Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 2.10.12

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Jen Dumiak and American host Holy Cross Saturday at 2 p.m., with the Eagles aiming to move to 10-0 in the Patriot League.
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Jen Dumiak and American host Holy Cross Saturday at 2 p.m., with the Eagles aiming to move to 10-0 in the Patriot League.
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Feb. 10, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Another slate of games awaits Patriot League women’s basketball teams Saturday, and more questions about potential seeding and tournament quarterfinal sites could be answered by the time the dust settles at approximately 6 p.m. that evening.

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American has put the No. 1 spot in the League in a virtual sleeperhold thanks to Wednesday’s 67-50 win at Lehigh. Sophomore Alexis Dobbs had a career night with 21 points and freshman Jen Dumiak scored 18, one off her career best, to lead the Eagles. Senior Lisa Strack didn’t have to be the best player on the floor for American, but she still scored eight points and dished six assists to lead the American charge.

Army’s 62-47 victory at Lafayette was a lot closer than the final score indicates, but the Black Knights are surging. They’ve won three straight and sit in a three-way tie for second with Lehigh and Navy at 6-3. After playing it’s first eight League games within an average of less than 3.0 points per contest, Army rattled off its first double-digit victory since a 71-40 triumph against Manhattanville Nov. 25.

American and Army were the only two teams to complete regular-season sweeps of their opponents Wednesday. Navy, which jumped out to a 19-0 lead and cruised to a 73-56 win at Holy Cross, and Bucknell, which handed Colgate a 67-45 defeat in Lewisburg, Pa., salvaged series splits.

Wednesday’s results set up Saturday’s action, which all takes place in the afternoon. The day opens with Army hosting Navy on CBS Sports Network at 12 p.m., with Bob Socci and Leah Secondo handling the calls. Already a big matchup within the League standings, it is also the annual Star Game.

American looks to take another step toward sewing up the No. 1 seed in the League Tournament when it hosts Holy Cross at 2 p.m.

Saturday continues with Lafayette entertaining Bucknell at 3 p.m., and Lehigh visiting Colgate at 4 p.m.

Patriot League Notebook

STILL UNBLEMISHED
American improved to 9-0 in the Patriot League with Wednesday’s 67-50 win at Lehigh. After a herky-jerky first half that saw the Eagles take a 24-19 lead into halftime, they started the second on a 26-6 run to take a commanding 50-25 lead halfway through the frame. American is the first team to go 9-0 in the League since Holy Cross started 10-0 in 2004-05. Coincidentally the Eagles will try to match that start Saturday when they host the Crusaders at Bender Arena at 2 p.m. While American has the No. 1 seed in the League Tournament on its mind, Holy Cross has much riding on this game as well. The Crusaders have lost three straight to drop to fifth in the League standings, two games behind the three-way tie for second.

HOME COOKIN’
Home teams had the advantage last Saturday, going 3-1 in contests and nearly making it a perfect 4-for-4 weekend before Lehigh rallied for its 75-73 win at Holy Cross. On Wednesday it was the road teams that exacted some payback with a 3-1 showing, as American, Army and Navy collected wins away from home. Home teams still own a 20-16 advantage through 36 League contests with five more days of League games to go. A complete list of home teams’ records in League play since American joined in 2001-02 is below:
.643 - 2006-07 (36-20)
.626 - 2004-05 (35-21)
.607 - 2005-06, 2001-02 (34-22)
.589 - 2009-10 (33-23)
.571 - 2003-04 (32-24)
.556 - 2011-12 (20-16)
.554 - 2002-03 (31-25)
.536 - 2008-09, 2010-11 (30-26)
.446 - 2007-08 (25-31)

CORKERY TAKES TOP SPOT
Now in his fourth season at American, Matt Corkery has improved his coaching record in the nation’s capital to 80-37 overall and an impressive 41-10 in Patriot League contests. That gives him the highest winning percentages of any coach to work in the Patriot League in both categories. His overall winning percentage of .684 inches ahead of Fordham’s Kevin Morris, who went 40-19 (.678) from 1993-95, while his League success rate (.804) puts him in front of both Morris (22-6) and Army’s Maggie Dixon (11-3), who entered the season with the best winning percentages in League games at .786.

