Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 02.14.14

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Feb. 14, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell at Army and Lafayette at American headline the weekend slate of games in the snowy Patriot League landscape.

Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_WBB
*Army So. G Kelsey Minato broke an 11-year old Patriot League record with 49 points in home loss to Holy Cross.
*Loyola University Maryland has yet to win a PL game at home this season and Colgate is winless on the road.
*American is trying to win five in a row for the third time this season.
*Lafayette's Emily Homan (992 points) and Danielle Fiacco (967) are closing in on a 1,000 points.
*Navy is thought to be just the 3rd NCAA women's basketball program with four 1,000 point scorers in a single class.
*Boston University is going for a season-best third win in a row on Saturday.
*Lehigh and Holy Cross are the only two Patriot League programs averaging more than 70 points per game.
*A Navy win coupled with losses by Lafayette and Holy Cross clinches a quarterfinal playoff game at home for Mids.
*Army's game with Lehigh that was postponed on Feb. 5 will be played Monday, Feb. 24 at Stabler Arena.
*Bucknell has two of the top six scorers in the Patriot League in Audrey Dotson (16 ppg) and Shelby Romine (14.9 ppg).
*Lehigh leads the Patriot League with 8.8 steals per game.

Patriot League Notebook

Crowded at the Top
Bucknell at Army and Lafayette at American headline the weekend slate of games in the snowy Patriot League landscape. Navy's win over the Bison coupled with an Army loss to Holy Cross gave the Mids little breathing room on the charging Eagles at the top of the Patriot League standings. Navy travels to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate, Lehigh is at Holy Cross, and Loyola at Boston University to round out the rest of the Patriot League slate.

Minato Sets Patriot League and NCAA Marks
Army sophomore Kelsey Minato put on a performance for the ages during the Black Knights 92-85 loss to Holy Cross on Wednesday. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native scored 49 points to break the Academy women's scoring record of 39 set by Laurie Goetz in 1987 as well as the Christl Arena record of 46 set by Kevin Houston against Manhattanville in 1986. It also set the individual scoring mark for a Patriot League player, besting the previous record of 44 set by Bucknell's Molly Creamer in 2003. The 49 points are the second most in Div. 1 women's basketball during the 2013-14 season to Troy's Joanna Harden's 52. Minato was also an amazing 26-for-26 from the free throw line against the Crusaders. This broke the NCAA single game record of 22-for-22 held by Shanika Freeman of Jacksonville State in 2003 and the 26 free throws made bested the mark of 23 made in a single game most recently done by Maryland's Shay Doran in 2003.

Patriot League Teams with High Marks in NCAA RPI
The Patriot League has enjoyed a strong season overall, and it shows with six teams in the top 150 of the NCAA RPI rating entering the week. Navy holds the highest mark at No. 63, followed by Army (81), American (117), Lafayette (120), Bucknell (124) and Holy Cross (148). Navy also comes in at No. 23 and Army No. 25 in Tuesday's Mid-Major top 25, Army also appears in the others receiving votes category.

1,000-Point Scorers
Nine active Patriot Leaguers are in the 1,000-point club, and one is now a 1,500-point scorer. Holy Cross' Alex Smith reached the 1,500 mark on Feb. 1, and her career total currently stands at 1,548. Smith is followed on the 1,000-point list by Bucknell's Shelby Romine (1,435), Navy's Jade Geif (1,383), American's Alexis Dobbs (1,166), Navy's Alix Membreno (1,103), Boston University's Rashidat Agboola (1,103), Army's Jen Hazlett (1, 057), Navy's Kara Pollinger (1,004) and Navy's Audrey Bauer (1,001).

Closing in on 1,000
Navy became the only Patriot League women's program to claim four 1,000 point scorers in a single class. Seniors Audrey Bauer (1,001) and Kara Pollinger (1,004) joined Jade Geif and Alix Membreno in reaching this milestone during the Mids 80- 71 win over Bucknell on Wednesday. Lafayette junior Emily Homan (992) and senior Danielle Fiacco (967) are also closing in on the mark as is Holy Cross senior Brisje Malone (975).

Grab the Boards!
Rebounding continues to play a big role in Patriot League play as many teams are winning with big edges on the glass. But on Wednesday, only two of the five victorious teams held a rebounding edge. Lafayette came away a big winner on the boards with a 55-29 edge in 58-45 win at Loyola University Maryland. Army also held a 39-30 advantage in a road win over Lehigh. Boston University, Holy Cross and Navy all won their respective games despite losing the battle of the boards.

