Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.17.14

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Navy's Jade Geif stands six rebounds away from the school record.
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Jan. 17, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy has won the last three Patriot League titles, but only once in that stretch did the Mids start 6-0 in League action. They have a chance to match that opening set by the 2011 squad when the Mids host Colgate at 7 p.m. on Saturday. At the same time a key game in the Patriot League standings will take place as Army takes a 4-1 mark into a matchup at 3-2 Bucknell.

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*Navy goes for its first 6-0 start in the Patriot League since 2011 when it hosts Colgate on Saturday night.
*Army heads to Bucknell on Saturday evening in a matchup for positioning in the top half of the standings.
*The Black Knights are trying to get to 5-1 in League play for the first time since 2008.
*American goes to Lafayette and Holy Cross is at Lehigh in Saturday contests tipping at 2 p.m.
*The Eagles aim to go 5-1 in the Patriot League for the third straight year.
*Boston University and Loyola Maryland play for the first time on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Reitz Arena.
*All five games will be available for free on Patriot League Network.
*Navy's Alix Membreno scored 34 points in a win over Bucknell on Wednesday.
*It was the highest mark for a Patriot League player this season and put Membreno over 1,000 points for her career.
*Her teammate, Jade Geif, had a career-high 17 rebounds and is within six of the school record of 923 all-time.
*Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco had four blocks Wednesday and is at 342 for her career, just two from the League record.

Patriot League Notebook
Navy Goes for 6-0 Start, American and Army Try to Keep Pace Saturday
Navy has won the last three Patriot League titles, but only once in that stretch did the Mids start 6-0 in League action. They have a chance to match that opening set by the 2011 squad when the Mids host Colgate at 7 p.m. on Saturday. At the same time a key game in the Patriot League standings will take place as Army takes a 4-1 mark into a matchup at 3-2 Bucknell. American is also at 4-1 as it plays at Lafayette on Saturday at 2 p.m., while Holy Cross has a 3-2 mark when it faces Lehigh in Bethlehem at the same time. The weekend slate wraps up with the first meeting between Boston University and Loyola Maryland from Reitz Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m. All five games will be available on Patriot League Network.

Navy Wins a Thriller at Bucknell, Four Others Cruise on Wednesday
Despite buzzer-beaters by Bucknell at the end of regulation and the first overtime, Navy persevered and held off the Bison 94-92 in double overtime in Lewisburg on Wednesday to move to 5-0 in the Patriot League. It was the only tight game of the evening, as American and Army took control in the first half to improve to 4-1 in League action and Colgate and Lafayette did the same to earn victories at home.

Lafayette's Fiacco Nears Patriot League Blocks Record
Lafayette senior Danielle Fiacco had four more blocks on Wedneday, and is up to 342 for her career to come within two of the Patriot League record of 344 set by Hope Foster at Bucknell from 2004-08. Fiacco is also climbing the Patriot League charts in rebounds where she stands in the top 20 with 757 boards.

Membreno Scores 1,000th Point in a Memorable Win
Navy senior Alix Membreno became the 17th player in school history and 80th all-time in the Patriot League to reach the 1,000-point mark, and did it in an outstanding performance on Wednesday. Membreno scored 34 points in the Mids' 94-92 double overtime win at Bucknell, notching the highest total for a Patriot League player this season and the top mark ever for a Navy player in a Patriot League contest.

Geif Nearing Navy Career Rebounds Mark
Not to be outdone by her classmate, Jade Geif had another great effort for Navy on Wednesday with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in the win over Bucknell. She grabbed 11 boards on the offensive end alone as Navy pulled down 20 offensive rebounds and had a 55-37 edge on the glass. The career-high performance brings Geif's all-time rebound total to 917, just six away from the Navy school record held by Becky Dowling (1994-98). Geif continues an outstanding stretch of games after averaging 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in a pair of wins last week to be named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career on Monday.

