Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 2.24.12

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Lisa Strack scored her 1,000th career point Wednesday against Bucknell, and hopes to lead American to a perfect 14-0 ledger in Patriot League play Saturday at Lafayette.
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Lisa Strack scored her 1,000th career point Wednesday against Bucknell, and hopes to lead American to a perfect 14-0 ledger in Patriot League play Saturday at Lafayette.
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Feb. 24, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League Tournament picture came into clearer focus Wednesday, and Saturday will settle all of the loose ends before the quarterfinals take place March 1.

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In terms of seeding for the League Tournament, Army and Lehigh each took steps toward the coveted No. 2 spot with Wednesday night victories. The Mountain Hawks collected a 57-48 triumph over visiting Navy, and just a few minutes later Army finished off a come-from-behind 65-62 win over Holy Cross at West Point to set up Saturday evening’s tilt at Stabler Arena. Lehigh’s win clinched it a home quarterfinal game in the tournament, and Army’s victory clinched the same for it and for rival Navy.

The Mids, who cannot finish any lower than fourth, will try to move up into the No. 3 seed Saturday night when they host Bucknell. But destiny does not entirely lie in Navy’s hands. If Army beats Lehigh to snag the second seed, the Mountain Hawks will fall to just the No. 3 slot and Navy is locked in at the fourth seed. Navy needs a win at home against the Bison and an Army loss at Lehigh to move up to the No. 3 seed.

Saturday’s festivities will begin with an important matchup in Worcester, Mass., as Holy Cross hosts Colgate. The Crusaders lead the Raiders by a game, but Colgate would sweep the season series from Holy Cross with a win. The resulting tie in the standings would hand the Raiders the No. 5 seed, which would be their highest slot for the tournament since 2006.

And then there is the chase for history. American aims to become the first ever 14-0 team in Patriot League play when it visits Lafayette Saturday afternoon. The Eagles already became the first 13-0 club in League history with Wednesday’s win at Bucknell. Saturday’s tilt with the Leopards could be a preview of Thursday’s quarterfinal contest, which will be at Bender Arena.

All four of Thursday’s quarterfinal games will tip at 7 p.m. All four of Saturday’s games and all four of Thursday’s tilts will be on Patriot League All-Access.

Patriot League Notebook

SCENARIOS BREAKDOWN
Here’s a breakdown of what is at stake for all eight Patriot League teams on Saturday:

American (13-0 in Patriot League): The Eagles have wrapped up the No. 1 seed and will host all games in the Patriot League Tournament as long as they’re alive. American will aim to become the first team with a perfect 14-0 finish in Patriot League play Saturday when it visits Lafayette.

Lehigh (8-5): Can be either the No. 2 or 3 seed. The Mountain Hawks would wrap up the No. 2 seed with a win over Army. If Lehigh loses, it would be the No. 3 seed. It owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with Navy thanks to a 2-0 regular-season record against the Mids, so even if both teams finished 8-6, Lehigh would be the third seed.

Army (8-5): Can be either the No. 2, 3 or 4 seed. The Black Knights would be the No. 2 seed with a win over Lehigh Saturday night. A loss would drop Army to 8-6, and then its seeding would depend on the outcome of Bucknell-Navy. An Army loss coupled with a Navy win would give Army the No. 4 seed, while losses by both academies would give Army the No. 3 seed and Navy the No. 4 slot.

Navy (7-6): Can be either the No. 3 or 4 seed. Navy needs a win over Bucknell and an Army loss to be the No. 3 seed. A win and an Army win clinches the No. 4 seed for the Mids. Even with a loss to the Bison, Navy can finish no worse than fourth.

Holy Cross (6-7) and Colgate (5-8): The two teams play one another Saturday at 1 p.m., with the winner clinching the fifth seed and the loser taking the sixth seed. If Colgate wins, both teams would be 6-8 in Patriot League play, and the Raiders would have won the season series 2-0.

