Four-Way Logjam Occupies First Place in Patriot League Women's Basketball

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Audrey Dotson helped Bucknell rally from a late 14-point deficit to beat Holy Cross 62-59.
Audrey Dotson helped Bucknell rally from a late 14-point deficit to beat Holy Cross 62-59.

Jan. 26, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Victories by American, Bucknell and Navy Saturday helped create a four-way tie for first place in the Patriot League at 4-1.

American ended Army's five-game win streak (four in League play) with a 45-42 victory at Bender Arena, while Bucknell rallied from a late deficit to beat Holy Cross 62-59 in Lewisburg. In Hamilton, Navy won for the fourth time in League play by double digits with a 59-43 triumph over Colgate.

The fourth winner Saturday was Lafayette, which was impressive in pulling away from rival Lehigh 68-52 at Kirby Sports Center in Easton.

American visits Bucknell Wednesday in a meeting of 4-1 teams, with the winner guaranteed of at least a share of first place at the end of the night. Other contests Wednesday night include Army hosting Holy Cross, Navy visiting Lehigh and Lafayette going to Colgate.

at American 45, Army 42

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alexis Dobbs scored 12 points and Geleisa George chipped in 10 off the bench as American (11-8, 4-1) snapped Army's five-game win streak with a 45-42 victory at Bender Arena.

Olivia Schretzman and Kelsey Minato both scored 12 points to pace the Black Knights (15-5, 4-1). Jen Hazlett added eight.

Trailing 43-42 with less than 30 seconds to go, Army had two opportunities at the basket after a missed 3-pointer by Dobbs. Following a Black Knight timeout, Anna Simmers took a shot with nine seconds to go but it wouldn't fall. She grabbed her own offensive rebound but couldn't convert the second chance.

Dobbs and Michelle Holmes both went 1 of 2 from the foul line in the final seconds to complete the Eagle win.

Sarah Kiely's jumper gave American an early 8-4 lead, but two Ciara Jackson foul shots a few minutes later tied the game at 8-8.

Schretzman banked in a layup at the 1:12 mark to bring Army within 17-16, but Dobbs replied with a triple at the buzzer to send American into the intermission up 20-16.

Two Schretzman free throws tied the game for the eighth time at 35 apiece with 5:29 to go in the game, and Minato's trey with 3:31 remaining put the Black Knights up 38-37.

American scraped together a 6-0 run started by a George layup, followed by two Dobbs free throws and a Holmes basket. American led 43-38 with 1:56 on the clock.

Simmers sank her only basket of the game, a 3-pointer with 1:19 on the clock, and Jordan Elliott converted a layup to bring Army within 43-42.

American shot 15 of 46 (32.6 percent) to Army's 17 of 56 (30.4 percent), and hit 14 of 22 from the charity stripe. Army was 6 of 6.

The Black Knights won the battle on the boards 42-31.

To view video highlights of the game, look below.

at Bucknell 62, Holy Cross 59

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell finished the game on a 20-3 run and erased a 14-point deficit to defeat Holy Cross 62-59 Saturday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion.

Audrey Dotson's jumper with 2:32 remaining tied the game at 56-all and completed a string of 14 straight Bison points.

Alex Smith responded for Holy Cross (9-11, 1-4) with a 3-pointer with 2:05 to go, but Katherine Harris sank a 3 of her own on Bucknell's next possession to tie the game again with 1:51 remaining.

After the teams traded turnovers, Smith missed a jumper but Brisje Malone came up with the offensive rebound. Racquel Scott's next attempt was blocked by Bucknell's Alyssa Dunn.

Felicia Mgbada came down with the ball and was fouled. She sank both of her foul shots to put Bucknell (13-7, 4-1) ahead 61-59 with 44 seconds left. It was the Bison's first lead since 18-17 at the 7:15 mark of the first.

Amy Lepley missed a 3 for Holy Cross on its next possession, and Lindsay Horbatuck hit 1 of 2 from the foul line for Bucknell. Smith had a look at a 3 in the waning seconds but it did not fall.

Dotson led the Bison with 14 points on 6 of 13 from the field with six rebounds and four assists. Dunn and Mgbada added 11 points apiece.

