CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - There's a tie for first place in Patriot League women's basketball after Army swept the season series with Navy Saturday to capture the coveted Star contested between the two fierce but honorable service academy rivals.
The Black Knights won 48-40 in Annapolis, Md., holding off Navy's chance to clinch a home quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament. Instead, Army fostered a tie and is in the driver's seat with the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Elsewhere, Holy Cross rebounded from Wednesday's loss at Navy with a 73-63 victory at home over American, sending the Eagles to their second straight loss and giving Army and Navy a two-game cushion in first with four to play.
Lafayette provided some drama in one of the two nightcaps. The Leopards were down 16 at halftime and rallied to force overtime before winning it in the extra session, 66-61. Their win, coupled with Lehigh's 62-40 triumph at home against Colgate, created a three-way tie for fifth a game behind fourth-place Holy Cross.
Wednesday's action includes Lehigh visiting Bucknell, American hosting Navy, Army going to Colgate and Lafayette entertaining Holy Cross. All games tip at 7 p.m.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Kelsey Minato's game-high 19 points and Anna Simmers' 15 paced Army to a 48-40 victory over Navy Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 5,710 at Alumni Hall.
With the win, the Black Knights captured the Star in the annual rivalry with the Mids, and swept the season series. Both teams are tied at 8-2 atop the League standings.
Jade Geif paced Navy (15-10) with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Alix Membreno and Kara Pollinger had nine points and three assists apiece.
Navy connected on just five field goals in the first half and 15 (of 53) for the game. The Mids were 3 of 22 from the 3-point line.
Minato and Simmers combined to connect on 12 of the Black Knights' 16 made field goals (out of 27), while the rest of the club was 4 of 14.
Army led 17-15 at halftime. After Pollinger's 3 put Navy up one in the early stages of the second, Simmers capped off an 11-0 Army run with a trey to give the Black Knights a 28-18 lead at the 14:06 mark.
Geif's score from inside brought Navy within 28-24, but four points from Minato and a bucket by Olivia Schretzman gave Army a 34-24 advantage just past the midway point of the half.
Navy cut Army's lead to six on two separate occasions, first on Membreno's layup with 6:33 left and on a Geif free throw with 2:20 on the clock. She collected the rebound as she missed the back end of her two-shot attempt, but Pollinger missed a 3-pointer and Army regained possession on a deadball rebound.
The Mids were forced to foul four times before forcing Army to the charity stripe, where it went 6 of 6 to close the game.
The Mids dominated in points in the paint, 20-8, and had a 34-32 edge on the glass.
The teams traded the lead six times, and were tied on three occasions.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Alex Smith led all scorers with 20 points and three Crusader teammates reached double figures as Holy Cross won 73-63 over American Saturday at the Hart Center.
Smith added six assists, while Brisje Malone scored 11 points with eight dishes. Emily Parker tallied 16 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench, and Christine Ganser reached double digits with 15 points.
Alexis Dobbs led the Eagles (13-11, 6-4) with 19 points, while Jen Dumiak pitched in 17. Stephanie Anya grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, including the 500th of her career.
Holy Cross (13-12, 5-5) closed the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 37-29 lead into the intermission. Buckets by Smith and Malone early in the second half extended the stretch to 14-2.
Dumiak and Dobbs teamed up for back-to-back buckets to bring the Eagles within 45-41 with 14:03 left.
Ashley Cooper finished off a quick 8-3 spurt for the Crusaders with a 3-pointer, and Holy Cross was up 57-47 with 9:08 to go.
Dumiak's jumper cut the Holy Cross lead to 62-55 with 4:44 to play, but the Crusaders replied with scores inside from Malone and Amy Lepley to regain an 11-point lead.
Ganser scored five straight points on a layup and trey, and Smith's layup gave the Crusaders a 73-57 advantage with 1:34 to play.
The Crusaders shot 63 percent from the field (32 of 51) and 8 of 19 from the 3-point line. American was 26 of 71 (37 percent) from the floor and shot 6 of 19 from beyond the arc.