SATURDAY SLATE CRUCIAL FOR QUARTERFINAL HOSTING
American further solidified its spot as the favorite to eventually secure the No. 1 spot in the Patriot League Tournament, which begins March 1 with four quarterfinal contests. Seeds No. 2 through 4, however, are still very much up for debate as there is a three-way tie for second between Army, Lehigh and Navy at 6-3. Army and Navy will play Saturday at 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network, with the winner getting the obvious leg up on a home quarterfinal game. Army is trying to split the season series with its rival, while the Mids look for the sweep and to capture the Star. Meanwhile, Lehigh will try to keep pace with the winner when it visits Colgate. The teams who garner the top four seeds to the Patriot League Tournament will host quarterfinal games March 1.

TWO AWAY
Lafayette sophomore Danielle Fiacco blocked three more shots Wednesday against Army to give her 93 on the season. Already just the fifth Patriot Leaguer ever to record 90 rejections in a season, Fiacco is now just two blocks shy of tying the League’s single-season mark of 95 held by Fordham’s Kelly Roche (1992-93) and Bucknell’s Hope Foster (2005-06). The 6-foot-7 sophomore center is 10th in League annals with 164 career blocks, just six away from ninth and 10 from eighth.

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.

PATRIOT LEAGUE RETURNS TO CBS SPORTS NETWORK SATURDAY
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. Now the rematch is upon us, as Army hosts the Mids Saturday at 12 p.m., and once again the game will be shown on CBS Sports Network. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play, while Leah Secondo will provide the analysis. CBS Sports Network, the official broadcast partner of the Patriot League, will also televise the women’s basketball championship on March 10 at 6 p.m.

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

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (13-10, 6-3) AT ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (12-12, 6-3)
Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y. • Saturday, 12 p.m.
Series: Navy, 29-28 TV: CBS Sports Network
Streak: Navy, One Win Last Meeting: Navy, 58-56 (1.14.12)
Last Army Win: 57-46 (2.19.11) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

Navy visits Army in the second meeting of the season between the two rivals Saturday for a 12 p.m. tip on CBS Sports Network ... It is the annual Star Game ... Army won last year’s Star meeting, 57-46, in Annapolis ... The Mids’ 58-56 victory Jan. 14 at Alumni Hall gave them a 29-28 edge in the series ... Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play duties for Saturday’s broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, while Leah Secondo will be the analyst ... Both teams enter the game riding three-game win streaks ... Both are tied with Lehigh for second place in the League standings at 6-3 ... Jade Geif scored 16 points, but she logged her biggest buckets on her last two touches of the game to lift Navy to a 58-56 win over Army in the January meeting.

NAVY opened the game on a 19-0 run and never looked back in a 73-56 victory over Holy Cross (13-11, 4-5) Wednesday night at the Hart Center ... Audrey Bauer led all scorers with 16 points and was one of four Mids to reach double digits ... She went 4 of 9 from the floor and 4 of 6 on 3-point attempts ... Jade Geif had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Navy, while Alix Membreno and Erin Edwards each poured in 10 ... The Mids logged field goals on their first three possessions of the game and took a 7-0 lead less than two minutes in following a 3-pointer from Edwards ... Back-to-back 3-pointers for the Mids from Kara Pollinger and Bauer put Navy ahead 19-0 with just 4:35 gone in the game ... The Mids shot 7 of 10 during their opening run, while Holy Cross missed its first 10 shots from the floor and had five turnovers during that stretch ... Holy Cross scored its first field goal with 12:48 left until halftime ... Navy’s lead was extended to 34-10 before the Mids went into the locker room leading 37-16 ... The Crusaders opened the second half on an 8-2 run to come within 15 points at 39-24 just two minutes into the second half ... But the Mids replied with two straight 3-pointers from Bauer and freshman Chloe Stapleton to break the run ... Holy Cross scored the next five points, but Stapleton responded with another trey for the Mids ... Navy led 48-29 with about 14 minutes left, and the Navy lead expanded and contracted between 16 and 25 points the rest of the way ... Navy shot 49.1 percent (26 of 53) for the game and 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) from beyond the arc ... The Crusaders were 21 of 59 (35.6 percent) from the field ... Alex Smith led the Crusaders with 12 points, while Ashley Cooper had 11 off the bench and Amy Lepley scored 10 ... Navy will host American Wednesday at 7 p.m.

