Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 1.21.14

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Jade Geif comes into Wednesday's game one rebound away from the Navy school record.
Jade Geif comes into Wednesday's game one rebound away from the Navy school record.

Jan. 21, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - All five games on Wednesday pit teams in the top half of the Patriot League women's basketball standings against teams in the bottom half.

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*Teams in the top half of the League standings face squads in the bottom half on Wednesday.
*Navy goes for its first 7-0 start to League play when it visits Lehigh.
*American tries to keep pace behind the Mids and win its fifth straight game when it visits Boston University.
*Bucknell heads to Loyola looking for a 5-2 record, which would be its best through seven League games since 2007.
*Army hosts Colgate and Holy Cross welcomes Lafayette to complete Wednesday's slate.
*All five games will tip off at 7 p.m. and be available on Patriot League Network.
*Bucknell has hit four buzzer-beaters in the last three games to win or tie in regulation or overtime.
*The Bison got their first buzzer-beating win in the stretch when Shelby Romine hit to beat Army 56-55 on Saturday.
*Navy improved to 6-0 in the League for the first time since 2011 with a win over Colgate.
*Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco enters Wednesday's game just two blocks away from the Patriot League record.
*Navy's Jade Geif is just one rebound away from the school record of 923.

Patriot League Notebook
Top Half of Standings Faces Bottom Half on Wednesday
All five games on Wednesday pit teams in the top half of the Patriot League women's basketball standings against teams in the bottom half. Navy has the lead at 6-0, and the Mids can improve to 7-0 for the first time when they visit Lehigh. American has won four straight to improve to 5-1 in League play and can keep pace as it visits Boston University. Bucknell and Army are tied for third at 4-2 in the Patriot League, with the Bison visiting Loyola Maryland and the Black Knights hosting Colgate on Wednesday. Holy Cross has lost three straight as it prepares to host Lafayette. All five contests will tip off at 7 p.m. and be shown on Patriot League Network.

Navy, American and Bucknell Among Weekend Winners
Navy remained perfect, American stayed hot and Bucknell beat the buzzer again to highlight the weekend action. The Mids won 71-40 over Colgate for a 6-0 start in the Patriot League, while the Eagles improved to 5-1 in League play for the third year in a row with a 72-57 win at Lafayette. Bucknell had its fourth buzzer-beater in three games, and this time it produced a win as the Bison topped Army 56-55. Also, Lehigh snapped a four-game losing skid with an 87-82 win over Holy Cross while Boston University ended a three-game skid with a 70-60 win at Loyola on Sunday.

Bucknell Beats the Buzzer, Again and Again
Bucknell continued an amazing run with its fourth buzzer-beater in three games Saturday. Shelby Romine hit a difficult baseline jumper, getting it off just before time expired, to beat Army 56-55. That came one game after the Bison had buzzer-beaters in regulation and the first overtime to continue the game in an eventual double overtime loss to Navy on Wednesday. Clarie DeBoer started the trend with a buzzer-beating three to tie Holy Cross in an 83-79 overtime win on Jan. 11.

Lafayette's Fiacco Nears Patriot League Blocks Record
Lafayette senior Danielle Fiacco is up to 342 blocks 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 760 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. She added 13 rebounds and six assists in a 71-40 win over Colgate on Saturday and was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time on Monday.

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. Geif added five boards on Saturday ans is just one away from the Navy school record of 923 held by Becky Dowling (1994-98).

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 (19.9 ppg) and Lehigh's Kerry Kinek (17.3) are 1-2 in the League in scoring, with Minato also standing in the top 40 nationally. Holy Cross forward Raquel Scott is first in the Patriot League with 9.4 rebounds per game. The League's top shooter is also a second-year player, as American's Michelle Holmes is hitting on 64.5% of her tries from the floor. Minato is also tops in free throw shooting (91.7%).

Holy Cross Ranked in Mid-Major Top 25, Navy Just Outside
Holy Cross has slipped in the Mid-Major top 25 with three straight losses, but the Crusaders still held on to the No. 23 ranking in Tuesday's poll. Navy is going the other direction, as seven straight wins have placed the Mids in the first spot outside the rankings. American is also among those in the receiving votes category.

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.

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Patriot League Games
Navy Midshipmen (14-3, 6-0) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (9-8, 2-4)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Service Electric 2 Sports
*Navy tries to start 7-0 in the Patriot League for the first time when it visits Lehigh on Wednesday.
*The Mids are off to their first 6-0 start in the League since 2011.
*Navy swept last year's series with Lehigh and has won the last three games against the Mountain Hawks.
*The Mids won 72-47 at Lehigh on Jan. 30 and 49-34 in Annapolis on Feb. 27 last season.
*Lehigh holds a slight 26-24 lead in the all-time series.

