Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 2.7.12

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Audrey Bauer and Navy head to Worcester, Mass., for a crucial League battle with Holy Cross Wednesday night.
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Audrey Bauer and Navy head to Worcester, Mass., for a crucial League battle with Holy Cross Wednesday night.
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Feb. 7, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The second half of Patriot League play just began Saturday, but by the time Wednesday’s games play out we could have a pretty good idea of where some teams could be situated in the League Tournament that gets underway March 1.

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After both teams picked up Saturday victories, American and Lehigh will engage in a battle at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa., Wednesday night in one of four critical contests on the evening. The Eagles aim to take a commanding three-game lead in the standings, while the Mountain Hawks will try to close the gap to one. An American win would give it a sweep of the season series from Lehigh, meaning the three-game lead would really amount to four with five games left.

Lehigh was about six minutes away from being three games behind American, but the Mountain Hawks pulled off a stunning 15-0 run to end the game to post a 75-73 win at Holy Cross Saturday afternoon. Anaconda Player of the Week Alexa Williams matched her career best with 23 points, while Emily Gratch pitched in 18 points with eight rebounds in the win.

Lehigh’s big comeback not only kept it in better shape to challenge American for the No. 1 seed, but it also dealt a significant blow to the Crusaders, who would’ve been in a four-way tie for second had they held on. Instead, Holy Cross finds itself in fifth place with a huge battle against Navy scheduled for Wednesday night at the Hart Center. The Mids will be looking to exact a little revenge after losing 55-38 at home to the Crusaders last month and enter the game having won two in a row.

Army, which is tied with Navy for third place, visits Lafayette Wednesday evening following a four-point win at home against Bucknell Saturday. The Black Knights have played close games against League foes all season long, and picked up a one-point win at home four months ago against the Leopards.

Colgate and Bucknell square off in Wednesday night’s fourth contest. The Raiders will be aiming for the season sweep of the Bison.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (1.30-2.5)

ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEXA WILLIAMS, LEHIGH Sr., F, Warren, Ohio
23.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, 2.0 apg, .667 FG%, 1.000 FT%

ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
EMILY PARKER, HOLY CROSS Fr., F, Johnston, Iowa
15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, .400 FG%, .750 FT%

HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANCES LAST WEEK
EMILY HOMAN, LAFAYETTE Fr., F, Upper Darby, Pa.
16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, .500 FG%, .667 FT%

LISA STRACK, AMERICAN Sr., G, Langhorne, Pa.
18.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg, .667 FG%, .857 FT%

ANNA SIMMERS, ARMY Jr., G, Anchorage, Alaska
18.0 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg, .462 FG%, .444 3FG%

AMY LEPLEY, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, Norfolk, Mass.
22.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, .625 FG%, .400 3FG%

Patriot League Notebook

A LOT ON THE LINE
American and Lehigh have played in some of the biggest Patriot League games in recent years. Two years ago the pair split their regular-season series en route to tying for first at 13-1 before meeting in the League title game won by the Mountain Hawks. Last season the two split again during the regular season with each winning on the road before the Eagles ended Lehigh’s bid for a third straight League crown with an overtime win in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. Earlier this season American posted a 55-49 victory over Lehigh in Washington, D.C., and own a two-game lead in the standings entering Wednesday’s matchup. Should American win, it will have a hammerlock on first place. If Lehigh secures a victory, then so many more scenarios are at play as the calendar lurches toward the League Tournament.

HOME COOKIN’
Home teams had posted a 16-12 record in the first half of League play in 2011-12, which tied for the sixth-best showing since the 2001-02 season when American joined the Patriot League. Maybe that acted as a catalyst for Saturday, as home teams went 3-1 and nearly pulled off the clean sweep had it not been for Lehigh’s 15-0 run at Holy Cross to take a 75-73 win. Home teams improved to 19-13 in League play this season, while the .594 win percentage is now fifth best since 2001-02. A complete list is below:
.643 - 2006-07 (36-20)
.626 - 2004-05 (35-21)
.607 - 2005-06, 2001-02 (34-22)
.594 - 2011-12 (19-13)
.589 - 2009-10 (33-23)
.571 - 2003-04 (32-24)
.554 - 2002-03 (31-25)
.536 - 2008-09, 2010-11 (30-26)
.446 - 2007-08 (25-31)

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT?
If you’re Army head coach Dave Magarity, you might feel that way. Army improved to 5-3 in the Patriot League this season with a 60-56 victory over Bucknell Saturday at West Point. The Black Knights have played all eight League contests very close, with their 61-54 win at Colgate being the largest margin. They’ve won two straight against League teams, including a two-point victory at home against Lehigh. In all, Army has played eight League games that have been decided by a total of 23 points, meaning the average margin one way or another has been 2.88 points per game.

