Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 1.25.13

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Olivia Schretzman and Army visit American Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Olivia Schretzman and Army visit American Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Jan. 25, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Army gutted out a 51-48 victory Wednesday at home against a game Colgate squad to take over sole possession of first place in the Patriot League, and now the Black Knights head south to take on an American team that lost its first League game in nearly two seasons.

That’s one of four big contests on Saturday’s slate, as the women’s basketball schedule lurches toward the midway point.

Navy snapped the Eagles’ 18-game win streak in Patriot League regular-season play with a 61-42 victory Wednesday night, giving the Mids a lift following their loss to Army. Now American seeks a similar rebound when it hosts the Black Knights Saturday at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, the Mids will look to build some momentum when they visit Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m. The trek to Hamilton, N.Y., is never an easy one, and Colgate captured the meeting there a season ago.

Following its loss at Army, Bucknell has built some momentum with three straight League wins, including Wednesday’s victory at Lehigh. The Bison are home Saturday at 2 p.m. for a Holy Cross team fresh off its first League triumph, a 60-55 decision Wednesday over Lafayette.

The Leopards additionally battled illness Wednesday and still nearly pulled off the road win in Worcester. They’ll look to bounce back Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host rival Lehigh at Kirby Sports Center.

Patriot League Women’s Basketball Quick Hits

• Bucknell reached 12 wins the third-fastest time in program history with Wednesday’s 53-37 win at Lehigh.

• Army’s Kelsey Minato (19.5 ppg) and Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek (17.0) are 1-2 in scoring during League play. Both are freshmen.

• The Black Knights have never started 5-0 in Patriot League play.

• Shelby Romine (Bucknell) is 47 points away from becoming the fourth player this season in the League with 1,000 career points.

• Army and Navy are the only two teams with three players averaging in double figures in points in all games.

• American’s Alexis Dobbs leads during League play with 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

• All three of Navy’s League wins are by double figures. On the other side, all four of Colgate’s League losses are by nine points or less.

• The top four teams in the League standings are a combined 8-0 at home in League games so far.

• Army received two votes in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid Major poll.

Patriot League Notebook

ROOKIES LIKING LEAGUE PLAY
A pair of freshmen who have been making a name for themselves so far this season have saved their best for Patriot League play. Army rookie guard Kelsey Minato is the leading scorer in League play at 19.5 points per game, while Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek is second at 17.0. The story doesn’t end there. Lafayette rookie guard Jamie O’Hare is averaging 8.5 points per outing, Army freshman forward Aimee Oertner is at 8.0 per game in League play and Colgate forward Josie Stockill is pouring in 7.0 per outing.

HALTED
Navy’s 61-42 victory Wednesday over American in Annapolis snapped the Eagles’ 18-game win streak in regular-season League play. The streak had stretched from the last game of the 2010-11 season through 2011-12 and into the first three games of the current campaign. The record remains Holy Cross’ streak of 20 straight League wins spanning the 2000-01 and ‘01-02 seasons.

PART OF THE 1,000 CLUB
Holy Cross junior Alex Smith tallied 18 points Saturday to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau for her career. She joins a long list of student-athletes in League history who have accomplished that feat, including Colgate senior Jhazmine Lynch and Holy Cross senior Amy Lepley, who did so earlier this season. Two 1,000-point scorers graduated last season in Lehigh’s Emily Gratch (1,112) and American’s Lisa Strack (1,059). Two others are definitely within striking distance of 1,000 this season, both juniors. Bucknell’s Shelby Romine (953) and Navy’s Jade Geif (894) appear poised to reach the mark soon.

MINATO SWEEPS WEEKLIES
It hadn’t been done before last season, but now three student-athletes have etched their names in the Patriot League record book for having swept the Anaconda Player and Rookie of the Week awards in the same timeframe. Army guard Kelsey Minato became the latest to do so on Monday after averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in a pair of Black Knight victories last week. Minato has been named Rookie of the Week five times, while the Player of the Week nod was her first. Bucknell’s Amy Zehner and Lafayette’s Emily Homan both accomplished the sweeping feat last season.

NON-LEAGUE PLAY DONE FOR NOW
The eight Patriot League teams put together a strong showing in non-League games before starting the conference schedule last weekend. The squads have combined for a 63-55 mark against out-of-conference foes, far surpassing last season’s final 49-72 showing. Strong showings have been had this season against the Northeast Conference (14-8), Ivy League (11-6) and the MAAC (10-8). The last non-League game of the season is Feb. 5 when Colgate visits NJIT.

CORKERY EDGES CLOSER
At 96-47 overall at American, head coach Matt Corkery ranks among the best in the League all-time in win percentage (.671). Corkery is also chasing the League record for fastest to 100 victories, a mark that is currently owned by Holy Cross’ Bill Gibbons. Gibbons reached 100 victories in 149 contests, with his 100th triumph coming in the 1995-96 season opener against Syracuse. Corkery would match Gibbons’ record with a 4-2 mark in American’s next nine contests. Navy’s Joe Sanchez collected 100 wins in 162 games from 1994-2000. American hosts Army Saturday at 2 p.m.

