Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 1.15.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Katie O'Reilly and Lehigh put their four-game win streak on the line Wednesday when they host American at 7 p.m.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Katie O'Reilly and Lehigh put their four-game win streak on the line Wednesday when they host American at 7 p.m.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Jan. 15, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Two-time defending champion Navy posted perhaps the most impressive victory during the opening weekend of Patriot League play, and the Mids look to ride that momentum into a rematch of last year’s Patriot League championship when they visit Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

That tilt is one of four contests on Wednesday’s slate, all of which are set to tip at 7 p.m. The other three feature Lehigh hosting American, Army visiting Lafayette and Colgate going to Bucknell.

Navy officially began the defense of last year’s League title with a 62-44 victory over Lafayette Sunday on CBS Sports Network. The Mids took advantage of a difficult shooting day for the Leopards, who shot 31.5 percent for the game. Three Navy players reached double figures, led by Alix Membreno’s 19 points.

All three Saturday games were decided by single digits, which could be a harbinger of things to come as the League embarks on its 14-game regular season schedule. American won by nine over Colgate, Army defeated Bucknell by eight and Lehigh won at Holy Cross by two.

The American-Lehigh winner is guaranteed to come out of the game 2-0 in League play, but something must give. The Eagles have won 16 in a row against League teams in the regular season, while the Mountain Hawks are unbeaten in their last four.

Should Army and Navy both win Wednesday, it would set up a battle of League unbeatens when the two square off Sunday at West Point, N.Y., at 2:30 p.m.

Patriot League Women’s Basketball Quick Hits

• Lehigh hosts American in the only matchup of the night between 1-0 teams in the Patriot League.

• The League’s top two shot blockers go head-to-head Wednesday when Danielle Fiacco and Lafayette host Aimee Oertner and Army. Fiacco is third in the nation in blocking, and Oertner is ninth.

• Lehigh’s four-game win streak is a season high. The Mountain Hawks are 7-2 in their last nine.

• Three of Wednesday night’s four games will be televised locally: American-Lehigh on Service Electric 2 Sports, Army-Lafayette on the Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60) and Navy-Holy Cross on WCTR Channel 3 in central Massachusetts. All four games will be available on Patriot League All-Access.

• Home teams went 3-1 on the opening weekend of League play, with Lehigh capturing the only road victory.

• Of the four road teams Wednesday, only one is over .500 away from home (Army).

• Army’s Anna Simmers (Player of the Week) and Kelsey Minato (Rookie of the Week) swept the Anaconda weekly honors for the second time this season Monday (Dec. 3).

Patriot League Notebook

STILL HOT
American’s 54-45 victory Saturday over visiting Colgate was the Eagles’ 16th in a row against a Patriot League opponent in the regular season. They haven’t fallen to a League foe in the regular season since a 63-56 defeat at Navy Feb. 23, 2011. American is chasing Holy Cross’ League-record 20-game win streak against League opponents in the regular season that spanned parts of the 2000-01 and ‘01-02 seasons.

FOR OPENERS
Navy became the fourth defending League champion in the last six years to open League play with a victory in Sunday’s 62-44 win over Lafayette. Heading into Sunday’s game, the previous defending champions to follow up their title wins with victories in the next League game were Holy Cross (2007 champion, 2008 opener), Bucknell (‘08, ‘09) and Navy (‘11, ‘12). And it almost didn’t happen last January for the Mids, who trailed 30-18 at Lafayette at the half before rallying for a 60-55 win. Lehigh, which won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, lost both its League openers the following season to American.

MINATO TAKES LEAD
Army freshman point guard Kelsey Minato captured her fourth Anaconda Rookie of the Week nod Monday, giving her a slight lead on the season’s awards haul in that category over teammate Aimee Oertner and Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek, who have three apiece. Minato joined up with teammate Anna Simmers (Player of the Week) Monday to sweep the weekly honors for the second time this season. The first was Dec. 3.

