Feb. 7, 2014
Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 02.07.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy leads Army by 1.5 games at the top of the Patriot League standings as the teams prepare to face off on national television on Saturday at West Point.
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*The Navy at Army game on Saturday will be shown on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 1:30 p.m.
*Holy Cross and Lafayette are tied for fourth in Patriot League standings at 6-5, one game behind Bucknell.
*Lafayette and Army have both won four straight Patriot League contests.
*American has won 15 consecutive games over Colgate heading into Saturday's matchup in Hamilton, N.Y.
*Home teams went 3-1 on Wednesday and all four winners had a rebounding advantage.
*Navy seniors Audrey Bauer (990) and Kara Pollinger (966) are closing in on 1,000 points.
*Loyola has yet to win a Patriot League contest on their home court of Reitz Arena.
*Lehigh and Colgate have yet to win a Patriot League game on the road this season.
*Army's game with Lehigh that was postponed on Wednesday will be played Monday, Feb. 24 at Stabler Arena.
*Heading in to the showdown with Navy on Saturday, the Black Knights are a perfect 11-0 this season at Christl Arena.
*Bucknell had a two-game win streak snapped by Lafayette, the Leopards ended Navy's nine-game streak on Feb. 1.
Patriot League Notebook
Army, Navy Prepare For Saturday Showdown
Navy leads Army by 1.5 games at the top of the Patriot League standings as the teams prepare to face off on national television on Saturday at West Point. The matchup will mark the 62nd meeting between Army and Navy, with the Midshipmen holding a 31-30 advantage in the series that dates back to 1981. The game is also designated as the annual "Star" Game between the two academies with the Black Knights holding a 15-10 edge over Navy when playing for the "Star."
American, Holy Cross and Lafayette Protect The Home Court
Lafayette raced to their fourth straight victory on Wednesday with a 87-64 win over Bucknell at Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards placed five players in double figures led by Kelly Loughney and Madeline Fahan with 16 apiece. Holy Cross swept the regular season series from Colgate with a 79-56 win at the Hart Center and American also defeated Loyola for the second time with a 63-38 victory at Bender Arena. Navy bounced back from their first Patriot League loss of the season with a 68-57 road win over Boston University.
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 Feb. 1, and her career total currently stands at 1,513. Smith is followed on the 1,000-point list by Bucknell's Shelby Romine (1,402), Navy's Jade Geif (1,350), American's Alexis Dobbs (1,137), Navy's Alix Membreno (1,085), Boston University's Rashidat Agboola (1,058) and Army's Jen Hazlett (1,030).
Holy Cross' Smith Nears Another top Five Standing
Smith, who is 17th in League history with her 1,513 points, also holds the Patriot League career record with 324 three-pointers. Now, she is nearing another top five spot after moving into sixth in League annals with 518 assists. Smith is just 14 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 958 boards and is just 5 away from the top five. Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco is the Patriot League career leader with 352 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 Wednesday, all four victorious teams held a rebounding edge with Navy leading the way with a 47-37 advantage over Boston University. Lafayette and Holy Cross had six more rebounds than their opponent in wins over Bucknell and Colgate, respectively.
Three home teams won on Wednesday to raise the home/road advantage to 30-24 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, 32 out of 54, 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 (18-4, 10-1) at Army Black Knights (16-5, 8-2)
Christl Arena; Boston, Mass. (CBS Sports Network) - Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
*Mids hold a 31-30 advantage in the series that dates back to 1981.
*Army won the last meeting at Christl Arena on Jan. 20, 2013 by a score of 53-42.
*Navy posted a 74-64 win at home against the Black Knights on Jan. 11.
*In the previous meeting, Army had more field goals (24-21), but Navy had advantage from the line (24-10).
*Army Sophomore Kelsey Minato leads the Patriot League with a 37-game double-digit scoring streak.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (10-11, 3-7) at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (5-17, 2-9)
Reitz Arena; Baltimore, Md. (PLN) - Saturday, 1 p.m.
*Lehigh leads all-time series 4-3, but Loyola has won the last two -- including 70-64 on Jan. 11.
*Loyola has a 2-7 overall home record but has yet to win a Patriot League game at Reitz Arena (0-5).
*Lehigh averages 6.6 fewer points than its opponents when on the road.
*Loyola shot 48% from floor in previous meeting, including 7-for-12 on 3pt field goals in second half.
*Lehigh is 8-1 when leading at halftime, but just 2-10 when tied or trailing.
Holy Cross Crusaders (14-7, 6-5) at Bucknell Bison (12-9, 7-4)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. (PLN) - Saturday, 2 p.m.
*Holy Cross leads all-time series 40-15, but Bucknell won 83-79 in overtime at Hart Center on Jan. 11
*Bucknell Coach Aaron Roussell guided University of Chicago to four appearances in the Division III NCAA Tournament.
*Holy Cross is 14-9 overall in games played at the Sojka Pavilion, but has dropped three out of its last five games at Bucknell.
