Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.18.13

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Jade Geif leads Navy into Sunday's showdown at Army at 2:30 p.m.
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Jade Geif leads Navy into Sunday's showdown at Army at 2:30 p.m.
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Jan. 18, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Three teams find themselves unbeaten in Patriot League play entering this weekend’s action, but no more than two can emerge with unblemished marks.

The Army-Navy battles are always intense, and the first of at least two this season between the academy rivals is scheduled to play out Sunday at 2:30 p.m. inside Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. Both teams are 2-0 in the League entering the conference, and only one can come out with at least a share of first place when all is said and done.

The Army-Navy winner might be splitting first place with American. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the League with Wednesday’s win at Lehigh, and now they gear up for a battle at home with Holy Cross Saturday at 2 p.m. It’s the programs’ first meeting since Holy Cross, the fifth seed, upended No. 1 American in the semifinals of last year’s Patriot League Tournament.

Fresh off edging Colgate on a buzzer beater, Bucknell looks to nudge above .500 in the League when it visits Lafayette Saturday at 2 p.m. The Leopards are trying to get back on track after dropping their first two conference contests by 18 and 20 points, respectively.

Colgate will try to shake off Wednesday’s hard-luck loss to the Bison, but it won’t be an easy task Saturday when the Raiders host Lehigh at 4 p.m. The Mountain Hawks are similarly coming off a tough defeat. They fell 62-56 at home to American Wednesday after leading by five at the half.

Patriot League Women’s Basketball Quick Hits

• American’s win streak against Patriot League opponents in the regular season stretched to 17 with Wednesday’s 62-56 win at Lehigh.

• Army is out to its best start since 2006-07, when the Black Knights won 16 of their first 18 contests.

• Just 5-25 a year ago, Bucknell doubled its win total from 2011-12 with Wednesday’s 53-51 victory over Colgate.

• Colgate returns home to host Lehigh Saturday. The Raiders are 5-1 this season at Cotterell Court, while five of Lehigh’s nine victories have come away from Bethlehem.

• Lafayette sits fourth in the nation averaging 6.5 blocks per game, while Colgate is 11th in 3-point field goal defense (.247) as of Thursday.

• Lafayette’s Danielle Fiacco remains in the top five nationally in rejections. She’s third averaging 3.76 per game. Army’s Aimee Oertner is 10th averaging 2.82.

• Holy Cross’ Alex Smith needs 11 points to become the third player this season to reach 1,000 for her career. The first two were Colgate’s Jhazmine Lynch and Holy Cross’ Amy Lepley.

Patriot League Notebook

17 AND COUNTING
American extended its winning streak against Patriot League teams to 17 with Wednesday’s 62-56 victory at Lehigh. For the second straight conference games, the Eagles came back from a five-point deficit at halftime to take control in the second. Alexis Dobbs led with 13 points. Next up for American is Holy Cross Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bender Arena. The Crusaders own the record for consecutive victories in regular-season League play at 20 spanning the 2000-01 and ‘01-02 seasons.

BATTLE FOR FIRST
Army hosts Navy Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in a battle for at least a piece of first place. Three teams entering the weekend sharing the early lead in the League as Army, American and Navy are all 2-0. A victory for the Eagles Saturday over visiting Holy Cross would ensure them at least a share of first place with whomever comes out with a win in the first of two meetings between the academy rivals.

NON-LEAGUE PLAY DONE FOR NOW
The eight Patriot League teams put together a strong showing in non-League games before starting the conference schedule last weekend. The squads have combined for a 63-55 mark against out-of-conference foes, far surpassing last season’s final 49-72 showing. Strong showings have been had this season against the Northeast Conference (14-8), Ivy League (11-6) and the MAAC (10-8). The last non-League game of the season is Feb. 5 when Colgate visits NJIT.