LEPLEY JOINS LYNCH; SMITH WAITING IN WINGS
Holy Cross senior forward Amy Lepley became the second player this season to reach 1,000 career points, joining Colgate senior guard Jhazmine Lynch, who reached the plateau between Christmas and New Year’s. Lepley surpassed the plateau with 13 points Jan. 6 at Fordham. The Lynch-Lepley tandem will most likely be joined in short order by a third player, as Crusader junior Alex Smith sits with 977 points. Two 1,000-point scorers graduated last season in Lehigh’s Emily Gratch (1,112) and American’s Lisa Strack (1,059).

CORKERY EDGES CLOSER
At 94-46 overall at American, head coach Matt Corkery ranks among the best in the League all-time in win percentage (.671). Corkery is also chasing the League record for fastest to 100 victories, a mark that is currently owned by Holy Cross’ Bill Gibbons. Gibbons reached 100 victories in 149 contests, with his 100th triumph coming in the 1995-96 season opener against Syracuse. Corkery would match Gibbons’ record with a 6-3 mark in American’s next nine contests. Navy’s Joe Sanchez collected 100 wins in 162 games from 1994-2000. American is next in action Wednesday at Lehigh at 7 p.m.

NAVY CHOSEN TO MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT
The head coaches and sports information directors named two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy as the favorite in 2012-13 in late October. The Mids, led by Preseason Player of the Year junior Jade Geif, are seeking to do something no League squad has done in over a decade - win three straight titles. The first and only program to do it is Holy Cross, which captured four straight championships from 1997-98 to 2000-01. Navy returns four starters from a year ago, all of whom are in their junior seasons. Navy topped the preseason poll with 89 points and eight first-place ballots.

END OF AN ERA
Saturday was the beginning of the final Patriot League season in the current eight-team format, which has existed since American joined for the 2001-02 season. Before that the League was comprised of seven schools from the 1995-96 season through 2000-01 following the departure of Fordham. Next season the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland make the League a 10-team conference for the first time.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The first of three Patriot League games on CBS Sports Network took place over the weekend when Navy defeated Lafayette 62-44 in Annapolis, Md. The second contest is scheduled for Feb. 10 when Lehigh opens the second leg of League play at home against Holy Cross at 2 p.m. The third game is the biggest of the season when CBS Sports Network televises the Patriot League Championship from the site of the higher seed Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play and Amy Lawrence the analysis on the two remaining contests.

ON TWITTER, TOO
Fans and media members can follow Patriot League women’s basketball on Twitter - @PL_WBB.

Patriot League Games

AMERICAN EAGLES (8-7, 1-0) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (9-7, 1-0)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 19-11 TV: Service Electric 2 Sports
Streak: American, 3 Last Meeting: American 67, Lehigh 50 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 2.8.12)
Last Lehigh Win: 57-46 (Washington, D.C.; 2.5.11) Last Five Games: American, 4-1

• Lehigh hosts American in the only battle of 1-0 teams in the Patriot League Wednesday.
• The Eagles have won three straight in the series, four out of the last five and own an 8-6 advantage in Bethlehem.
• American is riding a 16-game win streak in the regular season against League opponents.
• The Mountain Hawks are second in the League in scoring defense (56.0 ppg) and rebounding margin (+6.6).
• Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek is seventh in the League and the top scoring freshman at 11.7 ppg.
• American’s Jen Dumiak (12.8 ppg) and Alexis Dobbs (11.6 ppg) are both in the League’s top 10 in scoring.
• Dobbs (.386) and Dumiak (.380) are the League’s top two leaders in 3-point field goal percentage.
• Eagle coach Matt Corkery improved his all-time best winning percentage in League play to .825 (47-10) in Saturday’s win over Colgate.
• Lehigh is looking for its first 2-0 start to League play since 2008-09.

AMERICAN 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, 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 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 ... American welcomes Holy Cross to Bender Arena Saturday at 2 p.m.

