Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals Preview - 2.29.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bill Broderick is one of two head coaches who will make his Patriot League Tournament debut Thursday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG
Bill Broderick is one of two head coaches who will make his Patriot League Tournament debut Thursday.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Feb. 29, 2012

2012 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons, who will be coaching in his 22nd Patriot League Tournament beginning Thursday, said on Tuesday's media teleconference that it always comes down to "three days in March."

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And so we are now at that stage of the season where the eight Patriot League teams have contested their 14 contests against one another (56 League games in all) and settled into their seedings for the League's stretch of "three days in March," which begins Thursday with four quarterfinal contests of the 2012 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament.

American made history Saturday with its 58-54 victory at Lafayette. The Eagles had wrapped up the No. 1 seed several games before, and they spent the last two weeks chasing perfection. It didn't come easy, as American needed a last-second 3-pointer from Alexis Dobbs last Wednesday at Bucknell and then a gutty stretch of six straight points from Patriot League Player of the Year Lisa Strack in the final minutes of Saturday's comeback win over the Leopards on the road. The Eagles will host Lafayette in a rematch of Saturday's tussle Thursday at 7 p.m.

Lehigh clinched the No. 2 seed Saturday night with a 56-47 victory over Army in quite possibly the most physical game in the Patriot League this season. Both teams entered the game knowing they had wrapped up at least one home game in the Patriot League Tournament, but the winner would also secure the opportunity to host a semifinal game if they made it that far. The loss forced Army to settle for the fourth seed, which sets up the third meeting of the season between it and Holy Cross Thursday evening. Both their previous games were three-point battles. Lehigh gets No. 7 seed Bucknell at home, and the Bison are buoyed by a six-point win over the Mountain Hawks Feb. 15 in Bethlehem, Pa.

Saturday's fourth quarterfinal features No. 3 Navy, which defeated Bucknell Saturday night to rise to the third seed, hosting No. 6 Colgate. The Raiders are coming off a two-point loss at Holy Cross in a classic late-season Patriot League battle.

Patriot League Tournament Notebook

PERFECTION
American finished off the first ever 14-0 League record in Patriot League Women's Basketball history with a 58-54 win at Lafayette Saturday afternoon. Now the Eagles, who have been playing out the string over the last two weeks with the No. 1 seed having already been sewn up, get to put that into action when they open the Patriot League Tournament Thursday night at 7 p.m. within the friendly confines of Bender Arena. Ironically, it'll be the Leopards coming in for a rematch of Saturday's back-and-forth affair against the Eagles.

HOME TEAMS FINISH STRONG
Home teams during Patriot League play went 3-1 for the second consecutive day Saturday, finishing with a 32-24 overall edge in the 56 League contests in the 2011-12 League season. The .571 win percentage ties for sixth-best since American joined to expand the League to eight teams for the 2001-02 season. Home teams went 36-20 in 2006-07 for a .643 win percentage, the highest in the past 11 seasons. A full list of home teams' records in League play since 2001-02 is below:
.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, 2011-12 (32-24)
.554 - 2002-03 (31-25)
.536 - 2008-09, 2010-11 (30-26)
.446 - 2007-08 (25-31)

GOOD TO BE HOME IN THE TOURNAMENT
While road teams definitely held their own during League play in the regular season, it might be an entirely different story in the Patriot League Tournament. The 2012 League Tournament is in its second straight year in which the higher seeds will host all contests, and if last year was any indication, then it's good to be the home team. The host squad went 6-1 in last year's tournament, with third-seeded American's 69-64 overtime win at No. 2 Lehigh in the semifinals as the only victory for a road team in the eight-team bracket.