American Eagles (12-5, 5-1) at Boston University Terriers (7-12, 2-4)
Case Gym; Boston, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*American has won four in a row as it visits Boston University on Wednesday evening.
*BU leads the all-time series 2-1 as the teams met three straight years from 1980-81 to 1982-83.
*American goes for its fifth straight win and at least a 6-1 mark in League play for the second time in three years.
*BU tries to win two straight League games for the first time.

Colgate Raiders (5-12, 1-5) at Army Black Knights (12-5, 4-2)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Army hosts Colgate in a rematch of last year's Patriot League quarterfinal contest.
*The eighth-seed Raiders stunned the top-seed Black Knights 48-40 in the quarterfinals at West Point on March 7.
*Colgate also beat Army 60-56 in Hamilton last year, while the Black Knights won 51-48 in the regular season at home.
*Army holds a 33-21 lead in the series, though Colgate has won the last two meetings.

Bucknell Bison (9-7, 4-2) at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (4-13, 1-5)
Reitz Arena; Baltimore, Md. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Bucknell and Loyola Maryland meet for the first time in Patriot League action on Wednesday at Reitz Arena.
*The teams are tied 5-5 in the all-time series.
*Loyola beat Bucknell 59-55 at home in the last meeting on Dec. 1, 2010.
*Bucknell is trying to match its Patriot League win total from last season when it finished 5-9.
*A 5-2 mark through seven League games would be Bucknell's best since holding a 6-1 record in 2007.

Lafayette Leopards (8-9, 2-4) at Holy Cross Crusaders (11-6, 3-3)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Lafayette and Holy Cross both try to get back in the win column when they meet in Worcester on Wednesday.
*Holy Cross has won the last seven games against the Leopards and has a dominant 49-8 edge in the all-time series.
*The Crusaders won 60-55 at home on Jan. 23 and 69-58 in Easton on Feb. 20 last season.
*Lafayette's last victory over Holy Cross came in the League opener in Worcester in 2010.
*Holy Cross is trying to snap a three-game losing skid.

Team Notebooks
AMERICAN American opened with a 22-6 run and never looked back in a 72-57 win over Lafayette on the road Saturday...The Eagles won their fourth straight game and improved to 5-1 in the Patriot League for the third year in a row...They also beat Lafayette for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings...American's lead was at 38-21 by halftime and the Eagles held a double-digit advantage throughout the second half...Alexis Dobbs and Arron Zimmerman each scored 12 points, while Geleisa George added 11 for the Eagles...American shot 51.1% (24-of-47) for the game and held a 39-28 rebounding advantage...Each win during American's streak has come by nine points or more, with three by 15 or more...The Eagles visit Boston University on Wednesday before a showdown in the top half of the League standings when they host Army on Saturday afternoon.

ARMY The Black Knights led most of the way at Bucknell, but saw the Bison pull out a dramatic victory on a buzzer-beater for a 56-55 final in Lewisburg on Saturday...Army saw its four-game win streak against Bucknell come to an end...Army led 24-21 at halftime, and built its lead as high as 14 at 39-25 with 13:49 left...Army held the lead until Bucknell took a 54-53 edge with 24 seconds left, but the Black Knights went back in front on Aimee Oertner's layup with 4.9 seconds left...That would not stand as Bucknell went coast-to-coast to win at the buzzer...Kelsey Minato led the Black Knights with 13 points, more than seven under her average coming into the game...Army shot just 33.3% for the game at 21-of-63...The Black Knights went 1-2 on a very difficult three-game road trip, falling to Navy and Bucknell while beating Holy Cross 70-57 on Wednesday...Army hosts Colgate on Wednesday before another daunting road test at American on Saturday.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY Clodagh Scannell scored a team-high 17 points and Rashidat Agboola posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds as Boston University won 70-60 at Loyola Sunday at Reitz Arena...It was the first-ever meeting between the new Patriot League members as the Terriers put an end to a three-game losing skid...BU opened up a 9-0 lead and pushed it to 14 points at 28-14 with 6:28 left in the first half...Loyola scored the next 12 points over the first and second halves to get within two, but BU answered with a 13-2 run to push the lead back to double digits...The Terriers were up by at least six the rest of the way to earn the road win...BU had four players in double figures as Danielle Callahan finished with 13 points and Whitney Turner had 10 off the bench...BU held a 45-31 edge on the boards...The Terriers try to make it a winning streak when they host American on Wednesday, and stay home to play Bucknell on Saturday.

