Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekly Release - 2.14.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG It's indicative Patriot League play this time of year, as Lafayette's Emily Homan (left) goes up against Army's Olivia Schretzman. Both freshmen, it's a picture that could be seen frequently the next three years.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
It's indicative Patriot League play this time of year, as Lafayette's Emily Homan (left) goes up against Army's Olivia Schretzman. Both freshmen, it's a picture that could be seen frequently the next three years.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Feb. 14, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — American is one step away from wrapping up the top overall seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament after moving to 10-0 in League competition after Saturday’s 67-47 victory over Holy Cross.

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The Eagles are the first team to hit 10-0 since the 2004-05 Crusaders, and will attempt to become the first ever 11-0 squad since Holy Cross in 2000-01. In addition, there has never been a team during any stretch when the League had eight squads to start better than 10-0. The Eagles will look to do just that Wednesday night when they visit Navy for a 7 p.m. tip off.

Speaking of the Mids, they swept the season series from rival Army with a 57-50 win in the Star Game Saturday afternoon in West Point, N.Y., on CBS Sports Network. More importantly moving forward, Navy took over sole possession of second place in the League standings at 7-3 to set up a crucial matchup in Annapolis Wednesday night against the first-place Eagles.

While American-Navy takes center stage Wednesday, there are three other matchups that should all have implications on seeding for the Patriot League Tournament as the battle wages on for home court advantage. Army and Lehigh are tied for third at 6-4, with the Black Knights owning the early edge thanks to a 66-64 win at West Point Jan. 28 in their first meeting. Army hosts Colgate Wednesday evening looking to complete the season sweep, while Lehigh, which has dropped two in a row, is back home to host surging Bucknell. The Bison have won two straight and look to ride the momentum into Stabler Arena.

Another contest with supreme importance Wednesday features Holy Cross hosting Lafayette in Worcester, Mass., at 7 p.m. Both teams have lost four in a row and are in significant need of a victory. The Crusaders have dropped to fifth in the standings and seek a victory to get back into position to potentially host a quarterfinal game. Lafayette is looking for upward momentum in its final four regular-season games.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.6-2.12)

ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SHELBY ROMINE, BUCKNELL So., G, Centreville, Va.
23.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, 2.0 apg, .667 FG%, 1.000 FT%

ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JEN DUMIAK, AMERICAN Fr., G, Carlsbad, Calif.
15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, .400 FG%, .750 FT%

HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANCES LAST WEEK
EMILY HOMAN, LAFAYETTE Fr., F, Upper Darby, Pa.
18.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.0 bpg, .632 FG%, .800 FT%

JHAZMINE LYNCH, COLGATE Jr., G, San Diego, Calif.
13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.5 spg

ANNA SIMMERS, ARMY Jr., G, Anchorage, Alaska
21.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, .824 FT%

ALEXA WILLIAMS, LEHIGH Sr., F, Warren, Ohio
21.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, .667 FG%, .750 FT%

ALEXIS DOBBS, AMERICAN So., G, Berea, Ohio
15.5 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, .550 FG%, .500 3FG%

Patriot League Notebook

SOARING EAGLES
American became the first team to go 10-0 in Patriot League play since Holy Cross in 2004-05, and coincidentally the Eagles reached that plateau Saturday with their 67-47 win over the Crusaders at Bender Arena. The first-place Eagles head to defending champion Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m. needing a victory to sew up the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with three contests remaining. In a historical note, if American does pick up a win Wednesday, it will be the first team ever to reach 11-0 in League games at any point in history in which the League is comprised of eight schools. The last 11-0 team in League play was Holy Cross in 2000-01, the season before American joined.

ON THE MARK
The inevitable finally happened. With two blocks in Saturday’s contest, Lafayette center Danielle Fiacco tied the Patriot League’s single-season rejections mark at 95. When the Leopards take the floor Wednesday at Holy Cross, the 6-foot-7 sophomore will need just one to make League history. Fiacco remains 10th all-time in League annals with 166 career rejections, just four shy of ninth and 10 away from eighth place.