EVEN STEVEN
Outside of American's 14-0 romp through Patriot League play and therefore its 2-0 regular-season sweep of quarterfinal opponent Lafayette, the other three matchups Thursday all feature showdowns where the teams split the season slate against one another. Second-seeded Lehigh hosts No. 7 Bucknell, and it was the Bison who evened the season series at 1-1 with a 62-56 win at Stabler Arena Feb. 15. A late 3-pointer from Candice Green was enough to power No. 6 Colgate to a 62-60 win over third-seeded Navy when the two teams met Feb. 18 in Hamilton, N.Y. Navy won the previous meeting in Annapolis by nine points. And finally there's the 4 vs. 5 matchup with Army hosting Holy Cross. Both teams won at home in their respective meetings this season, with each game decided by a scant three points.

ALL-ACCESS HAS YOU COVERED
Patriot League All-Access has had fans covered throughout the regular season, and that will be no different during the League Tournament. All four of Thursday's quarterfinal contests will stream via Patriot League All-Access, as well as the two semifinal contests on Monday, March 5. 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.

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.

NAVY AIMS TO REPEAT
Defending Patriot League champion Navy held court as the No. 1 seed in last year's League Tournament, and American will look to do the same in 2012. But if the Mids are to be the first repeat Patriot League champion since Lehigh went back-to-back in 2009 and again in 2010, they will have to do it as the No. 3 seed. The last third seed to win the League title was Holy Cross in 2007. That year the Crusaders defeated Lafayette, Lehigh and American en route to the championship.

ALL IN A WEEK'S WORK
It was a big seven-day stretch for American senior guard Lisa Strack. She scored 19 points last Wednesday, including the 1,000th of her career, in the Eagles' 62-59 win at Bucknell. On Saturday she logged a double-double and scored six straight points late in the second half to propel American to a 58-54 win at Lafayette to cap off a 14-0 League record for the Eagles. On Tuesday, her whirlwind seven days were completed when she was named Patriot League Player of the Year and earned one of five slots on the All-Patriot League First Team. Strack leads American with 11.6 points per game this season, and her average increased to 12.9 per game during 14 League contests. She leads the League in steals both in all games (2.7) and during League competition (3.3).

AMERICAN'S MASSIVE AWARDS HAUL
Not only did American senior guard Lisa Strack capture the Patriot League Player of the Year nod, but three other major awards also went to members of the team. Senior guard Ebony Edwards was named Defensive Player of the Year, Matt Corkery was honoerd as Coach of the Year and sophomore guard Alexis Dobbs was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Edwards is the first Eagle named Defensive Player of the Year since the award's inception in 2004-05, while Corkery captured his second Coach of the Year trophy in three seasons. Dobbs is the school's first Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's basketball since Liz Hayes garnered the honor in consecutive seasons in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

HOMAN'S RISE NETS ROOKIE TROPHY
Lafayette freshman forward Emily Homan was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year by the eight head coaches Tuesday morning. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., Homan's development has been evidence since day one. She has five double-doubles on the season entering Thursday, including four achieved during League games. Homan leads all League freshman in scoring and rebounds, and sits seventh in the League in the former category (11.8 ppg) and sixth in the latter (7.1 rpg). Her 44.6 percent field goal shooting is fifth best in the League, while her 56 blocks and her 1.9 blocks-per-game average both rank second. Homan is just the second Leopard ever named Patriot League Rookie of the Year and the first since Christel Rocha in 1997-98. Homan was also one of the five members of the All-Rookie team.

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.

GRATCH ZEROES IN ON ANOTHER MILESTONE
Emily Gratch scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season, and she's not far away from hitting another significant milestone. The Lehigh senior sits just six rebounds shy of 500 for her career, and if she hits that mark she will be the 68th student-athlete in League history to achieve that plateau. She and American senior guard Lisa Strack are the only two League players this season to reach 1,000 career points.

CORKERY TAKES TOP SPOT
Now in his fourth season at American, Matt Corkery has improved his coaching record in the nation's capital to 85-37 overall and an impressive 46-10 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 .697 inches ahead of Fordham's Kevin Morris, who went 40-19 (.678) from 1993-95, while his League success rate (.821) 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.