LEHIGH 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, while Becky Guman chipped in 10 points with four assists ... Amy Lepley led Holy Cross 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 ... The Mountain Hawks visit Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (12-4, 1-0) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (7-9, 0-1)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Army, 29-23 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: Army, 3 Last Meeting: Army, 62-47 (Easton, Pa.; 2.8.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 54-42 (Easton, Pa.; 1.26.11) Last Five Games: Army, 3-2

• Army won its ninth straight League opener in Saturday’s 68-60 victory at home over Bucknell.
• Lafayette is looking to avoid an 0-2 start to League play for the third straight season.
• The Black Knights are seeking to begin League play 2-0 for the fourth straight year.
• Army has won eight of the last 10 meetings in Easton, but the teams have split the last four.
• Army’s Anna Simmers took over the League scoring lead after netting 22 in Saturday’s victory.
• The teams combine for six of the League’s top 12 rebounders this season, with Lafayette’s Danielle Fiacco the top representative (2nd, 9.2 rpg).
• Army (15.3 per game) and Lafayette (14.8) are the top two clubs in offensive rebounding in the League, and both have positive rebounding margins (+6.2 for Army, +1.6 for Lafayette).
• Fiacco (3rd, 3.81 per game) and Army’s Aimee Oertner (9th, 2.94) are in the nation’s top 10 in blocking.

ARMY 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 ... Freshman point guard Kelsey Minato added 18 points for the Black Knights on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 3 of 7 from beyond the arc ... Audrey Dotson led Bucknell 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 ... 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 ... Army hosts Navy Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

LAFAYETTE Alix Membreno led three Navy players in double figures as two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy opened its title defense with a 62-44 victory over visiting Lafayette Sunday at Alumni Hall on CBS Sports Network ... Membreno had a great all-around performance with six rebounds and five assists ... Chloe Stapleton added 13 points for the Mids, while Audrey Bauer had 11 ... Jade Geif managed just six points but hauled in a game-high nine rebounds ... Freshman Jamie O’Hare continued to show flashes of brilliance for the Leopards with 19 points and five assists from the point ... She was 8 of 14 from the floor and 3 of 6 from beyond the arc ... Emily Homan also hit double digits for Lafayette with 10 points ... It was all Navy early, as the Mids opened the game on an 11-5 spurt and led 23-6 with 8:11 remaining in the first half ... Shortly later, O’Hare ignited a half-closing 10-1 Lafayette run with a 3-pointer, and the Leopards trailed 28-20 at the intermission ... Navy opened the second on an 8-0 run couched by a pair of 3-pointers by Audrey Bauer, followed shortly thereafter by a Stapleton trey and two foul shots from Geif to give the Mids a 44-24 lead at the 13:38 mark ... Navy’s advantage hovered around 20 for the next several minutes ... Lafayette had one final burst capped off by another O’Hare trey to cut the Mids’ lead to 56-41 with 5:24 on the clock, but that’s as close as the Leopards would get ... Navy shot 41.2 percent for the game, buoyed by hitting 11 of 23 (47.8 percent) of its attempts in the second half ... The Mids were 13 of 20 from the line to Lafayette’s 5 of 6 ... The Leopards host Bucknell Saturday at 2 p.m.

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (8-8, 1-0) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (8-8, 0-1)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 38-11 TV: WCTR Channel 3
Streak: Navy, 2 Last Meeting: Navy, 57-48 (Annapolis, Md.; 3.10.12)
Last Holy Cross Win: 55-38 (Annapolis, Md.; 1.11.12) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

• Holy Cross hosts Navy in a rematch of the 2012 Patriot League championship game.
• The Mids have won seven of the last nine meetings, their longest string of success in the series that began with their entry to the League in 1992.
• Navy has a four-game win streak in Worcester.
• Holy Cross’ Alex Smith is second in the League in scoring (14.5), while Navy’s Jade Geif is sixth (12.4) and Alix Membreno eighth (11.6).
• Smith and Navy’s Kara Pollinger are both averaging 3.6 assists per game.
• The teams split the regular season series last year, with each winning on the road.
• Amy Lepley has made seven starts for Holy Cross and is averaging 11.9 points per game since returning from injury.
• Geif, Membreno, Pollinger and Audrey Bauer have started all 16 games for the Mids.

