Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 2.21.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Kelly Peterson and Lehigh host Navy in a crucial Patriot League matchup Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Kelly Peterson and Lehigh host Navy in a crucial Patriot League matchup Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Feb. 21, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The middle of the Patriot League standings were tight heading into Saturday’s games, and teams became even closer as a result of the weekend’s outcome. With two games to go and a three-way tie for second place, seeds are still up for grabs as the final slate of Wednesday regular games approaches.

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American became just the third team in League history to move to 12-0 in conference play with Saturday’s 54-48 win over Army. The Eagles share the distinction with the Holy Cross teams in 1990-91 and 1996-97 as the only three to reach that mark. The first two came when the Patriot League featured seven teams with everybody playing a 12-game schedule. American aims for history as the League’s first 13-0 team Wednesday when it visits Bucknell.

Army, Lehigh and Navy are knotted in second place at 7-5 and Holy Cross trails that logjam by one game at 6-6. As luck would have it, a pair of Wednesday games involve these four teams, as Holy Cross visits Army and Lehigh hosts Navy. The Lehigh-Navy winner will clinch a top-four seed and earn a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament. If Army defeats Holy Cross, the Black Knights and the Lehigh-Navy loser will also secure quarterfinal home games, so there’s the chance that a lot of housekeeping could be determined by the end of the night. If Holy Cross sweeps the season series at West Point Wednesday, then determining the remaining two quarterfinal hosts would have to wait until Saturday.

Colgate’s 62-60 victory over Navy Saturday improved the Raiders to 4-8 in League play and keeps them in contention for a seed as high as the No. 5. The Raiders would need Army to defeat Holy Cross and then go to Worcester and defeat the Crusaders Saturday to wrap it up; otherwise, just one win in their next two would wrap up the No. 6 seed for Colgate. The Raiders could shore that positioning up as early as Wednesday when they host Lafayette at 7 p.m. The Leopards won the first matchup, 66-58, in Easton, Pa., Jan. 25.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.13-2.19)

ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AMY LEPLEY, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, Norfolk, Mass.
15.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.0 spg, 2.0 apg, .500 FG%

ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
EMILY HOMAN, LAFAYETTE Fr., F, Upper Darby, Pa.
12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.0 bpg, 2.5 spg, .333 FG%, .833 FT%

HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANCES LAST WEEK
DANIELLE FIACCO, LAFAYETTE So., C, Brewster, N.Y.
12.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 6.5 bpg, 2.5 apg, .393 FG%

LINDSAY HORBATUCK, BUCKNELL Jr., F, Avon, Conn.
12.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, .667 FG%, .833 FT%

KELLY KORKOWSKI, COLGATE Sr., F, Williamsburg, Va.
10.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, .526 FG%

ALEXIS DOBBS, AMERICAN So., G, Berea, Ohio
14.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, .400 FG%, .667

JEN HAZLETT, ARMY So., F, Syracuse, Utah
18.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, .412 FG%

Patriot League Notebook

STILL MUCH TO BE DETERMINED
Saturday’s results created an ever bigger jam up in the middle of the Patriot League standings, as Army, Lehigh and Navy ended the night mired in a three-way tie for second place at 7-5. Those three teams are still in line for perhaps as high as the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament, while Holy Cross, at 6-6, is still alive for a home quarterfinal game as it lurks one game back.

HOSTING IS ON THE LINE
Their last meeting was an interesting battle, and Wednesday’s should be no different in Bethlehem, Pa., when Lehigh hosts Navy at Stabler Arena. Lehigh overcame a 16-point deficit at halftime to take a 50-46 victory from the Mids Jan. 25 in Annapolis. Both teams are 14-12 overall and own identical 7-5 records in Patriot League play. The winner of the contest will sew up at least a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament.

ARMY COULD PUSH OVER THE DOMINOES
While Lehigh and Navy duke it out at Stabler, Army hosts Holy Cross Wednesday night in another critical contest in the League standings. Army, sitting at 7-5, has a one-game lead on 6-6 Holy Cross with two to go, and the Crusaders own the initial edge thanks to a 62-59 victory in Worcester Jan. 25. Another Holy Cross win and it would sew up the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Black Knights. If Army wins, it would drop Holy Cross to 6-7 in the League and clinch all three remaining top-four seeds for itself, Lehigh and Navy.

