Navy and Army secure top spots in Patriot League Tournament

Madeline Fahan

Mar. 1, 2014

Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central | Tournament Bracket

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- The regular season is over and the field is set for the 2014 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament.

Navy (23-6, 15-3) took care of business Saturday in Baltimore, Md., and claimed their first outright Patriot League regular season title by pulling away in the second half for a win over Loyola University Maryland (5-24, 2-16).

American (21-8, 14-4) and Army (22-7, 14-4) each won Saturday to finish in a tie for second in the final standings. The Black Knights will earn the second seed in the postseason, having swept the season series over the Eagles.

American had four players in double figures in a road victory over Bucknell (16-12, 11-7). Army overcame foul trouble for Jen Hazlett to hold off Lafayette (14-15, 8-10).

With their playoff spots already determined, seventh seed Boston University (12-19, 7-11) knocked off fifth-seeded Holy Cross (18-11, 10-8). In the final game of the day, Colgate (8-21, 4-14) end the regular season by winning three of their final four games by slipping past Lehigh (12-17, 5-13).

The postseason is scheduled to get under way on Tuesday night with a pair of 7 p.m. contests. Boston University, the No. 7 seed, will host No. 10 Loyola at Case Gym and No. 8 Lehigh University will entertain Colgate, the No. 9 seed.

The quarterfinal round on Thursday will feature No.1 Navy hosting the Lehigh/Colgate winner, No. 2 Army versus the BU/Loyola winner, No. 3 American at home against No. 6 Lafayette and No.5 Holy Cross traveling to No. 4 Bucknell.

For more information, check out the Patriot League Women's Basketball Championship page.



Navy 74, at Loyola 50

Box Score

Alix Membreno scored 20 points and Jade Geif added 14 points and seven rebounds as Navy pulled away for a 74-50 victory Saturday at Loyola.

With the victory, the Mids claimed the Patriot League title and the top seed for the Patriot League tournament. It is their first outright crown after sharing top honors in 1998, 2011 and 2013.

Navy jumped out to a 21-4 run to start the game, but the Greyhounds clawed back to close to within eight at 25-17. After taking a ten-point lead into halftime, the Mids put the game out of reach with a 15-0 run in the second half.

Jeneh Perry came off the bench to score 17 points and grab nine rebounds for Loyola. Tiffany Padgett chipped in with 12 points.

Army 64, at Lafayette 53

Box score

Kelsey Minato scored 20 points and dished out six assists as Army locked up the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League tournament with a 64-53 victory Saturday at Lafayette.

With Black Knights forward Jen Hazlett saddled with four fouls, the Leopards had closed to 56-53 on a basket by Danielle Fiacco. Army closed by scoring the final eight points in the road win.

Hazlett finished with 13 points -- all in the first half -- and nine rebounds. Aimee Oertner added 10 points and six rebounds to the winning effort.

Jamie O'Hare scored 16 points to lead the Leopards and Fiacco added 12 -- including the 1,000th point of her career on a follow-up basket to end the first half.

American 67, at Bucknell 53

Box score

Sarah Kiely scored a career-high 18 points and three other American players netted double figures as the Eagles defeated Bucknell 67-53 Saturday night at Sojka Pavilion.

Alexis Dobbs notched 17 points and a team-best seven rebounds while Jen Dumiak posted 13 points and matched her career mark with nine assists. Michelle Holmes chipped in 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor.

American and Bucknell each have a bye in the opening round of the league tournament as the third and fourth seeds, respectively.

Audrey Dotson led all scorers with 23 points for Bucknell.

at Boston University 67, Holy Cross 65

Box Score

On Senior Day at Case Gym, all four Boston University seniors scored in double figures as the Terriers ended the regular season on a high note with a 67-65 win Saturday over Holy Cross.

Rashidat Agboola led all players with 19 points and also registered six rebounds and four blocks. Danielle Callahan, Melissa Gallo and Whitney Turner each chipped in 12 points.

Boston University will host Loyola in the opening round of the Patriot League Tournament on Tuesday while Holy Cross will have a bye before heading to Bucknell for a quarterfinal round matchup on Thursday.

Brisje Malone led the Crusaders with 16 points. Alex Smith had 14 points and six assists and Raquel Scott finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

at Colgate 63, Lehigh 61

Box Score

Colgate finished the regular season strong in building a double-digit lead and holding on for a 63-61 win Saturday over Lehigh at Cotterell Court.

Mariah Jones tied a career-high with 25 points for the Raiders and also had six of Colgate's 13 steals.

The two teams will go at it gain on Tuesday night in the first round of the Patriot League playoffs with the Mountain Hawks hosting Colgate at Stabler Arena.

Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to the Raiders.