Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 2.1.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Kara Pollinger and Navy host Bucknell Saturday night to conclude the first half of League play.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Kara Pollinger and Navy host Bucknell Saturday night to conclude the first half of League play.
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Feb. 1, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The midway point of conference play in the 2012-13 Patriot League women’s basketball season is this weekend, with all eight teams looking to end the first half with upward momentum entering the final seven contests.

The momentum is all positive right now for American and Navy, which are tied atop the standings at 5-1. Both teams are coming off impressive wins Wednesday. The Eagles opened on a 23-4 run and watched as Bucknell came all the way back to tie it in the second half, but American scored 12 of the game’s final 16 points to post a 66-58 win over the Bison in Lewisburg, Pa. Just two hours to the east, Navy sank more 3-pointers (14) than Lehigh had two-point buckets (12) to run away from the Mountain Hawks 72-47 at Stabler Arena. The Mids have the early tiebreaker on the Eagles thanks to a 61-42 victory in the head-to-head meeting Jan. 23. The teams will meet again Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C.

Holy Cross broke back into the win column with Wednesday’s 51-46 victory at Army. The Crusaders built a 15-point lead in the second half only to watch the Black Knights whittle it down with a late run, but Holy Cross held on for its second League win.

Wednesday’s fourth winner was Lafayette. The Leopards have built some momentum for themselves with two straight League wins, picking up a 53-45 victory at Colgate. Lafayette’s triumph at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y., completed a four-game sweep of Wednesday night’s contests for the road teams.

The halfway point of the Patriot League schedule hits Saturday. The day begins with Holy Cross hosting Colgate at 1 p.m., while Lafayette entertains American an hour later at 2 p.m. There’s a pair of 7 p.m. contests, with Army visiting Lehigh and Bucknell traveling to Navy.

Patriot League Women’s Basketball Quick Hits

• Danielle Fiacco’s 78 blocks place her ninth on the League’s single-season list. The Lafayette junior set the record last year with 112.

• Shelby Romine (Bucknell) is 17 points away from becoming the fourth player in the League to hit 1,000 this season.

• A win Saturday at Lehigh would give Army its best League record at the midway point since the 2007-08 campaign (5-2).

• American’s Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak were named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team in District 2 Thursday. Both will be on the national Academic All-America ballot later this month. • Holy Cross is 24-0 all-time at home against Colgate.

• Lehigh is 6-2 in its last eight against Army, with four of those victories coming by double figures.

• Navy is looking to hit the midway point of League play 6-1 for the second time in the last three seasons.

Patriot League Notebook

IT’S ACADEMIC
A pair of guards from American were honored Thursday as Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak were named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Both are on the first team in District 2. Dobbs is making her second straight appearance on the squad, while Dumiak is a first-time honoree. Dobbs is the reigning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

BIG YEAR FOR UNDERCLASSMEN
Take a look at the League’s top 20 in scoring, and get ready to see a lot of these names next season. Eighteen of the League’s top 20 scorers are all underclassmen. The only seniors are Army’s Anna Simmers (fourth, 12.6 ppg) and Bucknell’s Alyssa Dunn (17th, 9.4). Holy Cross junior Alex Smith leads at 14.9 per game, while Army freshman Kelsey Minato is the top scorer in League play at 16.8.

LOOKING FOR MIDPOINT MOMENTUM
Three teams have win streaks in the League entering Saturday’s contests. The longest is Navy’s three-game win streak, which the Mids have put together since falling at Army Jan. 20. Both American and Lafayette have won two consecutive League games, but one of those will have to end Saturday as the Leopards host the Eagles at 2 p.m. Holy Cross is seeking a win streak following Wednesday’s 51-46 victory at Army.