ROAD TEAMS CONTINUE TO HOLD THEIR OWN
The Patriot League Tournament is lurking on the horizon, so there’s a lot of talk about vying for home games. For the second straight year, the tournament will be hosted on campus sites with the better seed hosting the contest. The home and road squads split Saturday’s games 2-2 once again, giving home teams a slight 26-22 edge through 48 League games. That’s good enough for a .542 win percentage, which remains only the eighth-highest success rate for home teams since the League expanded to eight teams with American’s entry for the 2001-02 season: .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) .542 2011-12 (26-22) .536 2008-09, 2010-11 (30-26) .446 2007-08 (25-31)

A HUGE SHOWING
As Army pushes for at least one and maybe the potential for two home games in the League Tournament, the Black Knights would like to see some more of this. Sophomore forward Jen Hazlett put forth the biggest offensive performance of any Patriot Leaguer all season when she tallied 30 points in the Black Knights’ 62-47 victory at home last Wednesday against Colgate. Hazlett accounted for 48.4 percent of her team’s scoring. Army has also received several 20-plus point performances from junior Anna Simmers during the course of the season. At 7-5, the Black Knights would wrap up at least one home game in the League Tournament with a win Wednesday over Holy Cross.

A LOOK AHEAD
While Wednesday’s games are important enough, Saturday boasts the end of the regular season so the remaining loose ends will be tied up by the end of the night. Colgate visits Holy Cross at 1 p.m. to start the day, while American heads to Lafayette at 3 p.m. There’s a pair of night games, with Navy hosting Bucknell at 7 p.m. and Army going to Lehigh at 7:30 p.m. Depending on how Wednesday shakes out, there could be several interesting and important storylines on Saturday, including American’s bid for 14-0, the potential for the fifth seed at stake in Worcester and the rest of the seeds shaking out.

CENTURY MARK
Danielle Fiacco continues tallying up rejections at an alarming pace. Saturday the 6-foot-7 sophomore center stuffed a season-high 10 shots against Lehigh, giving her 108 for the season. She is the first player in League history to block over 100 shots in a season and has now obliterated the old single-season mark of 95 shared by two student-athletes. Fiacco also recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 blocks, becoming the first student-athlete in League history since Bucknell’s Hope Foster had 11 boards and 10 rejections Nov. 17, 2006 against Michigan State.

CORKERY TAKES TOP SPOT
Now in his fourth season at American, Matt Corkery has improved his coaching record in the nation’s capital to 83-37 overall and an impressive 44-10 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 .692 inches ahead of Fordham’s Kevin Morris, who went 40-19 (.678) from 1993-95, while his League success rate (.815) 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.

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.

Patriot League Games

NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (14-12, 7-5) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (14-12, 7-5)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 25-21 TV: Service Electric Channel 2
Streak: Lehigh, Two Wins Last Meeting: Lehigh, 50-46 (1.25.12)
Last Navy Win: 63-62 (1.12.11) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

Two teams with identical records and aspirations go head-to-head Wednesday night at Stabler Arena when Lehigh hosts Navy at 7 p.m. ... The Mountain Hawks and Mids are two of the three teams locked in a tie for second in the standings at 7-5 ... The winner will earn at least a quarterfinal game at home in the Patriot League Tournament ... After trailing by 16 points at halftime, Lehigh shot over 50 percent in the second half and took a nine-point lead before hanging on for a 50-46 win in Annapolis Jan. 25 ... Emily Gratch and Kelly Peterson combined for 22 second-half points, while the Mountain Hawks started the second 20 minutes on a 14-0 run.