MAKING THE MOST OF HER TIME
American guard Lisa Strack scored 18 points to lead all players in the Eagles’ 70-47 victory over visiting Colgate Saturday afternoon. Perhaps the most striking stat is she scored all of those points in only 22 minutes, as head coach Matt Corkery elected to go to the bench with the Eagles owning a big lead in the second half. Strack is up to seventh in the League in all games averaging 11.8 points per game, but she’s been playing her best during League contests as she’s fifth in the eight games at 14.1.

FIACCO BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD
Lafayette sophomore Danielle Fiacco blocked two shots Saturday at Navy to claim the Lafayette career record with 161 blocks. She overtakes the 160 stuffs amassed by Lenora Johnson ’81. Fiacco, a 6-foot-7 center out of Brewster, N.Y., broke the record in 44 career games. Johnson amassed her career mark in 46 contests, not including her freshman season in which blocks were not yet an official statistic. Fiacco, already the Leopards’ single-season leader with 90 blocks in the current season, is five stuffs shy of the Patriot League single-season tally of 95 blocks owned by Kelly Roche (Fordham, 1992-93) and Hope Foster (Bucknell, 2005-06).

ALL-ACCESS HAS YOU COVERED
Once again this season, over 100 Patriot League men’s and women’s basketball contests are available with a subscription to Patriot League All-Access. For $7.95 a month or $19.95 for a year, fans can watch a vast majority of the League’s basketball contests, along with watching archived coverage of fall championships and having access to available winter and spring championships for the rest of the 2011-12 academic year. For more, visit http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess.

GEIF STANDS TALL FOR NAVY ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The first of three Patriot League games to be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network this season took place Jan. 11, with Jade Geif scoring the final four points of the game to lift Navy to an exciting 58-56 victory over Army at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md. Those four points were the important of the game-high 16 Geif poured in for the Mids, who improved to 2-1 in League play and bounced back from a 17-point loss at home to Holy Cross. The Patriot League will return to CBS Sports Network Saturday, Feb. 11, when Army hosts Navy in the return bout at 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network will also televise the Patriot League championship on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play, while Leah Secondo will provide the analysis.

300, 400 AND 500
Three head coaches in the Patriot League have reached significant victory milestones this season. Navy’s Stefanie Pemper was the latest to do it, as the Mids collected a 63-47 victory Saturday over visiting Lafayette. That was the 300th overall victory for Pemper, who is in her fourth season in Annapolis and 14th overall. She is 65-51 at Navy and owns a 31-19 mark in Patriot League games. The other two coaches to hit milestones this year are Army’s Dave Magarity, who collected career win No. 400 Nov. 16 in the Black Knights’ 59-43 triumph at St. Francis (N.Y.), and Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross. The Crusaders’ 61-50 victory at New Hampshire was the 500th win of his career, which is now in its 27th season.

HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT RECAP
The four League teams to participate in holiday tournaments between Christmas and New Year’s - Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy - combined for a 3-5 record during competition. The Crusaders, Leopards and Mountain Hawks each picked up one win apiece, while the Mids fell in both games at the Fordham Holiday Classic. Navy dropped the two contests by a combined six points. Holy Cross and Lafayette picked up victories in the consolation games of the Miami Holiday and Terrapin Classic tournaments, respectively, while Lehigh opened its Christmas City Classic with a win.

AMERICAN NAMED PRESEASON FAVORITE
With 94 points and 11 first-place votes, American topped the 2011-12 Patriot League Preseason Women’s Basketball Poll. The Eagles will aim to capture their first League crown in program history after reaching the title game in each of the last two seasons. American finished ahead of second-place Lehigh, which totaled 83 points and three first-place votes. Defending League champion Navy took third with 74 points and the last two remaining first-place ballots. Bucknell finished fourth in the poll, the same position in which the Bison ended the regular season a year ago. They collected 58 points, followed by Holy Cross in fifth with 52. Rounding out the poll were Lafayette (38 points), Army (26) and Colgate (23).