FOR OPENERS
Navy became the fourth defending League champion in the last six years to open League play with a victory in Sunday’s 62-44 win over Lafayette. Heading into Sunday’s game, the previous defending champions to follow up their title wins with victories in the next League game were Holy Cross (2007 champion, 2008 opener), Bucknell (‘08, ‘09) and Navy (‘11, ‘12). And it almost didn’t happen last January for the Mids, who trailed 30-18 at Lafayette at the half before rallying for a 60-55 win. Lehigh, which won back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, lost both its League openers the following season to American.

LEPLEY JOINS LYNCH; SMITH WAITING IN WINGS
Holy Cross senior forward Amy Lepley became the second player this season to reach 1,000 career points, joining Colgate senior guard Jhazmine Lynch, who reached the plateau between Christmas and New Year’s. Lepley surpassed the plateau with 13 points Jan. 6 at Fordham. The Lynch-Lepley tandem will most likely be joined in short order by a third player, as Crusader junior Alex Smith sits with 989 points. Two 1,000-point scorers graduated last season in Lehigh’s Emily Gratch (1,112) and American’s Lisa Strack (1,059).

CORKERY EDGES CLOSER
At 95-46 overall at American, head coach Matt Corkery ranks among the best in the League all-time in win percentage (.671). Corkery is also chasing the League record for fastest to 100 victories, a mark that is currently owned by Holy Cross’ Bill Gibbons. Gibbons reached 100 victories in 149 contests, with his 100th triumph coming in the 1995-96 season opener against Syracuse. Corkery would match Gibbons’ record with a 5-3 mark in American’s next nine contests. Navy’s Joe Sanchez collected 100 wins in 162 games from 1994-2000. American is next in action Saturday against Holy Cross at 2 p.m.

NAVY CHOSEN TO MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT
The head coaches and sports information directors named two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy as the favorite in 2012-13 in late October. The Mids, led by Preseason Player of the Year junior Jade Geif, are seeking to do something no League squad has done in over a decade - win three straight titles. The first and only program to do it is Holy Cross, which captured four straight championships from 1997-98 to 2000-01. Navy returns four starters from a year ago, all of whom are in their junior seasons. Navy topped the preseason poll with 89 points and eight first-place ballots.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The first of three Patriot League games on CBS Sports Network took place over the weekend when Navy defeated Lafayette 62-44 in Annapolis, Md. The second contest is scheduled for Feb. 10 when Lehigh opens the second leg of League play at home against Holy Cross at 2 p.m. The third game is the biggest of the season when CBS Sports Network televises the Patriot League Championship from the site of the higher seed Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play and Amy Lawrence the analysis on the two remaining contests.

ON TWITTER, TOO
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Patriot League Games

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (8-9, 0-2) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (9-7, 2-0)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 15-12
Streak: Holy Cross, 1 Last Meeting: Holy Cross 67, American 52 (Washington, D.C.; 3.5.12)
Last American Win: 67-47 (Washington, D.C.; 2.11.12) Last Five Games: American, 4-1

• American has won 17 straight regular-season League games after upending Lehigh 62-56 Wednesday.
• Holy Cross is trying to avoid dropping to 0-3 in the League for the first time since 2006-07.
• Crusader junior Alex Smith had edged into the League scoring lead by 0.1 over Army’s Anna Simmers.
• American’s Jen Dumiak (12.3 ppg, fifth) and Alexis Dobbs (11.7, ninth) are in the League’s top 10 in scoring.
• Holy Cross junior Brisje Malone leads the League averaging 4.2 assists per game.
• The Crusaders’ halted a seven-game American win streak in the series with their win over the Eagles in the semifinals of last year’s Patriot League Tournament.
• For the second straight game, Holy Cross goes up against a team in the top two in the League in 3-point field goal percentage
• The Eagles are looking for their fourth straight 3-0 start to League play.

