Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 2.26.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Becky Guman and Lehigh put their four-game win streak on the line at first-place Navy Wednesday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Becky Guman and Lehigh put their four-game win streak on the line at first-place Navy Wednesday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Feb. 26, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — With two games remaining in the regular season, there’s still much to be determined as the eight Patriot League teams get ready for the League Tournament, which starts in a little more than a week.

Army joined Navy as a quarterfinal round host when it handed American a 61-46 defeat in West Point, N.Y., Saturday afternoon. The win kept the Black Knights one game behind the Mids, who won 63-48 over Colgate Saturday night in Annapolis, Md.

Holy Cross ran out to a big lead and held off a late Bucknell run to down the Bison 57-49 in Worcester, Mass., while Lehigh salvaged a season split with rival Lafayette in a 60-40 triumph in Bethlehem, Pa. Saturday’s results set up what could be a wild Wednesday night, with four games that could go a long way in settling the seeding picture for the Patriot League Tournament.

Lafayette joins American, Holy Cross and Lehigh as teams still mathematically eligible for a top-four seed and quarterfinal hosting responsibilities. The Leopards need a lot to go right on Wednesday night, as a victory over Colgate, plus losses by Lehigh and American, would keep them in the hunt.

PATRIOT LEAGUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

• Holy Cross would become the third team to host a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game with a win Wednesday night at home against Army.

• Navy would wrap up the tournament’s No. 1 seed with a win Wednesday over Lehigh PLUS an Army loss in Worcester, Mass.

• Navy’s Jade Geif became the fifth Patriot League player this season to reach 1,000 points for her career. She netted 22 in the Mids’ win Saturday over Colgate.

• American, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Navy are gunning for season sweeps Wednesday night.

• American, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh are the four teams still mathematically eligible for a top-four seed in the tournament and accompanying home game. Wins by either American or Lehigh Wednesday would force Lafayette out of the top four.

• Navy has captured at least 10 League wins in two of the last three seasons. The Mids were 10-4 in 2010-11 and shared the regular-season title with American and Lehigh.

• Lehigh, which has a chance to host a League Tournament quarterfinal, is 7-4 on the road and 4-1 away from Stabler Arena in League play.

Patriot League Notebook

NAVY CLINCHES HOME COURT THROUGH SEMIS
Navy took another step toward the top overall seed in the Patriot League Tournament with Saturday’s 63-48 win at home over visiting Colgate. Bolstered by Jade Geif’s 22 points, including the 1,000th of her career, the Mids moved to 10-2 and hit the double-digit win mark against League foes for the second time in three years. Should the Mids advance beyond the quarters, they will host a semifinal game Monday, March 11.

ARMY JOINS NAVY AS HOST
After losing out on the chance to clinch a home quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament last Wednesday at Colgate, Army returned to its home floor at Christl Arena and held off American 61-46 to officially wrap up hosting responsibilities March 7. The Black Knights don’t know who their opponent will be just yet, but they do know they won’t have to travel. Next up will be aiming for no worse than home court through the semifinals should they advance beyond the tournament’s opening round.

THE CLUB GETS BIGGER AGAIN
Jade Geif scored four points in short order in Navy’s win Saturday over Colgate to become the fifth Patriot League player and third junior this season to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career. Interestingly, Geif has reached the mark entirely on the strength of two-point buckets and free throws, and has not made a 3-pointer in her collegiate career. Bucknell junior Shelby Romine reached 1,000 points earlier in February, while Colgate senior Jhazmine Lynch, Holy Cross senior Amy Lepley and Holy Cross junior Alex Smith all hit the plateau earlier this season.

BOARDS BENCHMARK
Lehigh freshman Kerry Kinek broke school and Patriot League records with 22 rebounds in the Mountain Hawks’ 49-37 victory at Bucknell last 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.

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.

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.

ON TWITTER, TOO
Fans and media members can follow Patriot League women’s basketball on Twitter - @PL_WBB.

Patriot League Games

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (14-13, 6-6) AT NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (17-10, 10-2)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 26-23
Streak: Navy, 2 Last Meeting: Navy, 72-47 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 1.30.13)
Last Lehigh Win: 57-48 (Bethlehem, Pa.; 2.22.12) Last Five Games: Navy, 3-2

• Navy threatened the Patriot League single-game record with 14 3-pointers as it outshot Lehigh 72-47 in the previous meeting Jan. 30 in Bethlehem, Pa.
• Chloe Stapleton scored all of her game-high 19 points from beyond the arc to pace the Mids, while Audrey Bauer scored 18, Jade Geif 15 and Kara Pollinger 11.
• Kerry Kinek scored 15 points with seven rebounds to lead Lehigh. Becky Guman added nine points.
• Navy shot 50 percent from the field and 14 of 26 from the 3-point line. Lehigh was 16 of 51 from the field.
• Navy would wrap up the Patriot League Tournament’s No. 1 seed with a win over Lehigh coupled with an Army loss to Holy Cross.
• Lehigh has won four of the last five meetings in Annapolis.

