WORCESTER, Mass. - Alex Smith scored a team-high 17 points and three of her teammates hit double figures as Holy Cross (11-11, 3-4) improved to 25-0 all-time at home against Colgate with a 71-61 victory Saturday at the Hart Center.
Brisje Malone and Amy Lepley tallied 12 points apiece for the Crusaders, while Christine Ganser scored 11. Lepley hauled in eight rebounds, and Malone chipped in seven assists.
Jhazmine Lynch tied her season high with a game-best 19 points, while Kelly Reid and Catherine Lewis tallied nine points apiece, and Lewis brought in six caroms. The Raiders (6-15, 0-7) were without second-leading scorer Missy Repoli, who did not make the trip due to an illness.
The Crusaders led 29-26 at the half and scored the first four points of the second frame. A Lynch 3 and a Josie Stockill bucket brought Colgate within 39-36 before Ashley Cooper's trey gave Holy Cross a six-point lead with a little under 14 minutes left.
The teams traded buckets over the next several minutes before Ganser hit a 3-pointer to put Holy Cross ahead 51-42 just past the midway point of the second.
Holy Cross led 54-44 with 7:24 on the clock before the Raiders mounted another rally. Lewis sank a pair of 3s during the run to cut Holy Cross' lead to 56-52 with 3:55 remaining.
Reid went 1 of 2 at the line a little more than a minute later to bring the Raiders within 60-55, but that's as close as they would get. Raquel Scott and Smith combined for back-to-back buckets to put the Crusaders up 64-55 with 1:23 left.
Holy Cross shot 41.1 percent (23 of 56) from the floor, including 8 of 19 from beyond the arc. Colgate was 23 of 58 (39.7 percent) and shot 9 of 22 from downtown.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Kara Pollinger led all scorers with 16 points, and Jade Geif and Chloe Stapleton posted 13 points apiece as Navy (13-9, 6-1) took over sole possession of first place in the Patriot League at the turn with a convincing 61-40 victory over Bucknell.
Lindsay Horbatuck recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Bison (13-9, 4-3), who dropped their second straight contest. Audrey Dotson scored nine points with six boards.
Bucknell trailed Navy 36-27 at halftime after the Mids hit 50 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. But the Bison stayed within 10 and started to chip away. Horbatuck's bucket at the 14:47 mark brought Bucknell within 39-33, and back-to-back layups from Felicia Mgbada and Horbatuck cut Navy's lead to 41-37 with 9:55 to play.
But Pollinger nailed a pair of 3s on two of Navy's next three possessions, and Stapleton sank a triple of the Mids' next trip down the floor, and they led 50-38 with just under eight minutes to play, forcing a Bucknell timeout.
Navy's hot streak continued, as it turned into a game-ending 20-3 run. Mgbada's layup with 7:27 to go cut the Mids' lead to 50-40, but it was the last point Bucknell would score in the contest. Navy scored the game's final 11 points, started off by layups from M.L. Morrison and Pollinger.
After shooting 44 percent in the first half, the Bison hit only five field goals in the second frame, and finished 16 of 50 (32 percent) for the game. Navy went 26 of 60 (43.3 percent), with seven of the buckets coming from beyond the arc.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Anna Simmers led all scorers with 21 points and Jen Hazlett poured in 15 as Army (16-6, 5-2) ended the first leg of League play in a second-place tie after a 61-56 victory at Lehigh Saturday night.
Four Black Knights hit double figures in points, with freshmen Kelsey Minato adding 11 and Aimee Oertner chipping in 10. Simmers and Olivia Schretzman both tallied eight rebounds apiece.
Lindsay Hoskins paced Lehigh (10-12, 2-5) with 18 points and Kelly Peterson added 10 in 17 minutes off the bench. Becky Guman hauled in eight caroms.
Army scored the first eight points of the contest and led 13-5 at the 15:48 mark. Hilary Weaver's layup cut the deficit to 15-12 just inside the 12-minute mark, but an Oertner bucket and four straight Simmers points put Army ahead 21-12 with 8:22 to go.
Lehigh rallied all the way back late in the first, with Peterson hitting a 3 in the waning seconds to cut Army's margin to 25-24 at the intermission.
Minato sank her only 3 of the contest 1:11 into the second half to put Army up 30-24, but Lehigh kept it close and cut the Army lead to two on two separate occasions.
The Black Knights edged further in front on two Minato free throws, a Hazlett 3-pointer and an Oertner layup to take a 47-37 lead with 7:39 remaining.
Lehigh scored six straight points later in the half, capped off by a Peterson basket to bring the Mountain Hawks within 55-53 with 1:56 to go. But Army recorded the next six points to move in front 61-53 with 10 seconds left.
Army finished the game shooting 43.1 percent (22 of 51) from the field, while Lehigh was 19 of 54 (35.2 percent). The Black Knights had a 38-33 edge on the glass.
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