Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 2.21.14

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Feb. 21, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American can clinch a home game in the Patriot League quarterfinal round with a win Saturday at Army in a battle between the second and third place teams in the standings.

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*Army So. G Kelsey Minato broke an 11-year old Patriot League record with 49 points in loss to Holy Cross on 2/12.
*Loyola University Maryland has yet to win a PL game at home this season and Colgate is winless on the road.
*American is closing in on a 20 win season and clinching a home game in the quarterfinal round of PL playoffs.
*Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco (978) is closing in on a 1,000 points; Bucknell's Shelby Romine is 33 points from 1,500.
*Navy's Jade Geif needs 12 rebounds to become first in program history with 1000 points and 1000 rebounds.
*Boston University's three-game winning streak was snapped Sartuday with loss at American.
*Holy Cross is the only Patriot League programs averaging more than 70 points per game.
*Navy needs four three-point field goals to break the PL mark for most in a season (243) they established a year ago.
*Army's game with Lehigh that was postponed on Feb. 5 will be played Monday at Stabler Arena.
*Bucknell has two of the top six scorers in the Patriot League in Audrey Dotson (16.1 ppg) and Shelby Romine (15.0 ppg).
*Lehigh leads the Patriot League with 8.9 steals per game.

Patriot League Notebook

Still Crowded at the Top
American can clinch a home game in the Patriot League quarterfinal round with a win Saturday at Army in a battle between the second and third place teams in the standings. The Eagles trail first place Navy by one game and host the Mids on Feb. 26. In other games this weekend, Lehigh entertains rival Lafayette, Navy travels to Holy Cross, Boston University is at Bucknell and Loyola will try to snap a losing streak at home against Colgate.

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 Feb. 12. 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. 60, followed by Army (87), American (97), Bucknell (123), Lafayette (125), and Holy Cross (134). Navy also comes in at No. 18 in the Feb. 11 Mid-Major top 25, American also appears in the others receiving votes category.

1,000-Point Scorers
Eleven 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 1,570. Smith is followed on the 1,000-point list by Bucknell's Shelby Romine (1,467), Navy's Jade Geif (1,412), American's Alexis Dobbs (1,194), Boston University's Rashidat Agboola (1,134), Navy's Alix Membreno (1,131), Army's Jen Hazlett (1, 088), Navy's Kara Pollinger (1,037), Lafayette's Emily Homan (1,025), Navy's Audrey Bauer (1,021) and Holy Cross' Brisje Malone (1,006). Malone became the 30th member of the Crusaders' 1000-point fraternity when she went over the mark in the second half of their win at Lafayette on Wednesday.

Closing in on Milestones
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 Feb. 12. Lafayette should soon add senior Danielle Fiacco (978 points) to become the 17th member of their 1,000 point club. Bucknell's Shelby Romine is 33 points away from becoming the 15th Bison women's basketball player to score 1,500 points. Navy's Jade Geif needs 12 rebounds to become the first in program history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

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. On Wednesday, four out of the five victorious teams held a rebounding edge. Only Holy Cross was narrowly out-rebounded (32-29) in their win over Lafayette. American had a 42-31 advantage in a home victory over Boston University and Navy held a 41-32 edge in a win over Lehigh.

League Trends
Four out of five home teams won on Wednesday to increase the home/road advantage to 42-32 in Patriot League action. Army, Bucknell and Navy have only lost once at home this season in Patriot League contests. More than half of the games, 44 out of 74, have been decided by 10 points or more with 30 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 jumped from 28th to 16th in the country with 21.9 points per game, and also rose from 12th nationally to 8th from the foul line at 91.2%. American's Alexis Dobbs (18th at 88.5%) and Loyola's Lisa Mirarchi (36th at 86.0%) also cracked the top 50. The highest individual spot belongs to Navy's Kara Pollinger, who is fourth in the country with a 47.4% mark from three-point range. Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco is 12th in he NCAA in blocks at 3.08 per game. American is sixth in scoring defense (54.7 points per game), 31st in FG percentage defense (36.2%) and 44th in scoring margin (+10.4 ppg) according to the latest NCAA figures. Navy is fourth in turnovers (11.9 per game) and seventh in three-point field goals (9.1 per game). Army is 11th in three point field goal percentage (38.3%).

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

Boston University (11-17, 6-9) at Bucknell Bison (14-11, 9-6)
Sojka Pavilion; Lewisburg, Pa. (PLN) Saturday, 12 p.m.
*Boston University won the only previous meeting between the teams 86-58 on Jan. 25.
*The 86 points scored vs. Bison in January were most Terriers scored in a game this season.
*Bucknell's Megan McGurk (2) and Claire DeBoer (7) have captured 9 of the 15 PL Rookie of the Week honors.
*BU senior Rashidat Agboola has scored in double digits 20 times this season, including last six.
*Bucknell senior Shelby Romine is 33 points away from becoming the 5th player in program to reach 1,500 points.

