Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 1.24.12

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Alix Membreno will look to spark Navy to a victory over visiting Lehigh Wednesday night.
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Alix Membreno will look to spark Navy to a victory over visiting Lehigh Wednesday night.
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Jan. 24, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Two contests that could have a dramatic effect on the positioning in the middle of the Patriot League standings are on tap Wednesday when Holy Cross (3-2) hosts Army (3-2) and Lehigh (4-1) travels to Navy (3-2).

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The Mountain Hawks will attempt to at worst keep pace with American (5-0), which is home Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tip against Bucknell (0-5). The Mids will try to stay even with the winner of the Army-Holy Cross matchup, who will go to 4-2 no matter what.

And another contest that also has ramificiations features Colgate (1-4) at Lafayette (1-4) in Easton, Pa., Wednesday night. If either the Raiders or Leopards wish to get in position to potentially host a quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament, they will need to start picking up victories in a hurry.

What’s at stake Wednesday was set up by Saturday’s results. American senior Lisa Strack showed one reason why she was named an All-League performer a season ago when she swished two free throws with 0.9 seconds left in the Eagles’ 40-39 victory at Army Saturday afternoon. Strack finished with 12 points in the game and scored only four in the second half, but she made the most of her only trip to the foul line to lift American to the victory. The Eagles’ five victories have come against the five teams immediately behind them in the standings.

Lehigh was able to erase some memory of last year’s loss at home to rival Lafayette with Saturday’s 68-55 victory at Stabler Arena. The Mountain Hawks are alone in second place, but have the service academies in back-to-back games to close out the first leg of League play.

Holy Cross has won three straight overall and two consecutive League games and owns a win against Navy. A victory against Army would give the Crusaders an advantage as they aim for a quarterfinal home game in the tournament as the League schedule nears the turn.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (1.16-1.22)

ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEXA WILLIAMS, LEHIGH Sr., F, Warren, Ohio
19.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg, .560 FG%, .667 FT%

ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA SCHRETZMAN, ARMY Fr., F, Dayton, Ohio
5.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg

HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANCES LAST WEEK
LISA STRACK, AMERICAN Sr., G, Langhorne, Pa.
16.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.0 spg, 2.0 apg, .438 FG%

AMY LEPLEY, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, Norfolk, Mass.
15.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, .564 FG%

ALIX MEMBRENO, NAVY So., G, Loxahatchee, Fla.
15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg, .647 FG%, .857 3FG%

Patriot League Notebook

STRACK CONVERTS IN THE CLUTCH
Lisa Strack’s play is a big reason that American is now 5-0 in the Patriot League and all alone in first place as the midway point nears. The senior guard out of Langhorne, Pa., who is the only returning All-League selection from the 2010-11 season, sank two free throws with 0.9 seconds showing on the clock to lift American to a 40-39 victory at Army Saturday afternoon. Just to add a little more drama to the equation, it was Strack’s only trip to the line in the game, and she only hit three foul shots in five attempts in two games last week. Speaking of that other contest, she scored 20 points with eight rebounds and shot 9 of 16 in the Eagles’ 49-44 victory over Navy last Wednesday. Four of American’s five League victories have come by six points or fewer.

PETERSON PROVIDES SPARK IN RETURN
Junior Kelly Peterson was stellar in her return to the Lehigh lineup after a hand injury to spark the Mountain Hawks to Saturday’s 68-55 victory over Lafayette at home. Peterson, who missed about three weeks of action, scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 18 very effective minutes off the bench. She scored eight points in the first half and helped lead Lehigh to a 25-21 advantage at the half. She tallied five straight points during a 14-2 stretch early in the second that put the Mountain Hawks ahead 39-23. Lehigh is alone in second place in the Patriot League with a 4-1 mark, trailing American by one full game.

