Lafayette Ends Navy's Unbeaten Run in Patriot League Women's Basketball



Feb. 1, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Lafayette entered Saturday night's game at Navy with a little momentum and the Leopards left with even more.

Emily Homan scored with 7 seconds left to give the Leopards the lead for good in a 70-69 win at Alumni Hall, ending the Mids' undefeated run in the Patriot League.

Navy (17-4, 9-1) remains in first place, but only a game ahead of Army (16-5, 8-2), which defeated Loyola (5-16, 2-8) on Saturday.

Lafayette (11-10, 5-5) has won three in a row and five of its last seven League games.

American (14-7, 7-3) and Bucknell (12-8, 7-3) also won on Saturday to remain in a tie for third place in the League.

Lafayette 70, Navy 69

Emily Homan's streak of 20-plus-point performances came to an end, but her bucket in the final seconds ended Navy's undefeated League season and gave Lafayette a 70-69 win Saturday at Alumni Hall.

Homan finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and her layup between a pair of Navy defenders with 7 seconds left gave the Leopards the lead for good. She then turned around and blocked Navy's last-second shot by Alix Membreno to secure the win.

Lafayette led throughout much of the second half, but a pair of Chloe Stapleton 3s gave the Mids a 65-64 lead with 3:56 left. The Leopards countered with a pair of Madeline Fahan jumpers to take a 68-65 with 1:54 remaining.

Jade Geif, who led Navy with 20 points and seven rebounds, cut it to one point with 1:26 left, and after a turnover by Lafayette, Geif hit a jumper to give the Mids a 69-68 lead with 18 seconds on the clock.

Homan took over from there.

Kelly Loughney led Lafayette with 16 points and Fahan finished with 12 points.

Stapleton scored 13 points for the Mids, while Audrey Bauer posted 10. 


American 58, Holy Cross 53



Jen Dumiak led a trio of players in double-digits with 17 points as the American Eagles won 58-53 Saturday at the Hart Center.

Geleisa George, who finished with 12 points, hit a jumper to break a 48-48 tie with 7:21 left and spark a quick 8-0 run that gave the Eagles the separation they needed to hold off Holy Cross.

American's Arron Zimmerman also finished in double-digits with 10 points, and Michelle Holmes pulled down 12 rebounds.

Holy Cross was led by Alex Smith's 15 points. She gave the Crusaders their first lead at 39-38 when she hit one of her three 3s, and Lisa Mifsud put Holy Cross ahead 46-45 with 8:10 left, but Zimmerman countered with a 3-pointer to put American back out in front.


Army 56, Loyola 45 (OT)

Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 18 points and her 3-pointer in overtime helped Army defeat Loyola 56-45 Saturday at Christl Arena.

Loyola led by 10 points with 1:08 left in the first half, but Army started a 22-3 run that gave the Black Knights a 38-29 lead with 7:35 left in the second half.

The Greyhounds put together a rally of their own to tie it at 42 with 1:23 left, and in overtime, Brianna Johnson hit a jumper to make it 47-45 and Minato hit a big 3 to make it a five-point game. Aimee Oertner's layup extended it to seven points with 51 seconds left.

Oertner finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jean Parker had 10 points, including two 3-pointers during Army's 22-3 run.

Lauren Daugherty led Loyola with 15 points and Nicole Krusen scored 12.

Bucknell 64, Colgate 54

Shelby Romine and Audrey Dotson both posted double-doubles and they were among four double-digits scorers for Bucknell in a 64-54 win over Colgate Saturday at Sojka Pavilion.

Dotson tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Romine posted 12 points and 11 rebounds. Claire Maree O'Bryan led the Bison with 15 points and Megan McGurk added 10 points.

The Bison led throughout most of the first half, and after Colgate cut it to 23-21 with 1:47 left, Bucknell strung together a 9-0 run that continued into the second half and made it 31-21 with 17:50 left. Soon thereafter, Bucknell used a 20-10 run to turn a nine-point lead into a 53-36 advantage with 4:09 left.

Missy Repoli led Colgate with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.


Lehigh 67, Boston U 54

Elizabeth Sharlow posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds lifting Lehigh to a 67-54 win over Boston U Saturday at Case Gym.

Boston U led by as many as eight points, but Lehigh closed out the first half with a 19-9 run to lead 29-27.

The Mountain Hawks kept it going after the break, using a 12-3 run to build a 41-32 lead and they never looked back.

Sarah Williams also finished in double figures for Lehigh, scoring 12 points, as did Kerry Kinek, who posted 11. Williams also had a team-high six assists.

Danielle Callahan led Boston U with 19 points and seven assists, while Rashidat Agboola had 10 points and six rebounds.