Navy Hits the Turn in First Place in Patriot League Women's Basketball



Feb. 3, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The first leg of League play in Patriot League women's basketball is finished, and two-time defending champion Navy is in the driver's seat at 6-1.

The Mids were 61-40 victors over Bucknell Saturday night in Annapolis, thanks to a game-closing 20-3 run.

Navy is one game ahead of American and Army in the standings. The Black Knights were 61-56 winners over Lehigh Saturday night, while the Eagles fell 49-47 at Lafayette earlier in the afternoon.

The day's first contest featured Holy Cross posting a 71-61 win at home over Colgate.

Full recaps of each game are below. There is one non-League contest on the slate this week, with Colgate visiting NJIT Tuesday at 7 p.m.

at Lafayette 49, American 47

EASTON, Pa. - Maddie Peabody's bucket with 1:37 remaining gave Lafayette a late lead and the Leopards hung on for a 49-47 victory over American Saturday at Kirby Sports Center.

Emily Homan led all scorers with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds and added five blocks. Jamie O'Hare added nine points with eight rebounds, while Danielle Fiacco logged three blocks.

Lafayette (10-12, 3-4) snapped an eight-game skid in the series with American, and won their third straight League game for the first time since 1998.

Jen Dumiak led American (12-9, 5-2) with 12 points, while Arron Zimmerman poured in nine. Stephanie Anya and Alexis Dobbs recorded five rebounds apiece.

American led 37-31 with 11:34 to play before Lafayette tied the game with a 9-3 spurt. Homan hit a jumper and O'Hare sank a 3-pointer, and Fiacco's bucket with 6:32 to play evened the game at 40-all.

Homan's bucket with 4:29 on the clock tied the game again at 44, and Madeline Fahan went 1 of 2 at the foul line to put the Leopards up one with 3:37 left.

After Zimmerman tied the game at the foul line, O'Hare had a pretty individual effort to score on a drive and layup to put the Leopards ahead 47-45 with 2:08 remaining.

Peabody hit her bucket after Zimmerman had tied the game again from the charity stripe.

American used an 8-2 run over the last 3:49 of the first half to take a 29-24 advantage into halftime. Zimmerman sank a jumper at the buzzer to give the Eagles a five-point lead.

Lafayette dominated the glass 48-32 and finished the game shooting 34 percent (18 of 53) from the floor. The Eagles hit 30.4 percent (17 of 56), including just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Watch the postgame show from the Lafayette Sports Network below.

at Holy Cross 71, Colgate 61

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.

at Navy 61, Bucknell 40

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.

Army 61, at Lehigh 56

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.

Watch Service Electric 2 Sports' postgame show below.