ONE SHY OF 700
Speaking of Lehigh, senior Alexa Williams has been strong up front for the Mountain Hawks all season, and her numbers continue to climb. After collecting two blocks Wednesday in the victory over Bucknell to move into 11th all-time on the League’s rejections chart, she grabbed eight rebounds to move up to 699 for her career in Saturday’s victory against Lafayette. She is one board away from becoming the 23rd player in League history with 700.

PLAYING BIGGER DURING LEAGUE PLAY...
...and that’s exactly what Navy sophomore guard Alix Membreno is doing. The 5-foot-9 guard out of Loxahatchee, Fla., is averaging 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game during the season, but she’s increased those numbers during League play. Her points-per-game average against League opponents is up to 10.8, while she’s just shy of a double-double with 8.6 rebounds per contest. She is second on the team in both categories behind fellow sophomore and Preseason Player of the Year Jade Geif. Membreno averaged 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Mids last week and collected her first career double-double in the five-point loss to American.

TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
Holy Cross, which is in the midst of a three-game win streak, has been taking care of the ball all season. The Crusaders lead the Patriot League and sit 15th in the nation with a 1.06 assist-to-turnover ratio. One of the biggest reasons for this has been sophomore Alex Smith, who also leads the League and ranks 21st in the country averaging 5.6 assists per game. Smith is aiming to be the Crusader to lead the League in assists since Laura Aloisi in 2007-08.

ALL-ACCESS HAS YOU COVERED
Once again this season, over 100 Patriot League men’s and women’s basketball contests are available with a subscription to Patriot League All-Access. For $7.95 a month or $19.95 for a year, fans can watch a vast majority of the League’s basketball contests, along with watching archived coverage of fall championships and having access to available winter and spring championships for the rest of the 2011-12 academic year. For more, visit http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess.

PEMPER INCHES CLOSER TO 300
With two victory plateaus having been reached, there’s now a third on the way that seems likely this season. Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper, who is in her fourth season in Annapolis, has 298 career victories after the Mids posted a 61-52 victory over visiting Colgate Saturday night. Navy welcomes Lehigh Wednesday night and then goes to Bucknell Saturday.

GEIF STANDS TALL FOR NAVY ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The first of three Patriot League games to be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network this season took place Jan. 11, with Jade Geif scoring the final four points of the game to lift Navy to an exciting 58-56 victory over Army at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md. Those four points were the important of the game-high 16 Geif poured in for the Mids, who improved to 2-1 in League play and bounced back from a 17-point loss at home to Holy Cross. The Patriot League will return to CBS Sports Network Saturday, Feb. 11, when Army hosts Navy in the return bout at 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network will also televise the Patriot League championship on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play, while Leah Secondo will provide the analysis.

HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT RECAP
The four League teams to participate in holiday tournaments between Christmas and New Year’s - Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy - combined for a 3-5 record during competition. The Crusaders, Leopards and Mountain Hawks each picked up one win apiece, while the Mids fell in both games at the Fordham Holiday Classic. Navy dropped the two contests by a combined six points. Holy Cross and Lafayette picked up victories in the consolation games of the Miami Holiday and Terrapin Classic tournaments, respectively, while Lehigh opened its Christmas City Classic with a win.

500!
Bill Gibbons became the second head coach in the Patriot League to reach a significant victory milestone this season when Holy Cross defeated New Hampshire 61-50 earlier this season. It was the 500th win of his career, which is now in its 27th season and has spent its entire duration on the Crusader sidelines. Gibbons joins Lafayette’s Dianne Nolan as the only two League coaches with at least 500 career wins. Earlier this season Army’s Dave Magarity collected his 400th coaching victory when Army defeated St. Francis (N.Y.).

HOMAN A REVELATION FOR LAFAYETTE
Freshman Emily Homan was tabbed as the Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive time Jan. 9 and third instance overall this season. Her selection was the sixth time a Lafayette player earned a weekly award, tying a school record. Homan has accounted for four of the awards, with three Rookie and one Player. Danielle Fiacco has been named Player of the Week once, while Brya Freeland was also a Rookie of the Week. Homan was the second player to sweep both the Player and Rookie of the Week nods this season.

