Feb. 8, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The top of the Patriot League women's basketball standings got even more interesting on Saturday as three teams are now separated by only one game.
Army (17-5, 9-2) knocked off league-leading Navy (18-5, 10-2) and American (16-7, 9-3) used a big second half to pull away for an 18-point win over Colgate (5-18, 1-11).
Fourth-place Bucknell (13-9, 8-4) kept pace with a come-from-behind win over Holy Cross (14-9, 6-6).
Lafayette (12-11, 6-6) remained in a tie with the Crusaders following a home loss to Boston University (9-16, 4-8).
Lehigh (11-11, 4-7) won on the road for the first time since November in defeating Loyola (5-18, 2-10) at Reitz Arena.
Recaps and box scores from Saturday's action are included below.
at Army 56 Navy 48
Army sophomore Kelsey Minato scored in double figures for the 38th straight game and added six rebounds and six assists in a 64-58 win Saturday over Navy in the annual Star Game at Christl Arena.
Minato finished with 16 points and Jen Hazlett and Jean Parker added 12 apiece for the Black Knights.
Jade Geif led the Mids with 13 points and nine rebounds. Alix Membreno and Kara Pollinger chipped in with 11 each.
Membreno hit a three-pointer with four minutes remaining to cut the Army lead to two, but a jumper by Olivia Schretzman and four free throws by Hazlett and Minato pushed the advantage to eight.
After winning their first nine games of the Patriot League regular season, Navy has lost two of three and now holds only a half-game lead over Army. The Black Knights have won five straight contests.
at Colgate 57
American trailed Colgate 44-43 four minutes in to the second half before using an 11-1 run to pull away for a 75-57 victory at Cotterell Court on Saturday.
Junior forward Arron Zimmerman scored 19 points to lead the Eagles. Jen Dumiak contributed 16 points and five assists.
American shot 20-for-20 from the free throw line in the contest. Alexis Dobbs was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe and finished with 10 points.
Carole Harris scored 16 points to lead the Raiders.
at Bucknell 82, Holy Cross 79
Bucknell erased a 14-point deficit with 10 minutes remaining to pull out a 82-79 victory over Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion on Saturday.
The Bison trailed 63-49 before Shelby Romine and Claire Maree O'Bryan keyed a run that tied the game at 68 with six minutes left. Bucknell continued the surge with a 9-2 run punctuated by a three-point field goal by Romine with 3:55 remaining.
O'Bryan finished with 16 points and Romine had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Lisa Mifsud registered 16 points and five assists for Holy Cross.
Boston University 61 at Lafayette 59
Boston University snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off Lafayette for a 61-59 win Saturday at Kirby Sport Center.
Senior Rashidat Agboola scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Terriers. Mollie McKendrick contributed 19 points and sophomore Clodagh Scannell added 13 points and snared nine rebounds.
The Leopards, winners of four straight coming in to the contest, cut a nine-point deficit to two with 90 seconds remaining but missed a pair of shots down the stretch.
Guard Brya Freeland scored a season-high 13 points to lead Lafayette and Danielle Fiacco added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Lehigh 50 at Loyola Maryland 47
Sophomore Elizabeth Jordan hit a three-point field goal with 5.4 seconds remaining to lift Lehigh to a 50-47 win over Loyola Saturday at Reitz Arena.
The victory was the first on the road for the Mountain Hawks since Nov. 23 and also gave them back-to-back wins for the first time since December.
Elizabeth Sharlow led Lehigh with 11 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Kerry Kinek added nine points and a season-high 14 boards.
The Greyhounds were paced by Lisa Mirachi with nine points and seven rebounds.