Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 1.17.12

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Alexa Williams, who averaged 13.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game last week, leads Lehigh into Lewisburg, Pa., for a matchup at Bucknell Wednesday night.
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Alexa Williams, who averaged 13.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game last week, leads Lehigh into Lewisburg, Pa., for a matchup at Bucknell Wednesday night.
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Jan. 17, 2012


CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The eight Patriot League teams are nearing the one-quarter mark of the League schedule, and American is now the only unbeaten team in League play after winning 61-58 Saturday at Holy Cross.

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Lisa Strack paced the Eagles with 17 points to thwart the Crusaders, who fell to 1-2 in League play this season. Holy Cross bounced right back Monday night with an 81-74 victory at Brown in which it shot just shy of 60 percent from the floor, helping to overcome 10 3-pointers by the Bears.

In other League action Saturday, Navy upended Army 58-56 in Annapolis to hand the Black Knights their first League loss of the season. Both teams are now 2-1 along with Lehigh, which survived an 85-82 double-overtime thriller at home against Colgate. The three-way tie for second between Army, Lehigh and Navy promises to create several intriguing matchups as the first leg of League competition continues.

Lafayette was the fourth team to garner a win Saturday, as the Leopards went into Lewisburg, Pa., and left with a 49-45 win over Bucknell.

Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette are tied for fifth at 1-2, and it just so happens that two of those teams will go head-to-head Wednesday night when the Crusaders visit the Leopards for a 7 p.m. tip off. Other contests include a rematch of last season's Patriot League title game as Navy visits American. Should the Mids win, they'd hop up into a first-place tie with American, while the Eagles will look to create some space for themselves at the top of the standings.

Colgate welcome Army Wednesday night as the Raiders look to make a move up the standings, while the fourth game pits Bucknell against Lehigh in Lewisburg. The Mountain Hawks will try to keep pace with Navy and American, while the Bison are seeking their first League win of 2011-12.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (1.9-1.15)

ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JHAZMINE LYNCH, COLGATE Jr., G, San Diego, Calif.
20.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 3.5 spg, .916 FT%

ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MISSY REPOLI, COLGATE Fr., Marlboro, N.J.
17.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, .526 FG%, .416 3FG%, .800 FT%

HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANCES LAST WEEK
LISA STRACK, AMERICAN Sr., G, Langhorne, Pa.
14.0 ppg, 4.0 spg, 2.5 rpg, .450 FG%, .571 3FG%, .750 FT%

ANNA SIMMERS, ARMY Jr., F, Anchorage, Alaska
17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, .727 FT%

DANIELLE FIACCO, LAFAYETTE So., C, Brewster, N.Y.
13.0 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 5.0 bpg, .500 FG%

ALEXA WILLIAMS, LEHIGH Sr., F, Warren, Ohio
13.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 4.0 spg, 2.0 bpg, .667 FT%

JADE GEIF, NAVY So., F, Lakeville, Minn.
11.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, .400 FG%, 6 of 6 FTs

Patriot League Notebook

STILL EVEN AFTER THREE
After three days and 12 games of conference play in Patriot League Women's Basketball, the home teams and the road teams are evenly split 6-6 in the matchups. Lehigh and Navy were the two teams to win at home Saturday, taking victories from Colgate and Army, respectively, while American and Lafayette were triumphant on the road. It's especially noteworthy for the Eagles, who are 7-1 away from Bender Arena this season, including two victories on neutral floors.

COLGATE REPEATS AWARDS DOUBLE TAKE
Jhazmine Lynch and Missy Repoli have been teaming up on the floor all season for Colgate, and Monday they did one better as they swept the Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards. Lynch was named the Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points per game, including a 26-point effort in the Raiders' narrow 85-82 double-overtime loss at Lehigh Saturday. Repoli had 20 points in that game and averaged 17.0 ppg last week to earn the Rookie of the Week honors. It's the second time this season a Colgate pair has swept the awards, as Tricia Oakes and Mariah Jones teamed up to take the Player and Rookie honors, respectively, on Dec. 19. In the 10 weeks of awards this season, the honors have been captured by a student-athlete from the same school five times.