MAGARITY REACHES 400 PLATEAU
Jen Hazlett scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead Army to its 59-43 win at St. Francis (N.Y.) Nov. 16, delivering head coach Dave Magarity the 400th victory of his career, which has spanned three decades and now approaches 100 wins at West Point. Army led by five at the half after shooting 57 percent from the floor, and pulled away in the second half as the team collected 21 bucks and 17 assists. Magarity is now the third coach in the League with at least 400 career victories, joining Lafayette’s Dianne Nolan and Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross.

AMERICAN NAMED PRESEASON FAVORITE
With 94 points and 11 first-place votes, American topped the 2011-12 Patriot League Preseason Women’s Basketball Poll. The Eagles will aim to capture their first League crown in program history after reaching the title game in each of the last two seasons. American finished ahead of second-place Lehigh, which totaled 83 points and three first-place votes. Defending League champion Navy took third with 74 points and the last two remaining first-place ballots. Bucknell finished fourth in the poll, the same position in which the Bison ended the regular season a year ago. They collected 58 points, followed by Holy Cross in fifth with 52. Rounding out the poll were Lafayette (38 points), Army (26) and Colgate (23).

NAVY’S GEIF NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Navy’s Jade Geif got better and better as the 2010-11 season went on, and the hardware began adding up quickly. She was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year at the end of the regular season and added Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player honors after helping lead the Midshipmen to their first League crown in program history. Geif was recognized again by the League’s eight head coaches and women’s basketball sports information directors with the Preseason Player of the Year honor and a spot on the Preseason All-League team. In nearly 30 minutes per game a season ago, Geif was second in the League averaging 7.9 rebounds per game and is Navy’s top returning scorer (9.6 ppg). Geif became the first player named Rookie of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season since Bethany O’Dell of Holy Cross in 2007.

HAYS FORT TAKES THE REIGNS AT COLGATE
The Patriot League features one new face on the sidelines in 2011-12, with Nicci Hays Fort entering her first season at Colgate. Entering the season with over a decade of coaching experience, Hays Fort comes to Hamilton, N.Y., after serving as the associate head coach on Doug Bruno’s staff at DePaul. Coincidentally, one of Hays Fort’s last contests coaching the Blue Demons was in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, when DePaul faced off with Navy. The Raiders look to rebound from a 7-22 showing and a 2-12 mark in the League last season, and boast the returns of junior Jhazmine Lynch, the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, along with senior Tricia Oakes and a pair of freshmen in Mariah Jones and Kelly Reid who are immediately contributing.

Patriot League Games

BUCKNELL BISON (2-18, 0-5) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (13-6, 5-0)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 15-11
Streak: American, Six Wins Last Meeting: American, 66-38 (2.9.11)
Last Bucknell Win: 60-52 (3.9.08) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

The Patriot League’s hottest team in American, which has won five straight, returns home after Saturday’s emotional win at Army to host Bucknell Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ... The Eagles have been hot in the series against the Bison as well, having won six in a row dating back to the 2008-09 season ... Bucknell’s last victory against American came in the Patriot League title game in 2008 ... American took both from Bucknell last season, winning by five in overtime in Lewisburg, Pa., during the first leg of League play before posting a convincing 66-38 victory in the nation’s capital Feb. 9.