League Trends
Three road teams won on Wednesday to cut the home/road advantage to 34-30 in Patriot League action. Army lost for the first time this season at Christl Arena. Navy, Bucknell and the Black Knights all have only lost once at home this season in Patriot League contests. More than half of the games, 35 out of 64, have been decided by 10 points or more with 29 finishing with a margin of less than 10 points and 17 coming down to a five-point difference or less.

NCAA Leaders
Patriot League teams and individuals are showing up all over the top spots on the NCAA statistical leaderboard. Entering the week, Army's Kelsey Minato is 28th in the country with 20.3 points per game, and also ranks 12th nationally from the foul line at 90.2%. American's Alexis Dobbs was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in a win over Colgate and slots in right behind Minato at 89.7%. The highest individual spot belongs to Navy's Kara Pollinger, who is seventh in the country with a 46.0% mark from three-point range. Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco is 12th in he NCAA in blocks at 3.09 per game. American moved up a spot to sixth nationally in scoring defense (54.4 points per game), 26th in FG percentage defense (35.9%) and 48th in scoring margin (+10.2 ppg) according to the latest NCAA figures. Navy is sixth in turnovers (11.9 per game) and eighth in three-point field goals (9.1 per game). Army is eighth in three point field goal percentage (38.2%).

Patriot League Squads Finish Strong Non-League Campaign
Patriot League schools finished with a 63-58 non-League mark last season, and have done even better this year with a record of 61-50 in non-League action during the regular season. League teams went 10-3 versus the MAAC, 9-4 against the America East, 7-4 against the NEC, 6-6 versus the Atlantic 10 and 9-9 against the Ivy League.

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Patriot League Games

Bucknell Bison (13-10, 8-5) at Army Black Knights (17-6, 9-3)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. (PLN) Saturday, 1 p.m.
*The Bison lead the all-time series between the two teams 32-21 which dates to 1983.
*Black Knights swept the season series in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
*Bucknell rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to win 56-55 on a buzzer beater by Shelby Romine.
*After five straight home games, Army will finish the season with four of five on the road.
*Army Sophomore Kelsey Minato leads the Patriot League with a 39-game double-digit scoring streak.

Loyola Maryland (5-19, 2-11) at Boston University (9-16, 4-8)
Case Gymnasium; Boston, Mass. (PLN) Saturday, 1 p.m.
*Boston University won the only previous meeting between the teams 70-60 on Jan. 19.
*Loyola's Nicole Krusen needs four three-point field goals to break the program record.
*Reigning Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week Rashidat Aboola averaged 19.5 points for BU last week.
*Loyola is second in the Patriot League with 7.4 steals per game
*Boston University has a two-game winning streak, Loyola has lost five in a row.

Lafayette Leopards (13-11, 7-6) at American Eagles (17-7, 10-3)
Bender Arena; Washington, D.C. (PLN) Saturday, 2 p.m.
*American leads the all-time series between the two teams 29-5 which dates to 1982.
*Prior to a 49-47 win by Lafayette on Feb. 2, 2013, American had won eight straight between two teams.
*Lafayette junior Emily Homan (992 points) and senior Danielle Fiacco (967) are closing in on 1,000 career points.
*American is looking for its third five-game winning streak of the season.
*Lafayette has won seven of ten after starting the Patriot League season 0-3.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (11-12, 4-8) at Holy Cross (15-9, 7-6)
Hart Center; Worcester, Mass. (PLN) Saturday, 3 p.m.
*Holy Cross leads all-time series between the teams 39-17 which dates to 1991.
*Game is a matchup of top two scoring offenses is Patriot League (Holy Cross 70.7, Lehigh 70.1)
*Crusaders put a blemish on Army's 11-0 home record with win Wednesday at Christl Arena.
*Last Lehigh win in series was 71-55 on Feb. 13, 2013; American won 70-61 last month.
*Holy Cross senior Alex Smith is the all-time Patriot League leader in 3-pt field goals with 330.