PART OF THE 1,000 CLUB
Holy Cross junior Alex Smith tallied 18 points Jan. 19 to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau for her career. She joins a long list of student-athletes in League history who have accomplished that feat, including Colgate senior Jhazmine Lynch and Holy Cross senior Amy Lepley, who did so earlier this season. Two 1,000-point scorers graduated last season in Lehigh’s Emily Gratch (1,112) and American’s Lisa Strack (1,059). Two others are definitely within striking distance of 1,000 this season, both juniors. Bucknell’s Shelby Romine (983) and Navy’s Jade Geif (926) appear poised to reach the mark soon.

NON-LEAGUE PLAY DONE FOR NOW
The eight Patriot League teams put together a strong showing in non-League games before starting the conference schedule last weekend. The squads have combined for a 63-55 mark against out-of-conference foes, far surpassing last season’s final 49-72 showing. Strong showings have been had this season against the Northeast Conference (14-8), Ivy League (11-6) and the MAAC (10-8). The last non-League game of the season is Feb. 5 when Colgate visits NJIT.

CORKERY EDGES CLOSER
At 98-47 overall at American, head coach Matt Corkery ranks among the best in the League all-time in win percentage (.676). Corkery is also chasing the League record for fastest to 100 victories, a mark that is currently owned by Holy Cross’ Bill Gibbons. Gibbons reached 100 victories in 149 contests, with his 100th triumph coming in the 1995-96 season opener against Syracuse. Corkery would match Gibbons’ record with a 2-2 mark in American’s next nine contests. Navy’s Joe Sanchez collected 100 wins in 162 games from 1994-2000. American is at Lafayette Saturday at 2 p.m.

NAVY CHOSEN TO MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT
The head coaches and sports information directors named two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy as the favorite in 2012-13 in late October. The Mids, led by Preseason Player of the Year junior Jade Geif, are seeking to do something no League squad has done in over a decade - win three straight titles. The first and only program to do it is Holy Cross, which captured four straight championships from 1997-98 to 2000-01. Navy returns four starters from a year ago, all of whom are in their junior seasons. Navy topped the preseason poll with 89 points and eight first-place ballots.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The first of three Patriot League games on CBS Sports Network took place Jan. 13 when Navy defeated Lafayette 62-44 in Annapolis, Md. The second contest is scheduled for Feb. 10 when Lehigh opens the second leg of League play at home against Holy Cross at 2 p.m. The third game is the biggest of the season when CBS Sports Network televises the Patriot League Championship from the site of the higher seed Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play and Amy Lawrence the analysis on the two remaining contests.

ON TWITTER, TOO
Fans and media members can follow Patriot League women’s basketball on Twitter - @PL_WBB.

Patriot League Games

COLGATE RAIDERS (6-14, 0-6) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (10-11, 2-4)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Saturday, 1 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 44-4
Streak: Holy Cross, 1 Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 74-72 (Worcester, Mass.; 2.25.12)
Last Colgate Win: 74-69 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 1.28.12) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

• The teams split the series in 2011-12, with Holy Cross winning 74-72 in Worcester and Colgate taking a 74-69 victory in Hamilton.
• The Crusaders are 24-0 all-time at home against the Raiders.
• Holy Cross leads the League in field goal percentage (.413), while Colgate is tops in free throw shooting (.721).
• The game features three 1,000 point scorers: Holy Cross’ Amy Lepley (1,099) and Alex Smith (1,057), and Colgate’s Jhazmine Lynch (1,075).
• Smith is up to a tie for second in scoring during League play (15.5 ppg).
• Lynch is tied for 10th averaging 2.5 assists per game in League play.

COLGATE 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, 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, 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 ... 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 ... The Leopards outscored the Raiders 16-6 at the charity stripe ... Lafayette also won the rebounding battle 49-40 ... Colgate has its final non-League tilt Tuesday at NJIT at 7 p.m. before opening the second half of League play Saturday, Feb. 9 at home at 4 p.m. against American.