Bucknell (3-10): Can be either the No. 7 or 8 seed. The Bison will know what they are up against by the time they take the floor at 7 p.m. at Navy. If American defeats Lafayette, Bucknell wraps up the No. 7 seed. If Lafayette beats American, then Bucknell needs a win at Navy to stay ahead of the Leopards to clinch the No. 7 seed, otherwise a loss would drop it to a tie with Lafayette at 3-11. In the event of a tie at 3-11, Lafayette would own the tiebreaker. The two teams are 1-1 against one another, thus requiring a comparison of records against other League teams starting at the top. Lafayette would be 1-1 versus American, Lafayette 0-2, thus clinching the seventh seed for Lafayette.

Lafayette (2-11): Can be either the No. 7 or 8 seed. The Leopards need to defeat American Saturday afternoon and then a Navy win over Bucknell Saturday night to clinch the seventh seed. A win over American plus a Bucknell win at Navy, and Lafayette still falls one game behind the Bison. A win plus a Bucknell loss creates a tie at 3-11, with Lafayette and Bucknell having gone 1-1 against each other, thus requiring a comparison of records against other League teams starting at the top. Lafayette would be 1-1 versus American, Lafayette 0-2, thus clinching the seventh seed for Lafayette.

ARMY’S RALLY CONFIRMS SITES
Army needed a victory at home Wednesday night over Holy Cross to wrap up the remaining three home sites for the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament. By the time the Black Knights finished off their 65-62 win over Holy Cross it was down to two, as Lehigh’s 57-48 victory over Navy meant that one of the quarterfinal games would take place in Bethlehem. Army’s win, which wrapped up a home game at West Point, coincidentally helped out rival Navy as well, as the Mids secured the right to host a quarterfinal game despite losing at the Mountain Hawks.

ALL-ACCESS HAS YOU COVERED
Fans can watch all four regular-season finales unfold Saturday on Patriot League All-Access. With so much riding on all four contests, fans will not want to miss a minute of Patriot League action. In addition, all four quarterfinal contests and the two semifinal matchups in the Patriot League Tournament will be available to those with an All-Access subscription as well. A monthly subscription costs $7.95, while a yearly pass, which includes access to upcoming spring championships and archived championships from the fall, costs $19.95. For more, visit http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess.

ON THE VERGE OF HISTORY
American has made history in each of its last three contests. When the Eagles went 11-0 in League play, they became the first League team in either of the two eight-team eras to move to 11-0, while their triumph last weekend made them the first 12-0 club since Holy Cross finished with that mark in 1996-97. American’s thrilling 62-59 win at Bucknell Wednesday night made them the first 13-0 team ever in League history, and they can cap off the first 14-game perfect run through the League’s regular-season schedule with a win Saturday afternoon at Lafayette.

ROAD TEAMS CONTINUE TO HOLD THEIR OWN
Home teams combined for a 3-1 mark Wednesday night and were just four points away from a perfect ledger. In all, home teams improved to 29-23 on the season in League play with the last four regular-season contests to come Saturday. This season’s winning percentage for host squads improved to .558, improving to seventh best in the League since 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)
.558 - 2011-12 (29-23)
.554 - 2002-03 (31-25)
.536 - 2008-09, 2010-11 (30-26)
.446 - 2007-08 (25-31)

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.

STRACK AND GRATCH REACH 1,000
Two Patriot Leaguers have reached 1,000 career points this season. Emily Gratch of Lehigh was the first, and American’s Lisa Strack joined her Wednesday night in the Eagles’ 62-59 win over Bucknell. Both seniors, they are the only two active players in the Patriot League with over 1,000 points. Contrast that with last season, when there were nine players with 1,000 career points.

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 over visiting Lafayette on Feb. 4. 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.

CORKERY TAKES TOP SPOT
Now in his fourth season at American, Matt Corkery has improved his coaching record in the nation’s capital to 84-37 overall and an impressive 45-10 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 .694 inches ahead of Fordham’s Kevin Morris, who went 40-19 (.678) from 1993-95, while his League success rate (.818) 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.

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).

