Mar. 4, 2014
Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- Home court has its advantages but if No. 7 Boston University and No. 8 Lehigh are going to continue to advance in the Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament they will have to prove themselves on the road.
In what may well be their final home game of the 2013-14 season, the home teams survived and moved into the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League postseason.
The Mountain Hawks found some offensive mojo in the early stages of the second half to down Colgate 59-49 in a Patriot League first round matchup in Bethlehem, Pa.
In the other side of the bracket, neither team ever hit their stride offensively but the Terriers outlasted Loyola Maryland 40-35 in Boston, Mass.
Up next for Lehigh on Thursday is a 7 p.m. pairing with No. 1 Navy at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md. Boston University earns a trip to West Point, N.Y. where they will face No. 2 Army at Christl Arena in a 7:30 p.m. start the same evening.
In the other two quarterfinal pairings, No. 4 Bucknell will host No. 5 Holy Cross and No. 3 American will entertain No. 6 Lafayette. Game times for both of those matchups is 7 p.m.
For more information, including an updated Patriot League Tournament bracket and information on ticket sales for Thursday's quarterfinal games, go to Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central.
Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament - First Round
at No. 8 Lehigh 59, No. 9 Colgate 49
After a sluggish first half, No. 8 Lehigh turned on the offense in the early stages of the second half of a 59-49 win over No. 9 Colgate in a Patriot League Women's Basketball first round tournament game on Tuesday night at Stabler Arena.
Sarah Williams went on a personal eight point run to help the Mountain Hawks extend a two-point halftime advantage to double digits. Lehigh stretched the lead to as many as 20 midway through the second half before Colgate responded with a 19-5 run of their own to close within six with 90 seconds remaining.
With the Raiders forced to foul, the Mountain Hawks converted six of eight free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Williams scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half to tie fellow junior Katie O'Reilly for scoring honors. Kerry Kinek pulled down 13 rebounds for Lehigh.
Mariah Jones and Lauryn Kobiela scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Colgate. Randyll Butler added eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Mountain Hawks will play a quarterfinal round game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Navy. The Raiders end their season at 8-22.
at No. 7 Boston University40, No. 10 Loyola Maryland 35
Junior Mollie McKendrick found her stroke late and helped No. 7 Boston University earn its first Patriot League postseason win ever with a 40-35 win over No. 10 Loyola Maryland.
With the score frozen at 35-34 for nearly six minutes, McKendrick hit a pair of jump shots to stretch the Terriers advantage to 39-34 with 36 seconds remaining.
After a missed shot and a Greyhounds turnover, BU senior Rashidat Agboola iced the game by making one of two free throws with 10 seconds left.
Agboola led Boston University with 12 points and 16 rebounds. McKendrick added 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Loyola's Tiffany Padgett led all scorers with 14 points and also recorded 10 rebounds.
The Terriers will next play on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against No. 2 Army at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. The Greyhounds season ends at 5-25.