NAVY’S GEIF NAMED PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Navy’s Jade Geif got better and better as the 2010-11 season went on, and the hardware began adding up quickly. She was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year at the end of the regular season and added Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player honors after helping lead the Midshipmen to their first League crown in program history. Geif was recognized again by the League’s eight head coaches and women’s basketball sports information directors with the Preseason Player of the Year honor and a spot on the Preseason All-League team. In nearly 30 minutes per game a season ago, Geif was second in the League averaging 7.9 rebounds per game and is Navy’s top returning scorer (9.6 ppg). Geif became the first player named Rookie of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season since Bethany O’Dell of Holy Cross in 2007.

HAYS FORT TAKES THE REIGNS AT COLGATE
The Patriot League features one new face on the sidelines in 2011-12, with Nicci Hays Fort entering her first season at Colgate. Entering the season with over a decade of coaching experience, Hays Fort comes to Hamilton, N.Y., after serving as the associate head coach on Doug Bruno’s staff at DePaul. Coincidentally, one of Hays Fort’s last contests coaching the Blue Demons was in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, when DePaul faced off with Navy. The Raiders look to rebound from a 7-22 showing and a 2-12 mark in the League last season, and boast the returns of junior Jhazmine Lynch, the 2010 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, along with senior Tricia Oakes and a pair of freshmen in Mariah Jones and Kelly Reid who are immediately contributing.

Patriot League Games

AMERICAN EAGLES (16-6, 8-0) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (13-9, 6-2)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 18-11 TV: Service Electric Channel 2
Streak: American, Two Wins Last Meeting: American, 55-49 (1.11.12)
Last Lehigh Win: 57-46 (2.5.11) Last Five Games: American, 3-2

The Wednesday game with the most riding on it will take place in Bethlehem Wednesday night when first-place American rolls into Stabler Arena to take on Lehigh ... The Mountain Hawks rallied for a 75-73 victory at Holy Cross Saturday, while the Eagles were 70-47 winners at home against Colgate over the weekend ... American would take a commanding three-game lead in the standings with five contests remaining with a win, while Lehigh looks to trim the gap to one ... If the Eagles win, their lead over Lehigh would in effect be four games because of a regular-season series sweep ... Stephanie Anya set an American record with seven blocks and Sarah Kiely had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Eagles used tough defense to stymie Lehigh 55-49 in their last meeting Jan. 11.

AMERICAN Lisa Strack scored a game-high 18 points and American used a huge first-half run and cruised to a 70-47 victory over Colgate Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena ... The victory was the Eagles’ eighth in a row as they remain perfect in Patriot League play and atop the standings by two games over second-place Lehigh ... American will visit the Mountain Hawks Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ... Jen Dumiak was the only other Eagle to reach double figures with 10 points, while Alexis Dobbs and Geleisa George grabbed five rebounds apiece ... Jhazmine Lynch paced Colgate with 12 points, while Tricia Oakes poured in nine with seven rebounds ... Oakes scored a layup at the 18:23 mark of the first half to give Colgate a 5-2 lead, but it was all American after that ... Sarah Kiely replied with a fast break bucket for the Eagles on their next possession, and Tori Halvorsen 3-pointer gave American a 7-5 lead ... It was the start of a massive 27-2 run for the Eagles, which Strack capped off with a layup to make it a 29-7 game at the 9:08 mark ... The Raiders clawed closer as the first half wore down toward halftime ... A jumper from Carole Harris, two foul shots from Kelly Reid and a 3-pointer from Missy Repoli made it a 34-23 American lead at the break ... It turned into a 15-2 run for Colgate, as Oakes scored a layup to start the second half and Lynch’s two free throws cut the American lead to 34-27 with 17:28 showing on the clock ... Strack scored a layup for American to begin an 8-0 Eagle run, and the lead expanded to 57-36 just past the midway point of the second stanza thanks to a trey from Dobbs ... The Raiders were unable to mount a comeback after Dobbs’ 3-pointer, as the American lead remained between 18 and 23 points the rest of the way ... American feasted on Colgate miscues, during 21 Raider turnovers into 34 points ... The Eagles outrebounded the Raiders 40-32 and shot 38.5 percent for the game, including at a 12-of-28 clip (42.8 percent) in the second half ... American hosts Holy Cross Saturday at 2 p.m.