NAVY Candice Green’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left was the difference as Colgate moved into sixth place in the Patriot League with a thrilling 62-60 victory against visiting Navy Saturday evening ... Senior Kelly Korkowski posted 18 points on Senior Day to lead three on her team in double figures ... Green finished with 10, but none were bigger than her trey on Colgate’s next possession after Erin Edwards put the Mids in front by one with a jumper with inside 30 seconds to go ... Tricia Oakes was strong in the paint for the Raiders with 16 points and seven rebounds ... After Green’s 3-pointer, Navy had the ball for one last possession but turned it over just as the buzzer went off ... The loss dropped the Mids to 14-12 overall and 7-5 in the League, creating a three-way tie for second ... Jade Geif paced the Mids and led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Kara Pollinger contributed a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards ... Navy took an early advantage as Geif’s layup at the 7:33 mark put the Mids ahead 28-18 ... Colgate chipped away, with Green’s jumper with 2:20 on the clock bringing the Raiders within 30-27 ... Korkowski’s bucket in the final seconds of the first half sent Colgate into the locker room trailing 34-31 ... The Raiders tied the game at 36-36 in the opening minutes of the second half when Oakes went 1 of 2 at the foul line ... Geif’s bucket capped off a 14-2 run for Navy, and the Mids led 50-38 with 11:06 left in the game ... Korkowski replied for the Raiders again, as her bucket at the 8:48 mark capped off a 7-0 spurt for Colgate, making it a 50-45 game ... After Navy extended the lead back to eight points, it was Korkowski again who authored the Colgate response, as her bucket off a Lauryn Kobiela feed brought the Raiders within 55-53 with 6:18 left ... Kobiela tallied four points and Korkowski two on a 6-0 Raider run that gave them a 59-56 lead with 3:38 remaining ... Geif scored a fastbreak layup with two minutes left to make it a 59-58 game, and Edwards sank her jumper from the top of the key with 30 seconds remaining to give Navy a one-point lead ... Colgate took a timeout to set up its final shot, with Green sinking the trey with 18 seconds to go ... Both teams shot over 40 percent, with the Raiders going 26 of 59 (44.1 percent) and Navy 24 of 57 (42.1) ... Navy owned a 39-30 edge on the boards ... Colgate committed just seven turnovers in the game ... The Mids close the regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. at home versus Bucknell.

LEHIGH Lehigh moved itself into a tie for third when it survived a 57-47 win at rival Lafayette Saturday afternoon ... Junior Kelly Peterson poured in a career-high 19 points and senior Emily Gratch added 13 for the Mountain Hawks, who opened up a 17-point advantage in the first half and won by 10 ... Emily Homan continued her solid play during her rookie campaign for the Leopards with 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks, while sophomore Danielle Fiacco became the first player in Patriot League history to record 100 blocks in a season ... She collected the rare boards-rejections double-double with seven points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks ... Freshman Brya Freeland had 10 points and six rebounds for the Leopards ... Peterson’s 3-pointer and a pair of Katie O’Reilly foul shots put Lehigh up 19-9 with 8:51 to go in the first ... Lafayette chipped away and came within six points before back-to-back 3s from Hilary Weaver and Peterson put Lehigh up 29-17 with inside five minutes before the half ... Becky Guman’s basket with 37 seconds left put Lehigh in front 37-20, while Homan’s jumper with 15 ticks to go made it a 37-22 game at the break ... Lafayette hung around and dropped the deficit to single digits with Sarah McGorry’s 3-pointer at the 6:02 mark making it a 45-36 game ... McGorry hit two foul shots on Lafayette’s next possession to make it a seven-point game, but the Leopards could get no closer ... Lehigh went 8 of 32 from the field in the second after hitting 15 of 30 in the first 20 minutes ... Lafayette finished the game 17 of 57 (29.8 percent) from the floor and 3 of 11 on treys ... McGorry had 14 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double for the Leopards ... Lehigh finishes the regular season Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Army at Stabler.

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (15-12, 6-6) AT ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (13-14, 7-5)
Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 31-18
Streak: Holy Cross, Two Wins Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 62-59 (1.25.12)
Last Army Win: 50-47 (1.13.11) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 3-2

In another critical matchup in the top half of the Patriot League standings Wednesday night, Army welcomes Holy Cross to Christl Arena for a 7 p.m. tip off at West Point, N.Y. ... An Army victory would clinch the remaining three top-four spots in the Patriot League Tournament for itself, Lehigh and Navy while freezing Holy Cross out of a home game in the quarterfinals ... Should Holy Cross win, it would remain in the hunt for a quarterfinal home game ... The Crusaders hung on for a 62-59 win over Army in Worcester Jan. 25 despite going without a field goal for the final 7:48 ... Alex Smith tallied a career-high 26 points to pace Holy Cross in that game.

