Navy beats Army to take control of first place in Patriot League



Jan. 11, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy beat Army to remain undefeated in Patriot League play, while Bucknell won a thriller at Holy Cross on Saturday. American, Loyola and Lafayette also picked up wins in a busy afternoon of Patriot League women's basketball.

Navy (12-3, 4-0 Patriot League) earned a big 74-64 win over rival Army (11-4, 3-1) on CBS Sports Network Saturday to take sole possession of first place for the first time this season.

The Mids can thank Bucknell for that after the Bison (8-6, 3-1) hit a last-second 3 in regulation to force overtime and beat Holy Cross (11-4, 3-1) 83-79.

American (10-5, 3-1) won at home against Colgate (4-11, 0-4), Loyola (4-11, 1-3) upended Lehigh (8-7, 1-3) on the road, and Lafayette (7-8, 1-3) won at Boston U (6-11, 1-3).


Navy 74, Army 64

Navy put together a 12-4 run to close out the first half and that was all the separation the Mids needed, beating Army 74-64 Saturday at Alumni Hall to remain undefeated in Patriot League play.

Jade Geif scored 24 points, Kara Pollinger had 19 and the Mids converted 24 of 29 free throw attempts in the win.

The League's leading scorer, Army sophomore Kelsey Minato, posted a game-high 25 points, and Jen Hazlett added 20 points for the Black Knights.


American 72, Colgate 55



Alexis Dobbs scored a game-high 21 points and hit four 3-pointers to lead American to a 72-55 win over Colgate Saturday at Bender Arena.

American rolled out to a 32-21 lead at halftime, and after Colgate cut it to 44-39 on a Mariah Jones 3-pointer with 12:10 left in the second half, the Eagles used a 19-5 run over the next five minutes to build a 63-44 lead.

Colgate led 5-0 early, but an 18-4 run allowed American to build a double-digit lead and never look back.

Michelle Holmes and Arron Zimmerman also reached double figures for the Eagles, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Catherine Lewis and Jones each scored 12 points for Colgate, while Carole Harris had 10.


Bucknell 83, Holy Cross 79 (OT)

Claire DeBoer hit a 3-pointer with no time left to force overtime and scored four points in overtime to help the Bucknell Bison win 83-79 over Holy Cross Saturday at the Hart Center.

DeBoer scored a team-high 20 points and led four Bison starters in double figures.

Bucknell led for the majority of the first half and all through the second half until Lisa Misfsud hit a 3-pointer with 2:51 left to give the Crusaders a 68-66 lead. Mifsud, who finished with a game-high 23 points, made a layup with 1:29 left to extend their lead to 72-69.

But after a timeout with 9.4 seconds left, Shelby Romine, who finished with 12 points, attempted a 3-pointer with less than 5 seconds left and it missed. The rebound caromed to DeBoar who had to scramble out beyond the arc, spin and fire up a shot that left her hands with 0.1 seconds left. It went in and forced overtime.

Loyola 70, Lehigh 64

Nicole Krusen scored 15 points, but none were bigger than her final three points that gave the Loyola Greyhounds the lead for good in their 70-64 win over Lehigh Saturday at Stabler Arena.

Lehigh led by as many as nine in the second half and never trailed until Loyola's Krusen hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 left to give the Greyhounds a 63-61 lead.

Forty seconds later, after a Nneka Offodile steal, Tiffany Padgett hit a 3 of her own to make it 66-61, and the Greyhounds converted four consecutive free throws to close out the win.

Nai Brown led Loyola with 25 points, including 15 in the second half as the Greyhounds battled back after trailing by seven with 9:34 left.

Elizabeth Sharlow led the Mountain Hawks with 13 points, and Kerry Kinek was held to 12 in the loss.


Lafayette 68, Boston U 63

Emily Homan and Kelly Loughney both scored 20 points to help Lafayette rally in the second half and win 68-63 at Boston U on Saturday.

Loughney, who came off the bench, also pulled down 13 rebounds for the double-double in the Leopards' first League win of the season.

After trailing by eight at halftime, Lafayette used an 11-3 run to tie it at 45-45 with 12:15 left.

The Leopards built a 62-57 lead with 2:47 left, but Sarah Hope's 3-pointer with 27 seconds left brought Boston U to within one point. The Leopards, however, hit four consecutive free throws to seal the win.

Boston U led by as many as 12 in the first half, rolling out to a 20-8 lead on Clodagh Scannell's 3-pointer midway through the half. Lafayette rallied back and took a one-point lead with 4:37 left in the half, but Boston U used an 11-2 run to take a 36-28 lead into halftime.

Rashidat Agboola, Danielle Callahan and Scannell all finished with 12 points, and Callahan had the double-double with 11 assists.