FIACCO BEGINS RECORD SMASHING
Lafayette sophomore Danielle Fiacco posted five blocks Wednesday at Army and collected five more Saturday at Bucknell to give her 77 on the season. With those five against the Bison, she surpassed Lenora Johnson's school-record single-season tally of 74 set during her junior season in 1979-80. Fiacco now has 148 career rejections, placing her 12 shy of the all-time Leopard record of 160 also held by Johnson. With 77 on the year, Fiacco is 18 shy of the Patriot League single-season mark of 95, and currently sits 10th on the League's all-time list.

GEIF STANDS TALL FOR NAVY ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The first of three Patriot League games to be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network this season took place Saturday afternoon, with Jade Geif scoring the final four points of the game to lift Navy to an exciting 58-56 victory over Army at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md. Those four points were the important of the game-high 16 Geif poured in for the Mids, who improved to 2-1 in League play and bounced back from a 17-point loss at home to Holy Cross. The Patriot League will return to CBS Sports Network Saturday, Feb. 11, when Army hosts Navy in the return bout 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.

BIG PERFORMANCES WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
It should come as no surprise that the performances have gotten better now that League play is underway. Four Patriot Leaguers are averaging double figures in rebounding through three conference contests, with Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco leading the way averaging 11.7 per game. Lehigh's Alexa Williams is second at 11.3, while Jen Hazlett and Jade Geif are averaging 10.0 per game. On the offensive side of the ball, there are 19 players averaging at least 10 points per game during League competition, led by Army junior Anna Simmers (20.3). Colgate junior Jhazmine Lynch, who owns the overall League lead in scoring (14.6 ppg), is second during League games at 16.3 per contest.

ALL-ACCESS HAS YOU COVERED
Once again this season, over 100 Patriot League men's and women's basketball contests are available with a subscription to Patriot League All-Access. For $7.95 a month or $19.95 for a year, fans can watch a vast majority of the League's basketball contests, along with watching archived coverage of fall championships and having access to available winter and spring championships for the rest of the 2011-12 academic year. For more, visit http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess.

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.

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.).

PEMPER INCHES CLOSER TO 300
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 297 career victories after the Mids took a tough 58-56 win from Army Saturday afternoon in Annapolis.

HOMAN A REVELATION FOR LAFAYETTE
Freshman Emily Homan was tabbed as the Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive time last Monday and third instance overall this season. Her selection Jan. 9 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. Homan was the second player to sweep both the Player and Rookie of the Week nods this season.

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

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (9-8, 2-1) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (11-6, 3-0)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 21-17
Streak: Navy, Three Wins Last Meeting: Navy, 47-40 (3.12.11 - Patriot League Championship Game)
Last American Win: 72-47 (3.7.10) Last Five Games: Navy, 3-2

The two teams who met in the Patriot League Championship game a year ago will take the floor against one another for the time time since that battle when American hosts Navy at Bender Arena Wednesday night ... American owns a 21-17 series edge, but the Mids have won three straight meetings ... Navy took a 47-40 victory from the Eagles to win the 2011 Patriot League crown on March 12, holding American to just 10 points in the second half ... American is the only remaining undefeated team in Patriot League play.