NEARLY EVEN
The home and road teams evenly split Saturday’s four matchups, dropping the overall home record in League play to 22-18 with four sets of games to go. The winning percentage for home teams remains above .500, as this season’s mark of .550 is the eighth-best since the League expanded to eight for the 2001-02 season. 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)
.554 - 2002-03 (31-25)
.550 - 2011-12 (22-18)
.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 81-37 overall and an impressive 42-10 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 .686 inches ahead of Fordham’s Kevin Morris, who went 40-19 (.678) from 1993-95, while his League success rate (.808) 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.

COVETING A TOP-FOUR SPOT
American was the first team to wrap up a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament with Saturday’s 67-47 win over visiting Holy Cross, and the Eagles can secure the top overall seed with another victory Wednesday at Navy. The picture is not quite as clear for seed Nos. 2, 3 and 4, as three games separates second-place Navy (7-3) from fifth-place Holy Cross (4-6) with four games to go. Army and Lehigh are tied for third at 6-4. Holy Cross and Navy split their season series with each winning on the other’s floor, while the Black Knights and Mountain Hawks play on the final day of the regular season in a game that could determine the difference in postseason seeding.

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 CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
Two Patriot League contests have already been televised by CBS Sports Network, with Navy sweeping the season series from Army with victories of 58-56 in Annapolis and 57-50 at West Point. The third League game scheduled to air on CBS Sports Network is the biggest showdown of the year, as the Patriot League Championship game will be televised on March 10 at 6 p.m. Bob Socci will handle the play-by-play and Leah Secondo will provide the analysis.

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.

RISING RAIDERS
Colgate’s 77-71 victory over Lehigh Saturday night snapped a 13-game skid for the Raiders against the Mountain Hawks. It’s the second such streak that the Raiders have ended this season against a League opponent, as their 74-69 triumph against Holy Cross Jan. 28 finished off a 10-game losing stretch against the Crusaders. Colgate’s three League wins surpasses last year’s total of two.

THE ROMINE SHINE
Bucknell sophomore Shelby Romine scored 26 points to lead the Bison’s come-from-behind 65-54 victory at Lafayette Saturday afternoon. It marked the team’s first win streak of the season, and it appears as though the Bison are starting to play their best ball of the season as the League’s regular season approaches its apex. The last two victories, which includes a 67-45 win at home over Colgate last Wednesday, were the team’s first under interim head coach Bill Broderick.

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

AMERICAN EAGLES (18-6, 10-0) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (14-10, 7-3)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 22-17
Streak: American, One Win Last Meeting: American, 49-44 (1.18.12)
Last Navy Win: 47-40 (3.12.11 - Patriot League Championship) Last Five Games: Navy, 3-2

American can sweep the season series from Navy and wrap up the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a win at Alumni Hall Wednesday night ... The Eagles snapped a three-game skid against the Mids with a 49-44 victory Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. ... Lisa Strack led all scorers with 20 points, spoiling a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double performance from Navy sophomore Alix Membreno ... Strack had eight rebounds, five steals and three assists to pace American in the victory earlier in the season.

AMERICAN Just as it had done in Wednesday’s win at Lehigh, American put together a game-defining run in the second half to cruise to a 67-47 win over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena ... Jen Dumiak scored a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds, while Lisa Strack poured in 13 and Alexis Dobbs had 10 for the Eagles, who put together a 22-4 run in the second half to sweep the season series from the Crusaders ... Emily Parker paced Holy Cross with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field ... Alex Smith reached double figures with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists ... After American jumped out to a small early lead, Holy Cross went ahead for the first time in the game after a Brisje Malone bucket made it a 14-13 game with 8:13 left in the first ... The teams traded baskets the first of the first half, with American tallying the last four points to take a 25-23 lead into halftime ... Smith nailed a 3-pointer to put Holy Cross ahead 26-25 early in the second ... Sarah Kiely hit a 3-pointer of her own in reply before Smith sank another and Malone hit a layup to put the Crusaders in front 31-28 with 16:40 showing on the clock ... Strack and Dumiak teamed up for consecutive buckets to start American’s game-changing 22-4 run ... The Eagles went up by three before Clare Sullivan’s jumper brought Holy Cross within 34-33 with 14:01 left ... Strack and Kiely converted consecutive baskets before Parker’s bucket trimmed the Eagles’ lead to 38-35 at the 11:06 mark ... American then scored 12 straight points, capped off by a pair of Strack foul shots ... The Eagles led 50-35 with 8:15 to go ... Ti’Asia McGeorge’s 3-pointer gave American its first 20-point lead of the game at 60-40 with 4:26 remaining ... The lead was as many as 22 later in the second half ... American’s bench outscored that of Holy Cross 27-8, while the Eagles held a 32-24 advantage in points in the paint ... The Eagles finished 8 of 15 on 3-pointers, and shot 26 of 57 from the field ... Holy Cross was 20 of 57 from the floor ... American hosts its final regular-season game at home Saturday at 2 p.m. against Army.