BUCKNELL The Bison delivered a buzzer-beater for the third game in a row, and this time it was for the win as Shelby Romine scored for a 56-55 win over Army on Saturday...Bucknell beat Army for the first time since 2011 and snapped a four-game skid against the Black Knights...The Bison trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, but clawed back into the game and took the lead on a 10-2 run that was capped by a Romine three-pointer with 24 seconds left...Army scored to go ahead with 4.9 seconds to go before Romine hit a tough baseline jumper that left her hands with tenths of a second remaining for the win...Romine led Bucknell with 19 points, while Claire Maree O'Bryan and Audrey Dotson each finished with 11...Bucknell had a buzzer-beater to force overtime in a win at Holy Cross on Jan. 11, and tying shots as time expired in both regulation and the first overtime of an eventual double overtime loss to Navy on Wednesday...The Bison go on the road for both of their games this week, visiting Loyola Maryland on Wednesday and Boston University on Saturday.

COLGATE The Raiders fell behind early and could not recover in a 71-40 loss at Navy on Saturday...Carole Harris led Colgate with 19 points and eight rebounds, as she scored 19 for the second game in a row and also averaged nine rebounds in two games last week...Colgate previously broke a six-game losing streak with an 81-64 win at home against Boston University on Wednesday...Five players scored in double figures in the game for the Raiders...Colgate has another difficult road trip on Wednesday at Army, then comes home to take on Loyola Maryland on Saturday.

HOLY CROSS The short-handed Crusaders dropped their third straight game as Lehigh prevailed 87-82 in Bethlehem on Saturday...Lehigh led by seven points at halftime and held the advantage throughout the second half, though Holy Cross did close to within 81-77 with under two minutes left...The Crusaders would get no closer, as they had a turnover and missed three-pointer on the next two possessions...Raquel Smith had a dominant game for the Crusaders with 23 points and 16 rebounds, while Alex Smith tallied 19 points and Lisa Mifsud had 15 points with seven assists...Molly Hourigan added 12 points and five blocks for the Crusaders...Holy Cross played again without Emily Parker and Brisje Malone, the third and fourth-leading scorers on the team...The Crusaders will be at home twice this week, welcoming Lafayette on Wednesday before hosting Navy in a rematch of the past two Patriot League title games on Saturday.

LAFAYETTE Lafayette fell behind early and could not recover in a 72-57 loss at home against American on Saturday...The Eagles jumped out to a 22-6 lead and held a double-digit advantage throughout the game...Jamie O'Hare led the Leopards with a game-high 14 points, and Linnel Macklin had 13...The Leopards saw their two-game win streak come to an end and fell to American for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings...Lafayette makes the long trip to Holy Cross on Wednesday before hosting rival Lehigh on Saturday.

LEHIGH Lehigh took the lead late in the first half and held it the rest of the way in an 87-82 win at home against Holy Cross on Saturday...The Mountain Hawks put an end to a four-game losing skid and went back over .500 for the season...Lehigh used a 14-2 run to take a 49-42 lead at the half, and held the advantage in a comfortable position for most of the second half...Holy Cross crept within four in the final minute, but Lehigh got a pair of defensive stops and extended the lead to six on a layup by Sarah Williams with 50 seconds to go to secure the win... Williams led Lehigh with 16 points, while Kerry Kinek posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to continue her run of double-digit scoring games...Five Mountain Hawks scored in double figures as Katie O'Reilly and Elizabeth Jordan each scored 12 points...and Lindsay Hoskins added 11...Eleven different players scored for the Mountain Hawks, which forced 21 Holy Cross turnovers in the game...Lehigh has first-place Navy coming to Stabler Arena on Wednesday, then visits rival Lafayette on Saturday.

LOYOLA MARYLAND Nai Brown scored 28 points to lead the way, but it was not enough as Loyola fell 70-60 at home against Boston University on Sunday in the first meeting of the new Patriot League members...Loyola scored 12 straight points spanning the first and second halves to get within 28-26, but Boston University hit back with a 13-2 run and led by at least six points the rest of the way...Brown shot 10-of-26 from the field and also led the team with eight rebounds, while Lisa Mirarchi scored 10 points...Loyola tries to get back on track when it hosts Bucknell on Wednesday and visits Colgate on Saturday.

NAVY After going to double overtime to beat Bucknell, Navy had an easier time against Colgate on Saturday with a 71-40 win to open 6-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2011... Navy ran out to a 20-5 lead in the first seven minutes, led 35-17 at halftime and continued to hold a large lead throughout the second half...Kara Pollinger led the way with 16 points, while Audrey Bauer scored 14 and Jade Geif finished with 12...Alix Membreno followed up her career-high 34-point effort against Bucknell by recording 13 rebounds and six assists on Saturday, and on Monday was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the first time...Geif had five rebounds, moving to just one away from the school record of 923 held by Becky Dowling (1994-98)...Navy ranks in the top five in the nation in three-pointers per game (9.6) and fewest turnovers per game (11.3)...The Mids try to go 7-0 in the Patriot League when they visit Lehigh on Wednesday, then stay on the road for a matchup at Holy Cross on Saturday.