Feb. 22, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- Navy clinched at least a tie for the Patriot League title following a win on Saturday and Bucknell is guaranteed its first winning season since 2008-09 as all four home teams were victorious on the next-to-last Saturday of the regular season.
The Mids (22-5, 14-2) win over Holy Cross (17-10,9-7) coupled with an American (19-8, 12-4) loss at Army (19-7, 11-4) means Navy needs either a win over the second-pace Eagles or Loyola in the final week to win the outright title for the first time in program history. The Mids have previous shared the league title in 1998, 2011 and 2013.
The Bison (15-11, 10-6) clinched a first round bye and a winning season by beating Boston University (11-18, 6-10) at Sojka Pavilion. Lehigh (12-14, 5-10) snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating rival Lafayette (13-14, 7-9) at Stabler Arena.
On Sunday, Colgate (7-20, 3-13) won back-to-back Patriot League games for the first time in two years by knocking off Loyola University Maryland (5-22, 2-14) in overtime.
at Navy 64, Holy Cross 57
Jade Geif scored 21 points and Alix Membreno added 17 points and 10 rebounds to lift Navy to a 64-57 win Saturday over Holy Cross at Alumni Hall.
The teams each came in riding three-game winning streaks, but the Mids turned up the defense on Senior Day to cool off the Crusaders. Navy held Holy Cross to 33.3-percent shooting from the field and a 4-of-20 effort from three-point range. That includes just 28.6 percent shooting in the second half.
Meanwhile, Geif and Membreno were a combined 15-for-26 (57.7%) from the field and Audrey Bauer was contributing 15 points and eight rebounds.
Raquel Scott and Brisje Malone scored 15 apiece for Holy Cross.
Jen Hazlett scored 20 points and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds Saturday as Army bounced back from a disappoint loss to Colgate by beating second-place American 64-60 at Cristl Arena.
Sophomore guard Kelsey Minato also scored 20 points as the Black Knights used a 13-4 run to start the second half to turn a one-point deficit in to an eight-point lead.
With Holy Cross' loss, American still clinched a home game in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League playoffs.
Arron Zimmerman scored 20 points to lead the Eagles and Alexis Dobbs added 17 points and six rebounds.
at Lehigh 73, Lafayette 59
Kerry Kinek, Katie O'Reilly and Sarah Williams all scored 16 points on Saturday night as Lehigh split the season-series with rival Lafayette following a 73-59 victory at Stabler Arena.
Kinek also grabbed 11 rebounds and the Mountain Hawks pulled away from a 54-all tie by outscoring the Leopards 19-5 to end the game.
Linnel Macklin led Lafayette with 11 points.
at Bucknell 62, Boston University 50
Senior Shelby Romine continued her assault on the record book with 20 points and 11 rebounds Saturday to help Bucknell pull away for a 62-50 win over Boston University at Sojka Pavilion.
The Bison trailed 34-33 with 14 minutes remaining following a layup by the Terriers Rashidat Agboola. Bucnell responded with an 18-4 run over the next seven minutes to build a 13-point advantage.
Freshman Clair DeBoer added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Bucknell. Agboola also had a double-double for Boston University, finishing with 15 points and 11 boards.
Colgate 67, at Loyola 65 (OT)
Sophomore guard Randyll Butler hit a 15-foot jump shot as time expired in overtime to give Colgate a 67-65 win over Loyola Sunday at Reitz Arena.
The Raiders built a 15-point lead, lost it over the final 12 minutes of regulation before rallying past the Greyhounds in overtime.
Loyola forced overtime on a three-point field goal by Lauren Daugherty at the buzzer and then rode that momentum to build a six-point lead. Colgate then scored eight straight points over the final two minutes of overtime culminating in Butler's game-winner.
Butler finished with 13 points for the Raiders. Nai Brown led all scorers with 14 for Loyola.