Navy remains undefeated in Patriot League women's basketball



Jan. 22, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy remained undefeated while the other four teams atop the Patriot League standings also won Wednesday to create more separation between themselves and the other five League teams.

The Mids (15-3, 7-0) were one of three teams to win on the road Wednesday and they remain a game ahead of American (13-5, 6-1), which rallied late to win at Boston U (7-13, 2-5). Both Navy and American will square off next Wednesday.

Army (13-5, 5-2) and Bucknell (10-7, 5-2) also won on Wednesday, as did Holy Cross (12-6, 4-3).

Here are the recaps from Wednesday night’s contests:


Navy 73, Lehigh 61

Alix Membreno scored 18 points and Kara Pollinger had 16 as the Navy Midshipmen improved to 7-0 in the Patriot League with a 73-61 win over Lehigh Wednesday at Stabler Arena. 

Lehigh took an early lead, but Sarita Condie hit a 3-pointer to give Navy the 14-13 lead, and a few minutes later, she hit a second 3 to make it 19-15, and the Mids never looked back. 

The Mountain Hawks kept it close and was within four points early in the second half until Navy went on a 19-8 run to take a double-digit lead.

Membreno added seven rebounds and five assists to go with her 18 points, while Jade Geif scored 10 points and had nine rebounds. 

Katie O’Reilly scored 19 points for Lehigh, and Sarah Williams had 11 points.


Bucknell 67, Loyola 60

It didn’t take a buzzer-beater, but it did come down to the wire for Bucknell, and the Bison won 67-60 over Loyola Wednesday at Reitz Arena.

Bucknell, which had hit four buzzer-beaters to prevent losses in its last three games, went 8-for-8 from the stripe in the final minute to win its fifth game in Patriot League play. 

Audrey Dotson, who scored 28 points and had 10 rebounds, hit a jumper with 2 minutes left to give the Bison the lead for good at 55-53. After Loyola cut it to 57-55, Shelby Romine scored on a layup with 55 seconds left to extend it to two buckets.

Romine, who finished with 17 points, hit six consecutive free throws, and Dotson hit another two to close out the win. 

Romine also had seven rebounds and five assists for Bucknell.

Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola with 16 points, and Tiffany Padgett scored 14. 


American 63, Boston U 56

Alexis Dobbs scored 22 points as the American Eagles went on a late 9-0 run to turn a deficit into a lead in their 63-56 win over Boston U Wednesday night at Case Gym.

Dobbs added eight rebounds and five assists, while Jen Dumiak and Michelle Holmes each finished with 10 points.

Boston U took a 52-51 lead with 4:20 left when Rashidat Agboola hit a jumper, but Dumiak’s 3 with 3:28 left gave the Eagles a four-point lead, and four straight free throws by Dobbs sealed the win for American.

Mollie McKendrick and Clodagh Scannell each posted double-doubles for the Terriers. McKendrick led Boston U with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Scannell had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Agboola also finished in double-figures with 12 points.

Army 62, Colgate 45

Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 30 points and Jen Hazlett posted a double-double as Army won 62-45 over Colgate Wednesday at Christl Arena.

Carole Harris, who led Colgate with 21 points, helped the Raiders build an early 17-9 lead, but Army went on a 23-11 run to close the half. Harris again cut it to three points with 14:31 left in the second half; however, Army responded with a 12-0 run to put it out of reach.

Hazlett scored 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Minato hit 15 free throws and had nine rebounds.

Colgate’s Josie Stockhill also finished in double-digits with 13 points.


Holy Cross 75, Lafayette 68

Lafayette’s Emily Homan scored a game-high 32 points and had 13 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough in a 75-68 loss to Holy Cross Wednesday at the Hart Center.

Alex Smith led Holy Cross with 22 points, while Lisa Mifsud had 19 and Raquel Scott had 18. Scott also posted 12 rebounds and five assists. 

Lafayette rolled out to a 22-13 in the first 10 minutes, but Holy Cross went on a 25-6 run capped by a Mifsud layup to take a 38-30 lead with 2:15 left in the first half. 

The Leopards cut the lead to four points midway through the second half, but Mifsud hit a 3-pointer to start a 16-4 run that would put the game out of reach.