NAVY Alix Membreno led three Navy players in double figures as two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy opened its title defense with a 62-44 victory over visiting Lafayette Sunday at Alumni Hall on CBS Sports Network ... Membreno had a great all-around performance with six rebounds and five assists ... Chloe Stapleton added 13 points for the Mids, while Audrey Bauer had 11 ... Jade Geif managed just six points but hauled in a game-high nine rebounds ... Freshman Jamie O’Hare continued to show flashes of brilliance for the Leopards with 19 points and five assists from the point ... She was 8 of 14 from the floor and 3 of 6 from beyond the arc ... Emily Homan also hit double digits for Lafayette with 10 points ... It was all Navy early, as the Mids opened the game on an 11-5 spurt and led 23-6 with 8:11 remaining in the first half ... Shortly later, O’Hare ignited a half-closing 10-1 Lafayette run with a 3-pointer, and the Leopards trailed 28-20 at the intermission ... Navy opened the second on an 8-0 run couched by a pair of 3-pointers by Audrey Bauer, followed shortly thereafter by a Stapleton trey and two foul shots from Geif to give the Mids a 44-24 lead at the 13:38 mark ... Navy’s advantage hovered around 20 for the next several minutes ... Lafayette had one final burst capped off by another O’Hare trey to cut the Mids’ lead to 56-41 with 5:24 on the clock, but that’s as close as the Leopards would get ... Navy shot 41.2 percent for the game, buoyed by hitting 11 of 23 (47.8 percent) of its attempts in the second half ... The Mids were 13 of 20 from the line to Lafayette’s 5 of 6 ... The Mids visit rival Army Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in their next outing.

HOLY CROSS 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, while Becky Guman chipped in 10 points with four assists ... Amy Lepley led Holy Cross 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 ... The Crusaders visit American Saturday at 2 p.m.

COLGATE RAIDERS (6-9, 0-1) AT BUCKNELL BISON (9-7, 0-1)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Bucknell, 37-20
Streak: Bucknell, 1 Last Meeting: Bucknell, 67-45 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 2.8.12)
Last Colgate Win: 66-43 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 1.11.12) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 3-2

• Bucknell and Colgate split the season series in 2011-12, with each holding serve at home by 20-plus points.
• Colgate’s last win in Lewisburg was a 78-66 decision Jan. 30, 2004. The Bison are 21-4 all-time at home versus the Raiders.
• Wednesday’s meeting will be the 58th all-time and 51st as members of the Patriot League.
• Bucknell’s Shelby Romine (14.3 ppg) and Audrey Dotson (12.4) are both in the League’s top five in scoring.
• Colgate (.248) and Bucknell (.289) sit 1-2 in the League in 3-point field goal percentage defense.
• The Raiders average 6.0 3-pointers per game.
• Colgate’s Jhazmine Lynch reached the 1,000-point mark Dec. 29 in a win over New Hampshire.
• It’s the first meeting between the League’s two newest coaches. Bucknell’s Aaron Roussell is in his first season, while Colgate’s Nicci Hays Fort is leading the Raiders in her second season.

COLGATE 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, 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 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 ... Colgate plays its first home game against a League opponent Saturday at 4 p.m. versus Lehigh on Time Warner Sports.

BUCKNELL 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 on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 3 of 7 from beyond the arc ... Audrey Dotson led Bucknell 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 ... 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 ... Bucknell was 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 ... The Bison are at Lafayette Saturday at 2 p.m.