Top three seeds advance in Patriot League Women's Basketball quarterfinals; Holy Cross upends Bucknell

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Navy's Kara Pollinger
Navy's Kara Pollinger

March 6, 2014

Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament had a little bit of everything during the quarterfinal round on Thursday night.

Navy's senior leaders took control early to lead the top-seeded Mids to a comfortable victory over No. 8 Lehigh at Alumni Hall. The No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, Army and American had to fend off upset bids from No. 7 Boston and No. 6 Lafayette, respectively.

And No. 5 Holy Cross proved that the third time sometimes is the charm by defeating No. 4 Bucknell after losing a couple of close games to the Bison during the regular season.

Monday's semifinals will feature No. 5 Holy Cross at No. 1 Navy and No. 3 American at No. 2 Army, with both games broadcast at 7 p.m. on the Patriot League Network. The winners will face off for the Patriot League Championship at the higher seed on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The championship contest will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.

Recaps, box scores and a synopsis of each contest are included below. For more information, visit Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central

Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

at #1 Navy 84, #8 Lehigh 54
Box Score

Kara Pollinger scored 17 points while fellow seniors Jade Geif and Audrey Bauer added 14 apiece as top seed Navy cruised to a 84-54 win over No. 8 Lehigh in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament.



After the Mountain Hawks took a two-point lead four minutes into the game, hot-shooting Navy seized control, building a 21-point halftime advantage.

Pollinger shot 6-for-11 from the field and 5-for-8 from behind the arc. Overall, the Mids connected on 60% (12-of-20) of their three-point field goal attempts.

Katie O'Reilly led Lehigh with 10 points and five rebounds. The Mountain Hawks conclude the season with a 13-18 record.

Navy will continue its quest for a fourth consecutive Patriot League Tournament title when they host No. 5 Holy Cross at 7 p.m. Monday in Alumni Hall.

#5 Holy Cross 79, at #4 Bucknell 66
Box Score

After losing a pair of close contests to No. 4 Bucknell during the regular season, No. 5 Holy Cross turned things around in a big way in the Patriot League postseason with a 79-66 quarterfinal round victory at Sojka Pavilion.

Raquel Scott had a monster game for the Crusaders scoring 27 points on 13-for-21 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds. Holy Cross climbed out of an early deficit to grab a 37-34 halftime lead.

It was the second half where the Crusaders put the game away, pushing the slim halftime lead to double digits. Lisa Mifsud added 14 points for Holy Cross and Alex Smith had a stellar all-around game finishing with 13 points and 12 assists.

Junior Audrey Dotson was one of four Bucknell players to score double figures registering 16 points and seven rebounds.

Holy Cross will advance to a semifinal round meeting at top-seeded Navy at 7 p.m. on Monday night. Bucknell ends its season with a 16-13 mark.

at #3 American 51, #6 Lafayette 49
Box Score

Undeterred by a pair of losses to No. 3 American during the regular season, No. 6 Lafayette took the Eagles to the limit before falling 51-49 Thursday night in a Patriot League quarterfinal round game at Bender Arena.

Behind some clutch three-point shooting from Alexis Dobbs and five points from Michelle Holmes in crunch time, American was able to hold off the upset bid.

Dobbs, the Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete, finished with 14 points and Holmes was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field during her 13-point effort.

Junior Emily Homan recorded a double-double for Lafayette, finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Linnel Macklin and Madeline Fahan added 11 points apiece for the Leopards.

American will travel to play No. 2 Army Monday in a semifinal round matchup. Lafayette's season ends with a 14-16 ledger.

at #2 Army 49, #7 Boston University 45
Box Score

Army ran in to scoring droughts at the start of each half, but in the end found enough offense to slip past No. 7 Boston University 49-45 in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Women's Tournament on Thursday night.

The second-seeded Black Knights went for nearly the first nine minutes of the game and almost another six minutes to start the second half without a basket. On each occasion it was Patriot League Player of the Year Kelsey Minato who ended the doldrums.

Minato finished with 26 points, including the last eight of the game, after being held to seven points in the first 20 minutes.

Mollie McKendrick led a valiant effort by the Terriers finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. No. 7 Boston University took advantage of the early cold shooting by Army and stormed to an 11-2 lead. The Terriers led for the first 15 minutes of the game before Jen Hazlett led a Black Knights rally that gave them a three-point halftime lead.

Hazlett scored nine of her 11 points in the first and matched her scoring output with 11 boards.

Army will host No. 3 American at 7 p.m. Monday in a Patriot League Semifinal matchup at Christl Arena. The Terriers end the 2013-14 season with a 13-20 record.