Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.13.12

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Ebony Edwards leads 2-0 American into a big League contest Saturday at Holy Cross.
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Ebony Edwards leads 2-0 American into a big League contest Saturday at Holy Cross.
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Jan. 13, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The third ledger of Patriot League Women’s Basketball contests is set for Saturday, and quite a few storylines could emerge depending on which way the ball falls during the day’s action.

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American and Army find themselves in a first-place tie at 2-0 in the season’s early going, and both teams have tough road tests this weekend. The Eagles rode the strong defensive effort of junior center Stephanie Anya to a 55-49 win over visiting Lehigh Wednesday night, while Army narrowly eked out a 44-43 victory at home over Lafayette. Meagan Doucette’s layup with six seconds to go was the difference maker between 1-1 and 2-0 for the Black Knights.

American, which is 6-1 away from Stabler Arena this season, heads to Holy Cross Saturday to take on the Crusaders. Holy Cross won in convincing fashion Wednesday at Navy, using stalwart defense in a 55-38 triumph. The Crusaders are 5-1 at the Hart Center this season.

Army tries to maintain its perfect League record Saturday but will have to do it at rival Navy. The Black Knights were 4-0 in League play last season when the team’s first met, and it was the Mids who captured a 55-46 win at Christl Arena to provide the first blemish to their rivals’ conference record. This is the first of three Patriot League games to be televised this season on CBS Sports Network.

Colgate is coming off its first League win of the season and will try to keep things going in the right direction when it visits Lehigh Saturday afternoon. It’s an important early meeting for the two, which are tied at 1-1 in the League standings.

Bucknell and Lafayette are both 0-2 in League play, and both are seeking to turn the tide Saturday when they meet in Lewisburg, Pa., at 7 p.m. Bucknell has won four of the last five meetings against the Leopards, including a season sweep a year ago.

Patriot League Notebook

HOME TEAMS PAY IT BACK
Road teams went 3-1 to open Patriot League play last Saturday, and the home teams responded with the same 3-1 ledger Wednesday. Through eight League contests, it’s a 4-4 split between the visitors and hosts entering Saturday’s four contests. Last season through the first two days of League play the road teams owned a 6-2 advantage. The three teams tied for first at the time - American, Army and Navy - had won five of six on the road.

FIRST OF THREE ON NATIONAL TV
Three Patriot League contests are scheduled to be televised on CBS Sports Network, with two featuring one of the most vaunted rivalry in intercollegiate athletics. Both regular season contests between Army and Navy will be shown on the network, with Saturday’s game hailing from Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md., and the Feb. 11 contest at Christl Arena at West Point, N.Y. Both games will tip at 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network will also televise the Patriot League championship on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play, while Leah Secondo will provide the analysis.

ANYA BIG IN THE MIDDLE
The play tightens up during Patriot League competition, and often times it’s the defense that helps turn the tide of the game. Junior center Stephanie Anya stepped up in the middle for American with a school-record seven blocked shots as the Eagles took a 55-49 win over Lehigh Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Anya’s statistics were the highlight, but American’s defense was strong the whole game, especially in the early going as it forced 14 Lehigh turnovers in the first 20 minutes. American will take its defense on the road Saturday when it heads to Holy Cross, the League’s highest-scoring offense (62.9 ppg).

FIRST START, BUT IT’S THE FINISH THAT COUNTS
Army senior Meagan Doucette was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season by head coach Dave Magarity, but it was her clutch shot in the final seconds that was the key. Doucette sank a driving layup with six seconds remaining to lift the Black Knights to a 44-43 victory over visiting Lafayette Wednesday night, spoiling the Leopards’ chances to picking up their first League win of the season. Army erased a halftime deficit and scored four points in the final 14 seconds to take the victory.

FIACCO ON THE MOVE AGAIN
First she moved into the Patriot League’s all-time top 10 in blocked shots as a sophomore. Then with five more blocks Wednesday, 6-foot-7 sophomore center Danielle Fiacco of Lafayette moved into a 10th-place tie with 72 rejections on the season. That’s one more than she had last season, which was cut to 21 games due to injury. This season Fiacco has 72 blocks in 17 games.

HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT RECAP
The four League teams to participate in holiday tournaments two weeks ago - Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy - combined for a 3-5 record during competition. The Crusaders, Leopards and Mountain Hawks each picked up one win apiece, while the Mids fell in both games at the Fordham Holiday Classic. Navy dropped the two contests by a combined six points. Holy Cross and Lafayette picked up victories in the consolation games of the Miami Holiday and Terrapin Classic tournaments, respectively, while Lehigh opened its Christmas City Classic with a win.

ALL-ACCESS HAS YOU COVERED
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500!
Bill Gibbons became the second head coach in the Patriot League to reach a significant victory milestone this season when Holy Cross defeated New Hampshire 61-50 earlier this season. It was the 500th win of his career, which is now in its 27th season and has spent its entire duration on the Crusader sidelines. Gibbons joins Lafayette’s Dianne Nolan as the only two League coaches with at least 500 career wins. Earlier this season Army’s Dave Magarity collected his 400th coaching victory when Army defeated St. Francis (N.Y.).

NEXT UP ON THE MILESTONE PARADE
With two victory plateaus having been reached, there’s now a third on the way that seems likely this season. Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper, who is in her fourth season in Annapolis, has 296 career victories after the Mids wrapped up non-League play with a 67-51 win over NJIT last Tuesday and came from behind for a 60-55 win at Lafayette Saturday in the opener of the League schedule. She’ll go for career win No. 297 as Navy hosts Army Saturday.

HOMAN A REVELATION FOR LAFAYETTE
Freshman Emily Homan was tabbed as the Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive time Monday and third instance overall this season. Her selection Monday was the sixth time a Lafayette player earned a weekly award, tying a school record. Homan accounted for four of the awards, with three Rookie and one Player. Danielle Fiacco has been named Player of the Week once, while Brya Freeland was also a Rookie of the Week.

ZEHNER’S HISTORIC FEAT
It was bound to happen at some point, and Bucknell freshman Amy Zehner finally accomplished it earlier this season when she was named to both the Patriot League Anaconda Player and Rookie of the Week awards after averaging 22.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists per game for the Bison. Her 25-point outburst against Youngstown State was the largest point total by a Patriot Leaguer this season, and she became the eighth freshman in Bucknell history to record back-to-back games of at least 20 points when she scored 20 at Buffalo. Last Tuesday, Lafayette’s Emily Homan became the second player in League history named to both awards at the same time.

MAGARITY REACHES 400 PLATEAU
Jen Hazlett scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead Army to its 59-43 win at St. Francis (N.Y.) Nov. 16, delivering head coach Dave Magarity the 400th victory of his career, which has spanned three decades and now approaches 100 wins at West Point. Army led by five at the half after shooting 57 percent from the floor, and pulled away in the second half as the team collected 21 bucks and 17 assists. Magarity is now the third coach in the League with at least 400 career victories, joining Lafayette’s Dianne Nolan and Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross.

AMERICAN NAMED PRESEASON FAVORITE
With 94 points and 11 first-place votes, American topped the 2011-12 Patriot League Preseason Women’s Basketball Poll. The Eagles will aim to capture their first League crown in program history after reaching the title game in each of the last two seasons. American finished ahead of second-place Lehigh, which totaled 83 points and three first-place votes. Defending League champion Navy took third with 74 points and the last two remaining first-place ballots. Bucknell finished fourth in the poll, the same position in which the Bison ended the regular season a year ago. They collected 58 points, followed by Holy Cross in fifth with 52. Rounding out the poll were Lafayette (38 points), Army (26) and Colgate (23).

NAVY’S GEIF NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Navy’s Jade Geif got better and better as the 2010-11 season went on, and the hardware began adding up quickly. She was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year at the end of the regular season and added Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player honors after helping lead the Midshipmen to their first League crown in program history. Geif was recognized again by the League’s eight head coaches and women’s basketball sports information directors with the Preseason Player of the Year honor and a spot on the Preseason All-League team. In nearly 30 minutes per game a season ago, Geif was second in the League averaging 7.9 rebounds per game and is Navy’s top returning scorer (9.6 ppg). Geif became the first player named Rookie of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season since Bethany O’Dell of Holy Cross in 2007.