NAVY Sophomore Jade Geif scored 16 points, but none were bigger than the four that came on her final two touches that lifted Navy to a thrilling 58-56 win over archrival Army Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall in a game televised nationally on CBS Sports Network ... Geif recorded the fourth double-double of the season and 10th of her career with 12 rebounds to go along with her scoring output ... Erin Edwards added 11 points for the Mids, with nine coming from beyond the arc ... Army used a late 9-0 run to erase a 54-47 deficit and took a 56-54 lead at the 1:27 mark on a jumper from Anna Simmers ... Navy tied the game on its next possession, when Alix Membreno found Geif underneath for a layup with 1:07 remaining ... Jen Hazlett missed a 3-pointer on Army's next trip down the floor, and Audrey Bauer did the same for Navy at the other end, but the Mids controlled the offensive board ... That set up the game-winning play, with Membreno connecting again with Geif to put the Mids ahead 58-56 with 23 seconds to go ... Army called timeout to set up its final play ... After the possession looked like it might result in a turnover, freshman Olivia Schretzman found the ball and put up a shot that bounced off the front of the rim, but the Black Knights retained possession after the ball deflected out off a Navy player with 1.2 seconds to go ... Schretzman had a second opportunity to tie the game after Army inbounded the ball, but again her shot did not convert ... Army built a 17-10 lead eight minutes into the game after a pair of free throws from Hazlett ... Navy replied with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 19 with 8:45 remaining ... Army rebuilt a six-point lead at 29-23 with 4:37 left until the break and had a four-point advantage in the waning seconds before Edwards sank a 3 at the buzzer to make it a 31-30 game at the half ... The Black Knights finished 13 of 13 from the free throw line, surpassing the 11-of-11 effort Holy Cross put forth against Harvard earlier this season ... The Mids will return home Saturday night for a 7 p.m. tip against visiting Colgate ... The Raiders stole a 59-55 win in Annapolis last season.

AMERICAN Lisa Strack led all scorers with 17 points while Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak each reached double figures with 10 apiece as American took over sole possession of first place by holding off Holy Cross 61-58 at the Hart Center Saturday afternoon ... Dobbs' layup capped off an early run for the Eagles as American went ahead 10-4 with 16:41 left in the first half ... Strack's jumper a little more than five minutes later gave the Eagles a 17-7 lead ... Holy Cross crept back into the game and used a 12-2 run to take a 26-25 lead with 1:55 remaining following a bucket by Amy Lepley ... American closed the half with a 5-0 run to go into the locker room ahead 30-26 ... Alex Smith sank a 3-pointer to bring Holy Cross within one, but the Eagles jumped ahead 43-35 at the 14:19 mark after a trey by Strack ... The Crusaders cut the deficit to three points twice thereafter, but couldn't get any closer ... Stephanie Anya's layup with 2:35 left gave the Eagles the lead for good at 59-52 ... A pair of Emily Parker layups brought Holy Cross within 61-58 with 33 seconds remaining ... The Crusaders fouled three times to put American into the bonus on two ensuing possessions, but the Eagles controlled the offensive rebounds ... Holy Cross outrebounded American 43-29, and the Eagles only hit 3 of 11 from the free throw line ... Both teams finished over 40 percent shooting for the game. American was 26 of 59 (44.1 percent), while Holy Cross shot 21 of 52 (40.4 percent) ... The Eagles own the second-stingiest scoring defense through three League games, giving up an average of 50 points per contest ... American is also tops in scoring margin in League play at +7.3 per game.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (8-10, 2-1) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (4-14, 1-2)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Army, 30-19
Streak: Army, Two Wins Last Meeting: Army, 55-54 (2.5.11)
Last Colgate Win: 61-47 (2.6.10) Last Five Games: Army, 4-1

Two teams looking to rebound from Saturday losses will meet Wednesday night in Hamilton, N.Y., when Colgate hosts Army ... The Black Knights swept the season series in 2010-11 and have won four of the last five contests ... Wednesday's meeting will be the 50th installment of the all-time series ... The game will feature the League's top two scorers during conference play in Army's Anna Simmers (20.3 ppg) and Colgate's Jhazmine Lynch (16.3) ... Both are juniors.