Five in Double Figures for Eagles, Raiders on Wednesday
American and Colgate each had dominant home wins on Wednesday, and it came with a team effort as five players scored in double figures for both teams. Geleisa George led the Eagles with 15 points, while Arron Zimmerman finished with 12 and Alexis Dobbs, Jen Dumiak and Sarah Kiely each scored 10 in a 70-61 win over Lehigh. It was the first time since 2008 that five players reached double figures in a game for the Eagles. Carole Harris notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colgate, while Mariah Jones, Catherine Lewis and Missy Repoli each scored 11 points and Kelly Reid added 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Raiders, who are 5-11 for the season, are 5-6 when they have their regular starting five of Lauryn Kobiela, Jones, Lewis, Reid and Harris.

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 statistical categories. Army's Kelsey Minato (20.4 ppg) and Lehigh's Kerry Kinek (17.8) are 1-2 in the League in scoring, with Minato also standing in the top 40 nationally. Holy Cross forward Raquel Scott is second in the Patriot League with 9.0 rebounds per game. The League's top shooter at the moment is also a second-year player, as American's Michelle Holmes is hitting on 66.7% of her tries from the floor. Minato is also tops in free throw shooting (93.4%).

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. Coming into the week, American ranked eighth in the nation in both scoring defense and turnovers per game, and 11th in assist/turnover ratio. Navy came in fifth in three-pointers per game and 16th in three-point percentage, and also rated fourth in turnovers per game and 16th in assist/turnover ratio. Army was in the NCAA top 50 in five different categories, while Holy Cross was in the top 20 in both assists and assist/turnover ratio and Lafayette stood 13th in blocked shots. Individuals who rank in the top 10 nationally in a category included 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 rated in the top 25 in the country in both three-pointers per game and three-point percentage.

Army's Magarity Sets School Wins Mark
Army's Dave Magarity set a West Point record on Wednesday with his 133rd win in his eighth season on the job. Magarity surpassed Lynn Chiavaro, who collected 132 wins from 1987-88 to 1997-98. Magarity, who also holds the record for wins with the Marist men's team (253), joins only a handful of coaches who lead two programs in coaching wins.

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. All League games outside of the Army-Navy regular-season contests on CBS Sports Network will air on PLN, all but the championship of the League Tournament will be streamed with all the action on www.patriotleague.tv.

Patriot League Games
American Eagles (11-5, 4-1) at Lafayette Leopards (8-8, 2-3)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa. - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*American brings a three-game win streak into Easton to face a Lafayette squad that has won two straight.
*The 2 p.m. contest will be shown on both Patriot League Network and Lafayette Sports Network.
*Lafayette recorded a 49-47 win at home on Feb. 2 last year before American won 69-52 one month later.
*American has won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Leopards.
*The Eagles are trying to go 5-1 in the Patriot League for the third straight year.

Holy Cross Crusaders (11-5, 3-2) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-8, 1-4)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. - Saturday, 2 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Service Electric 2 Sports
*Holy Cross and Lehigh both try to get on track when they face off at Stabler Arena.
*The game will be shown on both Patriot League Network and Service Electric 2 Sports at 2 p.m.
*The Crusaders have dropped two straight while the Mountain Hawks have dropped four in a row.
*Holy Cross beat Lehigh 64-59 in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals in Worcester on March 7 last season.
*The teams had split the regular-season series with each school winning on the road.
*Holy Cross has won the last two meetings after Lehigh had won 10 straight against the Crusaders.

Army Black Knights (12-4, 4-1) at Bucknell Bison (8-7, 3-2)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. - Saturday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Army and Bucknell fight for position in the top half of the League standings when they meet in Lewisburg.
*The 7 p.m. contest will be available on Patriot League Network.
*The Black Knights swept last year's series with a 68-60 win at home on Jan. 12 and 44-35 at Bucknell on Feb. 9.
*Army has won four straight against Bucknell, sweeping the Bison each of the last two seasons.
*The Black Knights are trying to get to 5-1 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2008.

