CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Wednesday's results set up a first-place showdown Saturday in Annapolis, Md., when first-place Navy will entertain rival Army in the second meeting of the season between the top two teams in the Patriot League.
First-place Navy hit 10 3-pointers and three players scored in double figures as the Mids ran away from Holy Cross 59-35. Meanwhile at West Point, N.Y., Army and Lafayette battled back and forth before the Black Knights pulled away late in the second half for a 70-57 win.
Lehigh reinserted itself into the race to potentially host a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game with an impressive 71-55 victory at American in which two Mountain Hawks posted double-doubles, while Colgate ended its 10-game losing streak and picked up its first League victory of the season with a 58-51 triumph at home over Bucknell.
Recaps are below. The links below point to recaps from each school.
Saturday's slate boasts Army visiting Navy at 11:30 a.m., Holy Cross hosting American at 3 p.m., Colgate heading to Lehigh at 7 p.m. and Bucknell entertaining Lafayette at 7 p.m.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Jade Geif led all scorers with 13 points to pace three Navy players in double figures and the Mids combined to shoot 10 of 22 from the 3-point line as they routed Holy Cross 59-35 at Alumni Hall.
Alix Membreno logged an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double, and Audrey Bauer chipped in 11 points. Kara Pollinger dished five assists to go with nine points for Navy (15-9, 8-1), which won its sixth straight game.
Christine Ganser topped the Crusaders (12-12, 4-5) with nine points and four rebounds, while Alex Smith added eight points on 3 of 14 from the floor.
The Mids opened on a 5-0 run and had a 12-6 lead on a Membreno jumper with 12:39 left in the first. After a Ganser bucket brought Holy Cross within four, Navy went on a 14-0 run capped off by an Erin Meador triple to take a 26-8 lead with 3:11 remaining. The Mids were up 28-13 at the break.
It didn't get any better for Holy Cross. The Mids started the second half on a 19-2 run and led 47-15 with 11:17 on the clock. After five straight points for the Crusaders, Navy replied with a Sam Himlin bucket in the paint and a 3-pointer from M.L. Morrison to move ahead 52-20.
Holy Cross would get only as close as 24 points twice throughout the remainder of the game, including at the very end on a pair of Lisa Mifsud foul shots with 22 seconds left.
Navy completed the season sweep of Holy Cross for the third time in the last four years, and has won eight of the last nine meetings.
The Mids crushed the boards with a 51-24 advantage, including a 16-6 edge on the offensive glass that turned into a 15-5 Navy lead in second-change points.
Navy shot just under 42 percent (22 of 53), shooting 11 of 20 in the second half after an 11-of-33 start in the first 20 minutes, and hit five treys in each half. Holy Cross was 14 of 55 (25.5 percent) and just 3 of 21 (14.3 percent) from behind the arc.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Anna Simmers paced Army with a game-high 23 points, Kelsey Minato chipped in 20 and the bench came up with clutch points down the stretch in the Black Knights' 70-57 win over visiting Lafayette Wednesday night at Christl Arena.
Simmers added nine rebounds for Army (18-6, 7-2), which took over sole possession of second place in the League. Minato grabbed six boards, while Olivia Schretzman came up just short of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Maddie Peabody led Lafayette (10-14, 3-6) with 14 points, and Danielle Fiacco had 11 with seven rebounds and one block. Emily Homan and Kelly Loughney chipped in nine points apiece.
The Leopards scored the game's first four points and led 14-8 with 11:28 to go in the first half. Army used a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to take its first lead of the game at 17-16, and Schretzman's bucket extended it to an 11-2 spurt.
Loughney's trey gave the Leopards the lead back at 21-19 at the 6:21 mark, and the Black Knights moved in front again on a Simmers 3-pointer to take a 24-23 edge. The teams traded the lead twice more before the Black Knights took a 30-27 lead into the intermission.
Madeline Fahan went 1 of 2 from the line to tie the game for the fifth time at 32-all four minutes into the second, and the teams swapped the lead again before Minato tied the game at 38-38 with 13:46 to go.
Simmers went coast-to-coast and scored to give Army a 40-38 lead and Schretzman sank a foul shot a short time later to give the Black Knights a three-point lead at the 11:28 mark.
Loughney's jumper in the paint brought Lafayette within 43-42 with 8:30 remaining, but the Black Knights began pulling away thanks to a 13-4 run. Simmers scored inside to start the spurt, Minato added a 3-pointer and Briana Johnson and Ciara Jackson added baskets from the bench to put the Black Knights ahead 56-46 with just under four minutes to go.