Patriot League Games

COLGATE RAIDERS (8-20, 5-8) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (15-13, 6-7)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Saturday, 1 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 43-4
Streak: Colgate, One Win Last Meeting: Colgate, 74-69 (1.28.12)
Last Holy Cross Win: 74-59 (2.23.11) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

It’s an important regular-season finale for Colgate and Holy Cross, as the winner of this contest collects the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament ... The Raiders are coming off a 69-60 win Wednesday night over Lafayette, while the Crusaders fell 65-62 at Army ... The loss froze Holy Cross out of a chance to host a quarterfinal game in the tournament ... Tricia Oakes paced Colgate with a monster game of 25 points and 17 rebounds in a 74-69 win in the previous meeting Jan. 28 in Hamilton, N.Y. ... That snapped the Raiders’ 10-game skid against Holy Cross, which has still won 43 of 47 all-time meetings.

COLGATE Tricia Oakes and Jhazmine Lynch paced Colgate with 21 points apiece as the Raiders posted a 69-60 defeat of Lafayette Wednesday night at Cotterell Court ... Oakes added 10 rebounds with her 21 points to log the double-double, while Lynch added five assists and two steals to her resume ... Kelly Korkowski scored just two points but had seven rebounds and five blocks to lead the Raiders’ defensive effort ... Lauryn Kobiela totaled 12 points and six assists ... Emily Homan scored 15 points with 15 rebounds and Danielle Fiacco chipped in 13 points, 10 boards and a block ... Linnel Macklin had a career night with 13 points in 22 minutes off the bench ... Korkowski’s lone bucket of the game put Colgate ahead by five points early, and the Raiders eventually owned a 15-6 edge following Candice Green’s jumper with 11:46 left in the first ... Oakes’ layup put Colgate ahead by double figures for the first time, 19-9, at the 7:56 mark ... Ashley Springer’s 3-pointer and a bucket by Fiacco brought Lafayette back within 23-20 at the 4:16 mark, but the Raiders scored six straight points and 15 of the last 21 in the first frame to take a 38-26 lead at halftime ... Oakes struck again early in the second as Colgate maintained the pressure ... Her three-point play at the 17:12 mark gave Colgate a 46-30 lead ... Lafayette scored five straight points to attempt to claw back into the contest, but the Leopard rally was cut short by Kobiela’s 3-pointer at the 12:27 mark. Colgate had a 51-37 lead ... The Leopards were unable to mount a significant charge the rest of the game, as Colgate dug in defensively and didn’t let Lafayette back into the game by less than 10 points until the closing seconds ... A pair of Homan free throws brought the Leopards within 12 at the 1:10 mark, but Lynch’s power layup on the Raiders’ next possession helped qualm any fears in a 67-53 game ... Maddie Peabody’s free throws with nine seconds left brought the Leopards’ as close as they’d get, as they lost to Holy Cross 69-60 ... Lafayette lost the game despite owning a decisive 52-36 edge on the glass ... The Raiders shot 45.3 percent (29 of 64), including an incredible 18 of 39 in the first half, while the Leopards were 21 of 73 overall (28.8 percent).

HOLY CROSS Anna Simmers scored a game-high 22 points to help lead Army to a 65-62 victory over Holy Cross at Christl Arena ... With the win, the Black Knights clinched a top-four seed to the Patriot League Tournament and a quarterfinal home game ... In addition, the victory also wrapped the fourth top-four seed for Navy ... Simmers added seven rebounds with her offensive output ... Kait Goodall scored seven points with eight boards, while Meagan Doucette had eight points with six rebounds ... Three Crusaders reached double figures with Emily Parker scoring a team-high 16 points with nine rebounds ... Christine Ganser scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds off the bench, while Alex Smith chipped in 13 points and seven assists ... Simmers capped off Army’s game-opening 11-1 run, giving the Black Knights a 10-point lead more than five minutes into the game ... Holy Cross crawled back into the game with Parker’s jumper making it a 14-12 game with 10:54 left until the break ... Army’s quick 7-2 run gave it a 21-14 lead, but Holy Cross rallied again with Ganser’s three-point play put the Crusaders ahead 29-26 with 3:14 remaining ... The Crusaders hung on for a 35-31 lead at the break ... Smith hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half to put Holy Cross up by seven before Army staged its own rally ... Simmers brought the Black Knights within 40-39 with 16:22 on the clock ... Ganser’s layup put Holy Cross up 48-43 with inside 13 minutes to go ... Smith put the Crusaders up seven with under eight minutes left with a 3-pointer before Army’s 7-0 run tied the game at 58-58 thanks to a pair of free throws from Jessica Waggoner ... The Black Knights’ spurt was actually part of a much larger stretch of success ... After being down 58-51, Army ended the game on a 14-4 run ... A Doucette jumper and a layup from Jen Hazlett gave Army a 62-58 lead with 3:43 to play ... Parker went 1 of 2 at the foul line and Amy Lepley sank a trey on the Crusaders’ next possession to tie the game at 62 with 1:36 left ... Simmers put the Black Knights up two with a pair of free throws with 33 seconds to go, and the Crusaders’ next possession ended with a turnover ... Army won the battle of the boards, 42-34, and shot 22 of 68 (32.4 percent) for the game ... Holy Cross, on the other hand, was 21 of 46 (45.7 percent).