LEHIGH In an epic battle of the front courts, Lehigh rattled off a game-closing 15-0 run to escape the Hart Center with a 75-73 victory over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon ... Lehigh’s Alexa Williams led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while fellow senior forward Emily Gratch went 9 of 10 from the field and scored 18 points with eight rebounds, three assists and a block ... Kelly Peterson added 13 points for the Mountain Hawks off the bench ... Holy Cross was led by Amy Lepley’s 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Alex Smith had 18 points and six assists and Emily Parker tallied 15 points and eight rebounds ... The Crusaders built their biggest lead of the game at 73-60 with 6:19 left after two foul shots from Brisje Malone ... Gratch’s layup 50 seconds later officially ignited Lehigh’s rally, while Peterson drained a 3-pointer on its next possession after a Holy Cross turnover to make it a 73-65 game ... After Katie O’Reilly’s fast break layup made it a six-point game, the Mountain Hawks went inside, with Gratch and Williams collecting consecutive buckets in the paint ... Williams was fouled on her made basket and she went to the line, converted the three-point play and suddenly the Crusader lead had dwindled to 73-72 with 2:55 remaining ... Peterson struck again for Lehigh, as her trey with 1:02 left capped off the run to put the Mountain Hawks up 75-73 ... Holy Cross had two possessions in an attempt to tie ... The first was thwarted as Williams came up with a steal for Lehigh, but Peterson’s shot attempt was no good ... The Crusaders had the ball with time winding down, but Malone’s 3-point shot bounced off the rim ... Gratch, Peterson and Williams combined for 54 of Lehigh’s 75 points ... Gratch also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career, becoming the first Patriot Leaguer to do so this season ... It was a back-and-forth start to the game with the teams trading the lead ... Holy Cross opened an early 7-2 lead before Lehigh rallied to take a 17-13 advantage with 13:34 to go ... Eventually the Crusaders took a 40-35 lead into the locker room. Holy Cross, which dropped both games to Lehigh this season, was in front of both at halftime ... The Crusaders were in front 30-29 in Bethlehem on Jan. 7 ... The Mountain Hawks visit Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m.

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (12-10, 5-3) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (13-10, 4-4)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 38-9
Streak: Holy Cross, One Win Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 55-38 (1.11.12)
Last Navy Win: 73-68 (OT; 2.16.11) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

Two teams who have been up and down during Patriot League play will meet at the Hart Center Wednesday night when Holy Cross hosts Navy ... The Crusaders used smothering defense in a 55-38 win in Annapolis Jan. 11 to snap a four-game win streak in the series for the Mids ... Navy shot 26.8 percent (15 of 56) in the loss, with Audrey Bauer scoring a team-high 11 points but only shot 4 of 18 from the field ... The Holy Cross front court of Amy Lepley (14 points) and Emily Parker (12 points, 12 rebounds) led the way ... The Crusaders hit 7 of 15 on 3-pointers ... Navy has won two straight League games and aims for a third on Wednesday night, while Holy Cross will try to bounce back from surrendering a game-ending 15-0 run to Lehigh in a 75-73 loss Saturday.

NAVY Sophomore Jade Geif paced three Mids in double figures as Navy moved into a tie for third place in the Patriot League with Army with a 63-47 victory over Lafayette Saturday night at Alumni Hall ... The victory was the 300th in the coaching career of Stefanie Pemper, who is in her fourth season at the helm in Annapolis ... Geif had the team high with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass ... She shot 6 of 9 from the field and went a perfect 2 of 2 at the foul line ... Audrey Bauer had 11 points and four assists, while Alix Membreno poured in 10 ... Lafayette’s Emily Homan posted game-highs of 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Samantha Jordan pitched in 10 points off the bench for the Leopards ... Sophomore center Danielle Fiacco broke the Lafayette career blocks record with two rejections in the game ... She now stands at 161, breaking Lenora Johnson’s Leopard mark of 160 ... She has 90 blocks for the season, putting her five shy of the Patriot League single-season mark ... Erin Edwards’ 3-pointer put Navy ahead 15-7 just six minutes into the contest ... Homan’s three-point play a short time later pulled the Leopards within six at 17-11, but Membreno’s basket capped off a nine-point Navy rally ... The Mids led 26-11 with 8:29 left in the first half and maintained a double-digit advantage before taking a 39-24 lead into the break ... The Mids outscored Lafayette 12-6 in the paint in the first 20 minutes and tallied 12 points off of Leopard turnovers ... Navy’s lead never dipped below double figures the rest of the way ... Fiacco’s jumper 2:07 into the second half cut Navy’s lead to 41-28, but the Mids scored five quick points to regain an 18-point edge ... Maddie Peabody’s layup brought Lafayette within 12 at 50-38 with 9:38 remaining in the game, but again the Mids responded ... Chloe Stapleton’s back-to-back 3-pointers put Navy in front 56-38 to stymie any chance at a Lafayette rally ... Navy outrebounded Lafayette 39-36 and finished the game at 44.1 percent (26 of 59) from the field after hitting 16 of 30 in the first 20 minutes ... The Mids were 6 of 17 on treys ... The Leopards were just 2-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc and finished 21 of 58 (36.2 percent) from the floor ... Navy visits Army Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