ARMY Army’s tandem of Anna Simmers and Jen Hazlett came up big once again, combining for 37 points as the Black Knights pulled away late with a 62-47 victory at Lafayette Wednesday night ... Simmers led all players with 20 points on 5-of-15 shooting and 9 of 10 from the foul line, while Hazlett logged a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds for Army, which has won three straight games to pull back to .500 overall and sits in a three-way tie for second with Lehigh and Navy ... Emily Homan and Brya Freeland had 12 points apiece for the Leopards ... Danielle Fiacco was held to just three points (all from the foul line) but also collected three blocks, giving her 93 for the season ... She’s two shy of tying the Patriot League single-season record for rejections ... Olivia Schretzman’s layup jumped Army out to an 11-4 lead with 15:24 remaining in the first half ... Lafayette inched back within two on its next possessions, but the Black Knights received a three-point play from Jessica Waggoner to move ahead 21-12 with 10:33 on the clock ... Lafayette closed the first half on an 18-9 spurt, including an 11-2 run over the last 6:35 to make it a 30-30 game at the break ... Molly Yardley’s layup put Army ahead again by six, 38-32, with 13:35 to go in the second ... Freeland and Sarah McGorry each went 2 of 2 from the foul line to bring the Leopards back within 38-36, but Schretzman’s three-point play capped off an 8-0 Army run, and the Black Knights led 46-36 with 8:58 to go ... Simmers scored five straight points thanks to a jumper and a 3-pointer to give Army a 51-38 advantage at the 5:21 mark ... Fiacco’s three foul shots on two straight possessions brought Lafayette back within 54-47, but Army went 8 of 8 on its charity stripe chances to close the game ... Army went 17 of 54 (31.5 percent) from the field and hit just eight shots in the second half, but hit on 23 of 27 from the foul line for the game ... Lafayette managed just three field goals on 29 attempts in the second half and shot 15 of 57 (26.3 percent) for the contest ... The Black Knights host Colgate Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (13-11, 4-5) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (17-6, 9-0)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 14-11
Streak: American, Six Wins Last Meeting: American, 62-59 (1.14.12)
Last Holy Cross Win: 58-55 (2.21.09) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

American continues flying high and puts is nine-game win streak on the line Saturday for a 2 p.m. start at home against visiting Holy Cross ... The Crusaders have dropped three in a row and have fallen to fifth place in the League standings trailing the three-way tie in second place by two games ... The Eagles also have a personal win streak going against the Crusaders, which reached six in a row after a 62-59 win in Worcester Jan. 14 ... Lisa Strack scored 17 points and Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak logged 10 apiece as the Eagles held on ... The Crusaders won the battle of the boards, 43-29, in that game, while Emily Parker led them with 15 points.