AMERICAN EAGLES (21-6, 13-0) AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (8-20, 2-11)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Saturday, 3 p.m.
Series: American, 25-4 TV: Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 4 & 8, WBPH 60)
Streak: American, Six Wins Last Meeting: American, 80-54 (1.28.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 58-56 (3.7.2009) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

American looks to make history when it visits Lafayette Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip at the Kirby Sports Center ... The Eagles became the first team to go 13-0 in Patriot League play after surviving a 62-59 dogfight at Bucknell Wednesday night in which senior Lisa Strack scored her 1,000th career point ... Lafayette needs a win to have any chance at the seventh seed in the League Tournament, otherwise a loss clinches them the No. 8 slot and a quarterfinal meeting Thursday at American ... Strack had 18 points, seven assists and six steals in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 28, an 80-54 triumph for the Eagles.

AMERICAN Alexis Dobbs drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 0.7 seconds to go to keep American’s journey toward perfection alive with a 62-59 victory over Bucknell (5-23, 3-10) Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion ... The Eagles ran their win streak to 13 and improved to 21-6 overall and 13-0 in the Patriot League ... American is the first team ever to reach 13-0 and will attempt to be the first club to run the table in League play in an eight-team alignment when it visits Lafayette Saturday afternoon ... Lisa Strack led Ameican with 19 points, including the 1,000th of her career, on 7 of 14 from the floor, while Jen Dumiak scored 16 points and Dobbs tallied 11 ... Alyssa Dunn led all players with 20 points, while she went a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line ... Shelby Romine had 11 points, Felicia Mgbada poured in 10 and Lindsay Horbatuck scored eight points with seven rebounds ... It was a back-and-forth contest early, with a pair of Dunn foul shots giving the Bison a 13-12 lead midway through the opening half ... Dumiak’s 3-pointer at the 9:15 mark created the game’s fifth tie at 17 all ... She struck again with just over two minutes left in the first half, as her bucket sent the Eagles into the locker room with a 29-24 lead ... Arron Zimmerman’s bucket put American ahead 40-30 with 15:10 to play ... Bucknell rallied with a 15-0 run over the next five minutes, capped off by back-to-back 3s from Romine and Rachel Voss ... The Bison led 45-40 with 10:17 left ... The Eagles put together a run of their own ... They scored eight straight points, including four in a row from Strack at the end of the stretch, to take a 48-45 lead at the 7:39 mark ... Dobbs’ 1-of-2 showing at the foul line put American up 59-52 with 2:43 to play before Bucknell scored the next seven points ... Christina Chukwuedo’s bucket and two foul shots from Dunn tied the game at 59 with 14 seconds left, setting up Dobbs’ heroics ... Both teams were stellar from the foul line, as they combined to go 11 of 11 in the first half and 33 of 36 for the game ... The Bison finished the game 4 of 5 on treys, while American was 6 of 17 ... American will host either Bucknell or Lafayette Thursday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the League Tournament.