BUCKNELL Alex Smith led three Crusaders in double figures as Holy Cross picked up a 70-53 victory over Bucknell Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center in Worcester ... Smith had a team-high 14 points for Holy Cross, which has won three straight since falling to American last Saturday ... Amy Lepley scored 12 for the Crusaders, while Brisje Malone poured in 10 ... Emily Parker had a team-best seven rebounds and Lepley grabbed six ... Rachel Voss had a game-high 17 points for Bucknell on 7-of-15 shooting ... Shelby Romine and Alyssa Dunn pitched in eight points apiece ... Felicia Mgbada scored the game’s first basket to give Bucknell a 2-0 lead, and Malone tied the game with a jumper nearly two minutes later ... That started a game-defining 20-0 run for the Crusaders, with Smith capping off the streak with a layup at the 9:55 mark of the first half to give Holy Cross a 20-2 lead ... Bucknell chipped away at the deficit over the last few minutes of the first, with Romine’s 3-pointer cutting the Holy Cross lead to 37-22 with 1:12 on the clock ... Meredith Ward’s layup on Holy Cross’ ensuing possession gave the Crusaders a 39-22 advantage at halftime ... The Crusaders maintained the pressure in the second half, expanding the lead to a game-high 24 points at 52-28 when Parker went 1 of 2 from the line at the 12:47 mark ... Bucknell replied with a 5-0 spurt to cut it to a 19-point deficit, but Holy Cross again extended the lead to 24 points twice more before cruising to the 70-53 win ... Holy Cross had the edge up front with a 36-24 advantage in points in the paint and outscored the Bison 20-2 off the fast break, including 16-2 in the first half ... Holy Cross finished the game shooting 54.7 percent (29 of 53) from the field and 4 of 7 on 3-pointers ... As a team the Crusaders racked up 24 assists on 29 baskets, with Smith leading the way with seven ... The Bison hit 18 of 55 from the field (32.7 percent) and 14 of 19 from the foul line ... The Bison will host Navy Saturday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN Lisa Strack swished two foul shots with 0.9 seconds remaining to lift American to a hard-fought 40-39 victory over Army Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena ... With the victory, the Eagles improve to 13-6 overall and remain undefeated at 5-0 in the Patriot League, while Army fell to 3-2 in League play ... Strack scored just four of her team-high 12 points in the second half, but it was her final two that counted the most ... Anna Simmers scored two of her game-high 15 points with 3:18 left to put Army ahead 39-38 ... The teams traded several empty possessions back and forth over the next three minutes, with Simmers missing a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left ... The Eagles pushed the ball up the floor after Alexis Dobbs corralled the rebound. The ball found its way inside to Strack in the waning seconds, with Army’s Jen Hazlett forced to foul ... After Strack hit both shots, the Eagles intercepted Jessica Waggoner’s home run pass to preserve the win ... The game featured 11 ties and eight lead changes, with American taking a 22-18 lead at the half ... Army rattled off a 10-0 run thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Liz Benedict and Simmers to take a 30-26 lead witih 11:34 remaining ... Dobbs’ 3-pointer capped off a 7-0 American run in reply, but Benedict drilled another 3 of her own to tie the game at 33 with 8:10 to go ... T’Asia McGeorge’s trey put American ahead 38-35 with 5:57 left before Simmers scored four straight for Army to make it 39-38 ... Strack’s 12 points came on 5-of-16 shooting from the field, and her only two foul shot attempts of the day were the ones in the final second. She grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as well ... Geleisa George had seven points for the Eagles ... Liz Benedict had seven for Army, while Olivia Schretzman and Simmers tied for the team high with seven boards apiece ... American will be home for a 2 p.m. start Saturday against Lafayette.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (9-11, 3-2) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (12-8, 3-2)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 30-18
Streak: Holy Cross, One Win Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 57-50 (2.9.11)
Last Army Win: 50-47 (1.13.11) Last Five Games: Army, 3-2

Holy Cross, winners of three straight overall and two consecutive games in Patriot League play stay home to host Army Wednesday night ... It is the 49th all-time meeting with the Crusaders owning a 30-18 edge ... The teams split the season series a year ago, with each winning at the other’s court ... Army won 50-47 in snowy Worcester while Holy Cross was victorious 57-50 at West Point ... The Black Knights will try to bounce back from Saturday’s last-second loss to American ... Army’s two League losses are by a combined three points.

