Navy wins a thriller, four others win with ease in Patriot League women's basketball Wednesday



Jan. 15, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Bucknell Bison buzzer-beaters were at it again and again, but it was Navy emerging victorious on Wednesday night.

The Bison forced overtime and a second overtime with last-second buckets, but eventually fell in a thrilling double-overtime contest against Navy.

It was one of five games on the docket Wednesday in Patriot League women's basketball and it was the closest contest of the night. American, Army, Colgate and Lafayette all jumped out to big leads in their respective games and never looked back. 

Army (12-4) improves to 4-1 in the League with its win at Holy Cross (11-5, 3-2), staying one game behind undefeated Navy (13-3, 5-0). American also remained a game behind Navy with its win over Lehigh (8-8, 1-4).


Navy 94, Bucknell 92 (2OT)

After Sunday's dramatic buzzer-beater at Holy Cross, Bucknell hit two more buzzer-beaters Wednesday, once at the end of the second half and again in overtime to keep the game going to double-overtime where they eventually lost to Navy 94-92 at Sojka Pavilion.

Bucknell had a pair of opportunities to tie it or win it at the end of the second overtime, but the Mids escaped with the two-point win. 

The Bison, led by Audrey Dotson's 28 points and Shelby Romine's 17, benefited from a poor free-throw shooting night by the Mids, who made 23 of 45 attempts. Navy missed several free throws at the end of regulation and throughout the two overtimes to give Bucknell multiple opportunities.



The Mids, however, were dominant on the offensive boards, led by Jade Geif, who pulled down 11 of her 17 caroms on the offensive end. She finished with 13 points to record the double-double. Alix Membreno just missed the double-double with 34 points and nine rebounds.

Bucknell led throughout most of the first half, but Navy battled back to tie it at 35 at the break. The two teams exchanged leads throughout the second half until Dotson connected on a layup to force overtime with no time left on the clock.

Romine's layup at the end of the first overtime sent the game to the final frame where the Mids were able to hold on.


Army 70, Holy Cross 57

Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 23 points and Jen Hazlett added 16 points as Army rebounded on the road with a 70-57 win over Holy Cross Wednesday night at the Hart Center.

Army cruised out to a 22-9 lead at the midway mark of the first and the Black Knights extended it to 34-22 at halftime. Army continued to roll in the second half.

Olivia Schretzman scored 11 points and had seven rebounds. Minato, who shot 9-of-16 from the floor, also had five assists. Army shot 50.9 percent from the floor (27-of-53), including 57.1 percent from 3 (8-of-14).

Alex Smith led Holy Cross with 19 points and Raquel Scott had 15 points.

American 70, Lehigh 61

American used a 15-0 run midway through the first half to pull away and defeat Lehigh 70-61 Wednesday night at Bender Arena. 

Arron Zimmerman, who finished with 12 points, hit a 3-pointer to cap the big run and make it 30-14 late in the half.

The Eagles continued to hold a big lead in the second half and Lehigh only cut it to seven with 1:17 left. American hit 7-of-8 free throws to close out the win. Geleisa George led the Eagles with 15 points, while Sarah Kiely notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Jen Dumiak and Alexis Dobbs also reached double-figures with 10 points apiece.

Kerry Kinek led Lehigh with a game-high 21 points.


Lafayette 65, Loyola 53

Emily Homan led a balanced Lafayette attack with 11 points as the Leopards won 65-53 over Loyola Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center. 

The Leopards opened with a 21-8 run and led 34-25 at halftime. Their lead was never in danger in the second half.

Homan was one of seven Leopards to score at least six points in the game. Kelly Loughney finished with nine points, Jamie O'Hare had eight, and both Maddie Peabody and Madeline Fahan scored seven.

Loyola was led by Nai Brown's 14 points, and Lisa Mirarchi finished with 10.


Colgate 81, Boston U 64

Carole Harris notched the double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds as Colgate took care of Boston U 81-64 Wednesday night at Cotterell Court.

Colgate stormed out to a 35-16 lead at halftime and held on in the second half for the win. Mariah Jones, Catherine Lewis and Missy Repoli all chipped in with 11 points apiece, while Kelly Reid had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Raiders shot 52.5 percent (31-of-59) from the floor, while also making 52.4 percent (11-of-21) of their 3-point attempts. Jones, Lewis and Repoli each had three 3s.

Clodagh Scannell led Boston U with 15 points, while Danielle Callahan added 11 and Mollie McKendrick had 10.