Jan. 29, 2014
Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 1.29.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The month of January has flown by in Patriot League women's basketball, and remarkably Wednesday's contests will already mark the end of the first half of the League slate. Navy has a chance to become just the third team in the last nine years to open 9-0 in League action when it play host to American, which is tied for second place with Army at 6-2.
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*The first half of the Patriot League schedule finishes up for all teams on Wednesday.
*Second-place American visits first-place Navy in the marquee matchup of the evening.
*Army enters in a tie for second place with the Eagles as it hosts Boston University.
*Lehigh is at Bucknell, Holy Cross goes to Loyola Maryland and Lafayette visits Colgate to fill out the slate.
*All five games tip off at 7 p.m. and each will be available on Patriot League Network.
*Navy is one of 23 teams left in Division I with an undefeated mark in conference play.
*The Mids start the week at No. 53 in the NCAA RPI, with five other Patriot League schools in the top 150.
*Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco is the sole holder of the Patriot League blocks record with 347 in her career.
*Army's Jen Hazlett and Boston University's Rashidat Agboola joined the 1,000-point club on Saturday.
*There are seven active 1,000-point scorers in the Patriot League, led by Holy Cross' Alex Smith (1,468).
*Home teams hold a slight 21-19 edge in League games after road squads won six of 10 contests last week.
Patriot League Notebook
First Half Schedule Comes to a Close
The month of January has flown by in Patriot League women's basketball, and remarkably Wednesday's contests will already mark the end of the first half of the League slate. Navy has a chance to become just the third team in the last nine years to open 9-0 in League action when it play host to American, which is tied for second place with Army at 6-2. The Black Knights are coming off a win over the Eagles as they prepare to host Boston University. Bucknell is next in the standings at 5-3 as it hosts Lehigh, while Holy Cross is at 4-4 and visiting Loyola. Lafayette is tied with Boston University for sixth place in the Patriot League at 3-5 and will travel to Colgate on Wednesday. All of the games tip off at 7 p.m. and all will be available for free on Patriot League Network.
Road Teams Win Clashes of Top Squads on Saturday
Four of the five teams at the top of the Patriot League standings faced off on Saturday, and the road team came away with the win in both matchups. Navy improved to 8-0 in League play with a 60-53 win at Holy Cross, while Army escaped a back-and-forth game at American with a 64-63 victory. Two home teams won big as Lafayette trounced rival Lehigh 73-51 and Boston University rolled over Bucknell 86-58, while Loyola put up a 61-54 win at Colgate.
Navy in Elite Company Nationally, in Patriot League History
Navy continues to roll and the Mids have sparkling records both overall and in Patriot League play. The Mids are one of 23 teams with an undefeated confererence record in Division I through Monday, and have a chance to become the third team in the last nine years to open 9-0 in Patriot League play on Wednesday. At 16-3, Navy is already assured of its sixth straight winning season, marking its longest run since its first six years as a program from 1978-83.
Navy Nears Top 50 RPI
Navy's success has taken the computer models by storm as well with the Mids rising to No. 53 in the NCAA RPI entering the week. Army (No. 91) also has a spot in the top 100 while Bucknell (No. 129), Lafayette (No. 130), American (No. 135) and Holy Cross (No. 138) are all tightly bunched to give the Patriot League an impressive six schools in the RPI top 150. The Mids entered the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll at No. 20 on Tuesday, with Holy Cross, American and Army also receiving votes.
Fiacco Sets Patriot League Blocks Record
Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco became the sole holder of the Patriot League career blocks record as she swatted three shots against rival Lehigh on Saturday to bring her career total to 347. Fiacco is the second Patriot League senior to set the bar in a statistical category as Holy Cross' Alex Smith has blown the past the League record for three-pointers made as she now stands with 314.
Two more Patriot Leaguers joined the 1,000-point club on Saturday as Army's Jen Hazlett and Boston University's Rashidat Agboola each entered the milestone group. Hazlett had 15 points in the win over American and is up to 1,004 for her career, while Agboola had a season-high 25 against Bucknell to bring her career total to 1,021. They join an active list of 1,000-point scorers in the Patriot League which includes Holy Cross' Alex Smith (1,468), Bucknell's Shelby Romine (1,350), Navy's Jade Geif (1,320), American's Alexis Dobbs (1,119) and Navy's Alix Membreno (1,049).