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Maddie Peabody led Lafayette with 15 points and four assists, and Danielle Fiacco recorded a double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to help pace Lafayette to a come-from-behind 66-61 overtime victory at Bucknell Saturday night.
Kelly Loughney added 14 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench. She was 5 of 11 from the field, while Fiacco was 6 of 13 to lead the Leopards (11-14, 4-6).
Bucknell's Audrey Dotson led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting and a perfect 6 of 6 at the charity stripe. Shelby Romine added 11 points and five assists, while Lindsay Horbatuck had eight points and eight rebounds for the Bison (13-12, 4-6), who dropped their fifth in a row.
Alicia Manning's runner as time expired completed a 16-point second-half comeback for the Leopards to force overtime. Both teams were 3 of 7 from the field in the extra session, but one of Lafayette's buckets was a trey, plus it went 4 of 5 from the line.
The Leopards scored the first five points in overtime, with Fiacco's layup and Loughney's 3-pointer leading the way.
Alyssa Dunn's inside score brought the Bison within 62-59 with over two minutes left in overtime, and she scored again at the 1:27 mark to cut the Leopards' lead to 64-61.
Bucknell got the ball back after Lafayette's Emily Homan was whistled for an offensive foul, but it could not convert on the opportunity. Peabody drilled two from the line with 16 seconds left to make it a two possession game.
Romine had a late look at a triple that didn't fall.
Lafayette was in a 37-21 hole at halftime, but scored the first 10 points of the second half to cut it to a six point deficit at the 14:28 mark.
Loughney's 3-pointer brought the Leopards within 48-45 with 4:20 to go, and Homan's jumper less than a minute later made it just a one-point deficit.
Bucknell seemed to regain control with a 6-0 spurt, with Dotson's layup finishing it off to put the Bison up 54-47 with a little over two and a half minutes remaining.
Peabody hit two from the foul line to cap off six straight Leopard points. Dunn was fouled on Bucknell's ensuing possession and hit just one of two from the free throw line, giving the Leopards the chance to tie at the buzzer with a deuce.
The Leopards outscored Bucknell 34-18 in the second, thanks to hitting 14 of 26 from the field while the Bison were 6 of 20. It was almost a full reverse of the first half, where Lafayette shot 9 of 34 and the Bison were 12 of 24. Bucknell also outscored Lafayette from the line 14-7.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek led all scorers with 16 points and seven rebounds as the Mountain Hawks cruised past Colgate 62-40 to sweep the season series Saturday night at Stabler Arena.
Hilary Weaver chipped in 12 points for Lehigh (12-13, 4-6), while Lindsay Hoskins added 11. Kinek and Becky Guman shared the Lehigh lead with seven caroms.
Josie Stockill scored nine points with six boards in her first career start, while Jhazmine Lynch matched her team-high nine points. Lauryn Kobiela dished a game-high five assists in 28 minutes off the bench for the Raiders (7-18, 1-9).
Lehigh turned 15 Colgate turnovers into 17 points, and recorded their second straight game with over 50 rebounds as they won the battle of the boards 52-39.
The Mountain Hawks jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it. They scored the game's five points and led 9-4 just over three minutes into the game.
Randyll Butler's layup tied the game at 18, but the Mountain Hawks replied with a 12-0 run, capped off by Kelly Peterson's jumper to put Lehigh up 30-18 with 1:50 to go. The Raiders came back and cut the deficit lead to 30-23 in the mix.
Lehigh used the opening minutes of the second to pad its lead. Inside scores by Hilary Weaver and Lindsay Hoskins helped the Mountain Hawks build the advantage to 41-25 at the 14:07 mark.
After a short Colgate rally, the Mountain Hawks dug in and held firm. Elizabeth Sharlow's layup at the 7:24 mark gave the Mountain Hawks their biggest lead to that point at 55-36.
It didn't take long for the lead to balloon to 20, Lehigh's largest advantage of the day. It happened twice in the fourth quarter, with the Mountain Hawks hitting that mark with just over a minute to go.
Lehigh shot 21 of 58 from the field and just 2 of 18 from beyond the arc, but outscored Colgate 18-4 from the foul line. Colgate shot 30 percent in the first half, with the average dropping to 22 percent in the second.