Army Takes Sole Possession of First in Patriot League Women's Basketball

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Shelby Romine scored 18 points with six rebounds and four assists in Bucknell's win at Lehigh Wednesday night.
Shelby Romine scored 18 points with six rebounds and four assists in Bucknell's win at Lehigh Wednesday night.

Jan. 23, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two teams entered Wednesday night with unbeaten records in Patriot League play, but only one emerged with an unblemished mark.

Army survived Colgate 51-48 at Christl Arena while Navy ran away from American 61-42 in Annapolis to give sole possession of first place to the 4-0 Black Knights. The Mids are locked in a three-way tie for second with the Eagles and Bucknell, which won 53-37 at Lehigh, dropping the Mountain Hawks to 2-2 in the League.

The fourth winner Wednesday was Holy Cross, which improved to 1-3 in League play with a 60-55 victory at home over Lafayette. The Leopards and Colgate are both 0-4.

The next round of League games is Saturday. Three games take place at 2 p.m., with Bucknell hosting Holy Cross, Lehigh visiting rival Lafayette, and Army heading to American. Colgate entertains Navy in a 4 p.m. tip in Hamilton, N.Y.

Recaps of Wednesday's action are below.

Bucknell 53, at Lehigh 37

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Shelby Romine tied for the game-high with 18 points to lead Bucknell (12-7, 3-1) to a 53-37 victory at Lehigh Wednesday night at Stabler Arena.

Romine finished with 18 points and chipped in six rebounds and four assists. Alyssa Dunn poured in 13 points, and Audrey Dotson scored 10 with nine boards and a pair of blocks.

Kerry Kinek was a bright spot for Lehigh (10-9, 2-2) with 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, but overall the Mountain Hawks' shooting was nearly ice cold. Lehigh shot just 20.7 percent (12 of 58) from the field, with Kinek (6 of 17) accounting for half of the Mountain Hawks' buckets.

Both teams started cold from the floor, shooting a combined 12 of 56 (21.4 percent) in the first 20 minutes. Bucknell closed the first on an 8-0 run and took a 20-12 lead into the intermission.

Kinek sank two of her six foul shots on the night to bring Lehigh within 25-22 15:50 to play, and her jumper 58 seconds later edged the Mountain Hawks within 27-26.

Bucknell eventually worked out its shooting woes from the field in second. The Bison shot 45 percent in the second half and built a 35-28 lead with 10:26 on the clock following a pair of Dunn baskets.

After a Kinek deuce for Lehigh, Romine, Dotson and Felicia Mgbada combined for a 6-0 Bison spurt, giving them a 41-30 lead entering the under-8 media timeout.

Bucknell's lead hovered around 10 for the next several minutes before Romine singlehandedly scored the last seven points of the game in the final 1:29 to put the game away.

Bucknell shot 22 of 58 (37.9 percent) from the field to Lehigh's 12 of 58 (20.7 percent). The Bison were 2 of 10 from beyond the arc, while the Mountain Hawks were 2 of 18.

at Army 51, Colgate 48

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Freshman led the way as Kelsey Minato and Aimee Oertner combined for 37 points and 16 rebounds in Army's 51-48 victory over Colgate Wednesday night at Christl Arena.

Minato, the reigning Patriot League Anaconda Player and Rookie of the Week, reached the 20-point plateau again with 22 points. Oertner posted a double-double with 15 points, 10 boards and four blocks for Army (15-4, 4-0), including a crucial rejection late that preserved a slim lead.

Jhazmine Lynch and Josie Stockill poured in 13 points apiece for the Raiders (6-12, 0-4). Missy Repoli hauled in six rebounds.

Army appeared to take control in the second half after a Minato triple put the Black Knights in front 41-35 with 12:45 to go. But Kelly Reid and Stockill provided a quick 4-0 Colgate spurt to cut the Army lead to just two. Shortly later, Catherine Lewis' 3-pointer brought the Raiders within 43-42 with 8:35 left.

