UPDATE: The Army-Lehigh game scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed. No make-up date has been announced.
Feb. 4, 2014
Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 2.4.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy leads Army by one game at the top of the Patriot League women's basketball standings as the teams prepare to face off on national television on Saturday at West Point, but first each squad has to take care of business on the road Wednesday to keep their spots in the standings.
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*All five Patriot League games will tip off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and be shown on Patriot League Network.
*Navy and Army are on the road as they try to maintain top spots in the League standings.
*The Mids are 9-1 after falling to Lafayette on Saturday, while the Black Knights are 8-2 with four straight wins.
*Navy heads to Boston University and Army goes to Lehigh on Wednesday.
*The Mids play at the Black Knights on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
*Bucknell and American enter Wednesday tied for third in the Patriot League at 7-3.
*The Bison visit Lafayette while the Eagles host Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
*Bucknell has won four of five while Lafayette has claimed three straight entering their meeting.
*Holy Cross has a perfect 26-0 record against Colgate at the Hart Center entering their contest.
*Army swept Loyola Maryland on Saturday, with both victories coming in overtime.
*Each of Saturday's winners had a rebounding edge, with three teams outrebounding their foe by double digits.
Patriot League Notebook
Army, Navy Go on the Road Ahead of Saturday Showdown
Navy leads Army by one game at the top of the Patriot League standings as the teams prepare to face off on national television on Saturday at West Point, but first each squad has to take care of business on the road Wednesday to keep their spots in the standings. The Mids come off their first League loss as they travel to Boston University, while the Black Knights make the trip to Lehigh. The next two teams in the standings, Bucknell and American, try to keep pace as the Bison visit Lafayette and the Eagles host Loyola Maryland. Holy Cross hosts Colgate to complete the schedule, with every game available on Patriot League Network and tipping off at 7 p.m.
Lafayette Deals Navy First League Loss with Last-Second Shot
Lafayette's Emily Homan scored with seven seconds left and blocked a shot as time expired to send the Leopards to a 70-69 win at Navy on Saturday, handing the Mids their first League defeat after a 9-0 start. Army moved to within one game of first place by scoring the last 11 points of a 56-45 overtime win against Loyola Maryland, while American beat Holy Cross 58-53 and Bucknell topped Colgate 64-54 to pull within one of the Black Knights at 7-3 in the Patriot League. Lehigh beat Boston University to complete Saturday's action and put the teams even at seventh place in the League.
Patriot League Teams with High Marks in NCAA RPI
The Patriot League has enjoyed a strong season overall, and it shows with six teams in the top 150 of the NCAA RPI rating entering the week. Navy holds the highest mark at No. 74, followed by Army (91), Lafayette (108), American (114), Bucknell (126) and Holy Cross (144). Navy also comes in at No. 18 in Tuesday's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major top 25, with Army as the first team in the receiving votes category.
Seven active Patriot Leaguers are in the 1,000-point club, and one is now a 1,500-point scorer. Holy Cross' Alex Smith reached the 1,500 mark on Saturday, bringing her career total to 1,502. Smith is followed on the 1,000-point list by Bucknell's Shelby Romine (1,390), Navy's Jade Geif (1,343), American's Alexis Dobbs (1,134), Navy's Alix Membreno (1,067), Boston University's Rashidat Agboola (1,039) and Army's Jen Hazlett (1, 030).
Holy Cross' Smith Nears Another top Five Standing
Smith, who is 17th in League history with her 1,502 points, also holds the Patriot League career record with 321 three-pointers. Now, she is nearing another top five spot after moving into sixth in League annals with 515 assists on Saturday. Smith is just 17 away from the top five in the category. Navy's Jade Geif is doing the same on the rebounding list, as she now stands sixth in League history with 951 boards and is just 12 away from the top five. Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco is the Patriot League career leader with 350 blocks to complete the players with high standings in the League record book.
Grab the Board!
Rebounding continues to play a big role in Patriot League play as many teams are winning with big edges on the glass. On Saturday, three teams held a double-digit rebounding edge as American outrebouded Holy Cross 40-27, Bucknell held a 54-41 advantage on Colgate and Lehigh took out Boston University with a 50-37 edge. Army was not far off with a 33-25 rebounding edge against Loyola Maryland, while Lafayette outrebounded Navy as all five winners had the edge on the boards.
