Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 2.17.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Lindsay Horbatuck and surging Bucknell host Holy Cross Saturday night at 7 p.m.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Lindsay Horbatuck and surging Bucknell host Holy Cross Saturday night at 7 p.m.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Feb. 17, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — For a while Wednesday night, it looked as though American might have to wait another few days before having another chance to sew up the Patriot League regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed to the League Tournament. The Eagles went scoreless during the last 7:03 of the first half as Navy put together a 15-0 run to take a 36-21 lead into halftime at Alumni Hall.

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American started the second half on a 13-0 run and eventually took a 55-52 win over the Mids to sweep the regular-season series from the defending League champions. More importantly for the Eagles, they secured the top overall seed in the League Tournament, which begins with the quarterfinals March 1.

With Army and Holy Cross collecting wins Wednesday and Lehigh and Navy falling, the standings from second to fifth tightened up entering Saturday’s four contests. Army and Navy are tied for second at 7-4, but the Mids own the edge for the second seed because of the two regular-season victories over the Black Knights. Lehigh, which has dropped three in a row, sits in fourth at 6-5, one-game ahead of Holy Cross. Even if those two teams finished tied, the Mountain Hawks would own the No. 4 seed by virtue of two victories against the Crusaders during the regular season.

Besides American, the League’s hottest team is Bucknell. The Bison have put together three straight victories, the latest being Wednesday’s 62-56 victory at Lehigh. Bucknell is tied for seventh place with Colgate at 3-8, and the two split the season series. With three games left, both the Raiders and Bison will have contests against American and Navy before the Tournament.

Lehigh visits rival Lafayette at 12 p.m. to open Saturday’s slate. Army heads to American for a 2 p.m. start, with the Black Knights hoping for a repeat performance of Jen Hazlett’s 30-point outburst against Colgate Wednesday night. The day wraps up with Navy at Colgate at 4 p.m. and Bucknell hosting Holy Cross at 7 p.m.

Patriot League Notebook

EAGLES WRAP UP NO. 1 SEED
American became the first team to go 11-0 in Patriot League play since 2000-01 with Wednesday’s comeback 55-52 win at Navy. The more important and immediate note is the Eagles wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, which begins with the quarterfinals March 1. American is the first squad during any eighth-team era of the Patriot League to start League competition with 11 straight victories.

NOS. 2, 3 AND 4 UP FOR GRABS
Wednesday’s results also created a second-place tie between Army and Navy at 7-4, with Lehigh trailing in fourth by one game at 6-5. A Lehigh win would have created a three-way logjam for second with three games to go. Instead, the loss by the Mountain Hawks to Bucknell, coupled with Holy Cross’ victory against Lafayette, brings the Crusaders back into the discussion for a potential home game in the League Tournament quarterfinals. At 5-6, Holy Cross trails Lehigh by one game but the Mountain Hawks own the head-to-head tiebreaker because of the sweep of the regular-season series.

FIACCO STUFFS ANOTHER RECORD
With three blocks Wednesday, Lafayette center Danielle Fiacco broke the Patriot League’s single-season record for rejections. She has 98 and counting. After collecting 71 a year ago as a freshman, the 6-foot-7 sophomore has 169 for her career, putting her one shy of ninth on the Patriot League’s all-time list. Fiacco has been situated near the top of the NCAA standings all season long in blocks per game and has consistently led the League in 2011-12.

ROAD TEAMS CONTINUE TO HOLD THEIR OWN
With the Patriot League Tournament just two weeks away, there’s a lot of focus on home court advantage and the race for a top-four seed. For the second year in a row, the higher seeds will host all rounds of the League Tournament, culminating with the Patriot League Championship game on CBS Sports Network March 10 at 6 p.m. After another 2-2 night Wednesday, home teams maintained a slight edge during League play with a 24-20 record. 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) .545 2011-12 (24-20) .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 82-37 overall and an impressive 43-10 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 .689 inches ahead of Fordham’s Kevin Morris, who went 40-19 (.678) from 1993-95, while his League success rate (.811) 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.

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. Romine kept up her stellar play with 23 more points in Wednesday’s 62-56 win at Lehigh. Bucknell’s win streak is at three entering Saturday’s contest at home versus Holy Cross.

