CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two of the three home teams logged victories on the opening day of Patriot League play in the 2012-13 season. American and Army were victorious in their buildings, while Lehigh eked out a win at Holy Cross on a last-second layup.
American rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Colgate 54-45, Army hung on for a 68-60 win over visiting Bucknell, and Lehigh won 67-65 at Holy Cross on a thrilling final layup from Katie O'Reilly.
There's one game left on the weekend slate, as Lafayette (7-8) visits Navy (7-8) Sunday at noon. The contest will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, with Bob Socci handling the play-by-play and Chris Spatola providing the analysis.
Brief recaps of each game are below, along with links to each school's recap.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alexis Dobbs, Jen Dumiak and Geleisa George all reached double figures as American erased a halftime deficit and came back to defeat Colgate 54-45 Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena.
Dobbs scored a game-high 12 points, while Dumiak and George pitched in 10 apiece for the Eagles (8-7, 1-0), who snapped a two-game skid, won their 13th in a row over Colgate and captured their 16th straight victory over a League opponent in the regular season.
Sarah Kiely paced American up front with nine rebounds, while Arron Zimmerman and Stephanie Anya had eight apiece.
Jhazmine Lynch paced Colgate (6-9, 0-1) with 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Kelly Reid pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Both teams battled early, and the game was tied at 8 halfway through the first. Mariah Jones sank a 3-pointer, and Reid went 1 of 2 from the foul line to put the Raiders up four. After the Eagles rallied to tie, Colgate scored the next five points and led by a 24-16 count before American closed out the first half with three straight points to cut Colgate's lead to 24-19.
Those three points were the start of a 14-2 American run. Zimmerman capped it off with a layup to give the Eagles a 30-26 lead at the 14:29 mark of the second.
Colgate regained a one-point lead after a Lauryn Kobiela 3-pointer and a Lynch layup, but the Eagles put together another large spurt to regain control. Dobbs, Dumiak and George combined for six straight American points which started another 14-2 run, and the Eagles led 44-33 with less than six minutes to go.
Paige Kritcher's back-to-back buckets brought the Raiders within 50-43 with 46 seconds on the clock, but the Eagles iced the victory by going 4 for 4 from the line in the final ticks.
The Eagles outrebounded Colgate 45-39, and shot 37 percent from the floor to the Raiders' 27 percent.
The Raiders are on the road Wednesday to visit Bucknell, while American heads to Lehigh Wednesday. Both games tip at 7 p.m.
To watch a video recap of Saturday's American-Colgate matchup, look below.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Anna Simmers' scored 22 points and Jen Hazlett chipped in her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds as Army built a big lead and survived a late Bucknell rally to down the Bison 68-60 at Christl Arena Saturday afternoon.
Army won its third straight against Bucknell, and opened League play with a win for the ninth year in a row.
Freshman point guard Kelsey Minato added 18 points for the Black Knights (12-4, 1-0) on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 3 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Audrey Dotson led Bucknell (9-7, 0-1) with 19 points, while Shelby Romine chipped in 16 and Alyssa Dunn joined double figures with 11. Lindsay Horbatuck grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with five points.
Army built a huge second half lead in this game before Bucknell mounted a furious rally in the closing minutes. Minato sank one of her three treys on the day to put the Black Knights up 59-41 with 6:43 remaining, and Jordan Elliott's bucket maintained that advantage 1:20 later.
The Bison orchestrated a 13-2 run, with Dotson scoring five and Romine four during the spurt. Romine's layup brought Bucknell within 63-56 with 1:13 remaining.
After Olivia Schretzman swished two from the line to put Army up nine, Romine scored four straight points to make it a 65-60 game with 50 seconds to go.
Following a 1-of-2 showing at the line from Brianna Johnson, Simmers came up with what might've been the defensive play of the game, blocking a Romine 3-point attempt with 22 seconds left. Horbatuck picked up the loose ball and forced an off-balance layup chance that didn't go.
The Bison still had life after Schretzman missed a pair from the line on Army's next possession, but Dotson missed a jumper with 12 seconds left, and Minato finished the game with two successful attempts from the charity stripe to finish.
The Black Knights shot just under 43 percent and hit 9 of 23 (39.1 percent) from the 3-point line. Bucknell was also 43 percent from the field but just 2 of 12 from downtown.
Bucknell dominated in the middle and outscored Army 38-16 in the paint, but the Black Knights turned 13 Bison turnovers into 14 points.
Both teams are next in action Wednesday when Army goes to Lafayette and Bucknell returns home to host Colgate.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Katie O'Reilly's layup with 0.9 seconds to go was the difference as Lehigh outlasted Holy Cross 67-65 at the Hart Center Saturday afternoon.
The Mountain Hawks won their 10th straight against the Crusaders since Holy Cross' last victory in the series in the 2008 Patriot League Tournament. Lehigh also extended its win streak this season to four.
O'Reilly led Lehigh with a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists. She shot 5 of 13 from the field, but was 7 of 8 at the free throw line.
Kerry Kinek scored 13 points with six rebounds and a pair of blocks up front for Lehigh (9-7, 1-0), while Becky Guman chipped in 10 points with four assists.
Amy Lepley led Holy Cross (8-8, 0-1) with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Alex Smith and Ashley Cooper had 13 points apiece.
Lehigh opened a 32-23 lead at halftime and maintained that advantage to the first media timeout of the second. Cooper capped off a Holy Cross spurt with a 3-pointer to bring the Crusaders within 41-39 with 13 minutes left.
Sarah Williams scored five straight points to cap off a 7-0 spurt by Lehigh, and the Mountain Hawks were in front 48-39 at the 11:42 mark.
Lehigh remained in front for the next several minutes before Holy Cross again battled back. Lisa Mifsud's successful and-one tied the game at 56 with 4:31 to go, and she sank a 3-pointer a short time later to put the Crusaders up 59-58.
The teams traded the lead back and forth over the next few minutes, with Kinek's bucket putting Lehigh ahead 65-63 with 23 seconds to go.
Back the other way, Christine Ganser hit two foul shots with nine seconds left to tie the game at 65, setting up O'Reilly's winning layup on Lehigh's final possession.
Lehigh dominated the boards 44-32, while Holy Cross held a 41 percent to 38 percent advantage from the floor. The Mountain Hawks were 16 of 21 from the foul line to Holy Cross' 11-of-18 showing.
Holy Cross is home Wednesday for Navy, while Lehigh welcomes American. Both games are set for 7 p.m.