HOLY CROSS In an epic battle of the front courts, Lehigh rattled off a game-closing 15-0 run to escape the Hart Center with a 75-73 victory over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon ... Lehigh’s Alexa Williams led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while fellow senior forward Emily Gratch went 9 of 10 from the field and scored 18 points with eight rebounds, three assists and a block ... Kelly Peterson added 13 points for the Mountain Hawks off the bench ... Holy Cross was led by Amy Lepley’s 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Alex Smith had 18 points and six assists and Emily Parker tallied 15 points and eight rebounds ... The Crusaders built their biggest lead of the game at 73-60 with 6:19 left after two foul shots from Brisje Malone ... Gratch’s layup 50 seconds later officially ignited Lehigh’s rally, while Peterson drained a 3-pointer on its next possession after a Holy Cross turnover to make it a 73-65 game ... After Katie O’Reilly’s fast break layup made it a six-point game, the Mountain Hawks went inside, with Gratch and Williams collecting consecutive buckets in the paint ... Williams was fouled on her made basket and she went to the line, converted the three-point play and suddenly the Crusader lead had dwindled to 73-72 with 2:55 remaining ... Peterson struck again for Lehigh, as her trey with 1:02 left capped off the run to put the Mountain Hawks up 75-73 ... Holy Cross had two possessions in an attempt to tie ... The first was thwarted as Williams came up with a steal for Lehigh, but Peterson’s shot attempt was no good ... The Crusaders had the ball with time winding down, but Malone’s 3-point shot bounced off the rim ... Gratch, Peterson and Williams combined for 54 of Lehigh’s 75 points ... Gratch also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career, becoming the first Patriot Leaguer to do so this season ... It was a back-and-forth start to the game with the teams trading the lead ... Holy Cross opened an early 7-2 lead before Lehigh rallied to take a 17-13 advantage with 13:34 to go ... Eventually the Crusaders took a 40-35 lead into the locker room. Holy Cross, which dropped both games to Lehigh this season, was in front of both at halftime ... The Crusaders were in front 30-29 in Bethlehem on Jan. 7 ... Holy Cross is next in action Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip at American.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (11-12, 5-3) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (8-15, 2-6)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Army, 28-23 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: Army, Two Wins Last Meeting: Army 44, Lafayette 43 (1.11.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 54-42 (1.26.11) Last Five Games: Lafayette, 3-2

Army sits in a third-place tie in the League standings with Navy and will try to stay in the mix for at least one home game in the Patriot League Tournament when it heads to Easton to visit Lafayette Wednesday night ... The Black Knights have won two straight close games, both at home, 66-64 over Lehigh and 60-56 against Bucknell ... Army won the previous meeting 44-43 on Jan. 11 thanks to a layup from Meagan Doucette with six seconds left on the clock ... Lafayette has yet to win consecutive League games this season and is coming off two straight losses to two of the better defensive teams in the League in American and Navy ... Wednesday’s matchup is the first of two straight at home for the ‘Pards, who host Bucknell Saturday.