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

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (13-12, 6-5) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (8-18, 2-9)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Saturday, 12 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 41-39 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: Lehigh, Three Wins Last Meeting: Lehigh, 68-55 (1.21.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 57-54 (1.22.11) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

The rivalry between Lafayette and Lehigh plays out for the 81st time Saturday when the Leopards host the Mountain Hawks at the Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pa., for a 12 p.m. start ... The game will be televised by the Lafayette Sports Network on RCN Cable ... Gary Laubach and John Leone will provide the call ... The Leopards own a 41-39 all-time series lead, but Lehigh has won the last three, including a 68-55 decision in Bethlehem, Pa., Jan. 21 ... Alexa Williams (23 points) and Kelly Peterson (17) paced the Mountain Hawks to that 13-point victory ... Lehigh outrebounded the Leopards 53-39, including 22-14 on the offensive glass ... Lehigh would guarantee no worse than a .500 record in League play with a win.

LEHIGH Shelby Romine scored 23 points to lead all players and Lindsay Horbatuck collected a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to spur Bucknell to its third straight victory in a 62-56 win at Lehigh Wednesday night ... Kelly Peterson led Lehigh with 12 points, while Sarah Williams and Emily Gratch tallied 11 apiece ... Alexa Williams poured in seven points with six rebounds ... The Bison were able to hang on despite going without a field goal for the last 6:11 of the game ... Lehigh opened a quick 4-0 lead, but Bucknell responded in kind to take a 13-10 advantage with 13:13 remaining in the opening half ... Sarah Pearce tied the game at 13 with a trey, but the Bison scored the next 10 points to move ahead 23-13 ... Romine hit a pair of 3-pointers in the last 5:05 of the first half to propel Bucknell to a 37-25 halftime lead ... Romine’s layup ballooned the Bison lead to 48-29 with 14:04 left in the second ... Sarah Williams hit two straight treys to bring the Mountain Hawks within 13 points ... Christina Chukwuedo’s layup at the 6:11 mark put Bucknell in front 58-45 ... Lehigh’s defense tightened up as the Mountain Hawks went on a 9-0 run to get within 58-54 with just under one minute left ... After Horbatuck went 1 of 2 at the line, Gratch sank both of her chances with 33 seconds remaining to bring Lehigh within 59-56 ... Bucknell hit 3 of 4 from the foul line to close out the game for the six-point win ... The Mountain Hawks own the highest scoring offense in League play at 63.3 points per game ... Lehigh also owns the best team free throw shooting percentage in League games at 73.5 ... Alexa Williams leads the team averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 11 League contests so far ... Lehigh welcomes Navy to Stabler Arena Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

LAFAYETTE Brisje Malone and Emily Parker led three Crusaders in double figures as Holy Cross held off a late Lafayette rally in a 61-52 victory at the Hart Center Wednesday night ... Holy Cross overcame a pair of double-double performances from Danielle Fiacco (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Emily Homan (13, 10) ... Both players collected three blocks apiece. For Fiacco, that gives her 98 for the year, giving her the Patriot League’s single-season record ... Amy Lepley added 11 points and seven rebounds for Holy Cross, while Alex Smith had six points and six assists ... The teams played to six ties in the first 9:47 of the game before Holy Cross’ 8-2 run gave it a 20-14 advantage at the 6:12 mark ... The Crusaders scored the last six points of the first half after Lafayette had cut it to a three-point game ... Holy Cross led 28-19 at the break ... Meredith Ward’s 3-pointer at the 17:27 mark of the second gave Holy Cross a 37-21 lead, and Lepley’s layup in the paint gave the Crusaders their biggest advantage at 44-26 with 14:22 remaining ... Fiacco capped off a 10-0 Lafayette run with back-to-back buckets to bring the Leopards within 44-36 ... Holy Cross was able to regain a 10-point lead shortly thereafter ... Maddie Peabody’s 3-pointer with under four minutes to go brought Lafayette within 53-46, but the Leopards could not get any closer ... The Holy Cross lead sat anywhere between seven and nine points the rest of the way ... After shooting 33.3 percent (9 of 27) in the first half, Lafayette hit 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) in the second half ... Holy Cross finished 22 of 63 (34.9 percent) from the field, but hit just 3 of 22 3-point attempts ... Thirty-four of Fiacco’s blocks have come during League play, while Homan has 24 in 11 League contests ... Homan leads the Leopards during League play with 12.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while Fiacco is second (10.5, 7.9) in both ... The Leopards visit Colgate Wednesday at 7 p.m.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (13-13, 7-4) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (19-6, 11-0)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: American, 15-9
Streak: American, Two Wins Last Meeting: American, 40-39 (1.18.12)
Last Army Win: 64-50 (1.19.11) Last Five Games: American, 4-1