ARMY Sophomore Jade Geif scored 16 points, but none were bigger than the four that came on her final two touches that lifted Navy to a thrilling 58-56 win over archrival Army Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall in a game televised nationally on CBS Sports Network ... Anna Simmers tied Geif with a game-high 16 points for Army, while Liz Benedict chipped in 14 points and Jen Hazlett added 11 ... Army used a late 9-0 run to erase a 54-47 deficit and took a 56-54 lead at the 1:27 mark on a jumper from Simmers ... Navy tied the game on its next possession, when Alix Membreno found Geif underneath for a layup with 1:07 remaining ... Hazlett missed a 3-pointer on Army's next trip down the floor, and Audrey Bauer did the same for Navy at the other end, but the Mids controlled the offensive board ... That set up the game-winning play, with Membreno connecting again with Geif to put the Mids ahead 58-56 with 23 seconds to go ... Army called timeout to set up its final play ... After the possession looked like it might result in a turnover, freshman Olivia Schretzman found the ball and put up a shot that bounced off the front of the rim, but the Black Knights retained possession after the ball deflected out off a Navy player with 1.2 seconds to go ... Schretzman had a second opportunity to tie the game after Army inbounded the ball, but again her shot did not convert ... Army built a 17-10 lead eight minutes into the game after a pair of free throws from Hazlett ... Navy replied with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 19 with 8:45 remaining ... Army rebuilt a six-point lead at 29-23 with 4:37 left until the break and had a four-point advantage in the waning seconds before Edwards sank a 3 at the buzzer to make it a 31-30 game at the half ... The Black Knights finished 13 of 13 from the free throw line, surpassing the previous League best of 11-of-11 effort Holy Cross put forth against Harvard earlier this season ... Army will be home Saturday to host American at 1 p.m.

COLGATE Colgate's Jhazmine Lynch led all scorers with 26 points, but Katie O'Reilly's three-point play late in the second overtime lifted Lehigh to a thrilling 85-82 victory over Colgate at Stabler Arena Saturday afternoon ... Missy Repoli, who scored 20 points for the Raiders, drilled a 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to give Colgate an 82-81 lead ... Sarah Williams missed a jump shot on Lehigh's next possession, but O'Reilly was there to collect and lay in the rebound to give the Mountain Hawks a one-point lead ... She was fouled on the play, and completed the three-point play to put Lehigh up 84-82 with 24 seconds left ... Lynch got off two shots in the final 10 seconds. Sarah Williams blocked the first, and Alexa Williams got the rejections on the second ... After Alexa Williams went 1 of 2 at the free throw line to put Lehigh up three, Candice Green's desperation heave at the buzzer fell short, securing the win for the Mountain Hawks ... Colgate led 29-25 at halftime and extended the lead to 10 after an 8-2 run in the first 4:11 after the break ... A pair of Aly Byorick free throws capped off a retaliatory 11-0 Lehigh run, giving the Mountain Hawks a 38-37 advantage with 12:13 left ... Lehigh led by as many as seven later in the second but Colgate hung around. Lynch and Kelly Korkowski each sank two free throws in the final 1:14 of regulation to send the game to overtime ... O'Reilly had a look at the basket at the end of the second half, but her attempt did not fall ... Colgate jumped out to a 66-61 lead in the first overtime and led 73-70 in the final minute after Repoli went 1 of 2 at the line ... But Lehigh forced the second overtime after Weaver found Byorick for a deep 3 with 14 seconds to go, and Lynch missed a jumper with time ticking down ... The Raiders will visit Navy Saturday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (9-8, 2-1) AT BUCKNELL BISON (2-16, 0-3)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 38-30
Streak: Lehigh, Nine Wins Last Meeting: Lehigh, 72-39 (2.23.11)
Last Bucknell Win: 63-53 (2.20.07) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 5-0

Lehigh, which extended its series winning streak against Colgate Saturday afternoon, will look to do the same against Bucknell Wednesday night when it visits Sojka Pavilion for a 7 p.m. tip with the Bison ... Lehigh has won nine straight against the Bison dating back to the 2006-07 season and owns a 38-30 lead in the series ... Both teams played close games Saturday, with the Mountain Hawks winning in double overtime by three over Colgate, while Bucknell fell by four at home to Lafayette.