HAYS FORT TAKES THE REIGNS AT COLGATE
The Patriot League features one new face on the sidelines in 2011-12, with Nicci Hays Fort entering her first season at Colgate. Entering the season with over a decade of coaching experience, Hays Fort comes to Hamilton, N.Y., after serving as the associate head coach on Doug Bruno’s staff at DePaul. Coincidentally, one of Hays Fort’s last contests coaching the Blue Demons was in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, when DePaul faced off with Navy. The Raiders look to rebound from a 7-22 showing and a 2-12 mark in the League last season, and boast the returns of junior Jhazmine Lynch, the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, along with senior Tricia Oakes and a pair of freshmen in Mariah Jones and Kelly Reid who are immediately contributing.

Patriot League Games

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (8-9, 2-0) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (8-8, 1-1)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Saturday, 12 p.m.
Series: Tied, 28-28 TV: CBS Sports Network
Streak: Army, One Win Last Meeting: Army, 57-46 (2.19.11)
Last Navy Win: 55-46 (1.22.11) Last Five Games: Navy, 3-2

Army, which sits tied with American for first place in the Patriot League at 2-0, heads to Annapolis to take on archrival Navy Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network ... Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play duties, while Leah Secondo will be the analyst ... It will be the 57th meeting between the two Service Academies ... The two split last season’s series, with each winning on the other’s home floor ... The series is tied 28-28 ... The return bout is set for Feb. 11 in Christl Arena at West Point, N.Y.

ARMY Senior Meagan Doucette made her first start of the season, but her biggest contribution came at the end. Doucette converted a driving layup with six seconds to go to propel Army to a 44-43 win over Lafayette Wednesday night at Christl Arena ... Army trailed 43-40 late when Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week Anna Simmers drained a layup and went to the foul line for a potential three-point play ... Simmers missed her free throw but hustled to capture the rebound and found Doucette for the game-winning shot ... Simmers posted her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace Army, which has won two straight after a seven-game losing streak ... Jen Hazlett pitched in a double-double of her own with 16 points and 10 rebounds, though Lafayette held the overall edge on the glass, 41-35 ... The Leopards came out hot and led 8-2 early and had a 15-7 advantage midway through the first half ... Danielle Fiacco’s jumper with 51 seconds left sent the Leopards into the break with a 25-18 lead ... Melissa Downey’s bucket put Lafayette up nine to begin the second frame, but Army began chipping away ... Hazlett tied the game at 32 all on a layup and was fouled on the play ... Her free throw completed the three-point play to give Army its first lead of the game at the 13:47 mark of the second ... Army maintained its narrow lead for the next few minutes, but Emily Homan sparked a 7-0 Leopard run giving them a 42-38 lead with just over a minute left ... Simmers hit two free throws for Army while Fiacco went 1 of 2 at the other end to make it a 43-40 game, setting up the frantic final 14 seconds ... After Army visits Navy Saturday, the Black Knights visit Colgate Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

NAVY The Mids couldn’t overcome a game-high 14 points from Holy Cross junior Amy Lepley or a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double from freshman Emily Parker in a 55-38 loss at home to the Crusaders Wednesday night ... It was Navy’s first loss against Holy Cross in five outings overall and first defeat at home to the Crusaders in three years ... Alix Membreno scored six points in the early going to spark Navy to an early 11-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game ... Holy Cross replied with five consecutive 3-pointers, including a pair from Alex Smith, to go ahead 19-14 at the 11:06 mark ... Holy Cross moved ahead 27-16 with 8:14 left and used an 8-2 run to take a 35-18 lead with 3:15 to go ... The Crusaders led 37-20 at halftime, outscoring the Mids 33-9 in the final 15 minutes of the first half ... Holy Cross sank 15 of 30 shots in the first half, including 7 of 9 from beyond the arc ... The Holy Cross lead expanded to 24 in the second half before the Navy defense tightened up ... The Mids cut it to a 19-point deficit at 47-28 with just under eight minutes left before the Crusaders took a late 55-32 lead ... Navy scored the final six points of the game to account for the final score ... Navy hit just 26.8 percent from the field for the game on 15-of-56 shooting ... Audrey Bauer scored a team-high 11 points with five rebounds on 4 of 18 from the floor ... Jade Geif scored six points with a team-best nine rebounds ... The Mids finished the game 2 of 16 on treys, including 0 of 6 after halftime ... The Mids were outrebounded 46-33 ... Navy will return to the road Wednesday for the short trip to the nation’s capital to visit American at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN EAGLES (10-6, 2-0) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (9-7, 1-1)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Saturday, 1 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 14-10
Streak: American, Five Wins Last Meeting: American, 72-44 (3.5.11)
Last Holy Cross Win: 58-55 (2.21.09) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