With nearly half of the Patriot League schedule complete, some trends have begun to develop in League action. The home/road split has been particularly noticeable, as home court has not meant much with just a 21-19 edge for the hosts in League play. Navy and Army are undefeated at home in League action, while the Mids and American are spotless on the road. It's an identical split between single and double-digit games as 19 contests have finished with a margin of less than 10 points, with 10 of those games coming down to a five-point difference or less.
Patriot League teams and individuals are showing up all over the top spots on the NCAA statistical leaderboard. Navy has a pair of top five spots as the Mids come in fourth in three-pointers per game (9.5) and fifth in fewest turnovers per contest (12.0), and also stand 11th in both three-point field goal percentage (38.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.29). American is ninth in scoring defense (55.5), 13th in turnovers (12.7) and 19th in assist/turnover ratio (1.25), while Holy Cross holds a pair of top 20 spots at 14th in assists (18.4) and 16th in assist/turnover ratio (1.26). Navy's Kara Pollinger has the top individual mark for a Patriot League player at sixth in three-point field goal percentage (47.5%), while Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco is ninth in blocks (3.3) and Army's Kelsey Minato has the same position in free throw percentage (90.7%) to round out Patriot Leaguers in the top 10 of an individual category nationally.
Patriot League Squads Finish Strong Non-League Campaign
Patriot League schools finished with a 63-58 non-League mark last season, and have done even better this year with a record of 61-50 in non-League action during the regular season. League teams went 10-3 versus the MAAC, 9-4 against the America East, 7-4 against the NEC, 6-6 versus the Atlantic 10 and 9-9 against the Ivy League.
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2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create Patriot League Network (PLN), a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. All League games outside of the Army-Navy regular-season contests on CBS Sports Network will air on PLN, all but the championship of the League Tournament will be streamed with all the action on www.patriotleague.tv.
Patriot League Games
American Eagles (13-6, 6-2) at Navy Midshipmen (16-3, 8-0)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Navy tries to keep its Patriot League run going when the Mids host American on Wednesday evening.
*It is one of 23 Division I teams nationally that is still unbeaten in conference play.
*Navy swept the Eagles last year with a 61-42 home win on Jan. 23 and 52-42 victory at American on Feb. 20.
*American beat Navy in both meetings in 2012 on its way to a perfect Patriot League season.
*The Mids beat the Eagles 47-40 in the 2011 League Championship game at home to start their three-year title run.
*American holds a 23-19 lead in the all-time series.
Boston University Terriers (8-13, 3-5) at Army Black Knights (14-5, 6-2)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Boston University and Army meet for the first time in 32 years when they square off at Christl Arena Wednesday.
*BU leads the all-time series 3-0 as the teams met in three straight seasons from 1980-82.
*Army is a perfect 9-0 at Christl Arena this season, including 3-0 in Patriot League action.
*Army goes for a three-game win streak, while BU plays for its first two-game run in Patriot League action.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (9-10, 2-6) at Bucknell Bison (10-8, 5-3)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Lehigh and Bucknell both look to rebound from blowout losses when they meet in Lewisburg on Wednesday.
*The road team won each game in last year's matchup as defense dominated both times.
*Bucknell won 53-37 at Lehigh on Jan. 23, and the Mountain Hawks won by a nearly identical 49-37 score on Feb. 20.
*Lehigh had defeated Bucknell 63-47 at home in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
*The Bison are already trying to surpass last year's Patriot League win total.
*The Mountain Hawks have a 41-32 lead in the all-time series.
Holy Cross Crusaders (12-7, 4-4) at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (5-14, 2-6)
Coverage: Patriot League Network
Reitz Arena; Baltimore, Md. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
*Loyola goes for its first Patriot League home victory when it welcomes Holy Cross on Wednesday evening.
*The Greyhounds improved to 2-2 on the road with win at Colgate on Saturday, but have an 0-4 League home mark.
*The teams are meeting for the third time, and first since 1999.
*Holy Cross beat Loyola 82-50 at home in 1990 before the Greyhounds notched a 64-57 win in 1999 to even the series.
*Loyola is trying to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
Lafayette Leopards (9-10, 3-5) at Colgate Raiders (5-14, 1-7)
Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Lafayette looks for its fourth win in the last six games when it visits Colgate on Wednesday.
*The Leopards have won three of five since an 0-3 start to League action after beating Lehigh 73-51 on Saturday.
