Lehigh Win: 70-60 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 12.5.11) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

• Saturday’s matchup will be the seventh in a series that began in 1981-82.
• Lehigh and Loyola met each of the last two seasons as non-League foes, with each posting a victory at home. Those were the first games in the series since 1984-85.
• Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek is second in the League scoring 17.9 points per contest and has sunk a League-best 103 field goals.
• Lehigh owns a 5-2 record at Stabler this season, while Loyola has one win in eight tries on the road.
• The teams will match up again Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.

LOYOLA 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) 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 ... The Greyhounds visit Lafayette on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH 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) ... Lehigh heads to American on Wednesday at 7 p.m.