HOLY CROSS It was a defensive battle, with Holy Cross taking a 49-38 victory over Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., in the fourth and final contest on Saturday’s slate ... It was a far cry from their first meeting in Worcester, Mass., four weeks ago, when Holy Cross ran out to a 20-2 lead in the first half ... Amy Lepley led the Crusaders with 20 points, while Bucknell’s Lindsay Horbatuck posted her third straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds ... Emily Parker had seven points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the Crusaders, while Alyssa Dunn contributed 13 points off the bench for the Bison ... The defense was stingy early as both teams managed to shoot just 20 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes ... The Crusaders opened the game on a 5-0 run started off by Alex Smith’s 3-pointer, and the Crusaders nudged ahead to a 19-12 lead by halftime ... Lepley capped off a 6-0 Crusader spurt right after halftime to put Holy Cross ahead 25-12 ... Horbatuck’s bucket in the paint cut the Bucknell deficit to 25-16, but the Crusaders quickly reestablished a double-digit advantage they would hold for the next several minutes ... Felicia Mgbada finished off a 7-0 Bucknell run with a jumper to make it a 35-27 game with under eight minutes to play ... Bucknell continued to hang around, as Dunn finished off a three-point play at the 4:14 mark to cut Holy Cross’ lead to 39-34 ... The teams traded buckets before Parker’s three-point play with three minutes to go gave Holy Cross a 44-36 lead ... Two straight Bucknell possessions ended in turnovers, and Meredith Ward’s 3 at the 1:50 mark gave the Crusaders a 47-36 advantage ... Holy Cross evened its record in League play at 6-6 and sits one-game behind the logjam for second, while Bucknell fell to 3-9 in the League and is one game behind Colgate for sixth with two to go ... Holy Cross won the battle of the boards, 43-40, and had 20 baskets with 16 assists ... Bucknell went 0 of 6 from downtown, while the Crusaders were 5 of 16 ... Holy Cross ends its regular season at home when it welcomes Colgate to the Hart Center Saturday at 1 p.m.

ARMY The Eagles won their 12th in a row and 20th of the season with a 54-48 victory against Army Saturday afternoon on Senior Day inside Bender Arena in the nation’s capital ... American has hit 20 wins in three straight years and in six seasons overall, while the 12-game win streak is a program record. ... Alexis Dobbs had a game-high 20 points for American, which spoiled a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double effort by Army’s Anna Simmers ... The Black Knights fall to 13-14 overall and 7-5 in the League ... Tori Halvorsen led the Eagles with 10 rebounds while scoring five points ... Jen Dumiak scored eight points off the bench, while Lisa Strack scored five points with three steals ... Olivia Schretzman had 12 points for the Black Knights ... American opened the game on an 8-0 run before Jessica Waggoner’s bucket brought Army within 11-10 nearly midway through the first half ... The Eagles put together a 7-0 run over the last 2:53 of the first half to take a 22-14 lead over Army into the intermission ... It became a 9-0 run on Sarah Kiely’s bucket two minutes into the second half before Waggoner’s free throws chipped into the deficit, making it a 28-23 game with 13:17 on the clock ... American rebuilt a double-digit lead by the midway point of the second half, and the advantage expanded to 14 points thanks to another 8-0 Eagle run, with Stephanie Anya’s jumper at the 7:09 mark putting American ahead 43-29 ... After the Eagles took their biggest lead of the game at 46-30, the Black Knights rallied with a 10-0 run capped off by Schretzman’s layup at the 2:52 mark ... Schretzman drained a 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining to bring Army within 51-46, but Dobbs went 3 of 4 at the foul line the rest of the way to preserve the American win ... After shooting just 6 of 28 in the first half, Army went 13 of 30 in the final 20 minutes to finish at 32.8 percent for the game ... Both teams shot just 9 of 17 from the foul line, but the Eagles were 5 of 18 from downtown while the Black Knights were 1 of 9 ... Army closes the regular season with another big game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Lehigh.

AMERICAN EAGLES (20-6, 12-0) AT BUCKNELL BISON (5-22, 3-9)
Sojka Pavilion (4,000); Lewisburg, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 16-11
Streak: American, Seven Wins Last Meeting: American, 71-45 (1.25.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 60-52 (3.9.08) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

The Eagles have won seven straight against Bucknell and will try to make it eight in a row Wednesday night when they visit the Bison for a 7 p.m. tip in Lewisburg, Pa. ... American has won at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons and is looking to become the first team ever to go 13-0 in Patriot League play ... Depending on how the final two days of the regular season shake out, this is a potential preview of a quarterfinal contest in the League Tournament when the playoff gets underway March 1 ... As long as they’re alive, the Eagles will host all of their tournament contests ... Three American players reached double digits and Jen Dumiak led the way with 16 points in the Eagles’ 71-45 win in the previous meeting Jan. 25.

