Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 2.22.13

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Feb. 22, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy became the first team to clinch a home game in the Patriot League Tournament with Wednesday’s win at American, and now Army looks to do the same Saturday when it hosts American.

The Black Knights will host an Eagles squad that has dropped three straight. American is looking to turn things around before the postseason, and a win would not only snap the slide but also reignite their chances to host a home game in the League Tournament.

Holy Cross’ win Wednesday at Lafayette gave the Crusaders the season sweep, and Saturday they’ll look for a split with visiting Bucknell. The Bison have hit their biggest rough patch of the season with six consecutive losses. Holy Cross will be looking for a measure of revenge after losing a 14-point second-half lead in an eventual three-point loss at Bucknell in January.

A dangerous team to emerge the last few weeks is Colgate. The Raiders have won two of their last three games and took down Army Wednesday night at home. They’ll look to shock another League leader when they visit Navy Saturday night.

The 83rd chapter of the Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry will play out Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. Lehigh hosts Lafayette looking to even the season series after the Leopards ran away with an impressive 68-52 victory in the previous meeting.

PATRIOT LEAGUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

• Navy will host a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game for the third straight year. Game time is 7 p.m., and tickets are on sale.

• Army would clinch a home quarterfinal game for the second straight year with a win Saturday against American.

• Navy’s Jade Geif is three points away from 1,000 for her career, and would become the fifth Patriot Leaguer this season to hit that mark.

• American, Bucknell, Lafayette and Navy are going for season sweeps Saturday.

• Kerry Kinek’s 22 rebounds Wednesday in Lehigh’s victory at Bucknell were a Patriot League and school record. The Lehigh freshman is now averaging 8.5 boards in all games and 8.2 during League play.

• Holy Cross junior Alex Smith is the first player in League history to sink at least 80 3-pointers in three seasons.

• Lafayette junior Danielle Fiacco is fifth in the nation averaging 3.44 blocks per game.

• Navy owns the League’s best scoring margin both in all games (+6.2) and League contests (+12.3).

Patriot League Notebook

NAVY CLAIMS FIRST HOME GAME
Despite having been delayed a few days by last weekend’s loss to Army, two-time defending champion Navy became the first team to sew up a home quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament with Wednesday’s 52-42 victory at American. Navy will try to strengthen their standing Saturday when it hosts Colgate at 7 p.m. A victory over the Raiders would secure no worse than the second seed for the Mids.

HEADED TO CHRISTL?
Army saw its chances to wrap a home quarterfinal game in the League Tournament dashed - temporarily - at Colgate when the Raiders took a gutsy 60-56 decision from the Black Knights. The loss didn’t completely derail Army’s chances at hosting a quarterfinal game, as it can still sew up that honor Saturday with a win at home against American.

BOARDS BENCHMARK
Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek broke school and Patriot League records with 22 rebounds in the Mountain Hawks’ 49-37 victory at Bucknell Wednesday. The Whitehall, Pa., native broke a League record that was first set in 1995 and had been matched twice since, most recently in 2005. The old mark was 21.

PART OF THE 1,000 CLUB
Bucknell junior Shelby Romine tallied 16 points Feb. 9 to become the fourth Patriot Leaguer this season and 77th overall to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She joins Colgate senior Jhazmine Lynch and a pair of Holy Cross players (senior Amy Lepley, junior Alex Smith) who also hit that mark earlier this season. Two 1,000-point scorers graduated last season in Lehigh’s Emily Gratch (1,112) and American’s Lisa Strack (1,059). Navy’s Jade Geif is on the doorstep of 1,000 with 997.

IT’S ACADEMIC
A pair of guards from American were honored Jan. 31 as Alexis Dobbs and Jen Dumiak were named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Both are on the first team in District 2. Dobbs is making her second straight appearance on the squad, while Dumiak is a first-time honoree. Dobbs is the reigning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

FIRST IS A GOOD PLACE TO BE
Navy entered the second leg of League play in first place 6-1 for the second time in the last three years. The Mids claimed the first of their two straight titles in 2011 after hitting the turn with just one League loss, and they hope this year’s result is exactly the same. Five of the last 10 League champions were at least tied for first place at the turn, but only two since 2006: Navy (2011) and Lehigh (2009). Holy Cross (2003, 2005) and Colgate (2004) were also no worse than tied for first at the midway point before capturing the League crown that March.