LEHIGH Colgate's Jhazmine Lynch led all scorers with 26 points, but Katie O'Reilly's three-point play late in the second overtime lifted Lehigh to a thrilling 85-82 victory over Colgate at Stabler Arena Saturday afternoon ... Missy Repoli, who scored 20 points for the Raiders, drilled a 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to give Colgate an 82-81 lead ... Sarah Williams missed a jump shot on Lehigh's next possession, but O'Reilly was there to collect and lay in the rebound to give the Mountain Hawks a one-point lead ... She was fouled on the play, and completed the three-point play to put Lehigh up 84-82 with 24 seconds left ... Lynch got off two shots in the final 10 seconds. Sarah Williams blocked the first, and Alexa Williams got the rejections on the second ... After Alexa Williams went 1 of 2 at the free throw line to put Lehigh up three, Candice Green's desperation heave at the buzzer fell short, securing the win for the Mountain Hawks ... Alexa Williams and Aly Byorick led Lehigh with 16 points apiece, while Hilary Weaver poured in 15, Sarah Williams had 14 off the bench and O'Reilly contributed 12 ... Four of Lehigh's starters reached double figures ... Colgate led 29-25 at halftime and extended the lead to 10 after an 8-2 run in the first 4:11 after the break ... A pair of Byorick free throws capped off a retaliatory 11-0 Lehigh run, giving the Mountain Hawks a 38-37 advantage with 12:13 left ... Lehigh led by as many as seven later in the second but Colgate hung around ... Lynch and Kelly Korkowski each sank two free throws in the final 1:14 of regulation to send the game to overtime ... O'Reilly had a look at the basket at the end of the second half, but her attempt did not fall ... Colgate jumped out to a 66-61 lead in the first overtime and led 73-70 in the final minute after Repoli went 1 of 2 at the line ... But Lehigh forced the second overtime after Weaver found Byorick for a deep 3 with 14 seconds to go, and Lynch missed a jumper with time ticking down ... The Mountain Hawks host Lafayette Saturday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL Danielle Fiacco set the Lafayette single-season blocks record and tallied a double-double with Emily Homan in a 49-45 win at Bucknell Saturday evening, spoiling the head-coaching debut of Bison interim Bill Broderick ... Fiacco scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to go with her five rejections, which give her 77 on the season ... She surpassed Lenora Johnson, who blocked 74 shots during her senior season in 1980-81 ... Lindsay Horbatuck scored 12 points to pace the Bison, but only two of those came in the second half ... She grabbed nine rebounds to narrowly miss a double-double, while Rachel Voss scored six points with 10 rebounds while Alyssa Dunn poured in eight points off the bench ... The teams went back and forth in the early going and had been tied eight times when Lafayette freshman Linnel Macklin sank a jumper to make it an 18-18 game with 9:05 left in the first half ... That turned out to be the last field goal for quite a while, as the two combined for a 7:30 drought before Fiacco's layup gave Lafayette at 24-20 lead at the 1:35 mark ... Christina Chukwuedo's layup tied the game for the ninth time at 24 all, but the Leopards scored four straight to take a 28-24 lead at the half ... Lafayette took a five-point lead four minutes into the second, but Bucknell's small rally tied the game at 36 with 11:04 remaining. Jen Heider's 3 put Bucknell ahead 39-36 30 seconds later ... Trailing 41-39, Homan orchestrated a methodical 8-0 Lafayette run that proved decisive ... She sank a pair of free throws first, then added a layup to put Lafayette up two ... Melissa Downey converted four straight free throws in the final minute to put Lafayette up for good, leading to the 49-45 win ... Lafayette finished 14 of 49 (28.6 percent) from the field and 21 of 33 (63.6 percent) from the charity stripe ... Bucknell hit 28.3 percent from the floor on 17-of-60 shooting and went 10 of 11 (90.9 percent) at the line ... The Bison head to Holy Cross Saturday afternoon.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (10-8, 1-2) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (7-11, 1-2)
Kirby Sports Center (4,000); Easton, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 45-8 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: Holy Cross, Three Wins Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 83-46 (2.5.11)
Last Lafayette Win: 43-39 (1.9.10) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

Two teams coming off opposing results in their last outing during League play will take to the floor at the Kirby Sports Center Wednesday night when Holy Cross visits Lafayette ... The Crusaders fell 61-58 at home to American Saturday, but rebounded Monday with an 81-74 victory at Brown to finish off the non-League slate for all eight teams ... Lafayette won 49-45 at Bucknell Saturday night, giving the Leopards their first League win of 2011-12 and snapping a two-game slide.