AMERICAN The Eagles won their 12th in a row and 20th of the season with a 54-48 victory against Army Saturday afternoon on Senior Day inside Bender Arena in the nation’s capital ... American has hit 20 wins in three straight years and in six seasons overall, while the 12-game win streak is a program record. ... Alexis Dobbs had a game-high 20 points for American, which spoiled a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double effort by Army’s Anna Simmers ... The Black Knights fall to 13-14 overall and 7-5 in the League ... Tori Halvorsen led the Eagles with 10 rebounds while scoring five points ... Jen Dumiak scored eight points off the bench, while Lisa Strack scored five points with three steals ... Olivia Schretzman had 12 points for the Black Knights ... American opened the game on an 8-0 run before Jessica Waggoner’s bucket brought Army within 11-10 nearly midway through the first half ... The Eagles put together a 7-0 run over the last 2:53 of the first half to take a 22-14 lead over Army into the intermission ... It became a 9-0 run on Sarah Kiely’s bucket two minutes into the second half before Waggoner’s free throws chipped into the deficit, making it a 28-23 game with 13:17 on the clock ... American rebuilt a double-digit lead by the midway point of the second half, and the advantage expanded to 14 points thanks to another 8-0 Eagle run, with Stephanie Anya’s jumper at the 7:09 mark putting American ahead 43-29 ... After the Eagles took their biggest lead of the game at 46-30, the Black Knights rallied with a 10-0 run capped off by Schretzman’s layup at the 2:52 mark ... Schretzman drained a 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining to bring Army within 51-46, but Dobbs went 3 of 4 at the foul line the rest of the way to preserve the American win ... After shooting just 6 of 28 in the first half, Army went 13 of 30 in the final 20 minutes to finish at 32.8 percent for the game ... Both teams shot just 9 of 17 from the foul line, but the Eagles were 5 of 18 from downtown while the Black Knights were 1 of 9 ... Should American win Wednesday, it will go for a perfect 14-0 ledger in the League Saturady when it visits Lafayette for a 3 p.m. tip.

BUCKNELL It was a defensive battle, with Holy Cross taking a 49-38 victory over Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., in the fourth and final contest on Saturday’s slate ... It was a far cry from their first meeting in Worcester, Mass., four weeks ago, when Holy Cross ran out to a 20-2 lead in the first half ... Amy Lepley led the Crusaders with 20 points, while Bucknell’s Lindsay Horbatuck posted her third straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds ... Emily Parker had seven points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the Crusaders, while Alyssa Dunn contributed 13 points off the bench for the Bison ... The defense was stingy early as both teams managed to shoot just 20 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes ... The Crusaders opened the game on a 5-0 run started off by Alex Smith’s 3-pointer, and the Crusaders nudged ahead to a 19-12 lead by halftime ... Lepley capped off a 6-0 Crusader spurt right after halftime to put Holy Cross ahead 25-12 ... Horbatuck’s bucket in the paint cut the Bucknell deficit to 25-16, but the Crusaders quickly reestablished a double-digit advantage they would hold for the next several minutes ... Felicia Mgbada finished off a 7-0 Bucknell run with a jumper to make it a 35-27 game with under eight minutes to play ... Bucknell continued to hang around, as Dunn finished off a three-point play at the 4:14 mark to cut Holy Cross’ lead to 39-34 ... The teams traded buckets before Parker’s three-point play with three minutes to go gave Holy Cross a 44-36 lead ... Two straight Bucknell possessions ended in turnovers, and Meredith Ward’s 3 at the 1:50 mark gave the Crusaders a 47-36 advantage ... Holy Cross evened its record in League play at 6-6 and sits one-game behind the logjam for second, while Bucknell fell to 3-9 in the League and is one game behind Colgate for sixth with two to go ... Holy Cross won the battle of the boards, 43-40, and had 20 baskets with 16 assists ... Bucknell went 0 of 6 from downtown, while the Crusaders were 5 of 16 ... The Bison go to Navy Saturday at 7 p.m. to conclude the regular season.

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (8-19, 2-10) AT COLGATE RAIDERS (7-20, 4-8)
Cotterell Court (3,100); Hamilton, N.Y. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 31-26
Streak: Lafayette, Two Wins Last Meeting: Lafayette, 66-58 (1.25.12)
Last Colgate Win: 64-60 (1.12.11) Last Five Games: Colgate, 3-2

Colgate seeks its first win streak in Patriot League play when it hosts Lafayette Wednesday at 7 p.m. ... Lafayette, which has dropped six games in a row, has not won a game since the last time these two teams met, which was Jan. 25 in Easton, Pa. ... That was a 66-58 victory for the Leopards, who received a game-high 20 points from Emily Homan and 12 from Missy Downey off the bench ... Colgate’s Tricia Oakes had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the last meeting ... Colgate needs a win and a Holy Cross loss Wednesday and then a victory over the Crusaders Saturday to secure the No. 5 seed ... A win in either of its last two games gives Colgate the sixth seed.