Army clinched the victory by going 9 of 10 from the stripe in the game's final 1:21.
The contest featured 11 lead changes and seven ties.
The Leopards shot 36.2 percent (21 of 58), while Army hit on 47 percent of its attempts (24 of 51).
Lafayette outscored Army 18-6 from the 3-point line, while the Black Knights had a 20-9 advantage at the line.
Watch below for postgame reaction from Army head coach Dave Magarity.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Becky Guman and freshman Kerry Kinek posted identical 20-point, 11-rebound double-doubles to spark Lehigh to a 71-55 victory at American Wednesday night at Bender Arena.
It was a career effort for Guman, while Kinek hit the 20-point plateau for the second straight game. Guman also chipped in six assists, while Katie O'Reilly added 11 points for the Mountain Hawks (11-13, 3-6), whose League wins have all come on the road.
Geleisa George led American (13-11, 6-3) with 12 points and Arron Zimmerman chipped in 10. Stephanie Anya was strong inside with a team-high six rebounds to go with a pair of blocks.
The Mountain Hawks hit the first two baskets of the game and had a 9-2 lead just over four minutes in. Sarah Williams' jumper extended the lead to nine, and the Mountain Hawks pushed it into double digits at 22-11 on a pair of Lindsay Hoskins free throws at the 8:51 mark. Lehigh added an 8-0 run to end the first half to take a 39-23 halftime lead.
American chipped away early in the second half and whittled the deficit to single digits at 45-36 on two George free throws at the 13:31 mark. Guman replied for Lehigh with a 3-pointer to give it a 50-37 lead with just under 12 minutes left.
The Eagles rallied to within single digits again, as Anya's score inside made it a 55-50 game and Jen Dumiak's driving layup cut the Mountain Hawk advantage to 57-52 with 6:52 to play.
The game's last big run belonged to Lehigh, thanks in part to foul trouble for American. T'Asia McGeorge was whistled for the harm on O'Reilly, putting Lehigh in the double bonus with 5:52 to play. O'Reilly hit her two free throws, and Hoskins and Guman did the same on their two ensuing trips. Guman added a trey to put Lehigh ahead 66-54 with 3:28 left.
Lehigh shot 44 percent in the first half to rush out to its lead, and finished 24 of 55 (43.6 percent) for the game. American finished 21 of 57 (36.8 percent), and the Mountain Hawks had a commanding 51-24 lead on the glass, including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds.
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Josie Stockill four Raider players in double figures with 14 points as Colgate snapped a 10-game slide with a 58-51 victory over Bucknell Wednesday night at Cotterell Court.
Jhazmine Lynch and Lulu Brase scored 11 points each for Colgate (7-17, 1-8), while Randyll Butler pitched in 10. Stockill and Butler both came off the bench, helping the Raider reserves outscore Bucknell's 28-0.
Felicia Mgbada and Alyssa Dunn tied the game high with 14 points each to lead Bucknell (13-11, 4-5), which dropped its fourth straight. Shelby Romine added 11 points with seven assists.
Both teams battled each other and spotty shooting in the first half before the Raiders nudged ahead 23-20 at the break. The Raiders hit 30 percent of their attempts in the first half, while Bucknell was 7 of 27 (26 percent).
Two Dunn free throws put the Bison ahead 24-23 in the early stages of the second half before Butler's three put the Raiders back up by a deuce. Dunn struck again for the Bison with a fast break layup to give them a 30-26 lead at the 17:10 mark.
Lindsay Horbatuck's inside score tied the game at 38-all with 9:05 remaining, but Stockill provided the Colgate response with a bucket at the 8:41 mark to give the Raiders a 40-38 lead.
As it turned out, Colgate would not relinquish the lead. Kelly Reid hit two buckets that sandwiched another by Lynch, and the Raiders inched ahead 46-40 with seven minutes to play.
Stockill's layup gave Colgate its biggest lead of the game at 51-43 at the 4:11 mark.
The Bison kept it close, and Mgbada sank two foul shots to bring the Bison within four with 12 seconds left. But two free throws from Reid and one from Butler helped seal the Raider victory.
The Raiders were 22 of 62 (35.5 percent) from the field, and just 3 of 20 (15 percent) from the 3-point line. Bucknell managed to hit just 16 of 50 shots from the floor and went 1 of 10 behind the arc.