Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 1.15.14

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Jan. 15, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five teams are separated by one game at the top of the Patriot League standings, and four of those squads will square off on Wednesday evening.

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*Four of the top five teams in the Patriot League standings face off on Wednesday.
*Navy puts its unbeaten League mark on the line at Bucknell, which has won three in a row.
*Army and Holy Cross meet in Worcester after suffering their first League losses on Saturday.
*American hosts Lehigh as the Eagles are also tied with Army, Holy Cross and Bucknell at 3-1 in League play.
*Loyola Maryland goes to Lafayette and Boston University is at Colgate to complete the schedule.
*All five games will tip off at 7 p.m. and be shown on Patriot League Network.
*Navy remained undefeated in League play by knocking off rival Army 74-64 on Saturday.
*Senior Jade Geif had a career-high 24 points in the victory for the Mids.
*Geif averaged 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds to earn the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award.
*She is up to 900 career rebounds, 10th in Patriot League history and within 23 of the school record.
*Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco is just six blocks away from the Patriot League record of 344.

Patriot League Notebook
Top Teams Face Off on Wednesday
Five teams are separated by one game at the top of the Patriot League standings, and four of those squads will square off on Wednesday evening. One game after staying undefeated in League play with a win over rival Army, Navy has another test as the Mids visit a Bucknell team that has won three in a row to improve to 3-1. Army and Holy Cross each took their first Patriot League loss over the weekend, and now face off in Worcester as each team tries to avoid a losing streak. The other squad at 3-1 in League action, American, plays host to Lehigh. Loyola Maryland visits Lafayette with each squad coming off its first Patriot League victory, while Colgate hosts Boston University. All five games will tip off at 7 p.m. and be available on Patriot League Network.

Navy Beats Army, Takes Sole Possession of First Place in Patriot League
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 the afternoon. The Mids got a career-high 24 points from Jade Geif to hold off the Black Knights 74-64 and take sole possession of first place in the Patriot League at 4-0. Army took its first loss, and so did Holy Cross when Bucknell tied the game at the buzzer and won it 83-79 in Worcester in overtime. American moved to 3-1 to join Army, Holy Cross and Bucknell by beating Colgate 72-55, while Loyola Maryland beat Lehigh 70-64 and Lafayette topped Boston University 68-63 as each squad earned its first League win of the year on the road.

Geif Hits Milestone on a Career Day
Navy senior Jade Geif has enjoyed an illustrious career, and Saturday was one of her more memorable days. Geif scored a career-high 24 points in Navy's 74-64 win over rival Army, and in the process she became the 10th player in Patriot League history to reach 900 rebounds. Geif is just 23 boards away from the Navy record of 923 held by Becky Dowling (1994-98). Geif also had 14 points and 15 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Boston University, and was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career on Monday.

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 (20.2 ppg) and Lehigh's Kerry Kinek (17.5) are 1-2 in the League in scoring, with Minato also standing in the top 40 nationally. Holy Cross forward Raquel Scott is averaging a League-best 9.3 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 71.0% of her tries from the floor. Minato is also tops in free throw shooting (94.3%) and is followed closely behind by Holy Cross' Lisa Mifsud (88.2%), who is fourth.

Fiacco Nears Patriot League Blocks Record
Hope Foster is arguably the best women's basketball player in Patriot League history, so approaching any record she holds is a significant feat. Lafayette senior Danielle Fiacco is doing just that, as she is up to 338 career blocks to come within six of Foster's total of 344 at Bucknell from 2004-08. Fiacco is also climbing the Patriot League charts in rebounds where she stands in the top 20 with 756 boards.

Patriot League Teams Rank High in NCAA Statistics
Multiple Patriot League teams and individuals have high standings in the most recent NCAA women's basketball statistics. American ranks eighth in the nation in both scoring defense and turnovers per game, and 11th in assist/turnover ratio. Navy comes in fifth in three-pointers per game and 16th in three-point percentage, and also rates fourth in turnovers per game and 16th in assist/turnover ratio. Army is in the NCAA top 50 in five different categories, while Holy Cross is in the top 20 in both assists and assist/turnover ratio and Lafayette stands 13th in blocked shots. Individuals who rank in the top 10 nationally in a category include Army's Kelsey Minato at third in free throw percentage, Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco sixth in blocks and Holy Cross' Alex Smith in 10th in assist/turnover ratio. Navy's Kara Pollinger rates in the top 25 in the country in both three-pointers per game and three-point percentage.