BIG YEAR FOR UNDERCLASSMEN
Take a look at the League’s top 20 in scoring, and get ready to see a lot of these names next season. Seventeen of the League’s top 20 scorers are all underclassmen. The only seniors are Army’s Anna Simmers (third, 13.4 ppg), Colgate’s Jhazmine Lynch (17th, 9.1) and Bucknell’s Alyssa Dunn (20th, 8.6). Holy Cross junior Alex Smith leads at 14.8 per game, while Army freshman Kelsey Minato is the top scorer in League play at 16.0.

CRUSADERS HOLD OFF CORKERY’S CHASE
In an ironic twist, Holy Cross’ 73-63 victory over American Saturday in Worcester, Mass., officially ended Eagles head coach Matt Corkery’s run at Bill Gibbons’ mark of the fastest to 100 wins in League history. Gibbons reached 100 victories in 149 contests from 1990-91 to the season opener of the ‘95-96 campaign. Corkery now stands at 99-51, still one of the highest win percentages in League annals (.660).

THE RACE TO HOST
The second leg of League play begins the push for the Patriot League Touranment in earnest and, especially, a top-four spot. That’s because all rounds of the tournament are hosted by the higher seeds. The top four teams will host the quarterfinal, and the top two the semifinals. The better of the two remaining seeds will host the championship game March 16.

PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK
The most important Patriot League game of the season will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network when the two remaining teams battle it out Saturday, March 16 for the 2012-13 League crown. Bob Socci will have the call and Amy Lawrence the analysis for the game that will tip at 6 p.m.

Patriot League Games

BUCKNELL BISON (13-13, 4-7) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (14-12, 6-5)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Saturday, 2 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 39-14
Streak: Bucknell, 1 Last Meeting: Bucknell, 62-59 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 1.26.13)
Last Holy Cross Win: 49-38 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 2.18.12) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 3-2

• Bucknell erased a 14-point deficit with a game-ending 20-3 run to log a 62-59 win over Holy Cross Jan. 26.
• Audrey Dotson led Bucknell with 14 points, while Felicia Mgbada and Alyssa Dunn had 11 apiece.
• Holy Cross’ Alex Smith had a game-high 17 points, while Brisje Malone scored 13 with six assists.
• Smith still leads the League in all games in scoring (14.8), and is tied for second averaging 15.0 in League contests.
• Bucknell has lost six in a row since defeating the Crusaders four weeks ago.
• Bucknell’s Lindsay Horbatuck is two rebounds shy of 750 for her career, and 14 away from entering the League’s single-season top 10.
• The Crusaders have won four straight against the Bison in Worcester.

