American Moves to 3-0, Bucknell and Lehigh Pick Up Women's Basketball Wins



Jan. 19, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American took over sole possession of first place in Patriot League women's basketball for at least one night and Bucknell and Lehigh kept pace with one another in the middle of the standings Saturday.

The Eagles, who trailed by three at halftime, bounced back for a 67-62 win over Holy Cross. American has been behind at the half in each of their three League games, all of which have turned into victories. Elsewhere, Bucknell edged Lafayette 50-49 in Easton, Pa., and Lehigh rebounded from Wednesday's loss to American with a 70-62 triumph at Colgate.

One game remains on the weekend schedule, as Army hosts Navy in the first meeting of the season between the academy rivals Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

at American 67, Holy Cross 62

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four players reached double figures, led by sophomore Jen Dumiak's 13 points, as American (10-7, 3-0) won its 18th straight in Patriot League play with a 67-62 win over Holy Cross Saturday at Bender Arena.

Sarah Kiely and Geleisa George scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench, while Ti'Asia McGeorge started and chipped in 10.

Alex Smith led Holy Cross (8-10, 0-3) with 18 points and surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in the first half. She's the third player in the League this season to hit that mark. Amy Lepley added 16 points and Brisje Malone had 10.

The Crusaders opened the game on a 9-0 run and shot nearly 61 percent in the first 20 minutes en route to a 39-36 halftime lead. The Eagles rallied all the way back to take the lead before the Crusaders regained the momentum and a six-point lead on a Christine Ganser triple. The Eagles scored the next five before Malone's bucket put the Crusaders up three at the break.

George sank a pair from the foul line to give the Eagles a 44-43 lead a little more than four minutes into the second. American's lead ballooned to six points twice before Holy Cross rallied to tie the game at 55 on Ganser's bucket at the 6:48 mark.

The Eagles rebuilt a lead on buckets by Kiely and Arron Zimmerman, but Smith hit one of her four treys on the game to bring Holy Cross even again at 59 with a little more than three minutes left.

Dumiak sank consecutive buckets for American to put it up by four, and Smith replied with another trey to bring the Crusaders within 63-62 with 1:44 left. But American finished the game with the last four points to finish off the win.

American outrebounded Holy Cross 35-29, while the Crusaders finished the game shooting 48 percent to the Eagles' 44 percent.

Bucknell 50, at Lafayette 49

EASTON, Pa. - Lindsay Horbatuck's two free throws with two seconds left were the difference in Bucknell's 50-49 victory at Lafayette Saturday afternoon.

Shelby Romine scored a game-high 14 points to pace the Bison (11-7, 2-1) while Audrey Dotson posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Horbatuck finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Danielle Fiacco led Lafayette (7-11, 0-3) with 12 points, six blocks and three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench, while Emily Homan just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Bison led 40-25 with just under 12 minutes to go but couldn't maintain it. Ashley Springer capped off a 14-2 Lafayette run, and the Leopards trailed 42-38 with 5:37 on the clock.

The teams traded buckets before Fiacco's jumper in the lane cut Bucknell's lead to 46-44 with under two minutes left.

Dotson and Homan swapped baskets setting up Horbatuck's foul shots in the final seconds.

Peabody's prayer 3-pointer went in at the buzzer to set up the final score.

Both teams connected on nine foul shots in the game. Bucknell shot 33 percent to Lafayette' 28.

Lehigh 70, at Colgate 62

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Hilary Weaver and Kerry Kinek tied each other with a game-high 19 points to lead Lehigh to a 70-62 win at Colgate Saturday at Cotterell Court.

Katie O'Reilly added 10 points for the Mountain Hawks, while Becky Guman caught a team-high six rebounds.

Four Raiders hit double figures for the second straight game, with Paige Kritcher scoring a team-best 13 points. Catherine Lewis scored 12 points, Kelly Reid 11 and Jhazmine Lynch 10.

Lehigh (10-8, 2-1) opened the game on a 10-2 run and built the advantage to 15-5 less than five minutes in. The Mountain Hawks eventually took a 38-22 lead into the intermission on the strength of shooting nearly 60 percent (16 of 27) from the floor, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Mariah Jones started Colgate's (6-11, 0-3) 7-0 run to start the second half, but the Mountain Hawks quickly regained a double-digit advantage. Lehigh scored the next four points, and later Sarah Williams' bucket put the Mountain Hawks in front 51-37 with 9:30 to go.

Lehigh extended the lead to a game-high 19 points at 61-42 on Weaver's layup with 6:39 left. Weaver capped off an 8-0 Lehigh run.

The Mountain Hawks' lead remained in double figures until Colgate closed the game on a 6-0 spurt.

Lehigh outscored Colgate in the paint 36-20, and turned 20 Raider turnovers into 20 points. Lehigh 10-8, 2-1 Colgate 6-11, 0-3