Holy Cross Pair Sets a New Standard in Worcester
Brisje Malone passed the 400-assist mark in her career for Holy Cross against Bucknell on Saturday, and joins classmate Alex Smith as the first two Crusaders ever to have at least 900 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a career. Smith is just 17 assists away from 500 in her career as she stands eighth in League history with a total of 483.

Patriot League Squads Finish Strong Non-League Campaign
Patriot League schools finished with a 63-58 non-League mark last season, and have done even better this year with a record of 61-50 in non-League action during the regular season. League teams went 10-3 versus the MAAC, 9-4 against the America East, 7-4 against the NEC, 6-6 versus the Atlantic 10 and 9-9 against the Ivy League.

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

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.

Patriot League Games
Navy Midshipmen (12-3, 4-0) at Bucknell Bison (8-6, 3-1)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*The hottest teams in the Patriot League face off when League-leading Navy visits Bucknell on Wednesday.
*The Mids have won five straight and opened 4-0 in the Patriot League, while the Bison have won three in a row.
*It is a rematch of last year's Patriot League Tournament semifinal won by the Mids 60-48 in Annapolis on March 11.
*The teams split regular-season contests last year, with each winning on its home court.
*Navy posted a 61-40 win over Bucknell on Feb. 2 before the Bison earned a 55-48 victory on March 2.
*That victory for the Bison snapped a nine-game losing skid to the Mids.
*Bucknell still holds on to a 28-25 lead in the all-time series between the schools.
*Navy is trying to open 5-0 in Patriot League play for the first time since a 6-0 start in 2011.

Army Black Knights (11-4, 3-1) at Holy Cross Crusaders (11-4, 3-1)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Army and Holy Cross both come off losses as the second-place squads match up on Wednesday at the Hart Center.
*The Black Knights dropped a 74-64 final at Navy while the Crusaders fell 83-79 in overtime against Bucknell on Saturday.
*The teams split last year's season series with each squad winning on the road.
*Holy Cross netted a 51-46 win at Army on Jan. 30 before the Black Knights rolled to a 62-35 road win on Feb. 27.
*Army's Dave Magarity tries to set the school record with his 133rd win at West Point.
*Holy Cross has a 33-20 lead in the all-time series with Army.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-7, 1-3) at American Eagles (10-5, 3-1)
Bender Arena; Washington, D.C. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Two teams going in opposite directions face off when American hosts Lehigh.
*The Eagles have won three of four in League play while the Mountain Hawks have dropped three in a row.
*Lehigh broke a four-game skid against the Eagles with a 71-55 win at Bender Arena on Feb. 13 last year.
*American had posted a 62-56 win in Bethlehem on Jan. 16 and leads the all-time series 20-12.
*American is trying to go at least 4-1 through five League games for the sixth year in a row.

Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (4-11, 1-3) at Lafayette Leopards (7-8, 1-3)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Loyola Maryland and Lafayette both look to build off victories when they face off in Easton on Wednesday.
*The Greyhounds won 70-64 at Lehigh and the Leopards claimed a 68-63 victory at Boston University on Saturday.
*Loyola has a 3-1 lead in the all-time series as the teams meet for the first time since Dec. 30, 2003.
*Loyola tries to win consecutive games for the first time this year, while Lafayette last did so on Nov. 29-Dec. 5.

Boston University Terriers (6-11, 1-3) at Colgate Raiders (4-11, 0-4)
Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*BU and Colgate both try to get on track when they meet in Hamilton on Wednesday.
*The Terriers have lost three of four to start League play while the Raiders have dropped six in a row overall.
*Boston University has a 5-1 lead in the series with Colgate, and won the most recent meeting in 2010-11.
*BU goes for its first road win in League play while Colgate aims for its second home victory of the year.