American, which sits tied with Army atop the Patriot League standings, tries to keep the momentum going Saturday when it heads to Holy Cross for a 1 p.m. tip in Worcester ... The Eagles have won five in a row in the series, including a convincing 72-44 victory over the Crusaders in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament last season ... Holy Cross, which won at Navy Wednesday for the first time in three years, will try to defeat American for the first time since that same 2008-09 season ... The Crusaders will visit American Feb. 11 in the second matchup of the season between the two.

AMERICAN rode the record-setting performance of junior center Stephanie Anya as the Eagles stifled Lehigh 55-49 at Bender Arena Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. ... Anya set a school record with seven blocked shots to hold down the defensive effort for the Eagles, while Sarah Kiely and Ebony Edwards tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece ... Kiely recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds, while Lisa Strack pitched in 11 points with six steals and Geleisa George had 10 points ... Neither team was able to produce much offensive flow in the first half ... American’s defense forced six Lehigh turnovers in the first five minutes of the game and 14 in the first half ... American built a 13-7 lead with 13:29 to go only to see Lehigh rally to tie it over the next two minutes ... The Eagles went on to lead by as many as 10 later in the half and went into the break up 28-22 ... American led by as many as nine early in the second, but a 3-pointer by Aly Byorick helped spark a mini-run for Lehigh that cut it to a 33-28 deficit with 15:12 remaining ... Sarah Williams sank a trey midway through the half to bring Lehigh within 44-39, while foul shots from Katie O’Reilly and Alexa Williams cut it to a two-point game on two occasions ... American led 47-45 with four minutes left and extended the lead after a layup from Strack and a jumper from George in the paint ... Hilary Weaver sank a jumper with 1:12 left to bring Lehigh within four at 51-47, but the Eagles went a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line the rest of the way to seal the win ... American finished the game at 22 of 58 (37.9 percent) from the field ... The Eagles are 6-1 away from Bender Arena this season and 4-5 at home ... They host Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS Freshman Emily Parker posted her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds as Holy Cross defeated Navy 55-38 at Alumni Hall Wednesday night ... Amy Lepley posted a game-high 14 points for the Crusaders, who snapped a four-game losing streak against Navy and won in Annapolis for the first time in nearly three years ... Alix Membreno scored six points in the early going to spark Navy to an early 11-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game ... Holy Cross replied with five consecutive 3-pointers, including a pair from Alex Smith, to go ahead 19-14 at the 11:06 mark ... Holy Cross moved ahead 27-16 with 8:14 left and used an 8-2 run to take a 35-18 lead with 3:15 to go ... The Crusaders led 37-20 at halftime, outscoring the Mids 33-9 in the final 15 minutes of the first half ... Holy Cross sank 15 of 30 shots in the first half, including 7 of 9 from beyond the arc ... The Holy Cross lead expanded to 24 in the second half before the Navy defense tightened up ... The Mids cut it to a 19-point deficit at 47-28 with just under eight minutes left before the Crusaders took a late 55-32 lead ... Navy scored the final six points of the game to account for the final score ... Navy hit just 26.8 percent from the field for the game on 15-of-56 shooting ... The Mids finished the game 2 of 16 on treys, including 0 of 6 after halftime ... Holy Cross finished the game with a 46-33 edge on the glass ... The Crusaders hit the road again Wednesday when they visit Lafayette at 7 p.m.