HOLY CROSS Navy pened the game on a 19-0 run and never looked back in a 73-56 victory over Holy Cross (13-11, 4-5) Wednesday night at the Hart Center ... Audrey Bauer led all scorers with 16 points and was one of four Mids to reach double digits ... She went 4 of 9 from the floor and 4 of 6 on 3-point attempts ... Jade Geif had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Navy, while Alix Membreno and Erin Edwards each poured in 10 ... The Mids logged field goals on their first three possessions of the game and took a 7-0 lead less than two minutes in following a 3-pointer from Edwards ... Back-to-back 3-pointers for the Mids from Kara Pollinger and Bauer put Navy ahead 19-0 with just 4:35 gone in the game ... The Mids shot 7 of 10 during their opening run, while Holy Cross missed its first 10 shots from the floor and had five turnovers during that stretch ... Holy Cross scored its first field goal with 12:48 left until halftime ... Navy’s lead was extended to 34-10 before the Mids went into the locker room leading 37-16 ... The Crusaders opened the second half on an 8-2 run to come within 15 points at 39-24 just two minutes into the second half ... But the Mids replied with two straight 3-pointers from Bauer and freshman Chloe Stapleton to break the run ... Holy Cross scored the next five points, but Stapleton responded with another trey for the Mids ... Navy led 48-29 with about 14 minutes left, and the Navy lead expanded and contracted between 16 and 25 points the rest of the way ... Navy shot 49.1 percent (26 of 53) for the game and 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) from beyond the arc ... The Crusaders were 21 of 59 (35.6 percent) from the field ... Alex Smith led the Crusaders with 12 points, while Ashley Cooper had 11 off the bench and Amy Lepley scored 10 ... Holy Cross returns home to host Lafayette Wednesday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN Sophomore Alexis Dobbs drained six 3-pointers on the game and led all scorers with a career-high 21 points to lead American to a 67-50 victory over Lehigh inside Stabler Arena Wednesday night ... The Eagles have a three-game lead over a three-way tie for second place in the League and are the first undefeated team in League play after nine games since Holy Cross started 10-0 in 2004-05 ... Jen Dumiak added 18 points to pace American, which finished the game shooting 25 of 60 (41.7 percent) from the floor after going 16 of 30 in the second half ... Emily Gratch had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds for Lehigh, while Alexa Williams scored 16 with eight boards ... Sarah Williams chipped in nine off the bench ... Both teams had difficulty finding their rhythm early in the game ... American’s defense held Lehigh without a field goal during a nearly nine-minute stretch of the first half, but the Eagles led 20-15 late in the frame ... American wound up with a 24-19 edge at halftime ... American came out on fire in the second half, and opening the frame with a 26-6 run over the first 10:29 to take a commanding 50-25 lead with 9:31 remaining ... The Eagles’ relentless defense gave the Mountain Hawks problems all night ... Ebony Edwards collected a game-high seven steals, and American logged 20 on the night ... Lehigh committed a total of 26 turnovers, which American converted into 32 points ... Lisa Strack scored all eight of her points in the second half, including sinking a 3-pointer during the Eagles’ game-changing run in the early minutes ... She dished six assists and had two steals ... The Eagles finished 9 of 22 (40.9 percent) from beyond the arc, and went 6 of 11 in the final 20 minutes to pull away ... American heads to Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m. to meet the defending League champion for the second time this season.

BUCKNELL BISON (3-21, 1-8) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (8-16, 2-7)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Saturday, 3 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 36-32 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: Lafayette, One Win Last Meeting: Lafayette 49, Bucknell 45 (1.14.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 46-34 (2.16.11) Last Five Games: Bucknell, 3-2

Bucknell, coming off its best showing of the season in a 22-point win over Colgate Wednesday, tries to make it two in a row when it visits the Lehigh Valley Saturday to take on Lafayette at 3 p.m. ... The Lafayette Sports Network will broadcast the game on RCN Cable ... Lafayette won a close 49-45 battle in Lewisburg Jan. 14, with Danielle Fiacco scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds ... She also tallied five blocks in the game ... A Lafayette win and a Holy Cross loss would set up a critical matchup Wednesday in Worcester when the Leopards visit the Crusaders ... A Bucknell win would lift the Bison into a tie with Lafayette (and maybe Colgate) depending on the Raiders’ result versus Lehigh.