*Sophomore Raquel Scott leads Holy Cross and also the Patriot League with 11 double-doubles.
*Bucknell held a large advantage from the charity stripe in previous game, sinking 19 free throws to Crusaders 6.
*Holy Cross is a perfect 13-0 this season when leading at halftime.
American Eagles (15-7, 8-3) at Colgate Raiders (5-17, 1-10)
Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y. (PLN) - Saturday, 4 p.m.
*American leads all-time series 24-6 and is 10-3 against the Raiders at Cotterell Court.
*The Eagles shot 49% from the field and 56% from behind the arc in 72-55 win on Jan. 11.
*Colgate has dropped the last 15 meetings between the two teams.
*In previous meeting, Colgate jumped out to a 7-6 lead but American answered with a 10-0 run and never trailed again.
*Missy Repoli comes off the bench for Raiders but has led team in scoring with 19 & 20 point efforts in last two outings.
Boston University (8-16, 3-8) at Lafayette Leopards (12-10, 6-5)
Kirby Sports Center; Easton, Pa. (PLN) - Saturday, 2 p.m.
*Boston University leads the all-times series 8-2, although Lafayette won must recent meeting 68-63 on Jan. 11.
*After starting conference play 0-3, Lafayette has won six of their last eight Patriot League games.
*Terriers are 3-1 when playing Lafayette in Easton, Pa. Leopards only other win over BU was 65-51 on 1/6/94.
*Lafayette leads the Patriot League with 42.2 rebounds per game and 5.5 blocks per game.
*Boston University has been held under 60 points in last three games after scoring season-high 86 vs. Bucknell on Jan. 25.
*Lafayette forward Kelly Loughney had a career best 20 points and a career high 13 rebounds in previous meeting.
AMERICAN- The Eagles made it two wins in a row with a 63-38 home victory over Loyola on Wednesday. Jen Dumiak continued her streak of double-digit scoring, tallying a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, also finishing with a team-best five assists...American took the lead in field goal percentage defense in the Patriot League at .358 by holding the Greyhounds under 31% for the game. The Eagles also forced 18 turnovers with Arron Zimmerman and Geleisa George each registering a pair of steals...By holding Loyola to 38 points, American lowered their Patriot League-leading scoring defense to 54.3 points per game. With a strong defensive performance against Colgate on Saturday, the Eagles could move in to the top-5 nationally when NCAA stats are calculated next week...American sits in sole possession of third place in the league standings heading into Saturday's game at Colgate. The Eagles won the previous meeting between the two teams 72-55 at Bender Arena on Jan. 11.
ARMY- The Black Knights will host rival Navy on Saturday after an unexpected week off following the postponement of their scheduled game at Lehigh on Wednesday. The Army bus was involved in a minor crash on a Pennsylvania highway and the contest with the Mountain Hawks was rescheduled to allow the players and staff to be evaluated. The contest against Lehigh will be played on Monday, Feb. 24 at Stabler Arena...In their last outing, Army trailed by 10 points in the first half before rallying for a 56-45 overtime victory over Loyola...Sophomore Kelsey Minato, the reigning Patriot League Women's Basketball Player of the Week, led all scorers with 18 points in the win over the Greyhounds. Minato leads the Patriot League in scoring (20.6), free throw percentage (91.3) and minutes played (36.8/game)...Saturday will mark the 62nd meeting between Army and Navy, with the Mids holding a 31-30 advantage in the series that dates back to 1981. The Black Knights trail Navy by 1.5 games in the Patriot League standings. The game will be broadcast to a national audience on CBS Sports Network.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY- The Terriers whittled a 19-point halftime deficit to three-time defending Patriot League champion Navy to four, but could not complete the comeback in a 68-57 setback Wednesday at Case Gym...Mollie McKendrick recorded her third double-double of the season in the Terriers loss to Navy. The junior from Australia scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards. Teammate Rashidat Agboola led all scorers with 19 points in the game...Boston University has connected on 172 three-point field goals on the season which is second behind Navy. Sarah Hope (47), Danielle Callahan (45) and Clodagh Scannell (39) account for more than 75-percent of that total...The Terriers make a trip to Pennsylvania for the second consecutive Saturday when they travel to face Lafayette at Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards defeated Boston University 68-63 at Case Gym on Jan. 11.
BUCKNELL- After winning four of five games -- including two straight at home -- the road was less kind to the Bison following a 87-64 loss at Lafayette on Wednesday. Bucknell trailed by only four at intermission, but the Leopards scored the first seven points after halftime to build a double-digit advantage...Sophomore guard Tyler Craig played her best all-around game since being inserted in to the starting lineup on January 29. Craig enjoyed a perfect shooting night against Lafayette, going 3-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line to tie her career high of eight points. Craig also dished out a team high three assists against the Leopards...Freshman guard Megan McGurk has scored in double figures in each of the past three games for the Bison...Bucknell will host Holy Cross on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion. The Bison won the previous meeting 83-79 in an overtime contest at the Hart Center on Jan. 11.
