Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 2.6.13

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Navy coach Stefanie Pemper has watched the Mids go 6-1 in the first half of Patriot League play.
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Navy coach Stefanie Pemper has watched the Mids go 6-1 in the first half of Patriot League play.
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Feb. 6, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Teams have had the chance to reflect on the first half of Patriot League play, and this weekend brings the start of the second leg with three contests Saturday and one Sunday on CBS Sports Network.

Navy hit the turn in first place at 6-1 for the second time in three seasons. The Mids have a one-game lead on American and Army, which are tied for second at 5-2, while Bucknell owns fourth at 4-3.

The race for a top-four spot in the regular season standings will heat up in the coming weeks, as it means a home game in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament. A top-two spot guarantees a home semifinal contest if the team advances that far.

But there's a lot of work to be done for all eight clubs before each thinks about March basketball. The second leg officially begins Saturday when Lafayette, winners of three straight League games for the first time since 1998, hosts the Mids at 2 p.m. American, looking to rebound from Saturday's loss to the Leopards, visits Colgate at 4 p.m. The Raiders have been close in several contests but are still seeking their first League win of the season. Saturday's final contest pits Army against Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa.

Sunday's Holy Cross-Lehigh contest tips off from Stabler Arena at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The Mountain Hawks won in Worcester Jan. 12, but have lost five of six since. Holy Cross has won two straight League games after a 1-4 start.

Patriot League Women's Basketball Quick Hits

• The Patriot League is one of 13 conferences in the nation with a winning record in non-conference play.

• Lafayette junior Danielle Fiacco is nine blocks away from becoming the second in League history with two seasons of 90 or more. The other is Bucknell's Hope Foster.

• Five of the last 10 Patriot League champions have had at least a share of first place at the halfway mark of League play in their title seasons.

• Lafayette has won three straight League contests for the first time since 1998.

• Navy's six League victories have come by an average of 18.7 points.

• American, Bucknell, Lehigh and Navy have used the same starting lineup for all seven League games.

• Latest NCAA RPI rankings (as of Feb. 4): American (105); Navy (137); Bucknell (172); Holy Cross (174); Army (199); Lafayette (208); Lehigh (236); Colgate (273).

• Three Patriot Leaguers are ranked in the NCAA top 10 as of Monday: Danielle Fiacco (Lafayette) is third in blocks (3.86), while Army's Aimee Oertner is ninth (2.95). Holy Cross' Alex Smith is seventh in made 3s per game (3.14).

Patriot League Notebook

IT'S ACADEMIC
A pair of guards from American were honored Jan. 31 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.

FIRST IS A GOOD PLACE TO BE
Navy enters the second leg of League play in first place 6-1 for the second time in the last three years. The Mids claimed the first of their two straight titles in 2011 after hitting the turn with just one League loss, and they hope this year's result is exactly the same. Five of the last 10 League champions were at least tied for first place at the turn, but only two since 2006: Navy (2011) and Lehigh (2009). Holy Cross (2003, 2005) and Colgate (2004) were also no worse than tied for first at the midway point before capturing the League crown that March.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The Patriot League returns to CBS Sports Network Sunday as Lehigh hosts Holy Cross to start the second half of League play. The Mountain Hawks took a last-second 67-65 victory in Worcester Jan. 12 on Katie O'Reilly's layup. Sunday's tip is set for 2 p.m. from Stabler Arena with Bob Socci handling play-by-play and Amy Lawrence providing the analysis. CBS Sports Network will also televise the Patriot League championship Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m.

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. Seventeen of the League's top 20 scorers are all underclassmen. The only seniors are Army's Anna Simmers (third, 13.0 ppg), Colgate's Jhazmine Lynch (17th, 9.3) and Bucknell's Alyssa Dunn (20th, 9.0). Holy Cross junior Alex Smith leads at 15.0 per game, while Army freshman Kelsey Minato is the top scorer in League play at 16.0.