ARMY Lisa Strack swished two foul shots with 0.9 seconds remaining to lift American to a hard-fought 40-39 victory over Army Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena ... With the victory, the Eagles improve to 13-6 overall and remain undefeated at 5-0 in the Patriot League, while Army (9-11) fell to 3-2 in League play ... Strack scored just four of her team-high 12 points in the second half, but it was her final two that counted the most ... Anna Simmers scored two of her game-high 15 points with 3:18 left to put Army ahead 39-38 ... The teams traded several empty possessions back and forth over the next three minutes, with Simmers missing a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left ... The Eagles pushed the ball up the floor after Alexis Dobbs corralled the rebound ... The ball found its way inside to Strack in the waning seconds, with Army’s Jen Hazlett forced to foul ... After Strack hit both shots, the Eagles intercepted Jessica Waggoner’s home run pass to preserve the win ... The game featured 11 ties and eight lead changes, with American taking a 22-18 lead at the half ... Army rattled off a 10-0 run thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Liz Benedict and Simmers to take a 30-26 lead witih 11:34 remaining ... Dobbs’ 3-pointer capped off a 7-0 American run in reply, but Benedict drilled another 3 of her own to tie the game at 33 with 8:10 to go ... T’Asia McGeorge’s trey put American ahead 38-35 with 5:57 left before Simmers scored four straight for Army to make it 39-38 ... Strack’s 12 points came on 5-of-16 shooting from the field, and her only two foul shot attempts of the day were the ones in the final second. She grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as well ... Geleisa George had seven points for the Eagles ... Benedict had seven for Army, while Olivia Schretzman and Simmers tied for the team high with seven boards apiece ... The Black Knights host Lehigh Sunday at 1 p.m.

HOLY CROSS Alex Smith led three Crusaders in double figures as Holy Cross picked up a 70-53 victory over Bucknell Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center ... Smith had a team-high 14 points for Holy Cross, which has won three straight since falling to American last Saturday ... Amy Lepley scored 12 for the Crusaders, while Brisje Malone poured in 10 ... Emily Parker had a team-best seven rebounds and Lepley grabbed six ... Rachel Voss had a game-high 17 points for Bucknell on 7-of-15 shooting ... Shelby Romine and Alyssa Dunn pitched in eight points apiece ... Felicia Mgbada scored the game’s first basket to give Bucknell a 2-0 lead, and Malone tied the game with a jumper nearly two minutes later ... That started a game-defining 20-0 run for the Crusaders, with Smith capping off the streak with a layup at the 9:55 mark of the first half to give Holy Cross a 20-2 lead ... Bucknell chipped away at the deficit over the last few minutes of the first, with Romine’s 3-pointer cutting the Holy Cross lead to 37-22 with 1:12 on the clock ... Meredith Ward’s layup on Holy Cross’ ensuing possession gave the Crusaders a 39-22 advantage at halftime ... The Crusaders maintained the pressure in the second half, expanding the lead to a game-high 24 points at 52-28 when Parker went 1 of 2 from the line at the 12:47 mark ... Bucknell replied with a 5-0 spurt to cut it to a 19-point deficit, but Holy Cross again extended the lead to 24 points twice more before cruising to the 70-53 win ... Holy Cross had the edge up front with a 36-24 advantage in points in the paint and outscored the Bison 20-2 off the fast break, including 16-2 in the first half ... Holy Cross finished the game shooting 54.7 percent (29 of 53) from the field and 4 of 7 on 3-pointers ... As a team the Crusaders racked up 24 assists on 29 baskets, with Smith leading the way with seven ... The Bison hit 18 of 55 from the field (32.7 percent) and 14 of 19 from the foul line ... The Crusaders will head to Hamilton, N.Y., to visit Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (11-8, 4-1) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (10-9, 3-2)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 24-21
Streak: Lehigh, One Win Last Meeting: Lehigh, 63-59 (2.9.11)
Last Navy Win: 63-62 (1.12.11) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

As the turn in the League schedule approaches this weekend, one of the more important games of the season is set to take place Wednesday when Navy hosts Lehigh at 7 p.m. ... The Mountain Hawks have won four of the last five overall after the teams split last season’s series during the regular season ... The two games were decided by a combined five points, with Navy winning 63-62 in Annapolis and Lehigh paying the favor back 63-59 in Bethlehem ... This matchup will feature one of the best interior battles in the League between Lehigh’s Alexa Williams and Navy’s Jade Geif.