Colgate Raiders (5-11, 1-4) at Navy Midshipmen (13-3, 5-0)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. - Saturday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Navy goes for its first 6-0 mark in the Patriot League since 2011 when it hosts Colgate on Saturday.
*The game will tip off at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
*The Mids won easily twice last year with a 59-43 victory at Colgate on Jan. 26 and 63-48 at home on Feb. 23.
*Navy has won 13 of the last 16 meetings overall against the Raiders.
*Navy tries to extend its winning streak to seven.
*Colgate goes for consecutive wins for the first time since a three-game run from Dec. 4-14.

Boston University Terriers (6-12, 1-4) at Loyola Md Greyhounds (4-12, 1-4)
Reitz Arena; Baltimore, Md. - Sunday, 1 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Boston University and Loyola Maryland each try to get on track in their first Patriot League season.
*The teams, both 1-4 in the League, meet at Reitz Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
*Sunday's matchup will mark the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Team Notebooks
AMERICAN American won its third straight game and remained in a tie for second place in the Patriot League with a 70-61 win at home against Lehigh on Wednesday...The Eagles took control early with a 15-0 run in the first half and took a 33-19 lead at the break...Lehigh chipped away, but American made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the win...American gets to at least 4-1 through five League games for the sixth year in a row...Geleisa George led the Eagles with 15 points, while Arron Zimmerman finished with 12 and Alexis Dobbs, Jen Dumiak and Sarah Kiely each scored 10...It was the first time since 2008 that five players reached double figures in a game for the Eagles...Kiely also pulled down 11 rebounds for her third career double-double and first this season...After playing four of its first five Patriot League games at home, American now has six of its next eight on the road...That stretch begins on Saturday afternoon when the Eagles pay a visit to Lafayette.

ARMY The Black Knights got right back on track with an impressive 70-57 win at Holy Cross on Wednesday...Army responded from its loss at Navy on Saturday with a double-digit win at one of the three teams it was tied with for second place in the standings...The Black Knights are now even with just American at 4-1 in League play, one game behind the Mids...Army led from start to finish, building a 22-9 lead midway through the first half, going up 34-22 at halftime and keeping the advantage in double digits throughout the second half... Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 23 points while Jen Hazlett added 16 and Olivia Schretzman scored 11... Army shot 50.9% from the floor (27-of-53), including 57.1% from long range (8-of-14)...Head Coach Dave Magarity won his school record 133rd game at West Point...Magarity now has the school record for wins at two locations as he captured 253 wins as the Marist men's basketball head coach...Army tries to keep Bucknell from matching it in the standings when the Black Knights close out their three-game road trip by visiting the Bison on Saturday evening.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers dropped their third straight game as Colgate pulled out an 81-64 win in Hamilton on Wednesday...The Raiders used a 15-0 run to take control in the first half, led 35-16 at the break and went up by as many as 27 in the second half... Clodagh Scannell led BU with 15 points, while Danielle Callahan added 11 and Mollie McKendrick had 10...The Terriers next visit Loyola Maryland in the first matchup between the new Patriot League members on Sunday.

BUCKNELL Despite two more buzzer-beaters, Bucknell could not overcome first-place Navy and fell to the Mids 94-92 in double overtime on Wednesday at home...One game after Claire DeBoer hit a three-pointer to force overtime in an eventual win at Holy Cross, Audrey Dotson had a layup at the end of regulation and Shelby Romine hit to close the first overtime to keep the game tied...Romine's shot to win at the buzzer from well beyond the arc in the second overtime came up off the mark...Dotson led the Bison with 28 points, while Romine had 17 and DeBoer and Megan McGurk each scored 15...Bucknell was outrebounded 55-37 in the game as its three-game win streak came to an end...The Bison have another tough test at home on Saturday evening as they welcome Army.