*Colgate and Lafayette split a pair of low-scoring games last year with the road team winning each time.
*The Leopards scored a 53-45 win in Hamilton on Jan. 30 before the Raiders notched a 39-37 victory in Easton on Feb. 27.
*Fourteen of the last 15 matchups between the schools have been decided by single digits.
*The Leopards hold a slim 32-28 lead in the all-time series with Colgate.
AMERICAN The Eagles saw their five-game winning streak come to an end as Army held on for a 64-63 win at Bender Arena on Saturday...American falls into a second-place tie with the Black Knights at 6-2 in the Patriot League, two games behind front-running Navy...The game featured seven ties and 13 lead changes until Army went ahead for good with under four minutes to play...The Eagles got within one at 64-63 on a layup by Michelle Holmes with 1:30 to go, but missed three shots with a chance to go ahead down the stretch including a pair in the final three seconds...
Jen Dumiak led American with 14 points, while Geleisa George chipped in with 12 and Holmes had 11...The Eagles were 24-of-51 from the field, but made just 4-of-19 shots from three-point range...American has lost two straight against Army after winning the previous four...The Eagles continue a tough schedule stretch when they visit unbeaten Navy on Wednesday.
ARMY The Black Knights completed a daunting road stretch with a big victory as they held on for a 64-63 win at American on Saturday...Army tied the Eagles at 6-2 in the Patriot League, and went 3-2 while visiting the other top four teams in the Patriot League in a five-game stretch...In a game with seven ties and 13 lead changes, Army went ahead for good on a three-pointer by Jen Hazlett with
3:54 left...American got within 64-63 with 1:30 to play, but neither team scored again as the Eagles missed three chances to go ahead in the final minute...Hazlett finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for Army, and went over 1,000 points in her career on the go-ahead three-pointer...She became the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark, with a current total of 1,004...Kelsey Minato had 14 points, while Brianna Johnson and Aimee Oertner also finished in double-digits with 13 and 10, respectively...Minato has scored in double figures in 35 straight games and enters the week 35th in the country with 20.2 points per game...The Black Knights had their third-best shooting game of the season at 48.9% (23-of-47)...Army won at American for the first time since 2009...Army has a pair of home games this week as it welcomes Boston University on Wednesday and Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY Rashidat Agboola scored a team-high 25 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for her career as the Terriers defeated Bucknell 86-58 Saturday at Case Gym...Agboola became the 22nd player in program history to reach the milestone as she scored a season-high point total...BU led from start to finish, though Bucknell did close a 12-point halftime margin to five with 15 minutes left...BU took control from there with eight straight points and finished the game with a run of 36-13... 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...The Terriers shot a season-high 53.4% from the field (31-of-58) and also dished out a season-high 25 assists...The 86 points were the most for BU since scoring 87 in a win over Brown on Dec. 2, 2009...The Terriers go on the road twice this week as they head to Army on Wednesday and Lehigh on Saturday.
BUCKNELL After a run of close games, the Bison let one get away in the second half and fell 86-58 at Boston University on Saturday...Bucknell never led, though the Bison did trim a 12-point halftime deficit to five at 50-45 with 15:22 left...The Terriers outscored the Bison 36-13 the rest of the way to go on to the 28-point win... Shelby Romine led the Bison with 22 and Audrey Dotson had 17...
Dotson was coming off scoring 28 points and adding 10 rebounds in a 67-60 win over Loyola on Wednesday to give her eight 20-point games and five double-doubles for the season...She ranks second in the Patriot League in scoring (17.9 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.4 rpg)...The Bison return home for both of their games this week as they take on Lehigh on Wednesday and Colgate on Saturday.
COLGATE The Raiders led early, but could not keep it up in a 61-54 loss at home against Loyola on Saturday...Colgate had a 15-7 edge before Loyola took the lead with a 16-2 run and carried a 28-22 edge into the half...Colgate scored the first five points of the second half to get within one, but Loyola answered with a 9-0 run and the Raiders would not get closer than five the rest of the way...Mariah Jones led Colgate with 17 points, while Carole Harris added 11...The Raiders were under 40% overall at 20-of-57 and just 30.4% from three-point range at 7-of-23...Colgate has Lafayette next up at home on Wednesday before traveling to Bucknell on Saturday.