BUCKNELL Kerry Kinek posted a double-double with 11 points and a record-breaking 22 rebounds as Lehigh outlasted Bucknell 49-37 at Sojka Pavilion Wednesday night ... Kinek snapped the Lehigh and Patriot League records for caroms in a game, a mark that was first set in 1995 and had been matched twice, most recently in 2005 ... Katie O’Reilly added 10 points and eight rebounds for surging Lehigh, which has won three straight games ... Shelby Romine led all scorers with 20 points to pace Bucknell, which has lost its sixth straight ... Audrey Dotson had 12 points and six rebounds, and Lindsay Horbatuck collected a team-high 12 boards ... It was a perfect storm of untimely offense in the first half. Bucknell shot just 3 of 37 and Lehigh nearly matched it with a 6-of-32 showing ... The Mountain Hawks led 18-8 at the half ... The offense quickly picked up in the second ... After combining for 26 points in the first 20 minutes, the teams doubled the game’s output in the first five minutes after the intermission ... Kelly Peterson’s jumper in the lane put Lehigh ahead 26-15 three minutes in, but Bucknell replied when Romine converted an and-one opportunity to bring Bucknell within 26-21 ... Romine struck again with a trey to cut Lehigh’s lead to 28-27 with under 14 minutes to go ... The Mountain Hawks slowly regained control, with Kinek’s jumper in the lane putting them up 35-29 at the midway point of the second ... Bucknell mounted one more rally, with two Dotson free throws bringing the Bison within 37-35 with 4:31 to play ... But Peterson sank a rainmaker 3-pointer from the right corner in reply ... Dotson hit a deuce for Bucknell with 3:57 left to cut Lehigh’s lead to 40-37, but the Bison’s next turnover after a Lehigh miss ended in a turnover, and Kinek hit two from the line to put the Mountain Hawks up by five ... Lehigh ended the game on a 9-0 run, which included a 5-of-5 showing at the foul line ... Lehigh shot a shade under 30 percent for the game, while Bucknell finished at 20 percent ... The Bison head south to American Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HOLY CROSS Amy Lepley’s game-high 23 points sparked Holy Cross to a 69-58 win over Lafayette at Kirby Sports Center Wednesday night ... Lepley hauled in six caroms, while Brisje Malone scored 15 points with eight assists, and Alex Smith poured in 13 points for the Crusaders, who moved into a tie for third place with American ... Emily Homan had a big game for the Leopards with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Linnel Macklin added 14 points ... Danielle Fiacco had seven points and five boards for Lafayette, but the League’s leading shot blocker went without a rejection ... The Crusaders opened the game on a 10-2 run, with Lepley’s inside score capping it off less than three minutes in ... Later in the first, Holy Cross utilized a 14-2 run with Lepley finishing it once more to put Holy Cross ahead 30-13 with 5:37 to play in the first ... Lafayette replied with a half-closing 14-4 spurt, with Madeline Fahan’s jumper as the seconds ticked off brought the Leopards within 34-27 at halftime ... Malone’s jumper gave Holy Cross a 38-28 lead less than a minute into the second, but the Leopards fired off five straight points to get within 38-33 ... Fiacco’s layup cut the Holy Cross advantage to 41-38 at the 14:07 mark before the Crusaders answered with an 8-0 run ... Lafayette orchestrated one final run, cutting it to a 56-53 Crusader lead with 5:25 left on a Macklin conversion in the lane ... But Malone capped a 9-2 Holy Cross reply with 1:30 left to give the Crusaders a 65-55 lead ... Holy Cross shot 45 percent for the game, and hit at a 54 percent clip after the intermission ... The Leopards finished just under 34 percent, and both teams were 5 of 16 from beyond the arc ... The Crusaders entertain Army Wednesday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN EAGLES (13-12, 6-5) AT ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (19-7, 8-3)
Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y. • Saturday, 3 p.m.
Series: American, 17-9
Streak: American, 4 Last Meeting: American, 45-42 (Washington, D.C.; 1.26.13)
Last Army Win: 64-50 (West Point, N.Y.; 1.19.11) Last Five Games: American, 4-1

• Alexis Dobbs scored 12 points and Geleisa George added 10 off the bench as American outlasted Army 45-42 Jan. 26 at Bender Arena in Washington.
• Kelsey Minato and Olivia Schretzman tied with 12 points each to lead the Black Knights.
• American outscored Army 14-6 at the foul line, while both teams combined to shoot 3 of 17 on 3-point attempts.
• Army clinches a home quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament with a victory.
• American is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato is averaging 12.5 points in all games, and 16.0 in League contests.
• American next victory will be Matt Corkery’s 100th.

AMERICAN Navy’s offense went cold with just one field goal over the game’s final 18 minutes, but the Mids were able to gut out a 52-42 victory at American Wednesday night to retake first place in the Patriot League ... Jade Geif paced the Mids with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Alix Membreno hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds to go with six points and four assists ... Geif now sits just three points shy of 1,000 for her career ... Alexis Dobbs scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, who dropped their third straight League game ... Jen Dumiak scored nine points, and Stephanie Anya cleaned the glass with seven caroms ... Geif put Navy ahead 14-5 with 12:22 left in the first half when she connected on a jumper, and shortly later Audrey Bauer’s 3-pointer gave the Mids a 19-7 advantage ... Chloe Stapleton connected on two of her three 3-point field goals of the first half on back-to-back scoring possessions for Navy, giving it a 28-16 lead with just over three minutes until intermission ... Kara Pollinger provided the icing on the cake for the Mids, hitting their sixth 3-pointer of the first half on a 22-footer at the buzzer to send them into the locker room with a 34-21 lead ... In all, Navy hit 6-of-9 shots from the 3-point line in the first 20 minutes to build their lead, while American was 7 of 23 overall from the field ... The Mids went in front 39-24 on an Erin Meador triple with 18:09 remaining in the game ... American chipped away with a 6-0 run, with two Geleisa George free throws cutting Navy’s lead to 39-30 with 16:00 left ... Dumiak’s trey at the 9:15 mark brought American within 41-37, George sank two more free throws and Ari Booth nailed a jump shot, and suddenly it was a 41-41 game with 5:42 remaining ... Navy regained the lead when Pollinger hit two from the line, and Geif’s jumper put the Mids back up by five at 46-41 with 3:19 to go. It snapped a streak of 17:50 without a field goal for Navy ... The Mids closed out the game from the free throw line, as the Eagles suddenly went cold from the floor ... American finished the contest going 0 of 8 from the field after Booth’s bucket ... After shooting 13 of 28 in the first, Navy went just 3 of 25 in the second to finish a shade over 30 percent for the game ... American shot 7 of 23 in both halves to finish at 30.4 percent ... The Eagles welcome Bucknell Wednesday at 7 p.m.