American became the first team to hit 11-0 in League play since Holy Cross in 2000-01 with Wednesday’s 55-52 win at Navy ... The Eagles will try to move to 12-0 when they host Army Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bender Arena ... It’s American’s final home game of the regular season, but they have home court advantage throughout the Patriot League Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game March 1 against the No. 8 seed ... Lisa Strack sank two free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to lift American to a 40-39 win at West Point Jan. 18 in the previous meeting between the two ... Army has won four of six since the loss to the Eagles.

ARMY Sophomore Jen Hazlett scored 30 points, the most of any Patriot Leaguer this season and the highest output for a Black Knight in seven years, to lead Army to a 62-47 win against Colgate at home Wednesday night at Christl Arena ... Hazlett shot 11 of 19 from the field and posted a double-double with 12 rebounds ... She led all players in both points and on the boards ... Anna Simmers had six points and 10 boards for the Black Knights, who moved into a second-place tie with Navy ... Freshman Missy Repoli had 17 points to lead Colgate (6-20, 3-8), while Catherine Lewis chipped in nine points and Mariah Jones eight, both off the bench ... Repoli hit one of her three 3-pointers on the night to put Colgate ahead 10-7 with 16:45 left in the first ... Hazlett’s layup capped off an 9-0 Army run, and the Black Knights were ahead 16-10 with 12:26 remaining ... Repoli’s jumper brought Colgate with 21-20 with 2:47 left until the half. Army scored the next four points and led 25-20 at the break ... Simmers hit a pair of foul shots to give Army its first double-digit lead at 31-21 with 17:26 remaining ... Hazlett’s three and a bucket from Jessica Waggoner made it a 42-27 Army lead with 11:38 showing on the clock ... Lewis’ 3-pointer capped off an 8-0 run for Colgate, and the Raiders were within 48-41 with 5:58 to go ... After Army pulled ahead by double figures again, Lewis drilled another trey to make it a 53-46 game with three minutes remaining ... The Raiders were unable to get any closer, as Army hit 7 of 8 from the free throw line the rest of the way to preserve the win ... The Black Knights welcome Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN Lisa Strack drained a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left as American rallied for a 55-52 victory over Navy Wednesday night at Alumni Hall ... With the win, the Eagles sewed up the No. 1 seed to the Patriot League Tournament and clinched the outright regular-season title ... They have a four-game lead over both Army and the Mids with three to go ... Jade Geif led all scorers with 14 points, while Audrey Bauer chipped in 10 for Navy ... Alexis Dobbs led the Eagles with nine points ... Strack finished with eight for American despite going 1 of 8 from the field ... She was a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul line, including her last two of the game to give the Eagles a three-point advantage ... Navy used a 15-0 run over a 5:48 stretch to turn a 21-21 tie into a 36-21 lead at the break ... Alix Membreno and Geif posted back-to-back layups to start the rally, while Chloe Stapleton added a trey to make it 28-21 ... Geif tallied six points in all during the run, including two consecutive buckets before Kara Pollinger’s basket closed out the run with 40 ticks left ... American replied by scoring the first 13 points of the second half ... Strack sank a pair of foul shots, while Ebony Edwards and Jen Dumiak converted buckets ... Dobbs drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Eagles within 36-34 at the 16:19 mark ... Strack hit two more free throws just over midway through the half to tie the game at 41 ... Dumiak’s 3-pointer with a little over six minutes to go put the Eagles ahead 48-44 ... American’s lead fluctuated between two and four points over the next several minutes ... Geif’s layup with 2:04 remaining brought Navy within 53-52 ... Strack missed a 3 on American’s next possession, and Navy had two good looks from beyond the arc on its next time down the floor but neither shot would fall ... Strack hit her two free throws in the waning seconds, and Bauer’s 3-point bid to tie was off the mark ... The Eagles go to Bucknell Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (14-11, 7-4) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (6-20, 3-8)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Saturday, 4 p.m.
Series: Navy, 29-17
Streak: Navy, Three Wins Last Meeting: Navy, 61-52 (1.18.12)
Last Colgate Win: 59-55 (1.29.11) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