HOLY CROSS Alex Smith put together a season-high 21 points as Holy Cross held out to beat Army 51-46 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 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 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 ... After Hazlett nailed a 3 for Army, Smith sank back-to-back triples and Christine 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 ... 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 ... The Crusaders visit Lehigh Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

AMERICAN EAGLES (12-8, 5-1) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (9-12, 2-4)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: American, 27-4 TV: Lafayette Sports Network
Streak: American, 8 Last Meeting: American, 59-54 (Washington, D.C.; 3.1.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 58-56 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 3.7.09) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

• American swept all three meetings last season, winning 80-54 in Washington and 58-54 in Easton to conclude the regular season. The Eagles also won in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament 59-54 in Washington.
• American has won 11 of 14 meetings in Easton.
• American coach Matt Corkery’s win percentage in League play (51-11, .823) is the highest in League history.
• Lafayette has won two games in a row three times this season, but has not had a three-game win streak.
• Lafayette’s Danielle Fiacco is averaging 10.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in League play.
• The Leopards haven’t won three straight League games since 1997-98.
• Lafayette is fourth in the League in rebounding margin (+2.0); American is eighth (-2.2).

AMERICAN Alexis Dobbs led three Eagles in double figures with 17 points as American 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 ... 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 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... The Eagles turned 24 Bucknell turnovers into 21 points ... American opens the second half of League play Saturday, Feb. 9 at Colgate at 4 p.m.

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, 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, 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 ... The Leopards host Navy Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. to start the second leg of League play.

BUCKNELL BISON (13-8, 4-2) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (12-9, 5-1)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series: Bucknell, 27-23
Streak: Navy, 8 Last Meeting: Navy, 60-51 (Annapolis, Md.; 2.25.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 66-54 (Annapolis, Md.; 2.7.09) Last Five Games: Navy, 5-0

• Navy swept last season’s series 50-49 in Lewisburg and 60-51 in Annapolis.
• Bucknell had won nine straight in the series before Navy’s current eight-game run.
• Navy is guaranteed to be over .500 in the League at the midway point for the third straight season.
• The Bison are guaranteed to be over .500 in League play at the turn for the first time since 2007-08.
• Bucknell’s Shelby Romine is coming off a 23-point performance Wednesday, the largest for any player in League play so far this season.
• Navy’s 14 3-pointers Wednesday was one shy of the League mark of 15 set by Navy in the 2010 Patriot League Tournament.

BUCKNELL Alexis Dobbs led three Eagles in double figures with 17 points as American 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 ... 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 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... The Eagles turned 24 Bucknell turnovers into 21 points ... American opens the second half of League play Saturday, Feb. 9 at Colgate at 4 p.m.

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 ... Freshman Kerry Kinek paced Lehigh 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 ... The Mountain Hawks finished 16 of 51 (31.4 percent) from the field and 4 of 12 from beyond the arc ... Navy opens the second leg Saturday, Feb. 9 with a 2 p.m. tip at Lafayette.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (15-6, 4-2) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (10-11, 2-4)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 28-23 TV: Service Electric 2 Sports
Streak: Lehigh, 1 Last Meeting: Lehigh, 56-47 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 2.25.12)
Last Army Win: 66-64 (West Point, N.Y.; 1.29.12) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 3-2

• The two split the 2011-12 series, with Army winning 66-64 at West Point and Lehigh taking a 56-47 victory in Bethlehem.
• Only one of the previous 51 meetings in the series was before both were members of the Patriot League.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato leads in scoring in League play (16.8), while Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek is tied for second (15.5). Both are freshmen.
• Lehigh hasn’t lost four in a row in League play since 2005-06.
• Lehigh boasts the top free throw percentage in League play (.747).
• Army is second in allowing just 48.2 points per game in six League contests.

ARMY Alex Smith put together a season-high 21 points as Holy Cross held out to beat Army 51-46 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 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 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 ... 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 ... The Black Knights head to Bucknell Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH 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 ... Freshman Kerry Kinek paced Lehigh 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 ... The Mountain Hawks finished 16 of 51 (31.4 percent) from the field and 4 of 12 from beyond the arc ... Lehigh hosts Holy Cross Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.