NAVY Alix Membreno led three Navy players in double figures with 15 points as the Mids took over sole possession of second place in the Patriot League with a 57-50 win over Army at Christl Arena in the annual Star Game ... Erin Edwards chipped in 12 points for Navy, with all of her scoring coming on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc ... Audrey Bauer added 10 for the Mids, who overcame a 22-point outing from Army’s Anna Simmers ... Molly Yardley also reached double digits for the Black Knights with 11 points, including a 3-of-6 effort on treys ... Army took an early five-point lead and expanded it to 16-8 on Olivia Schretzman’s bucket with six minutes left in the first ... Navy climbed back within one before the half, with Chloe Stapleton hitting a 3-pointer and Membreno sinking a jumper ... Army owned a 20-19 lead at the break ... Simmers’ jumper capped off five straight Army points to begin the second half ... Bauer broke the run with a 3-pointer, and she sank another a short time later to put the Mids ahead 28-27 four minutes into the stanza ... Stapleton drilled another trey and Chey Arvin sank two foul shots to put Navy up 36-30 at the 7:43 mark ... Navy took its biggest lead to that point at nine at 42-33 with just over five minutes to go after two foul shots from Jade Geif ... Simmers scored four straight points to bring Army within 44-40 with 3:21 left, but Edwards hit consecutive 3s to give Navy a 50-40 advantage 55 seconds later ... A Yardley trey and a bucket from Simmers cut Navy’s lead to 53-49 with 13 seconds to go, and the Mids hit four free throws in the final ticks to secure the win ... After shooting just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc in the first, Navy hit 7 of 16 in the second half ... Navy visits Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m.

COLGATE RAIDERS (6-19, 3-7) AT ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (12-13, 6-4)
Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Army, 31-19
Streak: Army, Three Wins Last Meeting: Army, 61-54 (1.18.12)
Last Colgate Win: 61-47 (2.6.10) Last Five Games: Army, 4-1

The Raiders have eclipsed last year’s win total in Patriot League thanks to Saturday’s win over Lehigh and look to add to it Wednesday night when they visit Army at 7 p.m. ... Colgate has ended a pair of long losing streaks to other League teams this season ... Saturday’s ended a string of 13 straight defeats against Lehigh, while the win Jan. 28 opposite Holy Cross ended a 10-game skid versus the Crusaders ... Army’s three-game win streak was snapped Saturday in the 57-50 loss to Navy ... Anna Simmers led all players with 22 points and Jen Hazlett had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in Army’s 61-54 victory over the Raiders Jan. 18 ... The Black Knights have won three in a row against Colgate and four of the last five.