Holy Cross (17-9, 9-6) at Navy Midshipmen (21-5, 13-2)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. (PLN) Saturday, 2 p.m.
*Holy Cross leads the all-time series between the teams 38-15 which dates to 1992.
*The Mids have won six straight against Holy Cross, including a 60-53 victory on Jan. 25.
*Holy Cross sophomore Raquel Scott has 14 double-doubles on the season.
*Navy senior Jade Geif is 12 rebounds away from 1,000 for her career.
*Both teams are currently riding three-game win streaks.
*Mids have four 1,000 point scorers in the starting lineup.

American Eagles (19-7, 12-3) at Army Black Knights (18-7, 10-4) Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. (PLN) Saturday, 3 p.m.
*American leads the all-time series between the two teams 17-11 in series which dates to 1996.
*Army has won each of the last two meetings, including a 54-53 victory in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 25.
*American's Michelle Holmes leads the Patriot League in field goal percentage at 64.5%
*Army sophomore Kelsey Minato has scored in double digits in 41 straight games.
*American is looking to win a season-best seventh game in a row.

Lafayette Leopards (13-13, 7-8) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (11-14, 4-10)
Stabler Arena; Bethlehem, Pa. (PLN) Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
*Lafayette holds a slim 43-41 lead in the all-time series between the teams which dates to 1974.
*Lehigh will honor Alexandra Yantzi, Hilary Weaver and Lindsay Hoskins as part of Mountain Hawks senior night.
*Lafayette held Lehigh to 27.3 percent shooting from the floor during a 73-51 win on Jan. 25.
*Mountain Hawks play three home contest in five days, including Monday's game with Army that was ppd. on 2/5.
*Boston University, Lafayette and Lehigh are in three-way battle to avoid playing in the opening round of PL tourney.

Colgate Raiders (6-20, 2-13) at Loyola Maryland (5-21, 2-13)
Reitz Arena; Baltimore, Md. (PLN) Sunday, 1 p.m.
*Loyola won the only previous meeting between the teams 61-54 on Jan. 25.
*Colgate snapped a nine-game losing skid with a 71-60 victory over Army on Wednesday.
*Loyola has lost seven straight games and has not won a Patriot League game in Reitz Arena.
*Colgate has yet to win a Patriot League game on the road this season.
*Loyola senior Nicole Krusen became the all-time leader in three-point field goals with 151 on Wednesday.
*The 61-54 win over Colgate on January 25 was the last time the Greyhounds won a game.

Team Notebooks

AMERICAN The Eagles kept pace with first-place Navy on Wednesday with a 69-44 victory over Boston University at Bender Arena. Five players scored nine or more points for the Eagles led by 12 points and 11 rebounds for Arron Zimmerman. Alexis Dobbs had a strong all-around game in the win over the Terriers with nine points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals... American is currently sixth in the nation in scoring defense at 54.7 points per game allowed, according to the latest NCAA statistics. They forced Boston University into shooting 33% from the floor -- including 4-for-22 on three-point field goal attempts... The Eagles travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on third place Army on Saturday and then will host Navy before wrapping up the regular season at Bucknell. American needs one more victory to clinch a home game in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League playoffs.

ARMY Shooting woes plagued the Black Knights in a 71-60 loss at Colgate on Wednesday. Army shot 27-percent from the field and tn the first half and rrailed the Raiders by 12 at intermission. The visitors cut the deficit to three with 7:34 remaining but Colgate responded with a 17-8 run to push the lead back to double digits. Jen Hazlett and Kelsey Minato combined to score 43 of Army's 60 points... Minato, who made an NCAA record 26-of-26 free throws in a loss to Holy Cross earlier this month was a perfect 10-for-10 in loss to Colgate... The Black Knights will play three games in a five-day span as they make-up contest at Lehigh on Monday, Feb. 24 ... After hosting second-place American on Saturday, the Black Knights will end the season by playing their final three contests (Lehigh, Boston University, Lafayette)on the road.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY The Terriers saw their season-high three-game winning streak end with a 69-44 loss at American on Wednesday. Boston University senior Rashidat Agboola scored in double-figures for the sixth straight game tieing for team-high honors with Melissa Gallo at 12 points. The fiesty Eagles defense harassed BU into 7-for 27 shooting in the first half and just 33% for the game... Terriers will be going for a season sweep of Bucknell when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa. for Saturday's tilt. Boston University enjoyed its largest margin of victory this season in a 86-58 win in Boston on Jan. 25. It was the most points scored by the Terriers since they posted 87 points in a victory at Brown on Dec. 2, 2009... After Bucknell, BU wraps up the regular season at home against Army and Holy Cross.

