Navy wins eighth straight, remains undefeated in Patriot League women's basketball



Jan. 26, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy won its eighth straight game in Patriot League play, and ninth straight overall, to improve to 8-0 Saturday and take a two-game lead in the standings.

The Mids (16-3, 8-0) took a big lead and held on in the second half to beat Holy Cross (12-7, 4-4) in a rematch of the last two Patriot League Championship games, while Army (14-5, 6-2) defeated American (13-6, 6-2) to force a two-way tie for second place.

Loyola (5-14, 2-6), Lafayette (9-10, 3-5) and Boston U (8-13, 3-5) also picked up wins on Saturday.

Navy 60, Holy Cross 53

Navy jumped out to a big lead and held on in the second half to remain undefeated in Patriot League play with a 60-53 win over Holy Cross Saturday at the Hart Center.

Alix Membreno and Kara Pollinger each scored 17 points for the Mids, who led 41-23 at halftime and survived a tough second half that saw the Crusaders outscore them 30-19.

Holy Cross used a 9-0 run to cut it to 54-51 with 1:36 left in the game, but Navy used a defensive stop to gain control and close out the win.

Lisa Mifsud led the Crusaders with 12 points, while Raquel Scott had a double-double with a 10 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Smith also had 11 points and six assists.


Army 64, American 63



Army and American exchanged leads throughout the second half until Jen Hazlett hit a 3-pointer with 3:54 left to give the Black Knights the lead for good in a 64-63 win Saturday at Bender Arena

Army's Kelsey Minato hit a jumper with 4:17 left to make it 56-55, but American's Michelle Holmes scored a layup to put the Eagles back out in front.

Hazlett, however, hit her third 3 of the game to make it 59-57, and Army used free throws to hold a 64-61 lead with 1:44 left.

Holmes cut it to one point with 1:30 left, but American missed its next three shots from the floor and Army held on for the win.

Hazlett finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Minato had 14 points. Brianna Johnson and Aimee Oertner also finished in double-digits with 13 and 10, respectively.

Jen Dumiak led American with 14 points, while Geleisa George chipped in with 12 and Holmes had 11.

Boston U 86, Bucknell 58

Rashidat Agboola scored a team-high 25 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau as Boston U defeated Bucknell 86-58 Saturday at Case Gym.

Agboola helped the Terriers take a double-digit lead early and push it out to 38-26 at halftime.

Bucknell managed to cut it to five points at 50-45 with 15:22 left in the second half, but the Terriers used a 12-2 run to build a 15-point lead. Boston U continued to cruise from there.

Mollie McKendrick finished with 18 points, while Danielle Callahan had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Sarah Hope also hit double-figures with 12 points.

Shelby Romine led the Bison with 22 points and Audrey Dotson had 17 points.

Lafayette 73, Lehigh 51

Emily Homan scored a game-high 23 points and Madeline Fahan had 15 points for Lafayette in a 73-51 win over Lehigh Saturday at Kirby Sports Center.

Lafayette used a 27-6 run to turn a 12-12 tie into a 39-18 halftime lead. The Leopards continued to roll in the second half to close out the win.

Homan finished 8-for-16 from the floor and made 7-of-7 free-throw attempts.

Katie O'Reilly led Lehigh with 11 points, while Kerry Kinek had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Loyola 61, Colgate 54

Loyola's Nai Brown scored a game-high 23 points and had seven rebounds in a 61-54 win over Colgate Saturday at Cotterell Court.

Colgate jumped out to a 15-7 led, but Loyola used a 16-2 run, capped by a Brown jumper to make it 23-17 with 5:01 left in the first half.

The Raiders had a 7-0 run that spanned into the second half that cut it to one point, but the Greyhounds countered with a 9-0 run to make it 37-27 with 11:22 left in the second half. Loyola held on from there.

Tiffany Padgett finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points and bringing down 10 rebounds. Lisa Mirarchi added 10 points and five assists.

Colgate was led by Mariah Jones' 17 points and Carole Harris' 11 points. Kelly Reid had 13 points.