Lewis did it again about seven minutes later, as she scored four straight Raider points to bring them within 47-46 with 1:32 on the clock.

The teams traded points after Minato hit a pair of foul shots, and Colgate's Mariah Jones replied with a jumper with 1:02 to go.

Colgate got the ball back down one after an Army miss. But Lynch's layup chance was blocked by Oertner, and Olivia Schretzman was fouled a short time later and hit both foul shots.

Lynch's 3-point bid to tie was off the mark.

Army won despite shooting just under 36 percent from the floor. Colgate shot 32 percent, including 4 of 23 from beyond the arc.

at Navy 61, American 42

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Holy Cross' streak is safe for now.

Alix Membreno led all players with 17 points and Jade Geif had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Navy to a 61-42 victory over American Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.

Kara Pollinger chipped in 13 points for the Mids (10-9, 3-1), who rebounded from Sunday's loss to snap the Eagles' 18-game win streak in regular-season League play. Holy Cross' record is 20 straight.

Geleisa George led the Eagles (10-8, 3-1) with 13 points, and Sarah Kiely had 10, both off the bench. American's leading scorers Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak, who average nearly 25 points per game combined, scored five and two points, respectively. In all, Eagle starters accounted for just 14 points.

American struggled from the field in the first half, amassing 15 points on 7 of 31 (22.6 percent) from the field. Kiely had eight of her 10 points in the first 20 minutes.

The Eagles had trailed at halftime in each of their previous three League games, and had rallied in the second half to win. But Navy opened the second half on a 6-2 spurt and maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the rest of the game.

Kiely scored to bring American within 41-31 with 8:31 to play, but Geif replied for Navy with two straight scores to swing the momentum back in Navy's favor.

The Eagles would pull within 11 on a Dobbs trey with under four minutes left, but Membreno tallied the next seven points and Navy closed the game on a 10-2 run to pull away.

American shot just 19 percent from the field and hit only 1 of 11 from the 3-point line. The Mids were just 2 of 16 on treys, but finished shooting 45 percent overall (24 of 53).

at Holy Cross 60, Lafayette 55

WORCESTER, Mass. - Amy Lepley led Holy Cross with 17 points and seven rebounds as it held off a depleted Lafayette lineup 60-55 Wednesday night at the Hart Center.

The Leopards were without junior center Danielle Fiacco, who did not make the trip because of an illness, and Brya Freeland, who was kept out of the lineup because of a bad back. In addition, sophomore forward Emily Homan, usually a starter, was limited to just seven minutes off the bench because of flu-like symptoms.

Brisje Malone added 14 points for Holy Cross (9-10, 1-3), while Alex Smith chipped in 12, all from downtown.

Kelly Loughney and Linnel Macklin tied for the Lafayette team lead with 12 points apiece. Kristan Liddle hauled in a team-best seven rebounds.

It was all Holy Cross early, as the Crusaders opened the game on a 13-1 run. Alicia Manning's 3-pointer capped off a Lafayette comeback, as the Leopards were down 18-15 with 9:26 left in the first. Holy Cross replied with the next seven points and held the lead into a 33-24 halftime advantage.

The Leopards (7-12, 0-4) came out firing to start the second, with Samantha Jordan giving them a 36-35 lead at the 15:44 mark. Lafayette grew the lead to 43-38 with 12:43 to play on an Ashley Springer 3-pointer.

After Holy Cross cut the deficit to two, Lafayette orchestrated a 7-0 run with Madeline Fahan's jumper capping the spurt to give it a 52-43 lead with 6:41 to play.

The Crusaders roared back after calling a timeout. Lepley started the comeback with a layup, and Malone converted a three-point play. Another Lepley layup and a Smith 3-pointer followed to put the Crusaders up one. It turned into a 17-0 run over a 6:30 period as Malone capped it off with a pair of foul shots to give Holy Cross a 60-52 lead with 22 seconds to play.

Holy Cross outrebounded Lafayette 40-31, and finished the game shooting 43 percent to the Leopards' 37.