LAFAYETTE Tricia Oakes and Jhazmine Lynch paced Colgate with 21 points apiece as the Raiders posted a 69-60 defeat of Lafayette Wednesday night at Cotterell Court ... Oakes added 10 rebounds with her 21 points to log the double-double, while Lynch added five assists and two steals to her resume ... Kelly Korkowski scored just two points but had seven rebounds and five blocks to lead the Raiders’ defensive effort ... Lauryn Kobiela totaled 12 points and six assists ... Emily Homan scored 15 points with 15 rebounds and Danielle Fiacco chipped in 13 points, 10 boards and a block ... Linnel Macklin had a career night with 13 points in 22 minutes off the bench ... Korkowski’s lone bucket of the game put Colgate ahead by five points early, and the Raiders eventually owned a 15-6 edge following Candice Green’s jumper with 11:46 left in the first ... Oakes’ layup put Colgate ahead by double figures for the first time, 19-9, at the 7:56 mark ... Ashley Springer’s 3-pointer and a bucket by Fiacco brought Lafayette back within 23-20 at the 4:16 mark, but the Raiders scored six straight points and 15 of the last 21 in the first frame to take a 38-26 lead at halftime ... Oakes struck again early in the second as Colgate maintained the pressure ... Her three-point play at the 17:12 mark gave Colgate a 46-30 lead ... Lafayette scored five straight points to attempt to claw back into the contest, but the Leopard rally was cut short by Kobiela’s 3-pointer at the 12:27 mark. Colgate had a 51-37 lead ... The Leopards were unable to mount a significant charge the rest of the game, as Colgate dug in defensively and didn’t let Lafayette back into the game by less than 10 points until the closing seconds ... A pair of Homan free throws brought the Leopards within 12 at the 1:10 mark, but Lynch’s power layup on the Raiders’ next possession helped qualm any fears in a 67-53 game ... Maddie Peabody’s free throws with nine seconds left brought the Leopards’ as close as they’d get, as they lost to Holy Cross 69-60 ... Lafayette lost the game despite owning a decisive 52-36 edge on the glass ... The Raiders shot 45.3 percent (29 of 64), including an incredible 18 of 39 in the first half, while the Leopards were 21 of 73 overall (28.8 percent) ... Lafayette will visit either American or the Army-Lehigh winner later Saturday in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament.

BUCKNELL BISON (5-23, 3-10) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (14-13, 7-6)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Saturday, 7 p.m.
Series: Bucknell, 27-22
Streak: Navy, Six Wins Last Meeting: Navy, 50-49 (1.28.12)
Last Bucknell Win: 66-54 (2.7.09) Last Five Games: Navy, 5-0

Navy, which has dropped three in a row, plays its final regular-season home game Saturday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Bucknell ... The Mids can be either the No. 3 or 4 seed, but it depends on the result of the Army-Lehigh contest in Bethlehem, Pa. ... If Lafayette defeats American, then Bucknell can clinch the seventh seed with a victory over the Mids; a Lafayette loss and Bucknell locks up the No. 7 slot ... Alix Membreno scored 15 points, Audrey Bauer 12 and Chloe Stapleton 10 as Navy rallied for a 50-49 win Jan. 28 in Lewisburg, Pa.

BUCKNELL Alexis Dobbs drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 0.7 seconds to go to keep American’s journey toward perfection alive with a 62-59 victory over Bucknell (5-23, 3-10) Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion ... The Eagles ran their win streak to 13 and improved to 21-6 overall and 13-0 in the Patriot League ... American is the first team ever to reach 13-0 and will attempt to be the first club to run the table in League play in an eight-team alignment when it visits Lafayette Saturday afternoon ... Lisa Strack led Ameican with 19 points, including the 1,000th of her career, on 7 of 14 from the floor, while Jen Dumiak scored 16 points and Dobbs tallied 11 ... Alyssa Dunn led all players with 20 points, while she went a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line ... Shelby Romine had 11 points, Felicia Mgbada poured in 10 and Lindsay Horbatuck scored eight points with seven rebounds ... It was a back-and-forth contest early, with a pair of Dunn foul shots giving the Bison a 13-12 lead midway through the opening half ... Dumiak’s 3-pointer at the 9:15 mark created the game’s fifth tie at 17 all ... She struck again with just over two minutes left in the first half, as her bucket sent the Eagles into the locker room with a 29-24 lead ... Arron Zimmerman’s bucket put American ahead 40-30 with 15:10 to play ... Bucknell rallied with a 15-0 run over the next five minutes, capped off by back-to-back 3s from Romine and Rachel Voss ... The Bison led 45-40 with 10:17 left ... The Eagles put together a run of their own ... They scored eight straight points, including four in a row from Strack at the end of the stretch, to take a 48-45 lead at the 7:39 mark ... Dobbs’ 1-of-2 showing at the foul line put American up 59-52 with 2:43 to play before Bucknell scored the next seven points ... Christina Chukwuedo’s bucket and two foul shots from Dunn tied the game at 59 with 14 seconds left, setting up Dobbs’ heroics ... Both teams were stellar from the foul line, as they combined to go 11 of 11 in the first half and 33 of 36 for the game ... The Bison finished the game 4 of 5 on treys, while American was 6 of 17.

