CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A four-way logjam for first place became a two-way tie Wednesday night after the road teams won all four Patriot League women's basketball contests on the evening.
Navy posted the largest margin of victory, shooting the lights out in a 72-47 win at Lehigh. The Mids are tied for first at 5-1 with American, which watched a 10-point halftime lead erode in the second half before regaining control for a 66-58 win at Bucknell.
Elsewhere, Holy Cross rebounded from Saturday's loss at Bucknell with a 51-45 victory at Army, although the Crusaders watched as another late lead nearly slipped away. The fourth victor on the night was Lafayette, which held on for a 53-45 triumph at Colgate for its second straight win.
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Alexis Dobbs led three Eagles in double figures with 17 points as American (12-8, 5-1) pulled away late from Bucknell 66-58 Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion.
Dobbs pitched in four assists and four steals for American, which won its ninth straight against the Bison (13-8, 4-2). Stephanie Anya and Geleisa George scored 12 points apiece.
The Eagles overcame a 23-point outing from Bucknell junior Shelby Romine, the largest point total for a player in League play so far. She added six rebounds and six assists, while Audrey Dotson pitched in 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Lindsay Horbatuck hauled in 16 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass.
American looked as though it had the game well in hand early in the second half. After leading 36-26 at the break, the Eagles extended the lead to a half-high 16 points (44-28) less than two minutes in. Alyssa Dunn's bucket brought the Bison to within 46-36, and Romine connected on a 3-pointer to make it a 46-39 contest at the 13:54 mark.
Dobbs replied with a 3 for the Eagles to give them back a 10-point lead, but the Bison counted with four straight points. Dotson scored four consecutive points a short time later, followed by a 3-pointer from the corner from Felicia Mgbada, and the Bison were down 52-50 with 9:26 left.
After an American basket, Romine drilled another 3 and Horbatuck went 1 of 2 from the line to tie the game at 54-all with 4:17 on the clock.
But the Bison were never able to take the lead. Two possessions later for the Eagles, George gave American the lead back with a pretty driving layup through the lane, and Michelle Holmes added a layup of her own a minute later to put the Eagles up 58-54 with 2:26 to go.
George connected on another drive to the basket after Horbatuck sank two Bison foul shots to put American up 60-56 with just over a minute to go.
Bucknell's next possession ended in a turnover, and American shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the charity stripe in the final minute to wrap up the win.
American came storming out of the gate and led 23-4 a little more than halfway through the first half. The Eagles used a trapping press that frustrated the Bison into 14 first-half turnovers.
American finished the game 24 of 58 (41.4 percent) from the field to Bucknell's 21 of 55 (38.2 percent). The Bison won the battle on the boards 42-29, but the Eagles turned 24 Bucknell turnovers into 21 points.
Watch the video below for comments from American's Matt Corkery on the win.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Navy nearly doubled its per-game average for 3-point field goals and ran away to a 72-47 victory over Lehigh Wednesday night inside Stabler Arena.
Chloe Stapleton led four Mids in double figures with a game-high 19 points, 18 of which came on 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, to go along with four steals. Audrey Bauer had 18 points, all coming on six made 3s, while Jade Geif had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Kara Pollinger added 11 points with six assists for Navy (12-9, 5-1).
Freshman Kerry Kinek paced Lehigh (10-11, 2-4) with 15 points and seven boards, while Becky Guman added nine points.
Kinek sank a 3-pointer to cut Navy's lead to 10-8 with 14:50 to play, but over the next eight minutes the Mids orchestrated a 24-3 run, capped off by a Geif layup, to take a 34-11 advantage with 6:12 remaining. Pollinger's jumper extended the lead to 40-13 before Lehigh scored six straight to close the gap to 40-19 at the intermission.
After 20 minutes, Navy was shooting 15 of 27 (55.6 percent) from the field and a blistering 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
A Hilary Weaver trey and a Katie O'Reilly basket opened the second half for Lehigh to extend the run to 11 straight, but a Geif layup and a Bauer 3 a little later on put the Mids up 45-28 with 14:18 on the clock.
The Mids used a 16-3 run midway through the second half to blow the game open, spurred on by triples from Bauer and Stapleton, to take a 65-38 advantage at the 7:19 mark. The Mids cruised from there.
Navy finished the game shooting 50 percent (26 of 52) and connected on 14 of 26 attempts from beyond the arc, coming up one made 3-pointer shy of the Patriot League single-game record. Navy entered the game averaging more than seven made 3s per outing, and turned 14 Lehigh miscues into 25 points.