COLGATE Missy Repoli led all five of Colgate’s starters in double figures with 17 points as the Raiders held on for a 77-71 win over visiting Lehigh Saturday evening at Cotterell Court ... Kelly Korkowski recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help pace the Raiders ... Colgate snapped a 13-game skid to the Mountain Hawks two weeks after ending a similarly long drought against another League opponent in Holy Cross ... Alexa Williams led Lehigh with a career-high 27 points, while Emily Gratch chipped in 20 ... Katie O’Reilly also reached double figures with 12 ... Colgate used a 10-0 run to wipe away an early 8-2 deficit ... The Raiders eventually went ahead 17-10 with 13:18 left in the first after a layup by Jhazmine Lynch ... Candice Green spotted up and nailed a 3-pointer off a fast break to give the Raiders their biggest lead of the first half at 38-22 with 2:49 left until halftime ... Lehigh scored the final six points of the first and whittled it down to a 38-28 Colgate lead at the break ... The Raiders re-established a 14-point lead on multiple occasions early in the second half ... Williams capped off a 6-0 Lehigh run with a layup to cut into Colgate’s lead ... The Raiders were ahead 63-55 with under eight minutes remaining ... Williams struck again to cut Colgate’s advantage to five ... She scored a layup at the 6:41 mark to make it a 65-60 game, then converted another with 5:13 to go to make it 67-62 ... Kelly Peterson’s trey with 2:20 remaining brought the Mountain Hawks within 71-68, but that is as close as they would get ... Sarah Williams missed a 3-pointer on Lehigh’s next possession, and Tricia Oakes’ layup with 1:18 to go put Colgate in front 73-68 ... Lehigh shot 22 of 28 from the free throw line but just 3 of 14 from beyond the arc ... Colgate sank six of its 13 3-point shots and was 30 of 68 overall from the field ... The Raiders host Navy Saturday at 4 p.m.

ARMY Alix Membreno led three Navy players in double figures with 15 points as the Mids took over sole possession of second place in the Patriot League with a 57-50 win over Army at Christl Arena in the annual Star Game ... Erin Edwards chipped in 12 points for Navy, with all of her scoring coming on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc ... Audrey Bauer added 10 for the Mids, who overcame a 22-point outing from Army’s Anna Simmers ... Molly Yardley also reached double digits for the Black Knights with 11 points, including a 3-of-6 effort on treys ... Army took an early five-point lead and expanded it to 16-8 on Olivia Schretzman’s bucket with six minutes left in the first ... Navy climbed back within one before the half, with Chloe Stapleton hitting a 3-pointer and Membreno sinking a jumper. Army owned a 20-19 lead at the break ... Simmers’ jumper capped off five straight Army points to begin the second half ... Bauer broke the run with a 3-pointer, and she sank another a short time later to put the Mids ahead 28-27 four minutes into the stanza ... Stapleton drilled another trey and Chey Arvin sank two foul shots to put Navy up 36-30 at the 7:43 mark ... Navy took its biggest lead to that point at nine at 42-33 with just over five minutes to go after two foul shots from Jade Geif ... Simmers scored four straight points to bring Army within 44-40 with 3:21 left, but Edwards hit consecutive 3s to give Navy a 50-40 advantage 55 seconds later ... A Yardley trey and a bucket from Simmers cut Navy’s lead to 53-49 with 13 seconds to go, and the Mids hit four free throws in the final ticks to secure the win ... After shooting just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc in the first, Navy hit 7 of 16 in the second half ... The Black Knights go to American Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip.

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (8-17, 2-8) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (13-12, 4-6)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 46-8
Streak: Holy Cross, Four Wins Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 75-61 (1.18.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 43-39 (1.9.10) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

Holy Cross and Lafayette meet for the second time this season when the Leopards visit Worcester for a 7 p.m. tip Wednesday ... The Crusaders have won four straight in the series and own a 46-8 overall edge ... Both clubs have lost their last four games ... Holy Cross is 2-4 since last seeing Lafayette, while the Leopards are 1-5 in that span ... Holy Cross is looking to get back into the race for a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament ... Amy Lepley scored 21 points and shot 50 percent from the floor to lead the Crusaders to the 75-61 victory Jan. 18 ... Meredith Ward had nine points with eight assists ... Danielle Fiacco led Lafayette with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Emily Homan scored eight points with seven boards.

