CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - There's a three-way tie atop the Patriot League women's basketball standings after Wednesday night's results between three teams that are quite familiar with the position.
American, Army and Navy all posted wins on the road to set up the logjam at the top. The Eagles won 62-56 at Lehigh, the Black Knights were 63-43 winners at Lafayette and the Mids were in front from start to finish in a 60-47 triumph at Holy Cross.
Bucknell outlasted Colgate 53-51 in dramatic fashion to wrap up Wednesday's results.
Wednesday's results set up another interesting weekend of League play, with three games Saturday and one Sunday. Saturday starts with a pair of 2 p.m. tips, as Bucknell visits Lafayette and American returns home to host Holy Cross. At 4 p.m. Lehigh plays at Colgate.
Sunday's lone matchup features Army hosting Navy in the first of two annual rivalry meetings between the academies. Tip off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Brief recaps of each game and links to each school's recaps are below.
EASTON, Pa. - First-year players were huge for Army as Kelsey Minato and Aimee Oertner combined for 32 points in the Black Knights' 63-43 victory at Lafayette Wednesday.
Minato tallied a game-high 21 points, giving her the scoring lead during League play at 19.5 per game. Oertner chipped in 11 points and five rebounds in the win.
Army (13-4) improved to 2-0 in League play for the fourth consecutive year. Lafayette fell to 7-10 overall and 0-2 in the League.
The Black Knights orchestrated a 16-0 run in the second half, taking advantage of some cold Lafayette shooting. Lafayette's Jamie O'Hare tied the game at 35 by going 1 of 2 at the foul line with 12:27 on the clock.
Jen Hazlett sank a triple to give back the lead to the Black Knights, and Ciara Jackson and Olivia Schretzman followed up with buckets. Minato scored five straight points and Jackson added another basket before Minato finished off the run with a deuce to put Army up 51-35 with 6:11 to play.
Lafayette shot just 3 of 14 in the game's final 6:51.
Emily Homan and Madeline Fahan finished with 10 points apiece for the Leopards, and Homan added four blocks. Danielle Fiacco was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting with six rebounds and three rejections.
Lafayette led early before Army put together a 10-0 run to take a 14-7 lead with 13:03 left in the first. The Leopards rallied back to take an 18-17 lead on a Homan bucket.
The Black Knights used an 11-2 spurt to take a 31-22 late in the first, but the Leopards scored the final four points of the stanza to cut the deficit to 31-26 at the break.
Army finished the game 48.9 percent (22 of 45) from the field to Lafayette's 28.8 percent (17 of 59). The Leopards managed to hit just 7 of 35 attempts (20 percent) in the second.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - American started the second half on a 14-0 run to erase a five-point deficit at halftime and hung on to defeat Lehigh 62-56 Wednesday night at Stabler Arena.
American extended its regular-season win streak against League foes to 17 while cutting short Lehigh's bid for a fifth straight win.
Four Eagles hit double figures, led by Alexis Dobbs' 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Ti'Asia McGeorge chipped in 12 points, while Geleisa George had 11 points and two thefts and Stephanie Anya dropped in 10 points.
For the second straight League game, American found itself trailing by five at the half. Lehigh finished the first on an 11-5 spurt to take a 25-20 lead after 20 minutes. McGeorge hit a triple to put the Eagles up one, but Lindsay Hoskins converted a three-point play and Becky Guman's trey put the Mountain Hawks up at the intermission.
American (9-7, 2-0) upped the intensity in the second half, utilizing a full-court press that forced six Mountain Hawk turnovers in the first five minutes. Dobbs opened the Eagles' run with four straight points, and George ended it with four straight to put American ahead 34-25.
Elizabeth Sharlow brought Lehigh (9-8, 1-1) within 36-33 with 12:02 remaining, and Hilary Weaver's three-point play made it a 39-36 game 59 seconds later.
But McGeorge struck again, this time hitting a triple to cap off a 12-2 American run that gave it a 51-40 lead with under eight minutes to play.