TOURNAMENT COACHING DEBUTS
Bucknell interim head coach Bill Broderick and first-year head coach Nicci Hays Fort at Colgate are making their first appearances in the Patriot League Tournament. Broderick coached the Bison to a 3-9 mark in his 12 games since taking over in January, with that stretch featuring Bucknell's first win streak of the season. After an 0-10 start, Hays Fort and Colgate found their rhythm, going 8-11 in their last 19, including 5-9 in the League. Broderick will lead the Bison into Lehigh Thursday night, while Hays Fort and the Raiders have a showdown with the Mids at Navy.

Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals

NO. 8 LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (8-21, 2-12) AT NO. 1 AMERICAN EAGLES (22-6, 14-0)
Bender Arena (3,044); Washington, D.C. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: American, 26-4
Streak: American, Seven Wins Last Meeting: American, 58-54 (2.25.12)
Last Lafayette Win: 58-56 (3.7.09) Last Five Games: American, 5-0
PL Tournament Series: Tied, 1-1 PLT Streak: American, One Win
Last PLT Meeting: American, 77-49 Last Lafayette PLT Win vs. AU: 58-56 (3.7.09)

In a rematch of Saturday's barnburner in Easton, Pa., top-seeded American hosts No. 8 Lafayette in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. at Bender Arena ... The teams have met only twice previously in the Patriot League Tournament, but both meetings have come during American head coach Matt Corkery's tenure ... The Leopards, as the No. 7 seed, won 58-56 in the 2009 quarterfinals over the second-seeded Eagles before American repaid the favor with a 77-49 triumph in the 2010 quarters in the same 2 vs. 7 game ... American has won seven in a row in the series dating back to that Leopard victory in the 2009 tournament.

AMERICAN Lisa Strack and Jen Dumiak posted double-doubles as American rallied late to a 58-54 victory over Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pa. ... American capped off a perfect 14-0 run in the Patriot League regular season, becoming the first team in women's basketball history to do so in either of the League's two eight-team eras ... Strack scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, while Dumiak poured in 13 with 10 boards ... The defining sequence of the game came late in the second half with the Leopards leading 54-50 ... Strack's jumper with 3:19 on the clock cut the American deficit in half to 54-52, and 53 seconds later it was Strack who charged down the lane, converted a layup and drew a foul for a potential three-point play ... She missed the free throw, but Strack nailed a jumper exactly one minute later to cap off her personal 6-0 run to give the Eagles a 56-54 lead with 1:26 on the clock ... Danielle Fiacco's short turnaround jumper from the right side of the lane was no good with 1:07 to play, and American converted two more free throws from Scholar-Athlete of the Year Alexis Dobbs to finish the game on an 8-0 surge to capture the win ... The Eagles finished the game shooting 34.5 percent (20 of 58) from the floor, and 7 of 18 from the 3-point line ... American went 11 of 15 at the foul line ... Dobbs led all scorers with 20 points, with five of her six field goals coming from behind the arc ... She doled out four assists with two steals ... American won the boards battle, 44-32, and collected 17 offensive rebounds to Lafayette's nine ... Ten of Lafayette's 12 turnovers were logged as Eagles steals.

LAFAYETTE Emily Homan logged a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough in Lafayette's 58-54 loss Saturday at home to first-place American ... Sarah McGorry tied Homan for the team lead with 12 points, while freshman Linnel Macklin chipped in 11 in 22 minutes off the bench ... Macklin went 4 of 9 from the field, including a 3-of-4 showing from beyond the 3-point line ... Homan added a game-best three shot blocks ... Danielle Fiacco's jumper gave Lafayette an 11-6 lead at the 14:34 mark of the first half, and McGorry's 3-pointer over a minute later extended it to a 14-6 advantage ... Lafayette maintained the lead throughout most of the first half, with McGorry putting the Leopards in front 24-18 with just over six minutes until the break ... Jen Dumiak's jumper capped off a 6-0 American spurt that tied the game at 24, and Dumiak scored again with 2:01 on the clock to give the Eagles their first lead of the game at 26-25 ... After leading 27-26 at the break, Lafayette jumped out to a 42-35 advantage with 10:44 to go ... Two Lisa Strack free throws closed the Eagles within two before Macklin sank one of her three treys on the day to re-establish a Lafayette lead at 48-42 with under eight minutes to go ... Maddie Peabody gave Lafayette a 54-50 lead with a bucket at the 3:58 mark, but those were the last points the Leopards would score ... Strack scored six straight points and Alexis Dobbs converted two free throws with two seconds remaining to complete a game-ending 8-0 run for American ... After going 10 of 34 in the first half, Lafayette shot 10 of 20 in the second, including a perfect 4 of 4 on 3-point attempts ... The Leopards finished 7 of 10 from downtown.