ARMY Anna Simmers scored a game-high 18 points and Jen Hazlett poured in 13 as Army outlasted Bucknell 60-56 at Christl Arena Saturday afternoon in West Point, N.Y. ... Army scored eight of the game’s final 12 points to secure the win ... The Black Knights, who moved into a third place tie in the Patriot League standings with Navy (by virtue of the Mids’ win over Lafayette later Saturday), swept the season series from the Bison ... Three Bison scored in double figures, led by Lindsay Horbatuck’s 15 points ... Alyssa Dunn had 14 off the bench and Rachel Voss chipped in 10 ... Horbatuck’s layup tied the game at 52 with under four minutes remaining ... Army took control with an ensuing 8-0 run, sparked by Molly Yardley’s trey, a three-point play from Olivia Schretzman and a layup from Meagan Doucette ... Army led 60-52 with 1:59 left ... Bucknell managed just four points in the last two minutes, including two free throws from Horbatuck and Dunn’s jumper at the buzzer ... Simmers’ jumper put Army ahead 15-9 with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half ... Bucknell replied with an 8-0 run, with Christina Chukwuedo’s bucket giving the Bison a 17-15 advantage with 6:58 remaining ... Simmers hit another bucket, this time a 3-pointer with 3:29 on the clock to put Army ahead 23-21 ... The Black Knights led the rest of the first half and went into the break up 30-27 ... Hazlett’s 3-pointer 3:06 into the second half gave Army a 35-31 lead, but Bucknell stayed close and went up 46-45 at the 9:07 mark following a pair of Voss foul shots ... The teams traded the lead three times over the next several minutes before Horbatuck’s free throws created the 52-all tie ... Army shot an even 50 percent (21 of 42) for the game, while Bucknell was close behind at 46.9 percent (23 of 49) ... Simmers was 6 of 13 from the field and 4 of 9 on treys for Army, while Dunn hit on 7 of 11 chances from the floor to pace the Bison ... Army hosts rival Navy at West Point Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

LAFAYETTE Sophomore Jade Geif paced three Mids in double figures as Navy moved into a tie for third place in the Patriot League with Army with a 63-47 victory over Lafayette Saturday night at Alumni Hall ... The victory was the 300th in the coaching career of Stefanie Pemper, who is in her fourth season at the helm in Annapolis ... Geif had the team high with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass ... She shot 6 of 9 from the field and went a perfect 2 of 2 at the foul line ... Audrey Bauer had 11 points and four assists, while Alix Membreno poured in 10 ... Lafayette’s Emily Homan posted game-highs of 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Samantha Jordan pitched in 10 points off the bench for the Leopards ... Sophomore center Danielle Fiacco broke the Lafayette career blocks record with two rejections in the game ... She now stands at 161, breaking Lenora Johnson’s Leopard mark of 160 ... She has 90 blocks for the season, putting her five shy of the Patriot League single-season mark ... Erin Edwards’ 3-pointer put Navy ahead 15-7 just six minutes into the contest ... Homan’s three-point play a short time later pulled the Leopards within six at 17-11, but Membreno’s basket capped off a nine-point Navy rally ... The Mids led 26-11 with 8:29 left in the first half and maintained a double-digit advantage before taking a 39-24 lead into the break ... The Mids outscored Lafayette 12-6 in the paint in the first 20 minutes and tallied 12 points off of Leopard turnovers ... Navy’s lead never dipped below double figures the rest of the way ... Fiacco’s jumper 2:07 into the second half cut Navy’s lead to 41-28, but the Mids scored five quick points to regain an 18-point edge ... Maddie Peabody’s layup brought Lafayette within 12 at 50-38 with 9:38 remaining in the game, but again the Mids responded ... Chloe Stapleton’s back-to-back 3-pointers put Navy in front 56-38 to stymie any chance at a Lafayette rally ... Navy outrebounded Lafayette 39-36 and finished the game at 44.1 percent (26 of 59) from the field after hitting 16 of 30 in the first 20 minutes ... The Mids were 6 of 17 on treys ... The Leopards were just 2-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc and finished 21 of 58 (36.2 percent) from the floor ... The Leopards are home Saturday for a 3 p.m. start against Bucknell.

COLGATE RAIDERS (5-18, 2-6) AT BUCKNELL BISON (2-21, 0-8)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Bucknell, 37-20
Streak: Colgate, One Win Last Meeting: Colgate, 73-66 (1.11.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 79-64 (2.19.11) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 3-2

The Raiders finish their small stretch of two straight games away from home when they head south to Lewisburg, Pa., to visit Bucknell Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ... Colgate ended the game on a 25-9 run, overcoming a 57-48 deficit with just under eight minutes left to take a 73-66 victory in the first meeting of the season between the two ... Jhazmine Lynch and Missy Repoli paced five Raiders in double figures with 14 points apiece, while Shelby Romine’s 19 points led five Bison with at least 10 ... Colgate’s win snapped a two-game skid to Bucknell.