Three home teams won on Saturday to keep the slight home/road advantage at 27-23 in Patriot League action. Army is the only team that is undefeated at home in League action, while Navy has the only unblemished road mark. More than half of the games, 28 out of 50, have been decided by 10 points or more with 22 finishing with a margin of less than 10 points and 13 coming down to a five-point difference or less.
Patriot League teams and individuals are showing up all over the top spots on the NCAA statistical leaderboard. Entering the week, Navy had a pair of top 10 spots as the Mids came in sixth in fewest turnovers per contest (12.0) and seventh in three-pointers per game (9.2). American also has a top 10 position as it ranks seventh in scoring defense (55.0) after allowing only 50.5 points per game last week. Army's Kelsey Minato used her big week to move up to 30th in the country with 20.6 points per game, and also stands in the top 10 from the foul line at 91.3%. The highest individual spot belongs to Navy's Kara Pollinger, who is fourth in the country with a 48.4% mark from three-point range.
Patriot League Squads Finish Strong Non-League Campaign
Patriot League schools finished with a 63-58 non-League mark last season, and have done even better this year with a record of 61-50 in non-League action during the regular season. League teams went 10-3 versus the MAAC, 9-4 against the America East, 7-4 against the NEC, 6-6 versus the Atlantic 10 and 9-9 against the Ivy League.
Watch FREE on Patriot League Network
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create Patriot League Network (PLN), a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. All League games outside of the Army-Navy regular-season contests on CBS Sports Network will air on PLN, all but the championship of the League Tournament will be streamed with all the action on www.patriotleague.tv.
Navy-Army on CBS Sports Network
Patriot League women's basketball returns to CBS Sports Network on Saturday as Navy visits rival Army in the Star Game from West Point at 1:30 p.m. The first matchup between the service academies was also on CBSSN with Navy winning 74-64 at home on Jan. 11.
Patriot League Games
Navy Midshipmen (17-4, 9-1) at Boston University Terriers (8-15, 3-7)
Case Gym; Boston, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Navy tries to remain in sole possession of first place when it visits Boston University on Wednesday.
*The Mids are now just one game ahead of Army after falling to Lafayette 70-69 on Saturday.
*Navy posted a convincing 70-50 win at home against the Terriers on Jan. 8.
*The Mids dominated the boards in that contest with a 60-34 edge and had 17 assists on 24 field goals.
*That evened the all-time series at 1-1 after BU won 48-46 in a neutral site game on Dec. 30, 2011.
Army Black Knights (16-5, 8-2) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (10-11, 3-7)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Service Electric 2 Sports
*Army has won four consecutive games heading into its matchup at Lehigh on Wednesday.
*The Black Knights have moved to within a game of first-place Navy, and host the Mids on Saturday.
*Army knocked off Lehigh 74-63 at home on Jan. 8 behind 25 points and 12 rebounds from Jen Hazlett.
*That was Army's third straight win over the Mountain Hawks after sweeping last year's matchups.
*Lehigh still holds a slim 28-26 lead in the all-time series.
Bucknell Bison (12-8, 7-3) at Lafayette Leopards (11-10, 5-5)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network | Lafayette Sports Network (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60)
*Two of the hottest teams in the Patriot League meet in Easton when Bucknell visits Lafayette on Wednesday.
*The Bison have won four of five to move to 7-3 in League play, while the Leopards have claimed three straight to get to 5-5.
*The teams played a thriller on Jan. 8 as Bucknell rallied for a 75-72 victory at home.
*Lafayette held a 46-33 lead at halftime and was still up by 10 with eight minutes to play before the Bison came back.
*Bucknell scored the final 10 points of the game, taking its first lead at 73-72 on a layup by Tyler Craig with 1:34 left.
*That continued a run of close games as Bucknell won at Lafayette 50-49 and Lafayette won 66-61 in OT at Bucknell last year.
*Bucknell is trying to sweep Lafayette for the first time since 2011 and win eight League games for the first time since 2009.
*Lafayette holds on to a 37-35 lead in the all-time series with Bucknell.
Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (5-16, 2-8) at American Eagles (14-7, 7-3)
Bender Arena; Washington, D.C. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*American looks to start a winning streak as it hosts Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
*The Eagles snapped a two-game skid and stayed in a tie for third place with a 58-53 win at Holy Cross on Saturday.