Two teams trying to bounce back from losses Wednesday will play for the second time when Navy visits Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m. ... The Mids have won three straight in the series, starting with a victory in the quarterfinals of last year’s Patriot League Tournament ... Despite Wednesday’s loss and being tied with Army for second place at 7-4, the Mids are in position for the No. 2 seed by virtue of their sweep of the regular-season series against the Black Knights ... Colgate sits tied for sixth with surging Bucknell, one-game ahead of eighth-place Lafayette ... Alix Membreno scored 19 points and Jade Geif had 16 in Navy’s 61-52 win over Colgate earlier this season ... Tricia Oakes had 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the Raiders.

NAVY Lisa Strack drained a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left as American rallied for a 55-52 victory over Navy Wednesday night at Alumni Hall ... With the win, the Eagles sewed up the No. 1 seed to the Patriot League Tournament and clinched the outright regular-season title ... They have a four-game lead over both Army and the Mids with three to go ... Jade Geif led all scorers with 14 points, while Audrey Bauer chipped in 10 for Navy ... Alexis Dobbs led the Eagles with nine points ... Strack finished with eight for American despite going 1 of 8 from the field ... She was a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul line, including her last two of the game to give the Eagles a three-point advantage ... Navy used a 15-0 run over a 5:48 stretch to turn a 21-21 tie into a 36-21 lead at the break ... Alix Membreno and Geif posted back-to-back layups to start the rally, while Chloe Stapleton added a trey to make it 28-21 ... Geif tallied six points in all during the run, including two consecutive buckets before Kara Pollinger’s basket closed out the run with 40 ticks left ... American replied by scoring the first 13 points of the second half ... Strack sank a pair of foul shots, while Ebony Edwards and Jen Dumiak converted buckets ... Dobbs drilled a 3-pointer to bring the Eagles within 36-34 at the 16:19 mark ... Strack hit two more free throws just over midway through the half to tie the game at 41 ... Dumiak’s 3-pointer with a little over six minutes to go put the Eagles ahead 48-44 ... American’s lead fluctuated between two and four points over the next several minutes ... Geif’s layup with 2:04 remaining brought Navy within 53-52 ... Strack missed a 3 on American’s next possession, and Navy had two good looks from beyond the arc on its next time down the floor but neither shot would fall ... Strack hit her two free throws in the waning seconds, and Bauer’s 3-point bid to tie was off the mark ... Navy visits Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m. in what could be a critical matchup between a pair of teams in the top four.

COLGATE Sophomore Jen Hazlett scored 30 points, the most of any Patriot Leaguer this season and the highest output for a Black Knight in seven years, to lead Army to a 62-47 win against Colgate at home Wednesday night at Christl Arena ... Hazlett shot 11 of 19 from the field and posted a double-double with 12 rebounds ... She led all players in both points and on the boards ... Anna Simmers had six points and 10 boards for the Black Knights, who moved into a second-place tie with Navy ... Freshman Missy Repoli had 17 points to lead Colgate (6-20, 3-8), while Catherine Lewis chipped in nine points and Mariah Jones eight, both off the bench ... Repoli hit one of her three 3-pointers on the night to put Colgate ahead 10-7 with 16:45 left in the first ... Hazlett’s layup capped off an 9-0 Army run, and the Black Knights were ahead 16-10 with 12:26 remaining ... Repoli’s jumper brought Colgate with 21-20 with 2:47 left until the half. Army scored the next four points and led 25-20 at the break ... Simmers hit a pair of foul shots to give Army its first double-digit lead at 31-21 with 17:26 remaining ... Hazlett’s three and a bucket from Jessica Waggoner made it a 42-27 Army lead with 11:38 showing on the clock ... Lewis’ 3-pointer capped off an 8-0 run for Colgate, and the Raiders were within 48-41 with 5:58 to go ... After Army pulled ahead by double figures again, Lewis drilled another trey to make it a 53-46 game with three minutes remaining ... The Raiders were unable to get any closer, as Army hit 7 of 8 from the free throw line the rest of the way to preserve the win ... Colgate welcomes Lafayette Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (14-12, 5-6) AT BUCKNELL BISON (5-21, 3-8)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 38-13
Streak: Holy Cross, One Win Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 70-53 (1.18.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 68-52 (2.12.11) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