COLGATE RAIDERS (4-13, 1-1) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (8-8, 1-1)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 30-21 TV: Service Electric Channel 2
Streak: Lehigh, 12 Wins Last Meeting: Lehigh, 72-65 (2.16.11)
Last Colgate Win: 71-69 (OT; 2.1.06) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 5-0

Two teams tied in the early logjam in the middle of the Patriot League standings go head-to-head Saturday when Lehigh entertains Colgate for a 2 p.m. start at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem ... Colgate’s last victory in the series came nearly six years ago, a 71-69 overtime decision on Feb. 1, 2006 ... Since then the Mountain Hawks have won 12 straight to move to 30-21 all-time versus the Raiders ... The last time the two met in Bethlehem, Lehigh opened a big lead early and cruised to a 75-57 win, snapping a three-game skid ... The game will be televised regionally on Service Electric Channel 2 in the Lehigh Valley ... Lehigh’s return trip to Colgate will take place Feb. 11.

COLGATE Trailing by nine with 8:47 left, Colgate dug deep and used a late 25-7 run to defeat Bucknell 73-66 at Cotterell Court Wednesday night ... The victory is the first League win for the Raiders’ first-year head coach Nicci Hays Fort ... Five Raiders reached double figures in scoring for Colgate, led by Jhazmine Lynch and Missy Repoli, who both tallied a team-high 14 points off the bench ... Tricia Oakes posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Mariah Jones had 11 points and Kelly Korkowski chipped in 10 ... Colgate’s all-around effort spoiled a game-high 21 points by Bucknell sophomore Shelby Romine ... The Raiders jumped out to a big lead in the first half thanks to a pair of 3s from Jones ... She sank a trey at 13:40 to give Colgate a 15-4 lead and drilled another two minutes later to put Colgate ahead 18-6 ... Bucknell replied with a 13-4 run ... Micki Impellizeri and Romine had layups on back-to-back possessions and Alyssa Dunn capped off the spurt with a free throw to make it a 22-19 Raider lead with 8:46 to go ... The Bison pulled even late in the frame after a three-point play from Lindsay Horbatuck before Colgate went into the locker room ahead 33-31 after a Lynch layup ... Bucknell started the second with a 5-0 spurt to take a 36-33 lead and eventually built a 53-45 advantage after two free throws by Horbatuck at the midway point ... Colgate caught fire after Bucknell moved ahead 57-48 ... First it was Lynch who sank a pair of free throws, then Oakes converted a jumper ... Bucknell called timeout after Lynch scored a basket, and Mgbada scored for the Bison to give them a 59-54 lead with 6:25 on the clock ... Repoli, Oakes and Lynch teamed up again for Colgate’s next three baskets to give the Raiders a 60-59 lead with four minutes remaining ... Romine gave Bucknell the lead back with a layup 21 seconds later, but another 3 from Jones on the Raiders’ next possession put Colgate up for good at 63-61 ... The Raiders will host Army Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH couldn’t overcome a big performance in the middle by American’s Stephanie Anya in a 55-49 loss Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. ... Anya set an American record with seven blocked shots to hold down the defensive effort for the Eagles, while Sarah Kiely and Ebony Edwards tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece ... Neither team was able to produce much offensive flow in the first half ... American’s defense forced six Lehigh turnovers in the first five minutes of the game and 14 in the first half ... American built a 13-7 lead with 13:29 to go only to see Lehigh rally to tie it over the next two minutes ... The Eagles went on to lead by as many as 10 later in the half and went into the break up 28-22 ... Lehigh trailed by as many as nine early in the second, but a 3-pointer by Aly Byorick helped spark a mini-run that cut it to a 33-28 deficit with 15:12 remaining ... Sarah Williams sank a trey midway through the half to bring Lehigh within 44-39, while foul shots from Katie O’Reilly and Alexa Williams cut it to a two-point game on two occasions ... American led 47-45 with four minutes left and extended the lead after a layup and jumper ... Hilary Weaver sank a jumper with 1:12 left to bring Lehigh within four at 51-47, but the Eagles went a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line the rest of the way to seal the win ... Williams paced Lehigh with a double-double of 10 points and 13 boards, while Emily Gratch chipped in 11 points ... The Mountain Hawks are now 6-2 since Gratch’s return to the lineup from a hand injury ... Lehigh shot 18 of 52 (34.6 percent) for the game, including just eight field goals in the second half ... The Mountain Hawks are back in action Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tip at Bucknell.

