CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy kept its hold on first place and took another step towards capturing the top overall seed for the upcoming Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament with Saturday night's win at home over Colgate.
The Mids improved to 10-2 in League play, giving them at least that many wins in two of the last three seasons. Army kept pace with its rivals with a 61-46 victory earlier in the day over visiting American, and clinched a home quarterfinal game in the League Tournament March 7. The loss for the Eagles dropped them into a fourth-place tie with Lehigh, which won Saturday night against rival Lafayette.
Moving up into third place was Holy Cross, which opened a full day of League action with a 57-49 win at the Hart Center over Bucknell.
All four home teams won Saturday, lending credence to the importance of hosting tournament contests.
Wednesday's slate features Lafayette hosting Colgate, Navy entertaining Lehigh, American hosting Bucknell and Army going to Holy Cross. All tipoffs are set for 7 p.m.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross freshman Molly Hourigan scored a career-high 16 points as the Crusaders held off a late Bucknell rally to defeat the Bison 57-49 Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center.
Brisje Malone recorded a double-double with 11 points and a season-best 10 assists, and Alex Smith added 14 for Holy Cross (15-12, 7-5), which took over sole possession of third place in the Patriot League.
Lindsay Horbatuck led Bucknell with a team-high 15 points, and Audrey Dotson scored 10 points with seven rebounds. Shelby Romine and Katherine Harris had eight points apiece. Bucknell (13-14, 4-8) dropped its seventh in a row.
The Crusaders opened the game on a 7-2 run and took a 17-5 lead at the 13:10 mark of the first half. Dotson's layup brought Bucknell back within 19-11, and Dotson scored again with 5:31 to go to cut the Crusader lead to 21-14. Holy Cross replied by extending the lead to 31-18 at the break.
Amy Lepley's score inside extended the Crusader advantage to 46-25 at the 12:20 mark of the second, but the Bison put together a 10-2 run to make it a 53-41 game with 5:42 on the clock. Horbatuck finished off the run inside after a dish from Felicia Mgbada.
Smith dropped in a layup for Holy Cross to extend the lead to 14 points before Katherine Harris' trey lifted the Bison back within 55-44 with four minutes left.
Horbatuck and Shelby Romine logged back-to-back buckets for Bucknell to make it a 57-48 Holy Cross lead with 1:25 left, but time ran out on the Bison comeback.
Holy Cross shot 46.6 percent for the game despite going just 2 of 13 from the 3-point line. The Bison were 14 of 46 (30.4 percent) from the floor, and outscored the Crusaders 19-1 from the foul line.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 20 points, and Olivia Schretzman and Brianna Johnson each scored 10 to lead Army to a 61-46 victory over American Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.
With the victory, Army sewed up a home quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament. The Black Knights will host on March 7.
Jen Hazlett grabbed eight rebounds and Schretzman hauled in six for the Black Knights (20-7, 9-3), who reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006-07.
Geleisa George led the Eagles (13-13, 6-6) with 13 points, while Alexis Dobbs scored nine and Sarah Kiely narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Black Knights opened the game on a 6-0 run, and wound up leading wire-to-wire. The Eagles cut Army's lead by half to 8-4 before the Black Knights orchestrated a 7-0 run to take control, and eventually moved ahead 22-12 on an Anna Simmers trey with 4:08 remaining in the half. Army had a 29-20 lead at the break.
The Black Knights opened the second on an 8-0 run to take a 38-20 lead at the 15:42 mark. The Eagles replied with a 13-3 run, with Dobbs' trey capping it off to lift American within 41-33 just short of midway through the second.
Kiely hit a 3 to cut American's deficit to seven points, and Shaquilla Curtis' score brought the Eagles within 47-40 with just under seven minutes remaining.
But the Black Knights regained control, with Johnson scoring underneath after a pretty pass inside from Schretzman to cap off a 6-0 run.
Army shot 42 percent from the field, and hit 19 of 22 from the foul line. The Eagles hit 19 of 37 from the floor (51.4 percent).
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Jade Geif led all scorers with 22 points and two teammates reached double figures as Navy (17-10, 10-2) swept the season series with Colgate with a 63-48 win Saturday night at Alumni Hall.
Geif, who scored 14 of her points in the first half, was 10 of 14 from the floor and finished with nine rebounds. Kara Pollinger had 17 points with six assists, Chloe Stapleton added 10 points and Alix Membreno scored seven with nine rebounds.
Mariah Jones led the Raiders (8-19, 2-10) with 14 points, while Josie Stockill scored eight and Lulu Brase grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Kelly Reid played eight minutes and scored four points, but missed the second half due to injury.
Geif scored Navy's first four points of the game, making her the 16th player in Navy history and the fifth Patriot Leaguer this season to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Her efforts helped the Mids out to an early 11-4 lead before Colgate rallied with a 6-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 13-10.
Jones sank three 3-pointers as Colgate hung with Navy and cut the Mids' lead to 29-26 late in the first half. But Navy replied with back-to-back baskets from Membreno and a Geif score to take a 35-26 advantage at the break.
Navy opened quickly in the second, building a 48-32 lead by the 14:28 mark. Colgate trimmed the 16-point deficit to eight at 52-44 at the under-8 media timeout.
The Mids regained control by going inside to Geif for two points before Stapleton sank a triple and Geif put in another deuce to give Navy a 59-44 advantage with over four minutes remaining.
The Mids owned a 39-33 advantage on the boards and shot 44 percent from the floor, despite hitting just 7 of 29 from the 3-point line. Colgate shot 35 percent and was 6 of 18 on treys.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Kerry Kinek's game-high 16 points and Becky Guman's 14 helped propel Lehigh to a 60-40 victory over Lafayette Saturday night at Stabler Arena.
With the win, Lehigh salvaged a season split with rival Lafayette, while improving to 14-13 overall and 6-6 in the Patriot League. The Leopards dropped to 11-16 and 4-8.
Guman hauled in nine rebounds to narrowly miss a double-double, while Kinek had eight.
Danielle Fiacco scored 13 points with five rebounds off the bench to pace the Leopards, while Emily Homan scored 10. Maddie Peabody had seven points and seven rebounds.
The Mountain Hawks rushed out to an 11-2 lead and moved in front 16-4 on Alexandra Yantzi's bucket, which forced Lafayette to call timeout to regroup. The Leopards replied by cutting the Lehigh lead to eight multiple times over the next few minutes, but Guman's three-point play put the Mountain Hawks up 25-14 coming out of the under-4 media timeout. Lehigh increased the lead to 29-16 at the intermission.
A Lindsay Hoskins bucket and a Guman 3 helped spark Lehigh's 9-2 run to open the second half, and it turned into a 15-3 spurt to put the Mountain Hawks up 44-19 at the 12:58 mark.
Peabody's fast break bucket dropped Lehigh's lead to 48-29 with seven minutes remaining. She followed up with a trey and Homan sank an inside score to bring Lafayette within 52-36 at the 3:51 mark, but that's as close as it would get.
Lehigh finished the game with a 47-40 edge on the glass, and shot 36.5 percent for the game. Lafayette hit just 23 percent from the floor and made only 1 of 17 attempts from the 3-point line.