NAVY CHOSEN TO MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT
The head coaches and sports information directors named two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy as the favorite in 2012-13 in late October. The Mids, led by Preseason Player of the Year junior Jade Geif, are seeking to do something no League squad has done in over a decade - win three straight titles. The first and only program to do it is Holy Cross, which captured four straight championships from 1997-98 to 2000-01. Navy returns four starters from a year ago, all of whom are in their junior seasons. Navy topped the preseason poll with 89 points and eight first-place ballots.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The first of three Patriot League games on CBS Sports Network took place Jan. 13 when Navy defeated Lafayette 62-44 in Annapolis, Md. The second contest is scheduled for Feb. 10 when Lehigh opens the second leg of League play at home against Holy Cross at 2 p.m. The third game is the biggest of the season when CBS Sports Network televises the Patriot League Championship from the site of the higher seed Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play and Amy Lawrence the analysis on the two remaining contests.

ON TWITTER, TOO
Fans and media members can follow Patriot League women’s basketball on Twitter - @PL_WBB.

Patriot League Games

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (15-4, 4-0) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (10-8, 3-1)
Bender Arena (3,043); Washington, D.C. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: American, 16-9
Streak: American, 3 Last Meeting: American, 54-48 (Washington, D.C.; 2.18.12)
Last Army Win: 64-50 (West Point, N.Y.; 1.19.11) Last Five Games: American, 4-1

• American swept last season’s series 40-39 at West Point in January and 54-48 in Washington a month later.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato leads the League in scoring during conference play (19.5 ppg).
• The Black Knights have gone with the same starting five in their four League wins.
• Army has never been 5-0 in League play.
• American is 4-3 in games following a loss this season.
• Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak were held to just seven points combined in the Eagles’ loss Wednesday to Navy.
• For the second straight game none of Army’s reserves scored in Wednesday’s win over Colgate.

ARMY Freshmen 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, including a crucial rejection late that preserved a slim lead ... Jhazmine Lynch and Josie Stockill poured in 13 points apiece for the Raiders ... 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 ... Army heads home to host Holy Cross Wednesday.

AMERICAN 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, 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 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) ... American visits Bucknell Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (9-10, 1-3) AT BUCKNELL BISON (12-7, 3-1)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 39-13
Streak: Holy Cross, 2 Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 49-38 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 2.18.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 68-52 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 2.12.11) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

• Holy Cross won both meetings in 2011-12, 70-53 in Worcester and 49-38 in Lewisburg.
• All 52 meetings have taken place with the programs as Patriot League members.
• The teams have split the last eight matchups in Lewisburg.
• Holy Cross’ Alex Smith is averaging 13.8 points per game in League play and 14.4 for the season.
• Bucknell’s Shelby Romine is behind Smith for the League lead at 14.3 points per game. Romine is averaging 14.8 per game in League play.
• Holy Cross dishes a League-high 15.1 assists per game, while Bucknell is second (13.4).
• The Crusaders are shooting a League-high 41.6 percent from the field, while the Bison’s 32.9 percent field goal percentage defense is the League’s best.

HOLY CROSS 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, 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 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 ... The Crusaders visit Army Wednesday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL Shelby Romine tied for the game-high with 18 points to lead Bucknell 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 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 ... The Bison host American Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (10-9, 2-2) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (7-12, 0-4)
Kirby Sports Center (3,600); Easton, Pa. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 41-40 TV: Lafayette Sports Network
Streak: Lehigh, 4 Last Meeting: Lehigh, 57-47 (Easton, Pa.; 2.18.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 57-54 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 1.22.11) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

• The schools, separated by about 15 miles, are meeting for the 82nd time.
• Lehigh swept last season’s meetings 68-55 in Bethlehem and 57-47 in Easton.
• Lafayette won the first meeting 45-35 on Feb. 4, 1975.
• The Mountain Hawks have won four straight in Easton. Lafayette’s last win at Kirby was a 48-45 decision Jan. 26, 2008.
• Lafayette owns the League lead blocking 6.4 shots per game.
• Lafayette’s Danielle Fiacco and Emily Homan are both averaging 10.6 points per game.
• Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek has started all 19 games and leads the team in scoring (12.7 per game).

LEHIGH Shelby Romine tied for the game-high with 18 points to lead Bucknell 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 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 ... The Mountain Hawks host Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LAFAYETTE 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, 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 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 ... The Leopards visit Colgate Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (10-9, 3-1) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (6-12, 0-4)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Saturday, 4 p.m.
Series: Navy, 30-18
Streak: Navy, 1 Last Meeting: Navy, 66-54 (Annapolis, Md.; 3.1.12)
Last Colgate Win: 62-60 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.18.12) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

• Navy won the last meeting 66-54 in Annapolis in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament.
• The teams split the 2011-12 regular-season series, with Colgate winning 62-60 in Hamilton and Navy taking a 61-52 victory in Annapolis.
• The Mids have won 11 of the last 14 meetings, and the Raiders have taken two of the last three in Hamilton.
• Alix Membreno leads Navy during League play in scoring (15.8).
• Navy’s Jade Geif leads all players in League play with 10.3 rebounds per game.
• Jhazmine Lynch leads Colgate with 10.8 points and 2.5 assists per game in League play.
• Four Navy starters are averaging at least 9.0 points per game in League play.
• Colgate’s Kelly Reid is fifth averaging 7.5 caroms during League games.

NAVY 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, 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 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) ... Navy visits Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m.

COLGATE Freshmen 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, including a crucial rejection late that preserved a slim lead ... Jhazmine Lynch and Josie Stockill poured in 13 points apiece for the Raiders ... 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 ... Colgate welcomes Lafayette to Hamilton Wednesday at 7 p.m.¬