Jan. 29, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy survived a close scare with American and won its 10th straight game Wednesday night to remain undefeated in Patriot League play.
The Mids (17-3, 9-0) finish the first half of the League season undefeated, winning their 10th straight contest and 12th consecutive Patriot League game dating back to last season.
Army (15-5, 7-2) also won Wednesday to remain two games behind Navy and take sole possession of second place.
Bucknell (11-8, 6-3), Holy Cross (13-7, 5-4) and Lafayette (10-10, 4-5) also were winners Wednesday night.
Navy 48, American 44
Kara Pollinger scored a team-high 17 points including a late 3-pointer to help Navy survive a 48-44 win over American Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
Audrey Bauer had a big steal and 3-pointer with 2:18 left to give the Mids a 41-37 lead. After Navy's Alix Membreno hit a long jumper, American's Alexis Dobbs knocked down a 3 to cut it to one point at 43-42.
Pollinger, however, responded with a 3 of her own with 37 seconds left to help the Mids close out the win.
Membreno finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, as did Bauer.
American was led by Jen Dumiak's 14 points and nine rebounds. Dobbs finished with 11 points and Geleisa George added 10.
Army 72, Boston U 45
Kelsey Minato scored a career-high 32 points and Jen Hazlett had 22 as the Army Black Knights defeated Boston U 72-45 Wednesday at Christl Arena.
Hazlett also had eight rebounds and three assists, helping Army build a 33-26 at halftime. The Black Knights cruised from there in the second half, using a 36-10 run to turn a five-point lead into a 69-38 advantage with 3:57 left.
Army hit 11 3-pointers in the game and made 46.8 percent of its shots from the floor.
Clodagh Scannell scored 14 points while Rashidat Agboola had eight points and 12 rebounds.
Bucknell 82, Lehigh 68
Shelby Romine scored a game-high 28 points and Claire DeBoer had 17 as the Bucknell Bison never trailed in an 82-68 win over Lehigh Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion.
Bucknell opened the game with a 10-0 lead and led 36-24 at halftime. Lehigh cut it to five points in the second half at 49-44, but the Bison rolled off a 16-7 run to take a 65-51 lead.
Lehigh was led by Kerry Kinek's 15 points and eight rebounds. Elizabeth Sharlow also finished in double-digits with 14 points.
Holy Cross 80, Loyola 65
Alex Smith led four Holy Cross players in double-digits with a game-high 17 points as the Crusaders defeated Loyola 80-65 Wednesday at Reitz Arena.
Holy Cross used an 11-4 run to take a 32-17 lead late in the first half. The Crusaders led 40-28 at halftime and put together another 11-4 run out of the break to put the Greyhounds away.
Raquel Scott posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, as did Molly Hourigan with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lisa Mifsud chipped in with 10 points.
Holy Cross shot 54 percent from the field and made seven 3-pointers in the win.
Loyola was led by Lisa Mirarchi's 16 points and Nai Brown's 13 points. Nicole Krusen added 10.
Lafayette 90, Colgate 75
Emily Homan continued her hot play, scoring a game-high 26 points to lead Lafayette to a 90-75 win over Colgate Wednesday at Cotterell Court.
Homan, who had scored a combine 55 points in the two games prior to Wednesday, hit 10 of 17 shots and pulled down 16 rebounds for the double-double.
Linnel Macklin hit seven 3s to finish with a career-high 25 points, while Madeline Fahan had 11 and Danielle Fiacco scored 10.
Lafayette has now won four of its last six Patriot League games.
Colgate led by as many as 10 in the first half, but Lafayette used a 27-15 run to close out the half. The Leopards trailed 46-45 with 16:13 left, but Homan hit a jumper to give her team the lead for good.
Carole Harris led Colgate with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Lauryn Kobiela had 16 points. Josie Stockill finished with 12 points and Mariah Jones had 11.