The Mountain Hawks finished 16 of 51 (31.4 percent) from the field and 4 of 12 from beyond the arc.
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Alex Smith put together a season-high 21 points as Holy Cross held out to beat Army 51-45 Wednesday at Christl Arena.
Smith was 8 of 18 from the floor, including 5 of 9 on 3-point attempts, and grabbed five rebounds to go with three assists. Amy Lepley added 12 points and four boards, while Brisje Malone dished a game-high seven assists.
Jen Hazlett led Army (15-6, 4-2) with 15 points, all from downtown, with three assists and three steals, while Kelsey Minato chipped in 11 points. Olivia Schretzman tied the game high with seven rebounds.
The Crusaders (10-11, 2-4) opened the game on an 11-3 run before Army replied with an 11-5 spurt of its own to make it a 16-15 game with just under two minutes remaining in the first. Holy Cross scored seven straight points to close the half with a 23-15 lead.
Lepley's layup gave the Crusaders their biggest lead of the game to that point at 28-19 with just under three minutes gone in the second. Army responded with eight straight points, with 3s by Hazlett and Anna Simmers sandwiching an Aimee Oertner bucket.
The see-saw battle continued as Holy Cross scored the next eight points that eventually morphed into a 17-3 run. Smith hit a 3 to get it started, and Christine Ganser followed with a deuce and a trey to put the Crusaders in front 36-27 with 11:38 left. After Hazlett nailed a 3 for Army, Smith sank back-to-back triples and Ganser netted another to give Holy Cross a 45-30 lead with just under eight minutes remaining.
After Oertner's bucket cut the Crusader lead to 47-37 with less than five minutes left, Smith replied with one of her five triples.
Army put forth one last gasp in chipping away at the deficit. A Minato bucket trimmed Holy Cross' advantage to 50-40 with three minutes left, and Jordan Elliott and Hazlett teamed up with back-to-back 3s to cut it to a 51-46 deficit with 1:35 remaining.
The Black Knights regained possession after a missed 3-pointer by Smith, but it ended in a turnover. But Smith missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Army collected the carom, giving it another crack with less than 30 seconds to go. But the Black Knights committed another turnover with 13 seconds left.
Both teams hit eight 3-pointers in the game, with Holy Cross hitting on 15 attempts to Army's 23. The Crusaders were just 3 of 13 from the line, however, while the Black Knights were 6 of 10.
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Lafayette made just four field goals in the second half, but it was enough as the Leopards held on for a 53-45 victory at Cotterell Court Wednesday night.
Jamie O'Hare had 15 points and four rebounds to pace the Leopards (9-12, 2-4), who won their second straight game. Danielle Fiacco had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 28 minutes off the bench.
Lauryn Kobiela and Kelly Reid tied for the team high with eight points each for Colgate (6-14, 0-6), which dropped its seventh straight game. Missy Repoli had seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The teams traded the lead early before an 8-2 Lafayette run put the Leopards in front 18-10 a little more than midway through the first.
Kobiela's jumper capped off a 7-0 Colgate run in reply, cutting the Leopard lead to 18-17 with 6:47 left before the break.
O'Hare and Emily Homan tallied back-to-back Lafayette buckets to start off a half-closing 14-2 run for the Leopards, who had a 32-19 advantage after 20 minutes.
The Leopards would need just about all of that lead. After going 13 of 36 (36.1 percent) in the first half, Lafayette shot just 4 of 25 (16 percent) in the second frame.
Reid's layup cut Lafayette's lead to single digits at 36-27 with 11:40 to play. Homan went 1 of 2 at the foul line on the Leopards' next possession to put them back up by 10.
After trading points for the next few minutes, a Repoli layup and a 1-of-2 trip at the charity stripe for Josie Stockill brought the Raiders within 43-36 with five minutes to go.
A bucket from Lulu Brase, who made a surprise return to the lineup after being ruled out for the season Jan. 11 with a knee injury, and a pair of Reid foul shots cut Lafayette's lead to 44-40 with two minutes left.
O'Hare's 3-pointer on the Leopards' ensuing possession reestablished control for the visitors, who shot 6 of 6 from the line in the final 30 seconds to ice the game.
Lafayette finished 17 of 61 (27.9 percent) for the game from the field to Colgate's 18 of 57 (31.6 percent), but the Leopards outscored the Raiders 16-6 at the charity stripe. Lafayette also won the rebounding battle 49-40.