BUCKNELL Rachel Voss led three Bucknell players in double figures with a game-high 16 points and Lindsay Horbatuck grabbed 16 rebounds as the Bison played perhaps their best all-around game of the season in a convincing 67-45 victory over Colgate Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion ... For Bucknell (3-21, 1-8), it was its first victory under interim head coach Bill Broderick ... Alyssa Dunn chipped in 12 points off the bench for Bucknell, while Shelby Romine had 11 points ... Jhazmine Lynch led Colgate with 15 points ... She was the only Raider to reach double figures ... Kelly Reid’s bucket put Colgate ahead 4-3 in the game’s early going, but the Bison scored the next 12 points with Voss, Romine and Dunn connecting on baskets ... Lynch broke the streak with a 3-pointer, but the Bison rattled off another eight straight points, with Audrey Dotson’s bucket giving Bucknell a 23-7 lead approaching the midway point of the first ... Romine’s layup later in the half gave the Bison their biggest lead to that point at 38-16, and Bucknell took a 41-24 advantage into the locker room ... The second half began much like the first did, with Bucknell opening with an 8-0 run ... It extended to a 14-4 spurt as Voss’ layup gave the Bison a 55-28 lead with 13:18 to go ... Colgate was unable to muster a wide-ranging run in a comeback attempt, as Bucknell’s lead hovered around 20 the rest of the way ... Bucknell owned a huge 58-33 edge on the glass and shot 42 percent (29 of 69) from the field, despite missing all six of its 3-point shots ... Colgate was 17 of 62 (27.4 percent) from the floor ... The Bison turned 15 Colgate turnovers into 20 points, and owned a 20-1 edge in that category ... The Bison head to Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LAFAYETTE Army’s tandem of Anna Simmers and Jen Hazlett came up big once again, combining for 37 points as the Black Knights pulled away late with a 62-47 victory at Lafayette Wednesday night ... Simmers led all players with 20 points on 5-of-15 shooting and 9 of 10 from the foul line, while Hazlett logged a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds for Army, which has won three straight games to pull back to .500 overall and sits in a three-way tie for second with Lehigh and Navy ... Emily Homan and Brya Freeland had 12 points apiece for the Leopards ... Danielle Fiacco was held to just three points (all from the foul line) but also collected three blocks, giving her 93 for the season ... She’s two shy of tying the Patriot League single-season record for rejections ... Olivia Schretzman’s layup jumped Army out to an 11-4 lead with 15:24 remaining in the first half ... Lafayette inched back within two on its next possessions, but the Black Knights received a three-point play from Jessica Waggoner to move ahead 21-12 with 10:33 on the clock ... Lafayette closed the first half on an 18-9 spurt, including an 11-2 run over the last 6:35 to make it a 30-30 game at the break ... Molly Yardley’s layup put Army ahead again by six, 38-32, with 13:35 to go in the second ... Freeland and Sarah McGorry each went 2 of 2 from the foul line to bring the Leopards back within 38-36, but Schretzman’s three-point play capped off an 8-0 Army run, and the Black Knights led 46-36 with 8:58 to go ... Simmers scored five straight points thanks to a jumper and a 3-pointer to give Army a 51-38 advantage at the 5:21 mark ... Fiacco’s three foul shots on two straight possessions brought Lafayette back within 54-47, but Army went 8 of 8 on its charity stripe chances to close the game ... Army went 17 of 54 (31.5 percent) from the field and hit just eight shots in the second half, but hit on 23 of 27 from the foul line for the game ... Lafayette managed just three field goals on 29 attempts in the second half and shot 15 of 57 (26.3 percent) for the contest ... The Leopards visit Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (13-10, 6-3) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (5-19, 2-7)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Saturday, 4 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 31-21
Streak: Lehigh, 13 Wins Last Meeting: Lehigh, 85-82 (2OT; 1.14.12)
Last Colgate Win: 71-69 (OT; 2.1.06) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 5-0

Lehigh looks to rebound from Wednesday’s 17-point loss at home to American when it visits Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m. ... The Raiders already snapped a long losing streak to one League team earlier this season when it defeated Holy Cross at home Jan. 28 ... The Mountain Hawks have won 13 straight in the series dating back to Feb. 1, 2006 ... Lehigh snagged an 85-82 double-overtime victory in Bethlehem Jan. 14, overcoming a 26-point effort from Jhazmine Lynch and 20 from Missy Repoli.