LAFAYETTE Lehigh moved itself into a tie for third when it survived a 57-47 win at rival Lafayette Saturday afternoon ... Junior Kelly Peterson poured in a career-high 19 points and senior Emily Gratch added 13 for the Mountain Hawks, who opened up a 17-point advantage in the first half and won by 10 ... Emily Homan continued her solid play during her rookie campaign for the Leopards with 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks, while sophomore Danielle Fiacco became the first player in Patriot League history to record 100 blocks in a season ... She collected the rare boards-rejections double-double with seven points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks ... Freshman Brya Freeland had 10 points and six rebounds for the Leopards ... Peterson’s 3-pointer and a pair of Katie O’Reilly foul shots put Lehigh up 19-9 with 8:51 to go in the first ... Lafayette chipped away and came within six points before back-to-back 3s from Hilary Weaver and Peterson put Lehigh up 29-17 with inside five minutes before the half ... Becky Guman’s basket with 37 seconds left put Lehigh in front 37-20, while Homan’s jumper with 15 ticks to go made it a 37-22 game at the break ... Lafayette hung around and dropped the deficit to single digits with Sarah McGorry’s 3-pointer at the 6:02 mark making it a 45-36 game ... McGorry hit two foul shots on Lafayette’s next possession to make it a seven-point game, but the Leopards could get no closer ... Lehigh went 8 of 32 from the field in the second after hitting 15 of 30 in the first 20 minutes ... Lafayette finished the game 17 of 57 (29.8 percent) from the floor and 3 of 11 on treys ... McGorry had 14 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double for the Leopards ... Lafayette will honor its seniors Saturday with its 3 p.m. start against American in Easton, Pa.

COLGATE Candice Green’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left was the difference as Colgate moved into sixth place in the Patriot League with a thrilling 62-60 victory against visiting Navy Saturday evening ... Senior Kelly Korkowski posted 18 points on Senior Day to lead three on her team in double figures ... Green finished with 10, but none were bigger than her trey on Colgate’s next possession after Erin Edwards put the Mids in front by one with a jumper with inside 30 seconds to go ... Tricia Oakes was strong in the paint for the Raiders with 16 points and seven rebounds ... After Green’s 3-pointer, Navy had the ball for one last possession but turned it over just as the buzzer went off ... The loss dropped the Mids to 14-12 overall and 7-5 in the League, creating a three-way tie for second ... Jade Geif paced the Mids and led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Kara Pollinger contributed a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards ... Navy took an early advantage as Geif’s layup at the 7:33 mark put the Mids ahead 28-18 ... Colgate chipped away, with Green’s jumper with 2:20 on the clock bringing the Raiders within 30-27 ... Korkowski’s bucket in the final seconds of the first half sent Colgate into the locker room trailing 34-31 ... The Raiders tied the game at 36-36 in the opening minutes of the second half when Oakes went 1 of 2 at the foul line ... Geif’s bucket capped off a 14-2 run for Navy, and the Mids led 50-38 with 11:06 left in the game ... Korkowski replied for the Raiders again, as her bucket at the 8:48 mark capped off a 7-0 spurt for Colgate, making it a 50-45 game ... After Navy extended the lead back to eight points, it was Korkowski again who authored the Colgate response, as her bucket off a Lauryn Kobiela feed brought the Raiders within 55-53 with 6:18 left ... Kobiela tallied four points and Korkowski two on a 6-0 Raider run that gave them a 59-56 lead with 3:38 remaining ... Geif scored a fastbreak layup with two minutes left to make it a 59-58 game, and Edwards sank her jumper from the top of the key with 30 seconds remaining to give Navy a one-point lead ... Colgate took a timeout to set up its final shot, with Green sinking the trey with 18 seconds to go ... Both teams shot over 40 percent, with the Raiders going 26 of 59 (44.1 percent) and Navy 24 of 57 (42.1) ... Navy owned a 39-30 edge on the boards ... Colgate committed just seven turnovers in the game ... The Mids close the regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. at home versus Bucknell.