NO. 5 HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (16-13, 7-7) AT NO. 4 ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS (14-15, 8-6)
Christl Arena (5,043); West Point, N.Y. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: Holy Cross, 31-19
Streak: Army, One Win Last Meeting: Army, 65-62 (2.22.12)
Last Holy Cross: 62-59 (1.25.12) Last Five Games: Holy Cross, 3-2
PL Tournament Series: Holy Cross, 4-2 PLT Streak: Holy Cross, One Win
Last PLT Meeting: Holy Cross, 57-53 (3.6.10) Last Army PLT Win vs. HC: 54-47 (3.7.09)

Army and Holy Cross have become very familiar with one another, as they meet in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament for the third time in the last four years ... In each of the three meetings, it's been the 4 vs. 5 game ... Holy Cross, as the fifth seed, won 57-53 over Army in the quarters of the 2010 tournament, which was played in Worcester ... Army's last playoff win against the Crusaders was in the quarterfinals of the 2009 tournament, a 54-47 triumph in Bethlehem, Pa. ... Army's other victory against Holy Cross in the tournament came in the 2006 championship game ... Both games between the two in 2012 were decided by three points.

ARMY Emily Gratch scored a team-high 19 points and Alexa Williams notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to pace Lehigh to a 56-47 victory over Army Saturday night at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. ... The Mountain Hawks secured the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with the victory in what turned out to be a very intensely played and physical contest between the two teams ... Lehigh dominated the inside, outscoring the Black Knights in the paint 32-12 ... Army's Anna Simmers led all players with 20 points on 8 of 12 from the field and 4 of 8 on treys ... Lehigh also won the battle of the boards, 36-22 ... Meagan Doucette led the Black Knights with six rebounds, while Jessica Waggoner had 12 points and Jen Hazlett chipped in nine ... Gratch added eight rebounds for the Mountain Hawks, while Becky Guman grabbed six off the bench ... Simmers scored the game's first eight points and Hazlett sank a 3 as Army opened the game on an 13-2 run ... Lehigh outscored Army 19-8 over the last 13 minutes of the first half and it was a 21-21 game entering intermission ... Army took a pair of narrow leads in the opening minutes of the second, but Lehigh replied and took a five-point advantage, its biggest of the game, after two Guman free throws at the 14:25 mark ... Gratch's layup put Lehigh in front 36-29 with 12:24 remaining, forcing head coach Dave Magarity to call an Army timeout ... The Black Knights responded with a 7-0 run, with a pair of foul shots from Waggoner tying the game at 36 apiece with 10:41 to play ... But it was a game of runs, as Lehigh scored the next nine straight to move in front 45-36 ... Army put together another surge, this time a 9-2 spurt, to move within 47-45 with 2:05 to play ... A layup from Gratch and two Williams foul shots put Lehigh ahead 51-45 with a minute to go ... It was all free throws the rest of the way for Lehigh in the 56-47 win ... Army's defense gave Lehigh fits, especially early on, as the Black Knights collected steals and the Mountain Hawks totaled 24 turnovers ... The Black Knights were 5 of 18 from the 3-point line, while Lehigh managed just a 1-of-9 showing.