*American held Loyola to 11-of-54 shooting in a 52-34 win in Baltimore on Jan. 8.
*The Greyhounds are coming off a 10-of-32 shooting effort from the field in Saturday's overtime loss at Army.
*The previous meeting was a 55-53 home win for Loyola last season, but American leads the all-time series 9-4.
Colgate Raiders (5-16, 1-9) at Holy Cross Crusaders (13-7, 5-5)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Coverage: Patriot League Network
*Holy Cross tries to maintain its mastery of Colgate when it hosts the Raiders on Wednesday.
*The Crusaders have won five straight meetings after a 70-65 victory on the road on Jan. 8.
*Emily Parker and Raquel Scott both posted double-doubles as Holy Cross held off Colgate's rally.
*Four out of the five wins in Holy Cross' streak have been decided by single digits, with three by five or less.
*Holy Cross won all three meetings last year, sweeping the regular season and winning in the Patriot League semifinals.
*The Crusaders have won 15 of 16 against the Raiders, and lead the all-time series 48-4.
*Holy Cross has a perfect 26-0 record against Colgate at the Hart Center.
AMERICAN The Eagles played one of the top Patriot League teams for the third game in a row, and this time they came out on top with a 58-53 victory at Holy Cross on Saturday...American remained in a tie with Bucknell for third place in the Patriot League...Geleisa George hit a jumper to break a 48-48 tie with 7:21 left and spark a quick 8-0 run to lead the Eagles to the win...After Holy Cross cut the gap to three with five straight points, Jen Dumiak iced the win with a pair of free throws with 11 seconds to play...Dumiak led three Eagles in double figures with 17 points, while George scored 12 and Arron Zimmerman finished with 11...Michelle Holmes was next with eight points and also pulled down 12 rebounds...The Eagles held a 40-27 edge on the boards to win despite committing 18 turnovers to nine for Holy Cross...American allowed just 50.5 points per game last week, and is up to seventh in the country while leading the Patriot League with 55.0 points per game allowed for the season...American hosts Loyola Maryland on Wednesday before visiting Colgate on Saturday.
ARMY The Black Knights went to overtime with Loyola Maryland for the next time this year, and again came out on top with an 56-45 win on Saturday...Army remained in sole possession of second place in the Patriot League with its fourth straight win, and got within a game of Navy after the Mids lost to Lafayette...Army started the second half with a 17-2 run to turn a six-point deficit into a 38-29 lead with 7:35 left, but Loyola fought back and scored the final seven points to send the game to overtime tied at 42-42...Briana Johnson put Army ahead for good with 2:37 left in the overtime, and Kelsey Minato followed with a three-pointer as the Black Knights tallied the final 11 points to earn the win...Minato led all scorers with 18 points, while Aimee Oertner scored 13 and Jean Parker finished with 10...Army shot under 40% from the field, but held Loyola to a 10-of-32 mark...The Black Knights also had a 33-25 edge on the boards and forced 21 Loyola turnovers...Army heads to Lehigh on Wednesday, then has another showdown with Navy when the Mids visit West Point for the Star Game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers led Lehigh early but could not maintain the edge and fell 67-54 to the Mountain Hawks on Saturday...The teams split the season series and are now tied for seventh place in the Patriot League at 3-7...BU was up by eight early, but Lehigh pulled into a 29-27 lead at the half...The Terriers were still within five with less than eight minutes to play, but Lehigh pulled away down the stretch... Danielle Callahan led BU with 19 points and seven assists, while Rashidat Agboola had 10 points and six rebounds...The Terriers shot just 18-of-56
from the field and 6-of-22 from three-point range...BU hosts first-place Navy on Wednesday before making a trip to face red-hot Lafayette on Saturday.
BUCKNELL 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...The Bison limited Colgate to 26% shooting overall (18-of-71) and from three-point range (7-of-27)...Bucknell also held a 54-41 rebounding advantage...The Bison have won two straight, four of five and seven of nine games to stay tied for third place in the Patriot League with American...Bucknell plays the two teams at .500 in the Patriot League this week, visiting Lafayette on Wednesday before hosting Holy Cross on Saturday.