Bucknell extended its win streak to three with Wednesday’s 62-56 win at Lehigh ... The Bison return home to take on Holy Cross, which snapped a four-game skid Wednesday with a 61-52 victory against visiting Lafayette ... The Crusaders are in fifth at 5-6, just one game behind Lehigh for fourth and two out of the two-way tie between Army and Navy for second ... Bucknell has risen into a sixth-place tie with Colgate ... The Crusaders used a 20-2 first-half run to build a lead it never relinquished in a 70-53 victory over the Bison in Worcester Jan. 18.

HOLY CROSS Brisje Malone and Emily Parker led three Crusaders in double figures as Holy Cross held off a late Lafayette rally in a 61-52 victory at the Hart Center Wednesday night ... Holy Cross overcame a pair of double-double performances from Danielle Fiacco (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Emily Homan (13, 10) ... Both players collected three blocks apiece. For Fiacco, that gives her 98 for the year, giving her the Patriot League’s single-season record ... Amy Lepley added 11 points and seven rebounds for Holy Cross, while Alex Smith had six points and six assists ... The teams played to six ties in the first 9:47 of the game before Holy Cross’ 8-2 run gave it a 20-14 advantage at the 6:12 mark ... The Crusaders scored the last six points of the first half after Lafayette had cut it to a three-point game ... Holy Cross led 28-19 at the break ... Meredith Ward’s 3-pointer at the 17:27 mark of the second gave Holy Cross a 37-21 lead, and Lepley’s layup in the paint gave the Crusaders their biggest advantage at 44-26 with 14:22 remaining ... Fiacco capped off a 10-0 Lafayette run with back-to-back buckets to bring the Leopards within 44-36 ... Holy Cross was able to regain a 10-point lead shortly thereafter ... Maddie Peabody’s 3-pointer with under four minutes to go brought Lafayette within 53-46, but the Leopards could not get any closer ... The Holy Cross lead sat anywhere between seven and nine points the rest of the way ... After shooting 33.3 percent (9 of 27) in the first half, Lafayette hit 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) in the second half ... Holy Cross finished 22 of 63 (34.9 percent) from the field, but hit just 3 of 22 3-point attempts ... The Crusaders go to Army Wednesday at 7 p.m.

BUCKNELL Shelby Romine scored 23 points to lead all players and Lindsay Horbatuck collected a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to spur Bucknell to its third straight victory in a 62-56 win at Lehigh Wednesday night ... Kelly Peterson led Lehigh with 12 points, while Sarah Williams and Emily Gratch tallied 11 apiece ... Alexa Williams poured in seven points with six rebounds ... The Bison were able to hang on despite going without a field goal for the last 6:11 of the game ... Lehigh opened a quick 4-0 lead, but Bucknell responded in kind to take a 13-10 advantage with 13:13 remaining in the opening half ... Sarah Pearce tied the game at 13 with a trey, but the Bison scored the next 10 points to move ahead 23-13 ... Romine hit a pair of 3-pointers in the last 5:05 of the first half to propel Bucknell to a 37-25 halftime lead ... Romine’s layup ballooned the Bison lead to 48-29 with 14:04 left in the second ... Sarah Williams hit two straight treys to bring the Mountain Hawks within 13 points ... Christina Chukwuedo’s layup at the 6:11 mark put Bucknell in front 58-45 ... Lehigh’s defense tightened up as the Mountain Hawks went on a 9-0 run to get within 58-54 with just under one minute left ... After Horbatuck went 1 of 2 at the line, Gratch sank both of her chances with 33 seconds remaining to bring Lehigh within 59-56 ... Bucknell hit 3 of 4 from the foul line to close out the game for the six-point win ... The Bison have scored at least 60 points in three straight games for the first time this season ... Romine is averaging 12.4 points and 2.8 assists per game during League play, while Rachel Voss is second in scoring (10.6) ... Horbatuck is just shy of averaging a double-double in League play with 9.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest ... The starting five has remained the same for all 11 League games, featuring Romine, Voss, Horbatuck, Chukwuedo and Felicia Mgbada ... The Bison welcomes first-place American Wednesday at 7 p.m.