LEHIGH Sophomore Alexis Dobbs drained six 3-pointers on the game and led all scorers with a career-high 21 points to lead American to a 67-50 victory over Lehigh inside Stabler Arena Wednesday night ... The Eagles have a three-game lead over a three-way tie for second place in the League and are the first undefeated team in League play after nine games since Holy Cross started 10-0 in 2004-05 ... Jen Dumiak added 18 points to pace American, which finished the game shooting 25 of 60 (41.7 percent) from the floor after going 16 of 30 in the second half ... Emily Gratch had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds for Lehigh, while Alexa Williams scored 16 with eight boards ... Sarah Williams chipped in nine off the bench ... Both teams had difficulty finding their rhythm early in the game ... American’s defense held Lehigh without a field goal during a nearly nine-minute stretch of the first half, but the Eagles led 20-15 late in the frame ... American wound up with a 24-19 edge at halftime ... American came out on fire in the second half, and opening the frame with a 26-6 run over the first 10:29 to take a commanding 50-25 lead with 9:31 remaining ... The Eagles’ relentless defense gave the Mountain Hawks problems all night ... Ebony Edwards collected a game-high seven steals, and American logged 20 on the night ... Lehigh committed a total of 26 turnovers, which American converted into 32 points ... Lisa Strack scored all eight of her points in the second half, including sinking a 3-pointer during the Eagles’ game-changing run in the early minutes ... She dished six assists and had two steals ... The Eagles finished 9 of 22 (40.9 percent) from beyond the arc, and went 6 of 11 in the final 20 minutes to pull away ... Lehigh will return to Stabler Arena Wednesday night to host Bucknell at 7 p.m.

COLGATE Rachel Voss led three Bucknell players in double figures with a game-high 16 points and Lindsay Horbatuck grabbed 16 rebounds as the Bison played perhaps their best all-around game of the season in a convincing 67-45 victory over Colgate Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion ... For Bucknell (3-21, 1-8), it was its first victory under interim head coach Bill Broderick ... Alyssa Dunn chipped in 12 points off the bench for Bucknell, while Shelby Romine had 11 points ... Jhazmine Lynch led Colgate with 15 points ... She was the only Raider to reach double figures ... Kelly Reid’s bucket put Colgate ahead 4-3 in the game’s early going, but the Bison scored the next 12 points with Voss, Romine and Dunn connecting on baskets ... Lynch broke the streak with a 3-pointer, but the Bison rattled off another eight straight points, with Audrey Dotson’s bucket giving Bucknell a 23-7 lead approaching the midway point of the first ... Romine’s layup later in the half gave the Bison their biggest lead to that point at 38-16, and Bucknell took a 41-24 advantage into the locker room ... The second half began much like the first did, with Bucknell opening with an 8-0 run ... It extended to a 14-4 spurt as Voss’ layup gave the Bison a 55-28 lead with 13:18 to go ... Colgate was unable to muster a wide-ranging run in a comeback attempt, as Bucknell’s lead hovered around 20 the rest of the way ... Bucknell owned a huge 58-33 edge on the glass and shot 42 percent (29 of 69) from the field, despite missing all six of its 3-point shots ... Colgate was 17 of 62 (27.4 percent) from the floor ... The Bison turned 15 Colgate turnovers into 20 points, and owned a 20-1 edge in that category ... The Raiders go to Army Wednesday at 7 p.m.