ARMY Mariah Jones led three Colgate players in double figures with 17 points, and the Raiders withstood a late turnover with four seconds left to stun Army 60-56 Wednesday night at Cotterell Court ... Jhazmine Lynch added 11 points for Colgate, while Lauryn Kobiela scored 10 in 20 minutes off the bench ... Jen Hazlett scored game-high 22 points for Army, which fell a game behind Navy for first in the League standings ... Kelsey Minato and Anna Simmers tallied 11 points apiece ... It was a wild finish. Colgate was to inbound the ball with five seconds left under the Army basket, but the Black Knights forced the Raiders into a five-second violation ... Army set up its play and the ball got in to Olivia Schretzman in the lane ... But she was called for an offensive foul, sending Kobiela to the line with three seconds left ... She hit her two from the stripe to ice the game ... Army built leads several times in the game, only to see the Raiders rally back ... The Black Knights moved up 27-19 with under four minutes left in the first on a Minato jumper, and Schretzman’s bucket inside put the Black Knights ahead 29-21 headed into the break ... Colgate scored the first four points of the second, and a Jones trey cut Army’s lead to 32-30 in the opening minutes ... 3-pointers from Hazlett and Simmers put the Black Knights back up by eight, and another trey from Minato put the Black Knights up by their largest lead at 48-36 with 12:14 remaining ... Colgate stormed back with a 13-0 run, with Catherine Lewis’ 3-pointer erasing the deficit and putting the Raiders up 49-48 with under eight minutes to play ... Lynch sank another big 3-pointer for Colgate, giving the Raiders a 55-53 lead with just over five and a half minutes remaining ... Trailing 58-56 in the final minute, Army had the ball in Minato’s hands for two cracks at the game-tying shot, but both opportunities wouldn’t fall ... Both teams finished over 40 percent from the field and were even with six made 3-pointers apiece ... Army outrebounded Colgate 47-37 ... The Black Knights head to Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m.

COLGATE RAIDERS (8-18, 2-9) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (16-10, 9-2)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series: Navy, 31-18
Streak: Navy, 2 Last Meeting: Navy, 59-43 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 1.26.13)
Last Colgate Win: 62-60 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.18.12) Last Five Games: Navy, 4-1

• Jade Geif paced Navy with 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the Mids’ 59-43 win at Colgate Jan. 26.
• Alix Membreno added 11 points, and Chloe Stapleton had 10, with each accounting for a pair of 3-pointers.
• Missy Repoli scored a team-high 15 points for Colgate, and Kelly Reid hauled in a game-best 10 rebounds.
• The Navy defense held Colgate to 12 field goals and 23 percent from the floor.
• Geif is fifth in scoring (12.9) and second in rebounding (8.9) during League play. She’s three points away from 1,000 for her career.
• During League play, Navy is third in 3-point percentage (.329), and Colgate is third in 3-point defense (.256).
• Navy earns a home semifinal game in the Patriot League Tournament (should it advance that far) with a win.