Lehigh had one last burst, cutting American's lead to 53-50 with 3:52 to go but it would get no closer.
Freshman Kerry Kinek had a big game for the Mountain Hawks with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds. She shot 7 of 10 and hit each of her first five from the floor. Guman and Hoskins scored eight apiece.
Both teams hit five 3-pointers, with American taking 12 attempts from beyond the arc to Lehigh's 20.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Navy opened the game on a 15-4 run and never trailed in a 60-47 win at Holy Cross in a rematch of last year's Patriot League championship game.
Alix Membreno paced Navy (9-8, 2-0) with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Chloe Stapleton scored 12 points, all from beyond the arc, and Audrey Bauer had 11 points and six rebounds. Jade Geif was held to just five points, but hauled down a game-high 16 rebounds.
Alex Smith led Holy Cross (8-9, 0-2) with 12 points, four boards and four dishes, while Amy Lepley had 11 points and six rebounds. Emily Parker returned to the lineup and grabbed five boards for the Crusaders.
Bauer finished off Navy's game-opening run following a pair of Stapleton treys. Bauer struck again a short time later with a triple of her own to put the Mids ahead 24-9 midway through the first.
Smith and Brisje Malone teamed up for a 7-0 Crusader run late in the first to make it a 26-20 Navy lead, but the Mids replied with the next six points to take a 12-point advantage at the half.
Holy Cross had some early momentum in the second, as Lepley converted a layup to bring the Crusaders within 35-31 at the 15:21 mark. But Stapleton sank a trey on Navy's next possession to put the Mids up seven, and shortly later Bauer and Erin Meador hit back-to-back triples to give Navy a 48-35 lead with 10 minutes to go.
The Crusaders closed within 50-40 on two Malone free throws with 8:23 left, but they could not cut the deficit into single digits.
Navy outrebounded Holy Cross 46-41 and shot 10 of 34 from beyond the arc to Holy Cross' 4 of 18.
Holy Cross shot 17 of 59 (28.8 percent) and just 9 of 15 at the line.
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Audrey Dotson's jumper from just inside the foul line just beat the buzzer as Bucknell edged Colgate 53-51 at Sojka Pavilion Wednesday night.
Bucknell (10-7, 1-1) had led 47-36 with 13:28 to go, but Colgate (6-10, 0-2) rallied all the way back to tie the game with a minute left to set up a thrilling final 60 seconds.
The Bison had the ball following Jhazmine Lynch's trey that tied the game at 51 with a minute to play. But a shaky exchange near midcourt turned into a Colgate steal, but Missy Repoli missed a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left. Repoli came up with the offensive board but turned the ball over with 19 ticks left, giving Bucknell a final look.
After the Bison called timeout, Shelby Romine drove from near midcourt to the right of the line, spun back and found Dotson just inside the line for the midrange game-winner.
Both teams had four players hit double figures. Dotson led all players with 14 points and hauled in nine rebounds, while Lindsay Horbatuck posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards. Romine scored 11 points with five assists, and Alyssa Dunn scored 10.
Colgate's Kelly Reid logged a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Repoli, Lynch and Josie Stockill all chipped in 10 points apiece.
After a close matchup in the first 10 minutes, Bucknell used a 10-2 run to take a 24-14 advantage with 7:40 to play.
Stockill and Reid combined for back-to-back buckets to ignite one of Colgate's rallies on the night. It was the beginning of an 18-2 Raider run, and Repoli's jumper with 2:08 left in the first put Colgate up 32-26.
The Bison roared back with seven straight points to take a 33-32 lead at the break. Bucknell parlayed that momentum into a 21-4 spurt that spanned both halves to take its 11-point lead less than seven minutes into the second.
Colgate finished 21 of 79 from the field (26.6 percent), hitting just 8 of 37 attempts in the second. Bucknell shot 50 percent in the first half and 25 percent in the second to finish 35 percent (21 of 60).
The Bison have doubled last year's win total in 17 games after going 5-25. It's the first League victory for first-year head coach Aaron Roussell.