Navy Midshipmen (19-5, 11-2) at Colgate Raiders (5-19, 1-12)
Cotterell Court; Hamilton, N.Y. (PLN) Saturday, 4 p.m.
*Navy leads the all-time series between the teams 33-18 which dates to 1991.
*Last Colgate win was 62-60 in 2012; Navy won earlier matchup this season 71-40 at Alumni Hall.
*Four Navy seniors (Audrey Bauer, Kara Pollinger, Jade Geif and Alix Membreno) have scored 1,000 points.
*Colgate will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports day with a Pink Game.
*A Navy win coupled with losses by Holy Cross and Lafayette clinches a quarterfinal rounds home game for Mids.
*Colgate has only won one game since a three-game win streak in mid-December.

Team Notebooks

AMERICAN The Eagles kept pace with first-place Navy on Wednesday with a 69-56 road win over Lehigh University at Stabler Arena. American sits one game behind the Mids atop the Patriot League standings. Alexis Dobbs and Arron Zimmerman tied for game-high scoring honors with 19 points each. Dobbs also grabbed nine rebounds... The Eagles trailed by five at halftime and were still down 51-50 with just under six minutes remaining before finishing the game on a 19-5 run. ... After the Mountain Hawks enjoyed success (6-for-14) from three-point range in the first half, American held Lehigh to 1-for-7 from behind the arc in the second half and forced 14 turnovers in the final 20 minutes... Eagles will host Lafayette on Saturday for Senior Day at Bender Arena. American will recognize Dobbs, Geleisa George, Sarah Kiely and Ti'Asia McGeorge prior to the game. American defeated the Leopards 72-57 last month.

ARMY The Black Knights fell 1.5 games behind Navy in the Patriot League standings after suffering their first loss of the season at Christl Arena -- 92-85 to visiting Holy Cross. In the setback, Army sophomore Kelsey Minato set numerous Academy, Patriot League and NCAA records. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native scored 49 points to break the Academy scoring record of 39 set by Laurie Goetz in 1987. It also set the individual scoring mark for a Patriot League player, besting the previous record of 44 set by Bucknell's Molly Creamer in 2003. Minato was also an amazing 26-for- 26 from the free throw line against the Crusaders. This broke the NCAA single game record of 22-for-22 held by Shanika Freeman of Jacksonville State in 2003 and the 26 free throws made bested the mark of 23 made in a single game most recently done by Maryland's Shay Doran in 2003... Army will end their five-game homestand on Saturday when they host Bucknell. The Bison won the previous encounter 56-55 on Jan. 18.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers won back-to-back Patriot League games for the first time this season with a 72-68 win Wednesday over Colgate at Case Gymnasium. Reigning Anaconda Women's Basketball Player of the Week Rashidat Agboola scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Boston University split the regular season series with the Raiders... Clodagh Scannell scored a career-high 21 points in the win over Colgate and grabbed 10 rebounds. Freshman Sarah Hope scored 10 points and Mollie McKendrick finished with eight rebounds and six points... Boston University bounced back from a poor-shooting first half to shoot 56-percent over the final 20 minutes. Terriers started second half on an 11-3 run that stretched their one-point halftime lead to nine. ... Boston University will try to sweep the season series from Loyola on Saturday when they host the Greyhounds at 1 p.m. in Case Gym. Terriers won the previous meeting 70-60 on Jan. 19

BUCKNELL The Bison trailed by only one point with just over two minutes remaining at Navy Wednesday, but the Mids finished with an 8-0 flourish to win 70-61 at Alumni Hall. Megan McGurk and Shelby Romine shared scoring honors in loss for Bucknell, finishing with 14 points apiece... The Bison outrebounded Navy 36-33. Freshman Claire DeBoer led a balanced effort on the boards with a team-high seven. Bucknell made 10-of-11 free throws (91%) and 9-of-22 three-point field goals (41%) in the loss... Bucknell will wind up the tour of the service academies on Saturday when they travel to West Point for a 1 p.m. contest at Army. The Bison won the previous encounter 56-55 at Sojka Pavilion on Jan. 18 by rallying from a 14-point second half deficit and winning on a Romine buzzer beater. Bucknell has not swept a regular season series with the Black Knights since 2011.