BUCKNELL The Bison kept pace with Holy Cross in the battle for the fourth and final Patriot League quarterfinal round home game with a 70-49 win Wednesday over Loyola at Sojka Pavilion. Bucknell raced to a 25-6 lead and never looked back. Shelby Romine led all scorers with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Audrey Dotson and Claire DeBoer also reached double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively... The Bison enjoyed a 42-21 advantage on points in the paint and also outrebounded the Greyhounds 36-28... Megan McGurk was named the Anaconda Sports Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season off of her strong performances last week. The Bison have dominated that award this winter winning nine of 15 weeks with Claire DeBoer being recognized seven times. ... Bucknell hosts Boston University on Saturday, travels to Lehigh on Feb. 26 before wrapping up the regular season at home against second place American.

COLGATE The Raiders once again proved to be Army's nemesis after snapping a nine-game losing streak with a 71-60 victory over the Black Knights. Mariah Jones led the effort with 23 points and Carole Harris scored 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Colgate shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half and held Army to 30% shooting for the game... Bench points and rebounding were keys to the Raiders win. The Colgate bench outscored their counterparts 21-2 and the Raiders got the job done on the glass to the tune of a 42-36 advantage... Colgate travels to Loyola on Sunday and follows that up with a trip to Lafayette on Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season at home against Lehigh on March 1.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders won their third straight contest on Wednesday with a 90-71 victory at Lafayette. Sophomore Raquel Scott recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Brisje Malone scored 15 points and became the 30th member of the Crusaders 1,000 point club. Lisa Mifsud also netted 20 points in the win over the Leopards... Scott leads the Patriot League in rebounding at 9.2 per game and also moved into second in scoring at 16.4 per game... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League in scoring offense (71.6), field-goal percentage (43.7) and assists per game (18.2)... Holy Cross play two of their final three games on the road beginning with Saturday's trip to face first-place Navy. The Crusaders will have a home matchup with Loyola on Feb. 26 sandwiched in between road games with the Mids and Boston University.

LAFAYETTE The Leopards fell below .500 in Patriot League play with a 90-76 loss at Holy Cross. Emily Homan was one of four Lafayette players in double figures with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Linnel Macklin (17), Kelly Loughney (15) and Madeline Fahan (10) also scored in double digits, but the season-high 90 points allowed were too much to overcome... The Crusaders shot 61.3% from the field in the win over Lafayette... The Leopards are a true .500 team at 13-13 on the season, 5-5 at home and 8-8 on the road... With three games remaining in the regular season, Lafayette sits in the sixth and final spot with a bye into the quarterfinals. The Leopards will have to hold off Boston University and Lehigh to avoid playing an opening-round game. Lafayette travels to rival Lehigh on Saturday before wrapping up the regular season with home games against Colgate and Army.

LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks have lost three straight after starting February with back-to-back Patriot League wins. The latest setback was a 79-59 loss Wednesday at first place Navy. Freshman Lexi Martins continued her hot play of late with 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Lehigh. Kerry Kinek and Elizabeth Sharlow added 11 points apiece in the loss to the Mids... The Mountain Hawks had tied the game at 21-all midway through the first half but a 17-4 run over the next six minutes gave helped give Navy a double-digit halftime lead... With four games left in the regular season, the Mountain Hawks would have to essentially win out to avoid playing in the opening round of the Patriot League tournament scheduled for Mar. 4. The good news is that Lehigh is well positioned to host that game against either Colgate or Loyola. After three straight home contests (Lafayette/Army/Bucknell), the Mountain Hawks will conclude the regular season at Colgate.

LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds were plagued by another poor start in a 70-49 at Bucknell on Wednesday. The Bison raced out to a 25-6 lead in the first 15 minutes of the contest and never looked back. Lauren Daugherty scored 11 points to lead Loyola and Nai Brown chipped in with 10... One of the bright spots for the Greyhounds occurred in the first half when senior guard Nicole Krusen hit her second three-point field goal of the game to become the program leader with 151 in her career. Krusen also holds the school record for the most three's in a single contest, hitting seven against Manhattan College in 2013... The Greyhounds have lost seven in a row since defeating Sunday's opponent, Colgate, 61-54 in Hamilton, N.Y. Loyola will finish with two of the last three games at Reitz Arena, with a road trip to Holy Cross sandwiched in between the home meetings with the Raiders and Navy.

NAVY The Mids clinched a home game for the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League tournament with a 79-59 win over Lehigh on Wednesday. Navy pulled away from the Mountain Hawks with a 17-4 run midway though the first half. Five players scored in double figures in the win led by 18 points from Kara Pollinger and 14 each from Chloe Stapleton and Jade Geif... The Mids shot over 50% from the field, including a sizzling 63% in the first half. They also made 12-of-25 from behind the arc. Pollinger and Stapleton each connect on 4-of-7 three-point field goals... With two more victories, head coach Stefanie Pemper will 350 wins for her career and 115 at Navy... According to the latest NCAA statistics, Navy is fourth nationally in fewest turnovers per game at 11.9 and seventh among Division 1 teams in three-point field goals per game at 9.1. In individual categories, Pollinger is fourth in the nation with a 47.4 three-point field goal percentage... The Mids host second place American on Saturday before finishing the regular season at American and Loyola University Maryland.