COLGATE The Raiders saw Bucknell build its lead late in the first half and pull away in the second for a 64-54 win in Lewisburg on Saturday...Colgate was down just 23-21 before the Bison used a 9-0 run spanning the first and second half to push the advantage into double digits...Bucknell went on a 20-10 stretch to lead by as many as 17 before Colgate chipped away at the final margin... Missy Repoli led
Colgate with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc...The rest of the Raiders were 2-of-19 from downtown, and Colgate shot just 18-of-71 overall in the game...Colgate has a tough week ahead with a visit to Holy Cross on Wednesday before hosting American on Saturday.
HOLY CROSS After fighting its way back into the game, Holy Cross saw American go on to a 58-53 win at the Hart Center on Saturday...The Crusaders trailed 34-26 before going on a 13-4 run to take their first lead at 39-38 with 12 minutes left...It was a tie score with under eight minutes to play when American went on an 8-0 run to grab a 56-48 edge with 5:14 to go...The Crusaders clamped down defensively and got to within 56-53 with 28 seconds left, but American iced the win at the foul line with 11 seconds to play...Alex Smith led the way with 15 points, going over 1,500 for her career in the process...Smith also dished out seven assists to move up to sixth in Patriot League history with 515 for her career...The Crusaders remain at home on Wednesday to face Colgate, then visit Bucknell on Saturday.
LAFAYETTE Emily Homan saw her run of 20-point games end at three, but may have had her most memorable contest yet as she scored with seven seconds left to push Lafayette past Navy 70-69 on Saturday in Annapolis...The Leopards snapped a six-game losing skid against Navy and dealt the Mids their first Patriot League loss...Lafayette has won three straight and five of seven to pull even
in Patriot League play at 5-5....The Leopards had not won five Patriot League contests in a season since claiming six victories in 2008... Homan finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, and followed her winning layup by blocking Navy's last-second shot by Alix Membreno to secure the win... Kelly Loughney led Lafayette with 16 points and Madeline Fahan finished with 12...Lafayette limited a Navy team that ranks in the top 20 nationally in three-point field-goal percentage to a 6-of-19 night from long range...Homan averaged 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds last week after scoring 26 and grabbing a career-high 16 boards in a 90-75 win at Colgate on Wednesday...Lafayette plays both of its games at home this week, welcoming Bucknell on Wednesday and Boston University on Saturday.
LEHIGH Lehigh took the lead for good in the first half and pulled away late for a 67-54 victory over Boston University at home on Saturday...The Mountain Hawks tied the Terriers for seventh place in the Patriot League at 3-7 while splitting the season series... BU 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, leading by at least five points the rest of the way...Elizabeth Sharlow posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Sarah Williams scored 12 points and Kerry Kinek finished with 11...Sharlow's big night helped Lehigh hold a 50-37 rebounding advantage as the sophomore recorded her second-career double-double...Lehigh hosts Army on Wednesday before making a trip to Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds pushed Army to overtime for the second time this season, but again came up on the short end as the Black Knights posted a 56-45 win at home on Saturday... 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, but turned it over in the final seconds with a chance to win...The score was tied at 45-45 nearly midway through the overtime before Army tallied the last 11 points to earn the win... Lauren Daugherty led Loyola with a career-high 15 points and Nicole Krusen scored 12 while making 4-of-6 three-pointers...The Greyhounds shot just 10-of-32 in the game, with players other than Daugherty and Krusen going 3-of-20...Loyola also had 21 turnovers and was outrebounded 33-25, but stayed in the game with 21-of-27 foul shooting...The Greyhounds have lost five out of six games as they head to American on Wednesday and then host Lehigh on Saturday.
NAVY Navy's undefeated run in the Patriot League came to a heartbreaking end as Lafayette's Emily Homan scored with seven seconds left to send the Leopards to a 70-69 win over the Mids in Annapolis...Homan then blocked Alix Membreno's game-winning attempt in the final seconds...Navy had taken a 69-68 lead on consecutive buckets by Jade Geif, the second coming with 18 seconds to play...Geif led Navy with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while Chloe Stapleton scored 13 and Audrey Bauer had 10...Navy's usually proficient three-point shooting was off as the Mids were 6-of-19 from long range...Navy lost to Lafayette for the first time since 2011, snapping a six-game win streak against the Leopards...Navy also saw its overall 10-game winning streak come to an end...The Mids have a pair of road games this week, visiting Boston University on Saturday before a trip to second-place Army for the Star Game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.