THE RACE TO HOST
The second leg of League play begins the push for the Patriot League Touranment in earnest and, especially, a top-four spot. That's because all rounds of the tournament are hosted by the higher seeds. The top four teams will host the quarterfinal, and the top two the semifinals. The better of the two remaining seeds will host the championship game March 16.

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 (989) and Navy's Jade Geif (939) appear poised to reach the mark soon.

CORKERY EDGING CLOSER
At 98-48 overall at American, head coach Matt Corkery ranks among the best in the League all-time in win percentage (.671). 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 2-1 mark in American's next three contests. American visits Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m.

NON-LEAGUE PLAY DONE... `TIL THE POSTSEASON
The eight Patriot League teams have finished off one of their best non-conference showings in some time, putting together a 63-56 mark against out-of-conference foes. That record far surpasses last season's final 49-72 showing, which included Holy Cross' win in the first round of the WBI over New Hampshire. Strong showings have been had this season against the Northeast Conference (14-8), Ivy League (11-6) and the MAAC (10-8).

ON TWITTER, TOO
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Patriot League Games

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (13-9, 6-1) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (10-12, 3-4)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Navy, 39-20 TV: Lafayette Sports Network
Streak: Navy, 3 Last Meeting: Navy, 62-44 (Annapolis, Md.; 1.13.13)
Last Lafayette Win: 58-53 (Easton, Pa.; 2.2.11) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

• Alix Membreno paced three Navy players in double figures with 19 points in the Mids' 62-44 victory in the previous meeting Jan. 13. Chloe Stapleton (13) and Audrey Bauer (11) also hit double digits.
• Jamie O'Hare led Lafayette with 19 points, while Emily Homan poured in 10.
• The teams have split 26 meetings all-time in Easton, with the Leopards winning four of the last six at Kirby.
• Lafayette led 30-18 at halftime in last season's meeting in Easton before Navy rallied for a 60-55 victory.
• The Leopards have won three straight League games for the first time since 1998. Their last four-game win streak in the League was in 1994.
• Navy's six League wins have all been by double figures, with each of the last two by over 20 points.

NAVY Kara Pollinger led all scorers with 16 points, and Jade Geif and Chloe Stapleton posted 13 points apiece as Navy 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, 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 ... The Mids welcome Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LAFAYETTE 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 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 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 ... The Leopards visit Army Wednesday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN EAGLES (12-9, 5-2) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (6-16, 0-7)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Saturday, 4 p.m.
Series: American, 22-6
Streak: American, 13 Last Meeting: American, 54-45 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 1.12.13)
Last Colgate Win: 66-53 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.10.07) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

• Alexis Dobbs led all scorers with 12 points, and Jen Dumiak and Geleisa George added 10 apiece in American's 54-45 victory over Colgate in the previous meeting Jan. 12.
• Jhazmine Lynch posted a team-high 10 points for the Raiders, while Kelly Reid hauled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
• The Eagles have not lost to Colgate since the second leg of League play in 2007.
• American owns a 9-3 series lead in meetings in Hamilton.
• Both teams are yielding just over 27 percent of opponents' 3-point attempts during League play.
• American's Geleisa George (10.4 ppg) is the only player to lead her team in scoring during League play without having started a contest.

AMERICAN 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 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 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 ... The Eagles host Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m.