HOLY CROSS American's Lisa Strack led all scorers with 17 points while Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak each reached double figures with 10 apiece as American took over sole possession of first place by holding off Holy Cross 61-58 at the Hart Center Saturday afternoon ... Emily Parker narrowly missed her second straight double-double with 15 points, nine boards and a pair of blocks for the Crusaders, while Brisje Malone scored 12 points and dished six assists ... Alex Smith had eight points and four rebounds, but shot 3 of 10 from the floor and just 2 of 8 on 3-pointers ... Dobbs' layup capped off an early run for the Eagles as American went ahead 10-4 with 16:41 left in the first half ... Strack's jumper a little more than five minutes later gave the Eagles a 17-7 lead ... Holy Cross crept back into the game and used a 12-2 run to take a 26-25 lead with 1:55 remaining following a bucket by Lepley ... American closed the half with a 5-0 run to go into the locker room ahead 30-26 ... Smith sank a 3-pointer to bring Holy Cross within one, but the Eagles jumped ahead 43-35 at the 14:19 mark after a trey by Strack ... The Crusaders cut the deficit to three points twice thereafter, but couldn't get any closer ... Stephanie Anya's layup with 2:35 left gave the Eagles a 59-52 lead ... Holy Cross outrebounded American 43-29, and the Eagles only hit 3 of 11 from the free throw line ... The Crusaders rebounded Monday with an 81-74 win over Brown in Providence, R.I. ... Senior Meredith Ward paced four Crusaders in double figures with a team-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 2 of 3 on 3-pointers, while Smith chipped in 15 points and eight assists ... Lepley had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Emily Parker chipped in 10 points ... Holy Cross shot 58.6 percent (17 of 29) in the first half en route to a 42-35 lead at halftime ... After the break the Crusaders continued firing on all cylinders, hitting 15 of 25 (60 percent) from the field, helping to overcome Brown hitting 10 of 24 from beyond the arc in the game ... The contest featured 13 lead changes, while Holy Cross won the points-in-the-paint battle 32-20 ... After visiting Lafayette Wednesday, the Crusaders are home Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip with Bucknell.

LAFAYETTE Danielle Fiacco set the Lafayette single-season blocks record and tallied a double-double with Emily Homan in a 49-45 win at Bucknell Saturday evening, spoiling the head-coaching debut of Bison interim Bill Broderick ... Fiacco scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to go with her five rejections, which give her 77 on the season ... She surpassed Lenora Johnson, who blocked 74 shots during her junior season in 1979-80 ... With 148 for her career, Fiacco is now 12 shy of the Lafayette all-time mark of 160 also owned by Johnson ... Homan also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, as the Leopards (7-11, 1-2) owned a 48-37 edge on the glass ... The teams went back and forth in the early going and had been tied eight times when Lafayette freshman Linnel Macklin sank a jumper to make it an 18-18 game with 9:05 left in the first half ... That turned out to be the last field goal for quite a while, as the two combined for a 7:30 drought before Fiacco's layup gave Lafayette at 24-20 lead at the 1:35 mark ... Christina Chukwuedo's layup tied the game for the ninth time at 24 all, but the Leopards scored four straight to take a 28-24 lead at the half ... Lafayette took a five-point lead four minutes into the second, but Bucknell's small rally tied the game at 36 with 11:04 remaining ... Jen Heider's 3 put Bucknell ahead 39-36 30 seconds later ... Trailing 41-39, Homan orchestrated a methodical 8-0 Lafayette run that proved decisive ... She sank a pair of free throws first, then added a layup to put Lafayette up two ... Melissa Downey converted four straight free throws in the final minute to put Lafayette up for good, leading to the 49-45 win ... Lafayette finished 14 of 49 (28.6 percent) from the field and 21 of 33 (63.6 percent) from the charity stripe ... Bucknell hit 28.3 percent from the floor on 17-of-60 shooting and went 10 of 11 (90.9 percent) at the line ... After Wednesday's tilt with Holy Cross, Lafayette will take the short trip to Bethlehem to visit rival Lehigh Saturday at 7 p.m.