LAFAYETTE Shelby Romine scored 26 points to lead all scorers and Bucknell rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half to take a 65-54 win over Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center Wednesday afternoon ... The Bison have won consecutive games for the first time all season and moved into a tie for seventh with the Leopards ... Lindsay Horbatuck posted a double-double performance with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Alyssa Dunn had 11 points in 25 minutes off the bench ... Freshman Emily Homan logged a team-high 24 points for Lafayette and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds ... Danielle Fiacco finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks, giving her 95 for the season, tying the League’s single-season record ... Lafayette took its first double-digit lead at 15-5 8:01 into the first half after a 3-pointer by Brya Freeland ... Linnel Macklin’s jumper gave the Leopards a 23-9 advantage at the 7:50 mark ... Bucknell closed the first on a 20-10 stretch and the Bison were down 33-29 as the teams entered the break ... The Bison scored the first five points of the second, with Horbatuck’s three-point play giving Bucknell a 34-33 lead with 17:54 to go ... The teams traded the lead over the next few minutes before Bucknell went on a 15-0 run that turned the tide of the game ... Romine sparked it with a 3-pointer, and Micki Impellizeri added a three-point play to put the Bison up five ... Romine sank three straight foul shots after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to keep the roll going, and she capped off the run with a jumper that gave Bucknell a 53-39 with 7:00 showing on the clock ... A pair of Homan foul shots cut Bucknell’s lead to 57-49 with just over three minutes remaining, and two minutes later Maddie Peabody’s bucket brought Lafayette within 59-51 ... The Bison went a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line down the stretch to preserve the 11-point win ... Lafayette went 2 of 10 on 3-pointers in the game, while Bucknell was 4 of 7 ... Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field ... The Leopards host rival Lehigh Saturday at 12 p.m.

HOLY CROSS Just as it had done in Wednesday’s win at Lehigh, American put together a game-defining run in the second half to cruise to a 67-47 win over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena ... Jen Dumiak scored a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds, while Lisa Strack poured in 13 and Alexis Dobbs had 10 for the Eagles, who put together a 22-4 run in the second half to sweep the season series from the Crusaders ... Emily Parker paced Holy Cross with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field ... Alex Smith reached double figures with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists ... After American jumped out to a small early lead, Holy Cross went ahead for the first time in the game after a Brisje Malone bucket made it a 14-13 game with 8:13 left in the first ... The teams traded baskets the first of the first half, with American tallying the last four points to take a 25-23 lead into halftime ... Smith nailed a 3-pointer to put Holy Cross ahead 26-25 early in the second ... Sarah Kiely hit a 3-pointer of her own in reply before Smith sank another and Malone hit a layup to put the Crusaders in front 31-28 with 16:40 showing on the clock ... Strack and Dumiak teamed up for consecutive buckets to start American’s game-changing 22-4 run ... The Eagles went up by three before Clare Sullivan’s jumper brought Holy Cross within 34-33 with 14:01 left ... Strack and Kiely converted consecutive baskets before Parker’s bucket trimmed the Eagles’ lead to 38-35 at the 11:06 mark ... American then scored 12 straight points, capped off by a pair of Strack foul shots ... The Eagles led 50-35 with 8:15 to go ... Ti’Asia McGeorge’s 3-pointer gave American its first 20-point lead of the game at 60-40 with 4:26 remaining ... The lead was as many as 22 later in the second half ... American’s bench outscored that of Holy Cross 27-8, while the Eagles held a 32-24 advantage in points in the paint ... The Eagles finished 8 of 15 on 3-pointers, and shot 26 of 57 from the field ... Holy Cross was 20 of 57 from the floor ... The Crusaders visit Bucknell Saturday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL BISON (4-21, 2-8) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (13-11, 6-4)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 39-30 TV: Service Electric Channel 2
Streak: Lehigh, 10 Wins Last Meeting: Lehigh, 53-38 (1.18.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 63-53 (2.20.07) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 5-0

Lehigh, which has dropped two straight and three of its last four, returns home to host Bucknell Wednesday at 7 p.m. ... The Bison are playing their best basketball of the season, having captured two straight victories over Colgate and Lafayette ... Lehigh had won 13 in a row against Colgate until Saturday’s 77-71 loss in Hamilton, N.Y., and takes a similarly long 10-game win streak in the series against the Bison into Wednesday’s contest ... Paced by Alexa Williams’ double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Emily Gratch’s game-high 17 points, Lehigh took a 53-38 victory from Bucknell Jan. 18 in Lewisburg, Pa. ... Bucknell owned a 24-22 halftime lead before the Mountain Hawks shot 50 percent in the second half ... Williams is coming off a career-high 27 points in Saturday’s loss, while Bucknell’s Shelby Romine had 26 in her team’s win over Lafayette.