COLGATE The Raiders suffered their fifth Patriot League loss by 10 points or less on Wednesday when they fell 72-68 at Boston University. Senior Lauryn Kobiela netted 20 points and junior forward Carole Harris registered 14 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Randyll Butler nearly joined Harris with a double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds... The Terriers broke open a close game with an 11-3 run early in the second half. The lead would stretch to 13 with 11 minutes remaining, but a 9-0 run by Colgate closed the gap to four with 5-1/2 minutes left... Raiders outrebounded Boston University 49-38 and grabbed 22 on the offensive glass which led to 15 second-chance points... Colgate hosts Navy on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Cotterell Court. The Mids never trailed in a 71-40 victory the last time these teams met on Jan. 18 in Annapolis, Md.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders overcame a record-setting performance from Army's Kelsey Minato to hand the Black Knights their first loss this season at Christl Arena by a 92-85 score. Sophomore forward Raquel Scott and senior guard Alex Smith combined to score 50 points for Holy Cross to offset Minato's Patriot League record 49... Scott was 7-for-14 from the field and 13-for-18 from the free throw line en route to a career-high 27 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds for the 12th double-double of her career. Smith, the Patriot League's all-time leader in three-point field goals made was 4-for-8 from behind the arc and finished with 23 points... Holy Cross tries to avoid being swept this season by Lehigh when the Mountain Hawks travel to the Hart Center on Saturday. The Crusaders lost 87-82 when the two teams met last month in Bethlehem, Pa.

LAFAYETTE The Leopards completed the season sweep of Loyola University Maryland on Wednesday with a 58-45 victory at Reitz Arena. Senior center Danielle Fiacco recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Junior forward Emily Homan chipped in with 10 points and 10 boards... Lafayette had nearly twice as many rebounds as the Greyhounds (55-29) and pulled down 19 off of the offensive glass... Loyola whittled a nine-point halftime deficit to 38-35 with 12:34 remaining, but Lafayette responded with a 14-2 run to regain control. ... Pards shot 11-for-14 from the free throw line in the second half (78.6%). ... Lafayette will head to Washington, D.C. on Saturday to try and cool off red-hot American, winners of four straight. The Eagles won the previous meeting at Kirby Sports Center 72-57 on Jan. 18.

LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks two-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday night in Stabler Arena as American used a strong second half to capture a 69-56 win. Lehigh led 31-26 at halftime, but were outscored 43-25 in the second half... Sophomore Kerry Kinek led Lehigh with 17 points, followed by junior Katie O'Reilly and sophomore Elizabeth Sharlow with nine apiece. Sharlow also pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds, while O'Reilly dished a team-best three assists... The Mountain Hawks shot 42.9 percent (6-for-14) from three-point range in the opening half, but were only 1-for-7 over the final 20 minutes... Sophomore Elizabeth Sharlow's 51.3 (78-for-152) field goal percentage leads the Mountain Hawk squad and ranks third in the Patriot League... The Mountain Hawks travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross. Lehigh beat the Crusaders 87-82 on Jan. 18.

LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds will make the long trek to Boston, Mass. on Saturday following a 58-45 loss to Lafayette Wednesday at Reitz Arena. Junior Nai Brown had 13 points for Loyola University Maryland, while senior Nneka Offodile chipped in 10 points in the loss to the Leopards... Loyola held a 26-14 advantage in the paint and scored 24 points off 24 Lafayette turnovers. The Greyhounds also had an 11-6 advantage in steals and moved to second in the Patriot League with 7.4 per game... With four more baskets from behind the arc, senior Nicole Krusen will hold the program record for the most three-point field goals in school history with 151. Loyola will take a season-high five-game losing streak into the game against the Terriers. This will be the first time the two teams will meet at Case Gymnasium, after Loyola and Boston University met for the first time in program history on Sunday, Jan. 19. Boston University won the previous encounter 70-60 at Reitz Arena.

NAVY With Kara Pollinger and Audrey Bauer both reaching the 1,000 point milestone in 70-61 win over Bucknell on Wednesday, four members of Navy's Class of 2014 -- Pollinger, Bauer, Jade Geif and Alix Membreno have now scored 1,000 career points. Initial research has found that four players from a single class have scored 1,000 career points on just three other occasions in NCAA history: Connecticut, 2002 and `05; Middle Tennessee State, 2010... Pollinger accomplished the feat with a career-high 27-point effort and Bauer went over the mark on a three-point field goal with less than three minutes remaining that broke a 59-all tie and put the Mids ahead to stay... Pollinger (10-for-13) and Geif (8-for-12) combined to shoot 72-percent from the floor against Bison... Junior Chloe Stapleton had a career-best six steals against Bucknell... Navy will look to complete the season sweep of Colgate on Wednesday when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on the Raiders. Colgate has not defeated the Mids since 2012.