Smith had a game-high 17 points for Holy Cross with seven rebounds. Malone poured in 13 points, seven rebounds and dished six assists.

The Crusaders led 30-24 at halftime and used an early 7-0 run to extend the lead to 39-30. Holy Cross used a later 9-1 run to move in front 56-42 with 7:32 remaining.

Bucknell was 15 of 19 from the charity stripe, while Holy Cross was 3 of 4. The Bison posted 17 assists on 22 field goals and outrebounded Holy Cross 40-36.

at Lafayette 68, Lehigh 52

EASTON, Pa. - Danielle Fiacco paced four Lafayette players in double figures with 17 points and Kelly Loughney added 16 as Lafayette ran away from Lehigh 68-52 Saturday at Kirby Sports Center.

The Leopards shot 52 percent in the first half in building a 13-point lead and saw the lead dwindle to as little as five before regaining control.

Emily Homan had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards for the Leopards (8-12, 1-4), and Linnel Macklin chipped in 10 points.

Becky Guman led Lehigh (10-10, 2-3) with 13 points, and Kerry Kinek added 10. Kinek was just 3 of 17 from the floor.

Lehigh opened the game with the first six points and had a 12-6 lead with 10:09 remaining in the first. Kinek went 1 of 2 from the line to put the Mountain Hawks ahead 13-8 at the 9:30 mark.

Lafayette scored 10 straight points, finished off by a pair of Homan foul shots, to move in front 18-13 with 6:05 on the clock.

Katie O'Reilly's layup brought Lehigh within 23-20, but the Leopards closed the first half on another 10-0 run to take a 33-20 advantage at the break.

Guman sank back-to-back 3s to cut Lafayette's lead to 43-35 at the 14:51 mark of the second, and Alexandra Yantzi sank a triple from the top of the key to make it a 43-38 game with 12:29 to go.

Fiacco's jumper in the paint accounted for two of five straight Lafayette points to give the Leopards a 50-40 lead at the 8:50 mark.

Amina Affini's layup cut into Lafayette's lead again, making it a 55-47 game with 5:22 showing on the clock.

The Leopards used another big run, this time an 11-0 spurt, including a dagger 3 from the corner off Macklin's hands. Lafayette led 66-47 with 1:37 to play.

Lafayette had one of its better shooting efforts of the season, going 45 percent from the floor. The Leopards dominated the glass 47-29.

Lehigh shot 32 percent from the floor.

To view the Lafayette Sports Network postgame show, look below.

To view an interview Lafayette head coach Dianne Nolan conducted with the Patriot League following the win, look below.

Navy 59, at Colgate 43

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Jade Geif led all scorers with 17 points and added nine rebounds and six assists as Navy won 59-43 over Colgate at Cotterell Court Saturday evening.

Geif was 7 of 9 from the field, helping the Mids finish 22 of 50 (44 percent) for the game.

Alix Membreno (11 points) and Chloe Stapleton (10) also reached double digits for Navy (11-9, 4-1), which moved into a four-way tie for first place in the League with the win.

Missy Repoli paced Colgate (6-13, 0-5) with 15 points, while Kelly Reid had a game-high 10 rebounds to go with six points.

Navy, which never trailed in the contest, opened a 7-2 lead a little less than five minutes into the game. Colgate cut the Mids' lead to one on two separate occasions, the latter at 12-11 with 8:50 remaining.

Stapleton sank back-to-back 3s and Geif hit a bucket as part of an 8-0 run to put the Mids in front 20-11 at the 5:38 mark. The Mids would extend the lead to 31-15 at the intermission when Membreno nailed a triple at the buzzer.

Geif converted a jumper and was fouled. She converted the and-one to give Navy its biggest lead of the game at 47-25 with 11:01 remaining.

The Raiders mounted a small rally, with Paige Kritcher's 3-pointer bringing them within 49-35 with 6:20 to go.

The Mids regained control with an 8-0 run, capped off by Geif, to take a 57-35 lead.

Navy hit 8 of 28 from downtown to Colgate's 6 of 15. The Raiders shot just 12 of 52 from the field (23.1 percent).