BUCKNELL Shelby Romine scored 26 points to lead all scorers and Bucknell rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half to take a 65-54 win over Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center Wednesday afternoon ... The Bison have won consecutive games for the first time all season and moved into a tie for seventh with the Leopards ... Lindsay Horbatuck posted a double-double performance with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Alyssa Dunn had 11 points in 25 minutes off the bench ... Freshman Emily Homan logged a team-high 24 points for Lafayette and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds ... Danielle Fiacco finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks, giving her 95 for the season, tying the League’s single-season record ... Lafayette took its first double-digit lead at 15-5 8:01 into the first half after a 3-pointer by Brya Freeland ... Linnel Macklin’s jumper gave the Leopards a 23-9 advantage at the 7:50 mark ... Bucknell closed the first on a 20-10 stretch and the Bison were down 33-29 as the teams entered the break ... The Bison scored the first five points of the second, with Horbatuck’s three-point play giving Bucknell a 34-33 lead with 17:54 to go ... The teams traded the lead over the next few minutes before Bucknell went on a 15-0 run that turned the tide of the game ... Romine sparked it with a 3-pointer, and Micki Impellizeri added a three-point play to put the Bison up five ... Romine sank three straight foul shots after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to keep the roll going, and she capped off the run with a jumper that gave Bucknell a 53-39 with 7:00 showing on the clock ... A pair of Homan foul shots cut Bucknell’s lead to 57-49 with just over three minutes remaining, and two minutes later Maddie Peabody’s bucket brought Lafayette within 59-51 ... The Bison went a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line down the stretch to preserve the 11-point win ... Lafayette went 2 of 10 on 3-pointers in the game, while Bucknell was 4 of 7 ... Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field ... The Bison host Holy Cross Saturday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH Missy Repoli led all five of Colgate’s starters in double figures with 17 points as the Raiders held on for a 77-71 win over visiting Lehigh Saturday evening at Cotterell Court ... Kelly Korkowski recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help pace the Raiders ... Colgate snapped a 13-game skid to the Mountain Hawks two weeks after ending a similarly long drought against another League opponent in Holy Cross ... Alexa Williams led Lehigh with a career-high 27 points, while Emily Gratch chipped in 20 ... Katie O’Reilly also reached double figures with 12 ... Colgate used a 10-0 run to wipe away an early 8-2 deficit ... The Raiders eventually went ahead 17-10 with 13:18 left in the first after a layup by Jhazmine Lynch ... Candice Green spotted up and nailed a 3-pointer off a fast break to give the Raiders their biggest lead of the first half at 38-22 with 2:49 left until halftime ... Lehigh scored the final six points of the first and whittled it down to a 38-28 Colgate lead at the break ... The Raiders re-established a 14-point lead on multiple occasions early in the second half ... Williams capped off a 6-0 Lehigh run with a layup to cut into Colgate’s lead ... The Raiders were ahead 63-55 with under eight minutes remaining ... Williams struck again to cut Colgate’s advantage to five ... She scored a layup at the 6:41 mark to make it a 65-60 game, then converted another with 5:13 to go to make it 67-62 ... Kelly Peterson’s trey with 2:20 remaining brought the Mountain Hawks within 71-68, but that is as close as they would get ... Sarah Williams missed a 3-pointer on Lehigh’s next possession, and Tricia Oakes’ layup with 1:18 to go put Colgate in front 73-68 ... Lehigh shot 22 of 28 from the free throw line but just 3 of 14 from beyond the arc ... Colgate sank six of its 13 3-point shots and was 30 of 68 overall from the field ... The Mountain Hawks visit Lafayette Saturday at 12 p.m.