COLGATE- Despite a season-high 20 points from junior guard Missy Repoli, Colgate fell to Holy Cross 79-56 Wednesday at the Hart Center...Repoli has been on a tear of late, averaging 19.5 points per game over the last two contests and connecting on 12 of her last 16 shots from behind the arc...Also hot for the Raiders has been junior forward Carole Harris who has averaged 16.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game over the last seven games. Harris has raised her scoring average to a team-leading 12.2 per game...The Raiders are second in the Patriot League with 7.3 steals per game. Four players average more than a steal per game, led by senior guard Lauryn Kobiela with 30 steals on the season...Colgate will welcome American to Cotterell Court on Saturday. The Eagles won the previous contest 72-55 last month at Bender Arena.
HOLY CROSS- The Crusaders moved over .500 in the Patriot League with a 79-56 win at the Hart Center over visiting Colgate on Wednesday...Holy Cross used a 20-7 second half run to push their lead to 20 after the Raiders had closed to 44-37...Sophomore forward Raquel Scott posted a team-best 15 points to go along with a game and career-best eight assists...The charity stripe was one of the statistical battles Holy Cross won against Colgate, not only did the Crusaders have 21 attempts to their opponents 4, they made a season-best 90.5 of those attempts...Holy Cross also held an advantage in assists (23-14), rebounds (34-28), points in the paint (32-18) and points off turnovers (23-13)... The Crusaders are tied with Lafayette at 6-5 in the Patriot League, a game behind fourth place Bucknell. Holy Cross lost an 83-79 overtime thriller to the Bison back on Jan. 11 and look for the regular season split when they travel to Lewisburg on Saturday.
LAFAYETTE- The hottest team in the Patriot League followed up an impressive road win over previously unbeaten Navy by beating Bucknell 87-64 Wednesday at Kirby Sports Center. ... With the win over the Bison, the Leopards have won four straight and turned the tables on two teams that defeated them in the first half of the season...Lafayette placed five players in double figures -- led by Madeline Fahan and Kelly Loughney with 16 apiece -- and their bench outscored Bucknell's reserves 33-17...Junior forward Emily Homan has averaged 20.8 points and 10.4 rebounds over the Leopards last five games...Lafayette welcomes Boston University on Saturday. The Leopards rallied from an 8-point halftime deficit to defeat the Terriers 68-63 at Case Gym on Jan. 11.
LEHIGH- The Mountain Hawks picked up a half-game in the standings when their scheduled Patriot League contest with Army was postponed after the Black Knights' bus was involved in a minor accident. The game has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 at Stabler Arena...Sophomore forward Elizabeth Sharlow stepped up big in Lehigh's 67-54 home win over Boston University on Saturday. With leading scorer Kerry Kinek saddled with foul trouble, Sharlow posted her second career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Mountain Hawks end a three-game losing streak...Lehigh travels to Loyola on Saturday and will try to win consecutive games for the first time since December. The Mountain Hawks defeated St. Peters 75-54 on Dec. 9 heading into the exam break and then beat Vermont 87-78 on Dec. 20 in their first contest following the exam period...The Greyhounds edged Lehigh 70-64 on Jan. 11 at Stabler Arena.
LOYOLA MARYLAND- A 23-8 run by American to end the first half allowed the hosts to pull away from the visiting Greyhounds for a 63-38 victory Wednesday at Bender Arena...Freshman forward Lauren Daugherty earned her first career start against the Eagles coming on the heels of a career-high 15 points the previous game in a 56-45 overtime loss to Army. Daugherty led Loyola in rebounds with seven against American and also netted seven points...The Eagles are near the top of the pack in scoring defense in the Patriot League allowing 63.7 points per game and also third in steals at 7.2 steals per contest...After playing three of their last four on the road, Loyola returns home for a pair of games. The Eagles host Lehigh on Saturday in the annual Play 4 Kay day. Loyola defeated the Mountain Hawks 70-64 at Stabler Arena on Jan. 11.
NAVY- Navy bounced back from their first Patriot League loss of the season with a 68-57 win over Boston University on Wednesday. Junior guard Chloe Stapleton tied a career-high with six three-point field goals and shared scoring honors with Alix Membreno with 18 points against Terriers...Seniors Audrey Bauer and Kara Pollinger are closing in on reaching the 1,000 point plateau. Bauer enters Saturday's contest with Army at 990 points and Bauer at 966. The duo would join classmates Jade Geif and Membreno as members of the 1,000 point club...The Mids lead the Patriot League in three-point field goals made at 9.3 per game. This is more than two 3-point field goals a game more than runnerup Boston University's 7.2 per game...Navy will look to complete the season sweep of rival Army on Saturday when they travel to West Point to take on the Black Knights. The Mids prevailed in the first meeting 74-64 on Jan. 11.