HOLY CROSS Amy Lepley's layup with seven seconds to go was the difference as Holy Cross edged Colgate 74-72 Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams in Worcester, Mass. ... The Crusaders secured the No. 5 seed with the victory, while the Raiders settled for the sixth seed entering Thursday's Patriot League Tournament ... Alex Smith led five Crusaders in double figures with 17 points, while Christine Ganser had 15 off the bench ... Emily Parker chipped in 14, while Lepley and Bri Malone each tallied 10 ... Lepley completed the double-double with 12 rebounds ... Colgate freshman Missy Repoli scored a game-high 22 points, while Tricia Oakes added 16 points and eight boards and Jhazmine Lynch poured in 12 off the bench ... Colgate shot 28 of 60 for the game, including an impressive 9 of 17 showing from beyond the arc ... Holy Cross hit on 28 of 61 chances from the field, went 3 of 13 from beyond the arc but shot a perfect 15 of 15 from the foul line ... The teams tussled in an even first half, with Colgate jumping out to a 37-29 lead with 2:48 to go on a Repoli jumper ... The Crusaders went on an 11-3 run to end the half and the game was tied 40 all at the break ... Holy Cross held narrow leads throughout the first five minutes of the second before the Raiders moved ahead 56-50 on Catherine Lewis' trey at the 12:43 mark ... Oakes' layup put Colgate ahead by eight at 70-62 with 4:33 on the clock ... Malone finished off an 8-0 Crusader run to knot the game at 70 apiece at the 1:24 mark ... Oakes struck again to put the Raiders up two with just over a minute left ... Parker sank a pair of foul shots with 45 seconds left to tie the game again, and Colgate came up empty handed on its next possession ... Smith drove, drew a defender and bounced a pass to Lepley for the game-winning shot.

NO. 7 BUCKNELL BISON (5-24, 3-11) AT NO. 2 LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (16-12, 9-5)
Stabler Arena (5,600); Bethlehem, Pa. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: Lehigh, 39-31 TV: Service Electric Channel 2
Streak: Bucknell, One Win Last Meeting: Bucknell, 62-56 (2.15.12)
Last Lehigh Win: 53-38 (1.18.12) Last Five Games: Lehigh, 4-1
PL Tournament Series: Lehigh, 3-1 PLT Streak: Lehigh, One Win
Last PLT Meeting: Lehigh 70, Bucknell 58 (3.6.10) Last Bucknell PLT Win vs. LU: 64-54 (3.2.06)

Bucknell and Lehigh have met four previous times in the Patriot League Tournament, all in the quarterfinals, and only one of those contests was played in Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. ... The last two matchups took place in 2006 and 2010, both when the tournament was hosted by Holy Cross ... Thursday's contest will be the fourth postseason meeting between the programs since 2005 ... The two split the regular-season series in 2012, with each winning on the road ... Bucknell took a 62-56 victory at Stabler on Feb. 15, while Lehigh won 53-38 in Lewisburg, Pa., on Jan. 18.