LEHIGH Alexa Williams tallied a game-high 23 points and Kelly Peterson added 17 off the bench as Lehigh spoiled Danielle Fiacco’s seventh double-double of the season with a 68-55 victory over Lafayette Saturday night at Stabler Arena ... The Mountain Hawks overcame a 20-point, 10-rebound, five-block performance from Lafayette’s 6-foot-7 center ... Lehigh overcame a 7-of-36 shooting effort in the first half to take a 25-21 lead into halftime ... The Mountain Hawks led by as many as 11 in the first 20 minutes, but Fiacco and Melissa Downey scored back-to-back buckets to cut the deficit to 23-19 with just over a minute left in the stanza ... The Mountain Hawks started the second half hot with a 9-0 run to take a 34-21 lead ... Peterson’s 3-pointer a few minutes later put Lehigh ahead 16 points at 39-23 with 13:50 left ... Lehigh maintained a lead in double figures for most of the rest of the game ... Sarah McGorry’s layup with under five minutes remaining shortened the Lafayette deficit to 56-47 ... The Mountain Hawks used anotehr 9-0 run over a three-minute period late in the second half to effectively ice the game ... Two Hilary Weaver free throws put Lehigh ahead 67-49 with a little more than a minute remaining ... Lehigh shot 15 of 31 in the second half to pull away ... The Mountain Hawks won several statistical categories including points in the paint (26-12), points off turnovers (24-12) and second-chance points (26-11) ... No other Lafayette player reached double figures in points, as Downey was second behind Fiacco with six points ... Lehigh outrebounded Lafayette 53-39 ... The Leopards shot 16 of 53 (30.2 percent) for the game, including 7 of 24 in the first half and 9 of 29 in the second ... The Mountain Hawks head to Army Sunday for a 1 p.m. tip.

NAVY Alix Membreno led all scorers with 19 points as Navy kept pace with Holy Cross with a 61-52 victory Saturday night at Alumni Hall ... Membreno added eight rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals to help pace the Mids, who also received 16 points and seven rebounds from Jade Geif ... Tricia Oakes scored a team-high and season-best 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench for the Raiders ... Jhazmine Lynch added 11 points and thre assists for Colgate ... Navy used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to take a 21-14 lead with 8:01 left ... Navy kept up the offensive pressure, as Membreno sank a 3-pointer in the final minute to give the Mids a 39-23 entering the break ... Colgate methodically cut into the Navy lead, as Missy Repoli’s basket with 11:29 to go in the second brought Colgate within eight points at 41-33 ... After the Mids extended the lead to double figures again, the Raiders posted a rally and came within six at 51-45 with four minutes lafter after Kelly Korkowski’s jumper in the lane ... But the Raiders could not complete the comeback, as Navy was able to sink buckets on its next two trips down the floor to extend the lead to double figures, where it stayed the most of the game ... Colgate shot just 1 of 10 from beyond the arc despite hitting 24 of 59 from the field for the game ... Starts accounted for 55 of Navy’s 61 points, with Erin Edwards pouring in eight, Kara Pollinger seven and Audrey Bauer five ... Navy shot 47.2 percent (25 of 53) from the field and 6 of 16 on treys ... The Mids posted a 40-33 edge on the glass ... The Mids will be on the road Saturday night for a 7 p.m. tip at Bucknell.