NAVY Alexa Williams had her first double-double in over a month and Kelly Peterson led the Mountain Hawks with 14 points as Lehigh clinched a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament with a 57-48 victory over visiting Navy at Stabler Arena ... With the win, Lehigh swept the season series from the defending League champion Mids ... Despite the loss, Navy wrapped up a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament and a top-four seed thanks to Army’s win over Holy Cross ... Williams had 13 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double since Jan. 18 ... She went 6 of 12 from the field, while Peterson shot 6 of 14 and 2 of 5 on treys ... Erin Edwards paced the Mids with 11 points, while M.L. Morrison chipped in 10 in 20 minutes off the bench ... Jade Geif grabbed a team-high nine rebounds but was limited to just two points, both of which came from the foul line ... Lehigh led by as many as six points in the first half and settled for a 26-24 edge at the break after Alix Membreno’s layup brought Navy within two as the first 20 minutes expired ... The Mountain Hawks used a 9-2 run to start the second half and went ahead 35-26 at the 17:17 mark ... Kara Pollinger scored four consecutive Navy points to make it a 35-30 game nearly two minutes later ... Lehigh scored the next five points for its first double-digit lead of the game, and Peterson’s fastbreak layup after an outlet pass by Emily Gratch at the 7:31 mark put Lehigh in front 48-36 ... Navy orchestrated another mini-run, this time a 5-0 spurt with Geif hitting her two foul shots to bring the Mids within 48-41 with 6:24 to go ... But Lehigh rebuilt a 10-point lead on Becky Guman’s three-point play with six minutes to go ... Morrison’s layup was followed by a Membreno steal and nearly coast-to-coast effort that brought Navy within five 53-48 with 1:40 to go ... Lehigh closed out the game going 4 of 4 from the foul line to create the final tally ... Navy shot 35.2 percent (19 of 54) for the game and went just 4 of 16 on 3-pointers ... Lehigh went 11 of 24 (45.8 percent) in the first half and finished up shooting 43.4 percent (23 of 53) for the game.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (14-14, 8-5) AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (15-12, 8-5)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 27-23 TV: Service Electric Channel 2
Streak: Army, One Win Last Meeting: Army, 66-64 (1.29.12)
Last Lehigh Win: 70-57 (2.12.11) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 3-2

Lehigh held off Navy 57-48 Wednesday night while Army defeated Holy Cross 65-62 to set up this matchup Saturday night for the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament ... The Mountain Hawks were the second seed a year ago, while Army was the No. 5 ... Both teams are assured of a home game in the quarterfinals, but the winner of this contest would also host a semifinal game if they advance ... Anna Simmers had 28 points, Jen Hazlett 17 and Olivia Schretzman 16 as Army held on for a 66-64 victory in the previous meeting Jan. 29 at West Point ... Down 16 at the break, Lehigh mounted a furious second-half rally to tie the game at 58 but was unable to take a late lead.