COLGATE Lisa Strack scored a game-high 18 points and American used a huge first-half run and cruised to a 70-47 victory over Colgate Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena ... The victory was the Eagles’ eighth in a row as they remain perfect in Patriot League play and atop the standings by two games over second-place Lehigh ... American will visit the Mountain Hawks Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ... Jen Dumiak was the only other Eagle to reach double figures with 10 points, while Alexis Dobbs and Geleisa George grabbed five rebounds apiece ... Jhazmine Lynch paced Colgate with 12 points, while Tricia Oakes poured in nine with seven rebounds ... Oakes scored a layup at the 18:23 mark of the first half to give Colgate a 5-2 lead, but it was all American after that ... Sarah Kiely replied with a fast break bucket for the Eagles on their next possession, and Tori Halvorsen 3-pointer gave American a 7-5 lead ... It was the start of a massive 27-2 run for the Eagles, which Strack capped off with a layup to make it a 29-7 game at the 9:08 mark ... The Raiders clawed closer as the first half wore down toward halftime ... A jumper from Carole Harris, two foul shots from Kelly Reid and a 3-pointer from Missy Repoli made it a 34-23 American lead at the break ... It turned into a 15-2 run for Colgate, as Oakes scored a layup to start the second half and Lynch’s two free throws cut the American lead to 34-27 with 17:28 showing on the clock ... Strack scored a layup for American to begin an 8-0 Eagle run, and the lead expanded to 57-36 just past the midway point of the second stanza thanks to a trey from Dobbs ... The Raiders were unable to mount a comeback after Dobbs’ 3-pointer, as the American lead remained between 18 and 23 points the rest of the way ... American feasted on Colgate miscues, during 21 Raider turnovers into 34 points ... The Eagles outrebounded the Raiders 40-32 and shot 38.5 percent for the game, including at a 12-of-28 clip (42.8 percent) in the second half ... Colgate returns to the floor Saturday to host Lehigh at 4 p.m.

BUCKNELL Anna Simmers scored a game-high 18 points and Jen Hazlett poured in 13 as Army outlasted Bucknell 60-56 at Christl Arena Saturday afternoon in West Point, N.Y. ... Army scored eight of the game’s final 12 points to secure the win ... The Black Knights, who moved into a third place tie in the Patriot League standings with Navy (by virtue of the Mids’ win over Lafayette later Saturday), swept the season series from the Bison ... Three Bison scored in double figures, led by Lindsay Horbatuck’s 15 points ... Alyssa Dunn had 14 off the bench and Rachel Voss chipped in 10 ... Horbatuck’s layup tied the game at 52 with under four minutes remaining ... Army took control with an ensuing 8-0 run, sparked by Molly Yardley’s trey, a three-point play from Olivia Schretzman and a layup from Meagan Doucette ... Army led 60-52 with 1:59 left ... Bucknell managed just four points in the last two minutes, including two free throws from Horbatuck and Dunn’s jumper at the buzzer ... Simmers’ jumper put Army ahead 15-9 with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half ... Bucknell replied with an 8-0 run, with Christina Chukwuedo’s bucket giving the Bison a 17-15 advantage with 6:58 remaining ... Simmers hit another bucket, this time a 3-pointer with 3:29 on the clock to put Army ahead 23-21 ... The Black Knights led the rest of the first half and went into the break up 30-27 ... Hazlett’s 3-pointer 3:06 into the second half gave Army a 35-31 lead, but Bucknell stayed close and went up 46-45 at the 9:07 mark following a pair of Voss foul shots ... The teams traded the lead three times over the next several minutes before Horbatuck’s free throws created the 52-all tie ... Army shot an even 50 percent (21 of 42) for the game, while Bucknell was close behind at 46.9 percent (23 of 49) ... Simmers was 6 of 13 from the field and 4 of 9 on treys for Army, while Dunn hit on 7 of 11 chances from the floor to pace the Bison ... Bucknell visits Lafayette Saturday at 3 p.m.