Team Notebooks
AMERICAN Alexis Dobbs scored a game-high 21 points and hit four three-pointers to lead American to a 72-55 win over Colgate Saturday at Bender Arena...The Eagles won by more than 15 points for the second time this week after downing Loyola Maryland 52-34 on Wednesday...American used an 18-4 first-half run to take the lead for good, and put the game away with a 19-5 second-half run after Colgate had closed within five points... Michelle Holmes and Arron Zimmerman also reached double figures for the Eagles, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively...Zimmerman had a career-high 21 points against Loyola on Wednesday and is averaging 15.0 points per game in League play...She has scored in double figures in all four League games this season...American leads the Patriot League and ranks eighth in the nation for the season in scoring defense at 54.5 points per game...The Eagles will play at home for the fourth time in five games when they welcome Lehigh on Wednesday, then head on the road to visit Lafayette on Saturday.

ARMY The Black Knights suffered their first loss in Patriot League play as Navy came away with a 74-64 triumph in a first-place showdown in Annapolis on Saturday...The Mids closed the first half with a 12-4 run to take the lead for good at 37-29 at the break...Army got within five points on three occasions in the second half, but could never make it a one-possession game... Kelsey Minato posted a game-high 25 points while Jen Hazlett added 20 for the Black Knights...Minato is in the top 40 nationally and leads the Patriot League with 20.2 points per game...Hazlett averaged 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games last week as she put up 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-63 win over Lehigh on Wednesday...She needs just 42 points to become Army's 16th 1,000-point scorer...Wednesday's victory gave Head Coach Dave Magarity 132 victories at Army, tying for the most in program history with Lynn Chiavaro (1987-98)...Magarity tries to set the mark this week, but Army has a pair of tough tasks ahead...The Black Knights go on the road to two teams tied with them in the standings as they visit Holy Cross on Wednesday and Bucknell on Saturday.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but saw Lafayette rally for a 68-63 win on Saturday...BU jumped out to an early 20-8 lead, and closed the half with an 11-2 run for a 36-28 advantage at the break after Lafayette had stormed back to go up by one...The Leopards went ahead with a 13-3 run early in the second half and the game was tight the rest of the way...BU got within 64-63 on a three-pointer by Sarah Hope with 27 seconds left, but Mollie McKendrick missed a trey that would have tied the score with seven seconds to go... Rashidat Agboola, Danielle Callahan and Clodagh Scannell all finished with 12 points for BU, and Callahan had her first double-double with a career-high 11 assists...Callahan played all 40 minutes of both games last week...BU tries to get turned around on the road this week as it visits Colgate on Wednesday and Loyola Maryland on Sunday.

BUCKNELL Claire DeBoer hit a three-pointer with no time left to force overtime and scored four points in the extra session to lift the Bison to an 83-79 win over Holy Cross on the road Saturday...The Bison had led most of the way before Holy Cross took a three-point lead late in regulation...Shelby Romine attempted a three-pointer that was off the mark, but DeBoar secured the rebound and got her shot off beyond the arc just before the buzzer to even the score at 72-72 and force overtime...DeBoer led the Bison with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Audrey Dotson (13), Shelby Romine (12) and Sheaira Jones (10) also finished in double figures...DeBoer earned her fourth Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award on Monday, and third in the past four weeks...Dotson also had 24 points and nine rebounds in a 75-72 win over Lafayette on Wednesday as the Bison claimed a pair of dramatic victories last week...Bucknell takes a three-game winning streak as it enters a matchup at home with first-place Navy on Wednesday before hosting Army, which the Bison are tied with for second place, on Saturday.