LEHIGH 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 ... Lehigh visits Army Saturday at 1 p.m. to finish the regular season.

NAVY Jade Geif led all scorers with 22 points and two teammates reached double figures as Navy 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 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 ... The Mids close the regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bucknell.

ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (20-7, 9-3) AT HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (15-12, 7-5)
Hart Center (3,600); Worcester, Mass. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 33-19
Streak: Holy Cross, 2 Last Meeting: Holy Cross, 51-46 (West Point, N.Y.; 1.30.13)
Last Army Win: 65-62 (West Point, N.Y.; 2.22.12) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 4-1

• Alex Smith scored 15 of her game-high 21 points from beyond the 3-point line to lift Holy Cross to a 51-46 victory at Army Jan. 30.
• Amy Lepley chipped in 12 points and four rebounds, while Christine Ganser and Molly Hourigan had seven boards apiece.
• Jen Hazlett tallied a team-best 15 points for Army, and Kelsey Minato added 11. Olivia Schretzman collected seven rebounds.
• Both teams are 5-1 since their previous meeting.
• Army reached the 20-win mark for the second time in Dave Magarity’s head coaching tenure and first since 2006-07.
• The Crusaders clinch a home quarterfinal game in the League Tournament with a victory.

ARMY 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 ... Jen Hazlett grabbed eight rebounds and Schretzman hauled in six for the Black Knights, who reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006-07 ... Geleisa George led the Eagles 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) ... The Black Knights close the regular season with Lehigh Saturday at 1 p.m. at West Point.

HOLY CROSS 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, 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 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 ... Holy Cross visits Colgate Saturday at 4 p.m.

COLGATE RAIDERS (8-19, 2-10) AT LAFAYETTE (11-16, 4-8)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lafayette, 32-27 TV: Lafayette Sports Network
Streak: Lafayette, 1 Last Meeting: Lafayette 53, Colgate 45 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 1.30.13)
Last Colgate Win: 69-60 (Hamilton, N.Y.; 2.22.12) Last Five Games: Lafayette, 3-2

• Lafayette built a 13-point halftime lead and held on for a 53-45 victory at Colgate Jan. 30 in Hamilton, N.Y.
• Jaime O’Haire scored a game-high 15 points, while Danielle Fiacco chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the bench.
• Kelly Reid and Lauryn Kobiela scored eight points apiece for the Raiders.
• The Leopards owned a 49-40 edge in rebounding, while both teams shot around 30 percent.
• Wednesday’s matchup in Easton will be the 60th between the two programs.
• Thirteen of the last 14 matchups have been decided by single digits.
• Lafayette needs a win (and losses by American and Lehigh) to stay alive in the race to host a home quarterfinal game in the League Tournament.

COLGATE Jade Geif led all scorers with 22 points and two teammates reached double figures as Navy 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 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 ... Colgate welcomes Holy Cross in the regular-season finale Saturday at 4 p.m.

LAFAYETTE 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 ... The Leopards are at American Saturday at 2 p.m. in the regular-season finale.

BUCKNELL BISON (13-14, 4-8) AT AMERICAN EAGLES (13-13, 6-6)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 18-11
Streak: American, 9 Last Meeting: American, 66-58 (Lewisburg, Pa.; 1.30.13)
Last Bucknell Win: 60-52 (West Point, N.Y.; 3.9.08) Last Five Games: American, 5-0

• Alexis Dobbs led three Eagles in double figures with 17 points as American hung on for a 66-58 win at Bucknell Jan. 30.
• Geleisa George and Stephanie Anya added 12 points each for the Eagles, while Anya grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
• Bucknell’s Shelby Romine led all players with 23 points, while Audrey Dotson had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lindsay Horbatuck hauled in a game-best 16 boards.
• American won despite being outrebounded 42-29, but forced 24 Bison turnovers.
• American is still in the race to host a League Tournament quarterfinal game, and though a loss coupled with wins by Holy Cross and Lehigh would knock the Eagles out of the top four.
• Bucknell has dropped seven in a row, while American is mired in a four-game skid.

BUCKNELL 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, 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 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 ... The Bison host Navy Saturday at 7 p.m.

AMERICAN 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 ... Jen Hazlett grabbed eight rebounds and Schretzman hauled in six for the Black Knights, who reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006-07 ... Geleisa George led the Eagles 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) ... American hosts Lafayette Saturday at 2 p.m., potentially needing a victory to sew up a home quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament.