American Knocks Off Navy; Bucknell Nails Down Fourth Seed in Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament

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American's Geleisa George

Feb. 26, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- Bucknell (16-11, 11-6) secured a home game in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament and Lafayette (14-14, 8-9) earned a first-round bye with victories Wednesday night in the next-to-last action of the regular season.

The Bison defeated Lehigh (12-16, 5-12) at Stabler Arena and the Leopards broke a three-game losing streak with a win over Colgate (7-21, 3-14) at Kirby Sports Center.

American (20-8, 13-4) won its 20th game of the season and kept the top of the Patriot League standings in flux with a home victory over first place Navy (22-6, 14-3).

Army (21-7, 13-4) remained tied with the Eagles and moved to within a game of the Mids with an impressive road win at Boston University (11-19, 6-11) and Holy Cross (18-10, 10-7) built a big lead before coasting to a home win over Loyola Maryland (5-23, 2-15).

While seeds four through eight are set in stone, the order between Navy, Army and American at the top is still to be settled. Navy can nail down first place with a win Saturday at Loyola, but a Navy loss and a win by Army over Lafayette gives the Black Knights the top seed.

American can finish second with a win over Bucknell and an Army loss, but if the two teams finish tied behind Navy the Black Knights would get the No. 2 seed as they swept American during the regular season.

at Lafayette 81, Colgate 70

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Emily Homan scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Linnel Macklin and Jamie O'Hare added 14 points apiece as the Leopards secured a first-round bye in the Patriot League tournament with an 81-70 win Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center.

Lafayette is locked in at the No. 6 seed regardless of the outcome of their final game against Army.



Carole Harris led all scorers with 19 points for the Raiders and Missy Repoli finished with 18.

at American 63, Navy 50

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Arron Zimmerman scored 20 points and Alexis Dobbs added 11 points and six rebounds as American knocked off first place Navy Wednesday night at Bender Arena.

The Eagles are in a second place tie with Army, one game behind the Mids. American can earn the second seed with a win Saturday over Bucknell and a Black Knights loss at Lafayette.

No one scored in double figures for the Mids. Audrey Bauer led Navy with nine points and Jade Geif added eight points and nine rebounds.

at Holy Cross 59, Loyola 49

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Brisje Malone scored 18 points, Alex Smith added 15 and Raquel Scott finished with nine points and 15 rebounds as Holy Cross cruised to a 59-49 win Wednesday at the Hart Center.

Despite the victory, the Crusaders are locked in to the fifth spot in the Patriot League standings. After a bye in the first round, Holy Cross will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. on Mar. 6 to face Bucknell in the quarterfinals.

Diana Logan led the Greyhounds with 13 points and Tiffany Padgett added nine points and five rebounds.

Bucknell 87 at Lehigh 78

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Four players scored in double figures as Bucknell nailed down the fourth and final home playoff game in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament Wednesday night with a 87-78 win over Lehigh at Stabler Arena.

Audrey Dotson scored 19 and Shelby Romine added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bison. Claire DeBoer and Claire Maree O'Bryan added 15 apiece in a balanced attack.

Elizabeth Sharlow and Kerry Kinek led all scorers with 24 and 21 points, respectively, for Lehigh.

The Mountain Hawks will finish the regular season in eighth place and host a game in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament.

Army 75, at Boston University 48

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Jen Hazlett scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Black Knights to a 75-48 road win over Boston University Wednesday at Case Gym.

The Black Knights kept pace with American and are now one game behind Navy in the Patriot League standings. Army can earn the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a win Saturday at Lafayette and a Navy loss to Loyola.

Jean Parker added 12 points and Kelsey Minato finished with 11 points and nine assists for Army.

Melissa Gallo paced the Terriers with 10 points.