COLGATE The Raiders saw American use two big runs to pull away for a 72-55 win in Washington, D.C. on Saturday...The Eagles took the lead for good with an 18-4 surge in the first half, and put the game away with a 19-5 second-half run after Colgate had closed to within five points... Catherine Lewis and Mariah Jones each scored 12 points for Colgate, while Carole Harris had 10...Jones was coming off a season-high 24-point effort in a 70-65 loss to Holy Cross on Wednesday...The Raiders look for their first Patriot League win as they welcome Boston University on Wednesday before playing at League-leading Navy on Saturday.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders suffered a stinging loss as they could not hold a late lead and fell 83-79 in overtime against Bucknell on Saturday at home...After trailing by seven points with six minutes to play, Holy Cross surged ahead with a 13-3 run to go up 72-69 with just 1:29 left in the game...It stayed that way until Bucknell's Claire DeBoer made a three-pointer to tie the score at the buzzer...Bucknell scored five straight points in overtime and went on to the four-point victory...Lisa Mifsud led the Crusaders with 23 points, while Alex Smith added 18 and Raquel Scott scored 16...Scott averaged 16.0 points and 11.5 rebounds last week after a 16-point, 16-rebound game in a 70-65 win at Colgate on Wednesday...She leads the team with 16.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the season...Brisje Malone passed the 400-assist mark against Bucknell, and joins Smith as the first two Holy Cross players ever to have at least 900 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a career...Smith is just 17 assists away from 500 in her career...The Crusaders look to rebound from their first League loss as they host Army on Wednesday and visit Lehigh on Saturday this week.

LAFAYETTE Emily Homan and Kelly Loughney both scored 20 points to help Lafayette rally in the second half and win 68-63 at Boston University on Saturday...The Leopards trailed by eight at halftime, but took the lead with a 13-3 run early in the second half...The game stayed close with Lafayette finally breaking in front for good with six straight points for a 60-54 lead with four minutes to go...BU got within 64-63 with under 30 seconds to play, but Madeline Fahan and Jamie O'Hare sank their free throws to preserve the win for the Leopards...Loughney also pulled down 13 rebounds for the double-double in the Leopards' first League win of the season...Lafayette used a 46-32 rebounding edge to overcome a 2-of-14 effort from three-point range...The Leopards try to make it a winning streak when they host Loyola Maryland on Wednesday and American on Saturday this week.

LEHIGH Lehigh gave away a nine-point second-half lead as it fell 70-64 at home against Loyola Maryland on Saturday...The Mountain Hawks led throughout the second half until Loyola went up on a three-pointer with 1:12 left as part of a game-closing 12-3 run to earn the victory...Elizabeth Sharlow led the Mountain Hawks with 13 points, while Kerry Kinek had 12 and Kate O'Reilly scored 11...Kinek has scored in double figures for 17 straight games and stands second in the Patriot League with 17.5 points per game for the season...Lehigh tries to break a three-game losing skid as it visits American on Wednesday, then plays host to Holy Cross on Saturday.

LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds rallied in the second half to earn their first Patriot League victory with a 70-64 triumph at Lehigh on Saturday...Loyola trailed by as many as nine points midway through the period, but fought back and eventually claimed the lead when a three-pointer by Nicole Krusen made it 63-61 with 1:12 to go...Tiffany Padgett followed with a try to extend the lead to five and the Greyhounds made four free throws down the stretch to close the game with a 12-3 run and earn the win...Nai Brown led Loyola with a career-high 25 points while Krusen scored 15 and Jeneh Perry added 10...Lisa Mirarchi chipped in seven points and eight assists in the contest...Loyola plays two teams it is tied with in the standings this week as the Greyhounds visit Lafayette on Wednesday and host Boston University on Sunday.

NAVY The Mids grabbed sole possession of first place in the Patriot League with a 74-64 win at home against rival Army on Saturday...Navy took the lead for good by closing the first half with a 12-4 run for a 37-29 lead at the break...Navy held at least a five-point lead throughout the second half, as the Mids made 18-of-22 free throws in the period to close out the win...Jade Geif scored a career-high 24 points while Kara Pollinger added 19 and Chloe Stapleton finished with 10 for the Mids...Geif also finished with her 900th career rebound, moving within 23 of the school record held by Becky Dowling (1994-98)...Geif was coming off a 14-point, 15-rebound performance in a 70-50 win over Boston University on Wednesday...She was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week on Monday for the first time this season and fifth in her career...Geif is averaging 14.6 points and 10.6 rebounds while shooting 57.1% from the field during Navy's five-game winning streak...The Mids try to keep it up as they visit Bucknell on Wednesday and host Colgate on Saturday.