COLGATE Alex Smith scored a team-high 17 points and three of her teammates hit double figures as Holy Cross 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 then-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 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 ... 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 ... Colgate was 23 of 58 (39.7 percent) and shot 9 of 22 from downtown ... The Raiders finished their non-League slate Tuesday with a heartbreaking 53-51 loss at NJIT ... Lynch scored a game- and season-high 21 points, and Colgate erased a 12-point deficit in the second half ... Josie Stockill narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench, while Lulu Brase added seven points and Lauryn Kobiela chipped in four assists ... NJIT led 22-20 at halftime and scored the first seven points of the second ... Stockill converted a hoop and a harm opportunity to cut the Highlanders' lead to six immediately after the timeout, but NJIT scored the next six to take a 35-23 lead with 13:33 to go ... The Raiders spent the next 10 minutes chipping away at the deficit, and Lynch hit a 3-pointer with 3:32 to go to make it a 48-47 NJIT lead ... Stockill's layup with 1:59 on the clock put Colgate ahead for the first time since the 4:01 mark of the first half ... Lynch gave Colgate a 51-50 lead with 1:06 remaining ... NJIT's Martina Matejcikova sank a triple with eight seconds to go to put the Highlanders ahead for good, as Lynch's game-tying try in the final seconds bounced off the rim ... Lynch's 21 points came on 6-of-19 shooting and 4 of 4 at the foul line ... The Raiders shot 33 percent for the game and hit seven 3s ... Colgate entertains Bucknell Wednesday at 7 p.m.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (16-6, 5-2) AT BUCKNELL BISON (13-9, 4-3)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series: Bucknell, 31-20
Streak: Army, 3 Last Meeting: Army, 68-60 (West Point, N.Y.; 1.12.13)
Last Bucknell Win: 54-40 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 3.5.11) Last Five Games: Army, 3-2

• Anna Simmers' 22 points, eight rebounds and three blocks led the way in Army's 68-60 victory over Bucknell Jan. 12.
• Army's Kelsey Minato chipped in 18 points, and Jen Hazlett scored 14 with 11 rebounds for the double-double.
• Audrey Dotson paced Bucknell with 19 points and eight boards, while Shelby Romine scored 16 and Lindsay Horbatuck had a game-high 12 rebounds.
• The Black Knights are seeking their second straight season sweep of the Bison.
• Bucknell won four in a row after the Jan. 12 defeat to Army.
• Minato leads in scoring during League play (16.0 ppg). Bucknell's Lindsey Horbatuck is the top rebounder in League games (10.7).
• Army's Jen Hazlett is hitting 3s at a League-best 45.2 percent during conference games.

ARMY Anna Simmers led all scorers with 21 points and Jen Hazlett poured in 15 as Army 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 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 ... Army returns home to host Lafayette Wednesday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL Kara Pollinger led all scorers with 16 points, and Jade Geif and Chloe Stapleton posted 13 points apiece as Navy 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, 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 ... Bucknell is at Colgate Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (11-11, 3-4) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (10-12, 2-5)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Sunday, 2 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 37-16 TV: CBS Sports Network (Bob Socci, Amy Lawrence)
Streak: Lehigh, 10 Last Meeting: Lehigh, 67-65 (Worcester, Mass.; 1.12.13)
Last Holy Cross Win: 46-44 (Mahwah, N.J.; 3.9.08) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 5-0

• The matchup features the two longest-tenured head coaches at their respective schools in Holy Cross' Bill Gibbons (28th year) and Lehigh's Sue Troyan (18th).
• Gibbons coached in his 300th League game last Saturday against Colgate.
• Lehigh's 10-game win streak is the program's longest in the series and the second-longest overall. Holy Cross won 18 straight from March 3, 1994 to March 8, 2001.
• Holy Cross last won at Stabler Arena Feb. 2, 2008, a 53-51 victory.
• Katie O'Reilly finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and scored the game-winning layup with less than a second to go in Lehigh's 67-65 victory in the Jan. 12 meeting at the Hart Center.
• Holy Cross junior Alex Smith leads the League in scoring in all games (15.0) and is second in League play (15.7).
• The Mountain Hawks have dropped five of six since winning in Worcester.
• Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek is fourth in scoring during League play (13.7 ppg).

HOLY CROSS Alex Smith scored a team-high 17 points and three of her teammates hit double figures as Holy Cross 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 then-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 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 ... The Crusaders visit Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH Anna Simmers led all scorers with 21 points and Jen Hazlett poured in 15 as Army 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 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 ... Lehigh heads to American Wednesday at 7 p.m.