BUCKNELL Erin Edwards scored a game-high 15 points on Senior Night at Alumni Hall to propel Navy to a 60-51 victory over Bucknell and the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament ... Jade Geif had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Mids, while Kara Pollinger dropped in 11 points with three dishes ... Alyssa Dunn led the Bison with 12 points, Shelby Romine had 10 and Lindsay Horbatuck narrowly missed out on a double-double with eight points and 10 boards ... Navy shot very well in the first half, going 13 of 26 before managing an 8-of-22 effort in the second half to finish at just under 44 percent for the game ... Bucknell went 18 of 56 (32.1 percent) for the contest, including a 6-of-26 showing in the second half ... Geif's bucket just past the midway point of the first half gave Navy a 16-9 lead, and Chantel Lavender's 3-pointer at the 8:39 mark put the Mids up 21-11 ... A Dunn layup and a 3-pointer by Christina Chukwuedo brought Bucknell within 23-20 with 4:20 remaining until halftime ... The Mids held on for a 30-29 advantage at halftime ... Rachel Voss' bucket from the paint gave Bucknell a 31-30 lead 1:17 into the second half, but Navy scored 13 of the next 15 points to move in front 43-33 with 13:34 left ... Edwards sank back-to-back 3s for Navy to lift the Mids to their biggest lead of the game at 51-37 with 10:50 to go in the contest ... Romine's 3 capped off a 6-0 Bison run making it a 51-43 game with six minutes left, and Audrey Dotson's bucket at the 4:49 mark made it a six-point game ... That was as close as the Bison would get, with Pollinger and Bauer sinking back-to-back buckets to put Navy back up by 10 ... Bucknell owned a 14-6 advantage in second-change points thanks to an 18-11 edge in offensive rebounds ... Bucknell won the rebounding battle 35-32 and logged assists on 12 of its 18 buckets ... Both teams made 11 foul shots, and Navy went 7 of 20 from downtown and Bucknell was 4 of 16.

LEHIGH Emily Gratch scored a team-high 19 points and Alexa Williams notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to pace Lehigh to a 56-47 victory over Army Saturday night at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. ... The Mountain Hawks secured the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with the victory in what turned out to be a very intensely played and physical contest between the two teams ... Lehigh dominated the inside, outscoring the Black Knights in the paint 32-12 ... Army's Anna Simmers led all players with 20 points on 8 of 12 from the field and 4 of 8 on treys ... Lehigh also won the battle of the boards, 36-22 ... Meagan Doucette led the Black Knights with six rebounds, while Jessica Waggoner had 12 points and Jen Hazlett chipped in nine ... Gratch added eight rebounds for the Mountain Hawks, while Becky Guman grabbed six off the bench ... Simmers scored the game's first eight points and Hazlett sank a 3 as Army opened the game on an 13-2 run ... Lehigh outscored Army 19-8 over the last 13 minutes of the first half and it was a 21-21 game entering intermission ... Army took a pair of narrow leads in the opening minutes of the second, but Lehigh replied and took a five-point advantage, its biggest of the game, after two Guman free throws at the 14:25 mark ... Gratch's layup put Lehigh in front 36-29 with 12:24 remaining, forcing head coach Dave Magarity to call an Army timeout ... The Black Knights responded with a 7-0 run, with a pair of foul shots from Waggoner tying the game at 36 apiece with 10:41 to play ... But it was a game of runs, as Lehigh scored the next nine straight to move in front 45-36 ... Army put together another surge, this time a 9-2 spurt, to move within 47-45 with 2:05 to play ... A layup from Gratch and two Williams foul shots put Lehigh ahead 51-45 with a minute to go ... It was all free throws the rest of the way for Lehigh in the 56-47 win ... Army's defense gave Lehigh fits, especially early on, as the Black Knights collected steals and the Mountain Hawks totaled 24 turnovers ... The Black Knights were 5 of 18 from the 3-point line, while Lehigh managed just a 1-of-9 showing.

NO. 6 COLGATE RAIDERS (8-21, 5-9) AT NO. 3 NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (15-13, 8-6)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md. • Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series: Navy, 29-18
Streak: Colgate, One Win Last Meeting: Colgate, 62-60 (2.18.12)
Last Navy Win: 61-52 (1.21.12) Last Five Games: Navy, 3-2
PL Tournament Series: Navy, 4-1 PLT Streak: Navy, Two Wins
Last PLT Meeting: Navy 55, Colgate 36 (3.5.11) Last Colgate PLT Win vs. Navy: 60-55 (3.2.06)

Colgate and Navy are meeting in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament for the third straight year ... The Mids have won the last two postseason matchups ... The third-seeded Mids handed No. 6 Colgate a 59-47 loss in the quarters of the 2010 tournament, and used stingy defense in a 55-36 victory in the 2011 quarterfinals ... Navy was seeded No. 1 last year, while the Raiders were eighth ... The Raiders' only posteason victory against Navy came in the quarterfinals of the 2006 tournament, a 60-55 triumph at West Point, N.Y. ... Colgate was the fifth seed in that contest.