HOLY CROSS 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 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 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 ... The Crusaders play host to Lafayette Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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 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 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 ... The Eagles visit Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL BISON (10-7, 1-1) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (7-10, 0-2)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 36-33 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: Bucknell, 1 Last Meeting: Bucknell, 65-54 (Easton, Pa.; 2.11.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 49-45 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 1.14.12) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 3-2

• Lafayette has dropped its first two League games for the third straight season.
• Each team is 21-12 at home in the series. Lafayette owns a 3-0 advantage on neutral floors.
• Bucknell doubled its win total from a season ago with Wednesday’s 53-51 victory over Colgate.
• The Bison have won two straight in Easton, including a 65-54 decision on Feb. 11, 2012.
• Bucknell leads the League in several stat categories, including scoring (61.6 ppg), free throw percentage (.721), field goal percentage defense (.339) and rebounding margin (+9.6).
• Lafayette leads with 6.5 blocks per game, a full two rejections ahead of second-place Army.
• Danielle Fiacco (Lafayette) has 64 blocks on the season, more than the team totals for six of the eight squads.

BUCKNELL 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 had led 47-36 with 13:28 to go, but Colgate 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 ... Bucknell visits Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LAFAYETTE 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 improved to 2-0 in League play for the fourth consecutive year ... 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 ... Lafayette hits the road to visit Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (9-8, 1-1) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (6-10, 0-2)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Saturday, 4 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 31-22 TV: Time Warner Sports Central New York
Streak: Colgate, 1 Last Meeting: Colgate, 77-71 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.11.12)
Last Lehigh Win: 85-82 (2OT; Bethlehem, Pa.; 1.14.12) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

• The teams split the season series in 2011-12, with each winning at home. Lehigh won 85-82 in double overtime Jan. 14, 2012 in Bethlehem and the Raiders took a 77-71 victory a month later in Hamilton.
• Colgate’s win last season snapped Lehigh’s run of 13 straight victories in the series.
• The Mountain Hawks won the first meeting 82-65 during the 1986-87 campaign in Hamilton.
• Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek leads all rookies and is sixth in the League averaging 12.1 points per game. She had 19 Wednesday against American.
• Both teams are very close offensively, with Lehigh averaging 57.0 points per game and Colgate 56.2.
• Colgate has played its best basketball at home this season, posting a 5-1 record at Cotterell Court.
• Four Raiders hit double figures in points in Wednesday’s loss at Bucknell.

LEHIGH 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 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 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 ... The Mountain Hawks are home for Bucknell Wednesday at 7 p.m.

COLGATE 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 had led 47-36 with 13:28 to go, but Colgate 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 ... The Raiders head downstate to visit Army Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (9-8, 2-0) AT ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (13-4, 2-0)
Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y. • Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Series: Navy, 30-28
Streak: Navy, 2 Last Meeting: Navy, 57-50 (West Point, N.Y.; 2.11.12)
Last Army Win: 57-46 (Annapolis, Md.; 2.19.11) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

• Navy swept the series last year for the second time in three seasons, including a 57-50 win at West Point.
• Both teams have better records in the series on the road. Navy is 15-12 at West Point, Army 14-13 in Annapolis.
• Should the Black Knights win, they would match their win total from all of last year (14-16).
• Army is out to its best start since beginning the season 16-2 in 2006-07.
• Navy is averaging League-bests in made 3-pointers per game (7.5) and percentage (.341), while Army’s 3-point percentage defense is third in the League (.302).
• Army and Navy are the only teams in the League with three players averaging double figures in points.
• The Mids have taken 98 more 3-point attempts than their opponents.
• It’s the second time in three years in which both are unbeaten in League play entering their first meeting of the season. Two years ago both clubs were 4-0 in the League before Navy won the first battle 55-46 at West Point.

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 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 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 ... The Mids welcome American to Alumni Hall Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

ARMY 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 improved to 2-0 in League play for the fourth consecutive year ... 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 ... Army is back home Wednesday to host Colgate at 7 p.m.