COLGATE Mariah Jones led three Colgate players in double figures with 17 points, and the Raiders withstood a late turnover with four seconds left to stun Army 60-56 Wednesday night at Cotterell Court ... Jhazmine Lynch added 11 points for Colgate, while Lauryn Kobiela scored 10 in 20 minutes off the bench ... Jen Hazlett scored game-high 22 points for Army, which fell a game behind Navy for first in the League standings ... Kelsey Minato and Anna Simmers tallied 11 points apiece ... It was a wild finish. Colgate was to inbound the ball with five seconds left under the Army basket, but the Black Knights forced the Raiders into a five-second violation ... Army set up its play and the ball got in to Olivia Schretzman in the lane ... But she was called for an offensive foul, sending Kobiela to the line with three seconds left ... She hit her two from the stripe to ice the game ... Army built leads several times in the game, only to see the Raiders rally back ... The Black Knights moved up 27-19 with under four minutes left in the first on a Minato jumper, and Schretzman’s bucket inside put the Black Knights ahead 29-21 headed into the break ... Colgate scored the first four points of the second, and a Jones trey cut Army’s lead to 32-30 in the opening minutes ... 3-pointers from Hazlett and Simmers put the Black Knights back up by eight, and another trey from Minato put the Black Knights up by their largest lead at 48-36 with 12:14 remaining ... Colgate stormed back with a 13-0 run, with Catherine Lewis’ 3-pointer erasing the deficit and putting the Raiders up 49-48 with under eight minutes to play ... Lynch sank another big 3-pointer for Colgate, giving the Raiders a 55-53 lead with just over five and a half minutes remaining ... Trailing 58-56 in the final minute, Army had the ball in Minato’s hands for two cracks at the game-tying shot, but both opportunities wouldn’t fall ... Both teams finished over 40 percent from the field and were even with six made 3-pointers apiece ... Army outrebounded Colgate 47-37 ... The Raiders visit Lafayette Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NAVY Navy’s offense went cold with just one field goal over the game’s final 18 minutes, but the Mids were able to gut out a 52-42 victory at American Wednesday night to retake first place in the Patriot League ... Jade Geif paced the Mids with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Alix Membreno hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds to go with six points and four assists ... Geif now sits just three points shy of 1,000 for her career ... Alexis Dobbs scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, who dropped their third straight League game ... Jen Dumiak scored nine points, and Stephanie Anya cleaned the glass with seven caroms ... Geif put Navy ahead 14-5 with 12:22 left in the first half when she connected on a jumper, and shortly later Audrey Bauer’s 3-pointer gave the Mids a 19-7 advantage ... Chloe Stapleton connected on two of her three 3-point field goals of the first half on back-to-back scoring possessions for Navy, giving it a 28-16 lead with just over three minutes until intermission ... Kara Pollinger provided the icing on the cake for the Mids, hitting their sixth 3-pointer of the first half on a 22-footer at the buzzer to send them into the locker room with a 34-21 lead ... In all, Navy hit 6-of-9 shots from the 3-point line in the first 20 minutes to build their lead, while American was 7 of 23 overall from the field ... The Mids went in front 39-24 on an Erin Meador triple with 18:09 remaining in the game ... American chipped away with a 6-0 run, with two Geleisa George free throws cutting Navy’s lead to 39-30 with 16:00 left ... Dumiak’s trey at the 9:15 mark brought American within 41-37, George sank two more free throws and Ari Booth nailed a jump shot, and suddenly it was a 41-41 game with 5:42 remaining ... Navy regained the lead when Pollinger hit two from the line, and Geif’s jumper put the Mids back up by five at 46-41 with 3:19 to go. It snapped a streak of 17:50 without a field goal for Navy ... The Mids closed out the game from the free throw line, as the Eagles suddenly went cold from the floor ... American finished the contest going 0 of 8 from the field after Booth’s bucket ... After shooting 13 of 28 in the first, Navy went just 3 of 25 in the second to finish a shade over 30 percent for the game ... American shot 7 of 23 in both halves to finish at 30.4 percent ... The Mids host Lehigh Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (11-15, 4-7) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (13-13, 5-6)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 42-40 TV: Service Electric 2 Sports
Streak: Lafayette, 1 Last Meeting: Lafayette, 68-52 (Easton, Pa.; 1.26.13)
Last Lehigh Win: 57-47 (Easton, Pa.; 2.18.12) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1

• Emily Homan’s 13-point, 11-rebound double-double paced Lafayette to a 68-52 win over Lehigh Jan. 26, snapping a four-game skid in the series.
• Danielle Fiacco scored 17 points and Kelly Loughney had 16, both off the bench. Linnel Macklin poured in 10.
• Becky Guman led Lehigh with 13 points, and Kerry Kinek scored 10.
• The Leopards built a 33-20 lead at halftime and pulled away in the second after Lehigh had cut the deficit to five.
• Lafayette won the first meeting 45-35 Feb. 4, 1975.
• The Mountain Hawks have won three in a row after a five-game losing streak.
• Lafayette is seeking its first season sweep of Lehigh since 2008.