COLGATE Amy Lepley's layup with seven seconds to go was the difference as Holy Cross edged Colgate 74-72 Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams in Worcester, Mass. ... The Crusaders secured the No. 5 seed with the victory, while the Raiders settled for the sixth seed entering Thursday's Patriot League Tournament ... Alex Smith led five Crusaders in double figures with 17 points, while Christine Ganser had 15 off the bench ... Emily Parker chipped in 14, while Lepley and Bri Malone each tallied 10 ... Lepley completed the double-double with 12 rebounds ... Colgate freshman Missy Repoli scored a game-high 22 points, while Tricia Oakes added 16 points and eight boards and Jhazmine Lynch poured in 12 off the bench ... Colgate shot 28 of 60 for the game, including an impressive 9 of 17 showing from beyond the arc ... Holy Cross hit on 28 of 61 chances from the field, went 3 of 13 from beyond the arc but shot a perfect 15 of 15 from the foul line ... The teams tussled in an even first half, with Colgate jumping out to a 37-29 lead with 2:48 to go on a Repoli jumper ... The Crusaders went on an 11-3 run to end the half and the game was tied 40 all at the break ... Holy Cross held narrow leads throughout the first five minutes of the second before the Raiders moved ahead 56-50 on Catherine Lewis' trey at the 12:43 mark ... Oakes' layup put Colgate ahead by eight at 70-62 with 4:33 on the clock ... Malone finished off an 8-0 Crusader run to knot the game at 70 apiece at the 1:24 mark ... Oakes struck again to put the Raiders up two with just over a minute left ... Parker sank a pair of foul shots with 45 seconds left to tie the game again, and Colgate came up empty handed on its next possession ... Smith drove, drew a defender and bounced a pass to Lepley for the game-winning shot.

NAVY Erin Edwards scored a game-high 15 points on Senior Night at Alumni Hall to propel Navy to a 60-51 victory over Bucknell and the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament ... Jade Geif had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Mids, while Kara Pollinger dropped in 11 points with three dishes ... Alyssa Dunn led the Bison with 12 points, Shelby Romine had 10 and Lindsay Horbatuck narrowly missed out on a double-double with eight points and 10 boards ... Navy shot very well in the first half, going 13 of 26 before managing an 8-of-22 effort in the second half to finish at just under 44 percent for the game ... Bucknell went 18 of 56 (32.1 percent) for the contest, including a 6-of-26 showing in the second half ... Geif's bucket just past the midway point of the first half gave Navy a 16-9 lead, and Chantel Lavender's 3-pointer at the 8:39 mark put the Mids up 21-11 ... A Dunn layup and a 3-pointer by Christina Chukwuedo brought Bucknell within 23-20 with 4:20 remaining until halftime ... The Mids held on for a 30-29 advantage at halftime ... Rachel Voss' bucket from the paint gave Bucknell a 31-30 lead 1:17 into the second half, but Navy scored 13 of the next 15 points to move in front 43-33 with 13:34 left ... Edwards sank back-to-back 3s for Navy to lift the Mids to their biggest lead of the game at 51-37 with 10:50 to go in the contest ... Romine's 3 capped off a 6-0 Bison run making it a 51-43 game with six minutes left, and Audrey Dotson's bucket at the 4:49 mark made it a six-point game ... That was as close as the Bison would get, with Pollinger and Bauer sinking back-to-back buckets to put Navy back up by 10 ... Bucknell owned a 14-6 advantage in second-change points thanks to an 18-11 edge in offensive rebounds ... Bucknell won the rebounding battle 35-32 and logged assists on 12 of its 18 buckets ... Both teams made 11 foul shots, and Navy went 7 of 20 from downtown and Bucknell was 4 of 16.