COLGATE RAIDERS (4-16, 1-4) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (7-13, 1-4)
Kirby Sports Center (3,100); Easton, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 30-26 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: Lafayette, One Win Last Meeting: Lafayette, 65-42 (2.9.11)
Last Colgate Win: 64-60 (1.12.11) Last Five Games: Colgate, 4-1

Two teams starving for a victory in Patriot League play will square off Wednesday night when Lafayette entertains Colgate at Kirby ... The two teams split last season’s series, with each winning at home ... The Raiders used a 22-1 run in the first half of last season’s first meeting and held on for a 64-60 victory over Lafayette in Hamilton, N.Y. ... The Leopards repaid the debt with a 65-42 win in Easton, Pa., a month later ... Two current Colgate seniors, Tricia Oakes and Kelly Korkowski, had big games in the Raiders’ victory last season ... Oakes scored 15 and Korkowski had nine points and 11 rebounds.

COLGATE Alix Membreno led all scorers with 19 points as Navy kept pace with Holy Cross with a 61-52 victory Saturday night at Alumni Hall ... Membreno added eight rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals to help pace the Mids, who also received 16 points and seven rebounds from Jade Geif ... Tricia Oakes scored a team-high and season-best 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench for the Raiders ... Jhazmine Lynch added 11 points and thre assists for Colgate ... Navy used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to take a 21-14 lead with 8:01 left ... Navy kept up the offensive pressure, as Membreno sank a 3-pointer in the final minute to give the Mids a 39-23 entering the break ... Colgate methodically cut into the Navy lead, as Missy Repoli’s basket with 11:29 to go in the second brought Colgate within eight points at 41-33 ... After the Mids extended the lead to double figures again, the Raiders posted a rally and came within six at 51-45 with four minutes lafter after Kelly Korkowski’s jumper in the lane ... But the Raiders could not complete the comeback, as Navy was able to sink buckets on its next two trips down the floor to extend the lead to double figures, where it stayed the most of the game ... Colgate shot just 1 of 10 from beyond the arc despite hitting 24 of 59 from the field for the game ... Starts accounted for 55 of Navy’s 61 points, with Erin Edwards pouring in eight, Kara Pollinger seven and Audrey Bauer five ... Navy shot 47.2 percent (25 of 53) from the field and 6 of 16 on treys ... The Mids posted a 40-33 edge on the glass ... The Raiders return home Saturday to host Holy Cross at 4 p.m.

LAFAYETTE Alexa Williams tallied a game-high 23 points and Kelly Peterson added 17 off the bench as Lehigh spoiled Danielle Fiacco’s seventh double-double of the season with a 68-55 victory over Lafayette Saturday night at Stabler Arena ... The Mountain Hawks overcame a 20-point, 10-rebound, five-block performance from Lafayette’s 6-foot-7 center ... Lehigh overcame a 7-of-36 shooting effort in the first half to take a 25-21 lead into halftime ... The Mountain Hawks led by as many as 11 in the first 20 minutes, but Fiacco and Melissa Downey scored back-to-back buckets to cut the deficit to 23-19 with just over a minute left in the stanza ... The Mountain Hawks started the second half hot with a 9-0 run to take a 34-21 lead ... Peterson’s 3-pointer a few minutes later put Lehigh ahead 16 points at 39-23 with 13:50 left ... Lehigh maintained a lead in double figures for most of the rest of the game ... Sarah McGorry’s layup with under five minutes remaining shortened the Lafayette deficit to 56-47 ... The Mountain Hawks used anotehr 9-0 run over a three-minute period late in the second half to effectively ice the game ... Two Hilary Weaver free throws put Lehigh ahead 67-49 with a little more than a minute remaining ... Lehigh shot 15 of 31 in the second half to pull away ... The Mountain Hawks won several statistical categories including points in the paint (26-12), points off turnovers (24-12) and second-chance points (26-11) ... No other Lafayette player reached double figures in points, as Downey was second behind Fiacco with six points ... Lehigh outrebounded Lafayette 53-39 ... The Leopards shot 16 of 53 (30.2 percent) for the game, including 7 of 24 in the first half and 9 of 29 in the second ... Lafayette will visit red-hot American Saturday at 2 p.m.