COLGATE The Raiders snapped a six-game losing skid overall and earned their first Patriot League victory with a dominant performance in an 81-64 home win against Boston University on Wednesday...The Raiders used a 15-0 run to turn a tight game into a 28-11 lead in the first half, and held a 35-16 edge at the break...Colgate scored the first eight points of the second half to build that advantage to its highest of the game at 27, and led comfortably the rest of the way... Carole Harris notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Mariah Jones, Catherine Lewis and Missy Repoli each scored 11 points and Kelly Reid added 10 points and 11 rebounds... The Raiders shot 52.5% (31-of-59) from the floor, while also making 52.4% (11-of-21) of their three-point attempts...Lauryn Kobiela had eight of the team's 24 assists while just missing double figures with nine points... Colgate's regular starting lineup of Kobiela, Jones, Lewis, Reid and Harris improved to 5-6 as a unit this season, while other combinations are 0-5...The Raiders have their first Patriot League win behind them, but have a big challenge ahead as they visit Navy on Saturday.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders dropped their second straight home game as Army came out with a 70-57 win in Worcester on Wednesday...The Crusaders never led, and the Black Knights pulled away with a 22-9 edge midway through the first half and went up 34-22 at the half...Holy Cross never got within single digits in the second half... Alex Smith led Holy Cross with 19 points while Raquel Scott had 15 and Lisa Mifsud finished with 12...Molly Hourigan added a career-high six blocks...Holy Cross tries to get back on track on the road when it visits Lehigh on Saturday.

LAFAYETTE 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...Lafayette began the second half just as strong, opening with an 11-2 run to build the lead to 18 and leading by double digits the rest of the way...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...The Leopards have won back-to-back Patriot League games after an 0-3 start, and try to keep it going when they host American on Saturday.

LEHIGH Kerry Kinek led Lehigh with a game-high 21 points, but it was not enough as the Mountain Hawks fell behind early and could not recover in a 70-61 loss at American...The Eagles used a 15-0 run to take a 33-19 lead at the half...Lehigh chipped the deficit down to seven points in the final two minutes, but American held on from there...Katie O'Reilly also finished in double figures for Lehigh with 11 points...Kinek had her seventh 20-point game of the season and her 18th straight double-digit total...The Mountain Hawks return home on Saturday to face Holy Cross.

LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds fell behind in the first half and could not recover in a 65-53 loss at Lafayette on Wednesday...The Leopards opened the game with a 21-8 and led 34-25 at the half, and then put together an 11-2 run to open the second half and pull away for good... Loyola was led by Nai Brown's 14 points, and Lisa Mirarchi finished with 10...Loyola next hosts Boston University in a matchup of newcomers to the Patriot League on Sunday afternoon.

NAVY After giving up the lead in the final seconds in both regulation and the first overtime, Navy responded and finished the job in the second overtime for a 94-92 win at Bucknell on Wednesday...The Mids improve to 5-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since a 6-0 start in 2011...Navy's seniors came through in a big way, led by Alix Membreno and Jade Geif...Membreno had 34 points to lead the Mids, notching the highest total for a Patriot League player this season and the top mark ever for a Mid in a League contest...In the process she became the 17th Navy player and 80th Patriot Leaguer to reach 1,000 points for a career...Geif had 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, including 11 of Navy's 20 on the offensive end...The career-high performance brings Geif's all-time rebounds total to 917, just six away from the Navy school record held by Becky Dowling (1994-98)...Navy scored the last nine points of the first half to even the score at 35-35 at the break, and the game was tight throughout the second half before Bucknell tied it at the buzzer...Bucknell had two baskets in the final 10 seconds of the first overtime, including another buzzer-beater to tie the score...Navy never trailed in the second overtime, opening with the first seven points and holding on despite 3-of-12 foul shooting in the last 35 seconds...Chloe Stapleton scored 16 points for the Mids, while M.L. Morrison added 15...Navy held a 55-37 rebounding advantage and committed only six turnovers in the 50-minute game, which helped to overcome a 23-of-45 night at the free throw line...Navy tries to match its 6-0 start from 2011 when it hosts Colgate on Saturday night.