Top Three Teams Win on the Road Saturday in Patriot League Women's Basketball



Feb. 10, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The three top teams in the Patriot League women's basketball standings all picked up victories away from home Saturday, as American, Army and Navy all maintained their positions in the top half by completing season sweeps.

American ran away from Colgate to win 69-44 in Hamilton, N.Y., while Navy outlasted Lafayette 60-52 in overtime at Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pa. Finally, Army took the second of two meetings from Bucknell with a 44-35 victory at Sojka Pavilion Saturday night.

Recaps of Saturday's three games are below. Sunday's slate features one contest, as Holy Cross visits Lehigh at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Bob Socci will provide the play-by-play, and Amy Lawrence the analysis.

Navy 60, at Lafayette 52 (OT)

EASTON, Pa. - Jade Geif scored seven of her team's 12 points in the extra session as Navy (14-9, 7-1 Patriot League) stayed in first place with a 60-52 overtime win at Lafayette Saturday afternoon.

Geif finished with nine rebounds and four steals, while Alix Membreno had 18 points, five boards and four thefts. Audrey Bauer hauled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points.

Emily Homan led three Leopards (10-13, 3-5) in double figures with 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Alicia Manning and Maddie Peabody added 10 points apiece.

Just as Navy had done in its previous trip to Easton a year ago, it had to dig itself out of a first-half deficit. Lafayette led 20-10 after a Danielle Fiacco jumper with 3:04 on the clock. The Mids scored six straight, with Chloe Stapleton draining a 3-pointer with 39 ticks left, to cut the deficit to four points entering the intermission.

Membreno tallied back-to-back treys early in the second to bring the Mids within 26-24 with just over three minutes gone in the second, but consecutive baskets put the Leopards back up 30-24.

Navy used a 7-0 run to take a 33-32 advantage with 7:19 left in the contest, its first lead since 2-0. The teams traded buckets over the next few possessions, but the Mids took a 41-37 lead with 4:30 left in regulation after back-to-back baskets from Membreno and Bauer.

It looked like Navy had control when Stapleton one of her two 3s of the afternoon to put Navy ahead 46-41 with exactly 60 seconds left.

But Manning replied with a triple for Lafayette, and came up with another basket following a Membreno turnover to tie the game at 46-all with 17 seconds left.

Membreno put the Mids in front by a deuce with 12 ticks to go, but Peabody replied for the Leopards to tie the game for the sixth time in the final seconds.

Navy's Kara Pollinger had a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that didn't go, sending the teams to overtime.

The Mids never trailed in the extra session, with Bauer putting Navy up by three with a triple 40 seconds in.

Geif and Membreno teamed up for consecutive baskets, and the former went 1 of 2 at the foul line with 29 seconds remaining to give Navy a 58-52 lead. She added two more from the stripe with 13 seconds remaining to provide the final score.

The Mids finished the game shooting 37.5 percent after hitting on 23.1 percent of their attempts in the first half. Navy shot nearly 44 percent in the second and went 4 of 6 in overtime. Lafayette finished 37.7 percent from the floor after going 11 of 22 (50 percent) in the second half. But the Leopards were just 2 of 7 in overtime.

Watch the Lafayette Sports Network postgame show below.

American 69, at Colgate 44

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Stephanie Anya led all scorers with 14 points and paced three American players in double figures as the Eagles (13-9, 6-2) kept pace with first-place Navy with a convincing 69-44 victory at Colgate (6-17, 0-8) at Cotterell Court.

Anya was 4 of 4 from the field and shot 6 of 7 from the foul line. Geleisa George and Arron Zimmerman poured in 13 points apiece. Alexis Dobbs added eight points and four assists, while Sarah Kiely led all players with 10 rebounds.

Josie Stockill led the Raiders with 10 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Jhazmine Lynch was held scoreless on 0 of 11 shooting and finished with five rebounds, as did Kelly Reid. Randyll Butler added eight points and Lulu Brase chipped in seven.

Colgate led in bench points 23-14, but the Eagles turned 22 Raider turnovers into 26 points.

The Eagles opened the game on an 8-0 run in the first 1:58, but the Raiders replied with a pair of Catherine Lewis triples to cut the deficit to two following a timeout.

George capped off a 9-0 American run to give it a 19-7 lead at the under-12 media timeout. She struck again with a layup with 6:25 left in the first to put the Eagles in front 29-12.

A pair of Anya free throws put the Eagles up 20 for the first time with 3:20 left before the half. Butler's trey on Colgate's final possession of the half made it a 38-21 game at the break.

Brase and Butler tallied the first two baskets of the second to but American's advantage to 38-25, and later two Stockill foul shots brought the Raiders within 42-30 at the 11:42 mark.

Zimmerman capped off a 6-0 American spurt, which turned into a 14-2 run finished off by George's jumper with 5:42 left as the Eagles jumped ahead 59-34. The Eagles cruised from there, taking their largest lead of the game at 67-38 with just under three minutes left on a fast break layup from Dobbs.

American shot 48 percent for the game, including a 15-of-28 clip in the first half. The Raiders hit 31 percent from the floor, with eight field goals in the first half and seven in the second.

Army 44, at Bucknell 35

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Anna Simmers started the game just 2 of 16 from the floor, but hit her last four field goals, including two 3-pointers, to lift Army to a 44-35 victory at Bucknell Saturday night at Sojka Pavilion.

Simmers and Kelsey Minato tied for the team lead with 14 points, while Aimee Oertner scored four points with game-highs of 12 rebounds and five blocks.

Army (17-6, 6-2) overcame 16 points from Bucknell's Shelby Romine, including the 1,000th of her career. She added six rebounds, and Lindsay Horbatuck brought down a team-high 11 rebounds.

Simmers hit the first of her two late 3s with 2:05 left to put Army up 37-31.

Romine tallied back-to-back buckets for Bucknell (13-10, 4-4) to cut the Black Knights' lead to 37-35 with 1:26 on the clock, but Simmers replied again. She drilled a triple on Army's next possession with 44 ticks remaining to put the Black Knights up 40-35. It was the start of eight straight points for Army to end the game, with Minato going 4 of 4 from the charity stripe in the final minute.

The teams went back and forth early, with Army holding a slim 11-10 lead at the 8:24 mark of the first. But the Bison used an 8-0 run late in the half before a pair of Minato foul shots snapped it. Bucknell led 19-17 at halftime.

Jen Hazlett's 3-pointer put Army back in front 24-22 with 10:06 on the clock, but Rachel Voss tied the game and Katherine Harris' layup gave the Bison the advantage once again at 26-24 with 8:12 to go.

Felicia Mgbada's layup tied the game for the final time at 30-all with just over five minutes on the clock.

Minato swished a jumper and Simmers connected on a drive to give the Black Knights a 34-31 advantage with 2:51 remaining.

In all, the contest featured seven ties and six lead changes.

Neither team shot well from the field, with Army finishing just 26.2 percent in the win and Bucknell going 26.7. The Bison hit six field goals in both halves, and just 1 of 9 on triples. Army shot 4 of 14 from beyond the arc, and outrebounded Bucknell 39-36.