Feb. 15, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The top three teams in the Patriot League standings all posted wins on Saturday afternoon to move a step closer to securing quarterfinal round home games in the postseason tournament.
Navy (20-5, 12-2) swept the season series from Colgate (5-20, 1-13) with a 76-47 road victory to maintain a one-game advantage at the top of the pack.
American (18-7, 11-3) won its fifth straight by defeating Lafayette (13-12, 7-7) 72-61 in front of a Senior Day crowd at Bender Arena.
Army (18-6, 10-3) bounced back from a home loss on Wednesday by knocking off Bucknell (13-12, 8-6) 75-63 to remain one-half game behind the Eagles in third place.
Boston University (11-16, 6-8) remained one of the hottest teams in the league by topping Loyola University Maryland (5-20, 2-12) 74-55 for a season-high third straight win.
Holy Cross (16-9, 8-6) moved in to a fourth-place tie with Bucknell following a 76-68 victory over Lehigh (11-13, 4-9).
at American 72, Lafayette 61
Geleisa George was honored on Senior Day prior to the game and went out and scored a career-high 21 points to lead American to a 72-61 win Saturday over Lafayette at Bender Arena.
The Eagles broke open a close game with a 21-8 run to start the second half. The Leopards battled back, but would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Michelle Holmes added a career-high 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting for American. Senior Alexis Dobbs also netted 19 and grabbed six rebounds.
Lafayette was led by Emily Homan's 14 points. The junior became the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 points when she scored on a layup and free throw in the second half.
at Boston University
Senior Danielle Callahan was one of four Boston University players to score in double figures as the Terriers coasted to a season-high third straight win with a 74-55 victory Saturday over Loyola at Case Gym.
Callahan connected on six three-point field goals in netting a team-high 20 points. Rashidat Agboola extended her double-digit scoring streak to five straight games with 19 points.
The Terriers outscored Loyola 25-7 over the first ten minutes of the contest and maintained at least a 16-point lead the rest of the way.
Nai Brown led the Greyhounds with 14 points and Jeneh Perry chipped in with eight points and 12 rebounds.
at Army 75, Bucknell 63
Army shot 50% from the field and held off a Bucknell rally to post a 75-63 victory at Christl Arena.
Sophomore Kelsey Minato continued her torrid play for the Black Knights with 29 points and six assists. Aimee Oertner shot 5-for-7 from the floor and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Army took a 15-point lead with 12:18 remaining on an Oertner free throw before the Bison erased all but two of the points off the lead with a 14-1 run over three minutes.
The Black Knights answered with an 11-3 run of their own to push the advantage back to double digits.
Audrey Dotson was one of four Bucknell players in double digits with 20 points. Shelby Romine scored 11 points, collected six rebounds and delivered five assists.
at Holy Cross 76, Lehigh 68
In Worcester, Mass., sophomore Raquel Scott recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds Saturday in a 76-68 win over Lehigh at the Hart Center.
After the Mountain Hawks had closed to within one at 43-42 with 13:16 remaining on a three-point field goal by Lexi Martin, the Crusaders went on a 23-11 run over the next nine minutes to build a 13-point cushion.
Senior guards Brisje Malone and Alex Smith combined for 31 points and 10 assists for Holy Cross who moved in to a tie for fourth place in the Patriot League standings.
Kerry Kinek and Elizabeth Sharlow combined for 28 points and 17 rebounds for Lehigh.
Navy 76, at Colgate 47
Navy became the first Patriot League team to 20 wins with a 76-47 win over Colgate Saturday at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y.
The Mids used a 31-4 run late in the second half to pull away and secure a sweep of the season series. Alix Membreno led Navy with 18 points and 10 boards while Jade Geif scored 15 points to go along with 10 caroms.
The Raiders were led in scoring by Carole Harris with 17 points and Mariah Jones with 16.
Navy maintains a one game lead over American in the Patriot League standings and 1.5 games over third place Army.