HOLY CROSS Holy Cross nearly fought back from a big deficit against first-place Navy, but the Mids held off the Crusaders for a 60-53 win in Worcester on Saturday... Navy went on an 18-0 run midway through the first half to jump out to a 31-10 advantage, and took a 41-23 lead into the break...Navy was still up 54-42 with under five minutes to play before the Crusaders came storming back with nine straight points to get within three with under two minutes to go...Holy Cross missed a shot to cut it to one, and Navy hit six free throws down the stretch to seal the win... Lisa Mifsud led the Crusaders with 12 points, while Alex Smith had 11 points and six assists and Raquel Scott notched a double-double with a 10 points and 11 rebounds...Scott is in the top 25 nationally with 10 double-doubles for the season... Smith crossed the 500 career assist milestone, and she is now one of only six current Division I women's basketball players who have accumulated over 1,400 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in their careers...Holy Cross pays a visit to Loyola on Wednesday and hosts American on Saturday.
LAFAYETTE Emily Homan scored a game-high 23 points and Madeline Fahan had 15 for Lafayette in a 73-51 win over rival Lehigh Saturday at Kirby Sports Center...Lafayette used a 27-6 run to turn a 12-12 tie into a 39-18 halftime lead, and continued to roll in the second half as it went ahead by as many as 29 points and led by at least 20 for the last 17 minutes...Homan finished 8-for-16 from
the floor and made 7-of-7 free-throw attempts...She was coming off a career-high 32 points against Holy Cross on Wednesday, and was named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week on Monday for averaging 27.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in Lafayette's two games...Danielle Fiacco had three blocks in the game and is now the lone holder of the Patriot League record with 347 in her career...Lafayette grabbed a season-high 53 rebounds, 11 more than Lehigh, and made 22-of-24 free throws in the game...The Leopards head on the road to Colgate on Wednesday before traveling to League-leading Navy on Saturday.
LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks dug a hole in the first half and could not get out of it in a 73-51 loss at Lafayette on Saturday...The Leopards closed the period on a 27-6 run to build a 39-18 lead at the break, and Lehigh trailed by at least 20 for the final 17 minutes... Katie O'Reilly led Lehigh with 11 points, while Kerry Kinek had 10 points and seven rebounds...Lehigh finished under 30% from the field at
18-of-66, and hit just 7-of-30 shots in the first half...The Mountain Hawks head on the road to face Bucknell on Wednesday before coming home for a matchup with Boston University on Saturday.
LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds used a big run in the first half and another early in the second to pull out a 61-54 win at Colgate on Saturday...Loyola was down 15-7 early before going on a 16-2 stretch and taking a 28-22 lead into the half...Colgate scored the first five points of the second half before a 9-0 run stretched the Loyola lead to 37-27...The Raiders got within five points with just over two minutes to play, but Nai Brown hit back-to-back buckets to push the lead back to nine and Colgate did not get closer than five again until the final 15 seconds...Brown scored 23 points to lead the Greyhounds, while Tiffany Padgett had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds...Lisa Mirarchi added 10 points and was named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week on Monday for averaging 13.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in two games last week...Loyola looks for its first Patriot League home victory when it welcomes Holy Cross on Wednesday, then visits Army Saturday.
NAVY The Mids dominated the first half and held on late for a 60-53 win at Holy Cross on Saturday...Navy earned its ninth win in a row overall, behind only the 11-game streaks for the 1990-91 and 1995-96 teams for the longest in school history... Navy went on an 18-0 run midway through the first half to jump out to a 31-10 advantage, and took a 41-23 lead into the break...The Mids kept the lead
at a comfortable margin for most of the second half until Holy Cross scored nine straight points to get within 54-51 with 1:36 left...The Mids went to Kara Pollinger to seal the win, as the senior hit all six of her free throw attempts in the final 31 seconds to seal the win...Pollinger and Alix Membreno shared team honors with 17 points apiece...Navy limited Holy Cross to 32% shooting for the game (21-of-65) and from three-point range (8-of-25)...With a 16-3 record, Navy has already assured itself of a winning season...It will be the sixth straight year where Navy finishes above .500, matching the longest run in school history...The only other six-year stretch of winning seasons was in the first six years of the program (1978-83)...The Mids are one of 23 Division I women's basketball teams with a perfect conference record through Monday...Navy tries to keep it that way when it hosts second-place American on Wednesday before welcoming Lafayette on Saturday.