LAFAYETTE Amy Lepley’s game-high 23 points sparked Holy Cross to a 69-58 win over Lafayette at Kirby Sports Center Wednesday night ... Lepley hauled in six caroms, while Brisje Malone scored 15 points with eight assists, and Alex Smith poured in 13 points for the Crusaders, who moved into a tie for third place with American ... Emily Homan had a big game for the Leopards with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Linnel Macklin added 14 points ... Danielle Fiacco had seven points and five boards for Lafayette, but the League’s leading shot blocker went without a rejection ... The Crusaders opened the game on a 10-2 run, with Lepley’s inside score capping it off less than three minutes in ... Later in the first, Holy Cross utilized a 14-2 run with Lepley finishing it once more to put Holy Cross ahead 30-13 with 5:37 to play in the first ... Lafayette replied with a half-closing 14-4 spurt, with Madeline Fahan’s jumper as the seconds ticked off brought the Leopards within 34-27 at halftime ... Malone’s jumper gave Holy Cross a 38-28 lead less than a minute into the second, but the Leopards fired off five straight points to get within 38-33 ... Fiacco’s layup cut the Holy Cross advantage to 41-38 at the 14:07 mark before the Crusaders answered with an 8-0 run ... Lafayette orchestrated one final run, cutting it to a 56-53 Crusader lead with 5:25 left on a Macklin conversion in the lane ... But Malone capped a 9-2 Holy Cross reply with 1:30 left to give the Crusaders a 65-55 lead ... Holy Cross shot 45 percent for the game, and hit at a 54 percent clip after the intermission ... The Leopards finished just under 34 percent, and both teams were 5 of 16 from beyond the arc ... Lafayette welcomes Colgate Wednesday at 7 p.m.

LEHIGH Kerry Kinek posted a double-double with 11 points and a record-breaking 22 rebounds as Lehigh outlasted Bucknell 49-37 at Sojka Pavilion Wednesday night ... Kinek snapped the Lehigh and Patriot League records for caroms in a game, a mark that was first set in 1995 and had been matched twice, most recently in 2005 ... Katie O’Reilly added 10 points and eight rebounds for surging Lehigh, which has won three straight games ... Shelby Romine led all scorers with 20 points to pace Bucknell, which has lost its sixth straight ... Audrey Dotson had 12 points and six rebounds, and Lindsay Horbatuck collected a team-high 12 boards ... It was a perfect storm of untimely offense in the first half. Bucknell shot just 3 of 37 and Lehigh nearly matched it with a 6-of-32 showing ... The Mountain Hawks led 18-8 at the half ... The offense quickly picked up in the second ... After combining for 26 points in the first 20 minutes, the teams doubled the game’s output in the first five minutes after the intermission ... Kelly Peterson’s jumper in the lane put Lehigh ahead 26-15 three minutes in, but Bucknell replied when Romine converted an and-one opportunity to bring Bucknell within 26-21 ... Romine struck again with a trey to cut Lehigh’s lead to 28-27 with under 14 minutes to go ... The Mountain Hawks slowly regained control, with Kinek’s jumper in the lane putting them up 35-29 at the midway point of the second ... Bucknell mounted one more rally, with two Dotson free throws bringing the Bison within 37-35 with 4:31 to play ... But Peterson sank a rainmaker 3-pointer from the right corner in reply ... Dotson hit a deuce for Bucknell with 3:57 left to cut Lehigh’s lead to 40-37, but the Bison’s next turnover after a Lehigh miss ended in a turnover, and Kinek hit two from the line to put the Mountain Hawks up by five ... Lehigh ended the game on a 9-0 run, which included a 5-of-5 showing at the foul line ... Lehigh shot a shade under 30 percent for the game, while Bucknell finished at 20 percent ... The Mountain Hawks go to Navy Wednesday at 7 p.m.