ARMY Anna Simmers scored a game-high 22 points to help lead Army to a 65-62 victory over Holy Cross at Christl Arena ... With the win, the Black Knights clinched a top-four seed to the Patriot League Tournament and a quarterfinal home game ... In addition, the victory also wrapped the fourth top-four seed for Navy ... Simmers added seven rebounds with her offensive output ... Kait Goodall scored seven points with eight boards, while Meagan Doucette had eight points with six rebounds ... Three Crusaders reached double figures with Emily Parker scoring a team-high 16 points with nine rebounds ... Christine Ganser scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds off the bench, while Alex Smith chipped in 13 points and seven assists ... Simmers capped off Army’s game-opening 11-1 run, giving the Black Knights a 10-point lead more than five minutes into the game ... Holy Cross crawled back into the game with Parker’s jumper making it a 14-12 game with 10:54 left until the break ... Army’s quick 7-2 run gave it a 21-14 lead, but Holy Cross rallied again with Ganser’s three-point play put the Crusaders ahead 29-26 with 3:14 remaining ... The Crusaders hung on for a 35-31 lead at the break ... Smith hit a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half to put Holy Cross up by seven before Army staged its own rally ... Simmers brought the Black Knights within 40-39 with 16:22 on the clock ... Ganser’s layup put Holy Cross up 48-43 with inside 13 minutes to go ... Smith put the Crusaders up seven with under eight minutes left with a 3-pointer before Army’s 7-0 run tied the game at 58-58 thanks to a pair of free throws from Jessica Waggoner ... The Black Knights’ spurt was actually part of a much larger stretch of success ... After being down 58-51, Army ended the game on a 14-4 run ... A Doucette jumper and a layup from Jen Hazlett gave Army a 62-58 lead with 3:43 to play ... Parker went 1 of 2 at the foul line and Amy Lepley sank a trey on the Crusaders’ next possession to tie the game at 62 with 1:36 left ... Simmers put the Black Knights up two with a pair of free throws with 33 seconds to go, and the Crusaders’ next possession ended with a turnover ... Army won the battle of the boards, 42-34, and shot 22 of 68 (32.4 percent) for the game ... Holy Cross, on the other hand, was 21 of 46 (45.7 percent).

LEHIGH Alexa Williams had her first double-double in over a month and Kelly Peterson led the Mountain Hawks with 14 points as Lehigh clinched a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament with a 57-48 victory over visiting Navy at Stabler Arena ... With the win, Lehigh swept the season series from the defending League champion Mids ... Despite the loss, Navy wrapped up a quarterfinal home game in the Patriot League Tournament and a top-four seed thanks to Army’s win over Holy Cross ... Williams had 13 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double since Jan. 18 ... She went 6 of 12 from the field, while Peterson shot 6 of 14 and 2 of 5 on treys ... Erin Edwards paced the Mids with 11 points, while M.L. Morrison chipped in 10 in 20 minutes off the bench ... Jade Geif grabbed a team-high nine rebounds but was limited to just two points, both of which came from the foul line ... Lehigh led by as many as six points in the first half and settled for a 26-24 edge at the break after Alix Membreno’s layup brought Navy within two as the first 20 minutes expired ... The Mountain Hawks used a 9-2 run to start the second half and went ahead 35-26 at the 17:17 mark ... Kara Pollinger scored four consecutive Navy points to make it a 35-30 game nearly two minutes later ... Lehigh scored the next five points for its first double-digit lead of the game, and Peterson’s fastbreak layup after an outlet pass by Emily Gratch at the 7:31 mark put Lehigh in front 48-36 ... Navy orchestrated another mini-run, this time a 5-0 spurt with Geif hitting her two foul shots to bring the Mids within 48-41 with 6:24 to go ... But Lehigh rebuilt a 10-point lead on Becky Guman’s three-point play with six minutes to go ... Morrison’s layup was followed by a Membreno steal and nearly coast-to-coast effort that brought Navy within five 53-48 with 1:40 to go ... Lehigh closed out the game going 4 of 4 from the foul line to create the final tally ... Navy shot 35.2 percent (19 of 54) for the game and went just 4 of 16 on 3-pointers ... Lehigh went 11 of 24 (45.8 percent) in the first half and finished up shooting 43.4 percent (23 of 53) for the game.