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (6-11, 0-2) AT BUCKNELL BISON (2-15, 0-2)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 35-32
Streak: Bucknell, Two Wins Last Meeting: Bucknell, 46-34 (2.16.11)
Last Lafayette Win: 60-54 (2.17.10) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 4-1

A pair of teams trying to reverse their current momentum and start an upward trend will meet Saturday night when Bucknell hosts Lafayette at 7 p.m. at Sojka Pavilion ... Bucknell swept the season series from the Leopards in 2010-11, including a victory in Easton, Pa., that was the 200th for head coach Kathy Fedorjaka on the Bison sidelines ... Both teams are trying to avoid going 0-3 in League play ... Lafayette’s two League losses, in which it held a halftime lead in both, have been by a combined six points ... Bucknell will visit Lafayette Feb. 11.

LAFAYETTE The Leopards let a halftime lead slip away for the second straight League game in a 44-43 loss at Army Wednesday night ... Army senior Meagan Doucette converted a driving layup with six seconds to go to propel Army to the come-from-behind win ... Army trailed 43-40 late when Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week Anna Simmers drained a layup and went to the foul line for a potential three-point play ... Simmers missed her free throw but hustled to capture the rebound and found Doucette for the game-winning shot ... Simmers posted her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace Army, which has won two straight after a seven-game losing streak ... Lafayette held the overall edge on the glass, 41-35 ... The Leopards came out hot and led 8-2 early and had a 15-7 advantage midway through the first half ... Danielle Fiacco’s jumper with 51 seconds left sent the Leopards into the break with a 25-18 lead ... Melissa Downey’s bucket put Lafayette up nine to begin the second frame, but Army began chipping away ... Army’s Jen Hazlett tied the game at 32 all on a layup and was fouled on the play ... Her free throw completed the three-point play to give Army its first lead of the game at the 13:47 mark of the second ... Army maintained its narrow lead for the next few minutes, but Emily Homan sparked a 7-0 Leopard run giving them a 42-38 lead with just over a minute left ... Simmers hit two free throws for Army while Fiacco went 1 of 2 at the other end to make it a 43-40 game, setting up the frantic final 14 seconds ... Fiacco finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds, along with five blocks ... She now has 72 rejections on the season, tying her for 10th on the Patriot League’s single-season list ... Ashley Springer scored nine points off the bench for Lafayette, while Madeline Fahan had six points and 10 boards ... Lafayette returns home to host Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL Trailing by nine with 8:47 left, Colgate dug deep and used a late 25-7 run to defeat Bucknell 73-66 at Cotterell Court Wednesday night ... Five Raiders reached double figures in scoring for Colgate, led by Jhazmine Lynch and Missy Repoli, who both tallied a team-high 14 points off the bench ... Colgate’s all-around effort spoiled a game-high 21 points by Bucknell sophomore Shelby Romine, while Lindsay Horbatuck tallied a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds ... Felicia Mgbada and Micki Impellizeri pitched in 10 apiece ... The Raiders jumped out to a big lead in the first half thanks to a pair of 3s from Jones ... She sank a trey at 13:40 to give Colgate a 15-4 lead and drilled another two minutes later to put Colgate ahead 18-6 ... Bucknell replied with a 13-4 run ... Impellizeri and Romine had layups on back-to-back possessions and Alyssa Dunn capped off the spurt with a free throw to make it a 22-19 Raider lead with 8:46 to go ... The Bison pulled even late in the frame after a three-point play from Horbatuck before Colgate went into the locker room ahead 33-31 after a Lynch layup ... Bucknell started the second with a 5-0 spurt to take a 36-33 lead and eventually built a 53-45 advantage after two free throws by Horbatuck at the midway point ... Colgate caught fire after Bucknell moved ahead 57-48 ... First it was Lynch who sank a pair of free throws, then Oakes converted a jumper ... Bucknell called timeout after Lynch scored a basket, and Mgbada scored for the Bison to give them a 59-54 lead with 6:25 on the clock ... Repoli, Oakes and Lynch teamed up again for Colgate’s next three baskets to give the Raiders a 60-59 lead with four minutes remaining ... Romine gave Bucknell the lead back with a layup 21 seconds later, but another 3 from Jones on the Raiders’ next possession put Colgate up for good at 63-61 ... Bucknell hosts Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m.