Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Semifinal Preview

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March 9. 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League Tournament will continue with the semifinal round on Monday. No. 5 Holy Cross goes to No. 1 Navy and No. 2 Army hosts No. 3 American.

Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central

Patriot League Twitter Notebook - @PL_WBB
*The 2014 Patriot League Tournament continues Monday night with a pair of semifinal round games.
*Home teams have won five of six postseason games in Patriot League tournament.
*Holy Cross, a 79-66 winner over Bucknell Thursday, is the only team with a win on the road in postseason
*Navy cruised to 84-54 win over No. 8 Lehigh; Army slipped past No. 7 BU 49-45; American edged No. 6 Lafayette 51-49.
*Both semifinal games can be watched live Monday on the Patriot League Network beginning at 7 p.m.
*No. 1 Navy will host No. 5 Holy Cross and No. 3 American will travel to No. 2 Army on Monday.
*The CBS Sports Network will televise the Women's Championship Game at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
*Navy is trying to join Holy Cross as the only program to win four consecutive Patriot League Tournament titles.
*Army's Kelsey Minato was named Patriot League Player of the Year for the second straight season.
*American's Alexis Dobbs was named Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete for third consecutive year.
*Army beat American twice during regular season by a total of 5 points; Both Navy wins over Holy Cross were by 7 points

Patriot League Notebook

Holy Cross is the Lone Road Team to Win in Quarterfinal Round
The seeds have mostly held up in the first two rounds of the Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament. Only No. 5 Holy Cross broke through during Thursday's quarterfinal round with a 79-66 win at No. 4 Bucknell. Led by 27 points from Raquel Scott, the Crusaders avenged a pair of close losses to the Bison during the regular season. No. 6 Lafayette and No. 7 Boston University took No. 3 American and No. 2 Army down to the final minute of play before coming up on the short end in their upset bids. No. 1 Navy began its quest for a fourth-straight postseason crown with an 84-54 win over No. 8 Lehigh.

Semifinal Pairings Set
The Patriot League Tournament will continue with the semifinal round on Monday. No. 5 Holy Cross goes to No. 1 Navy for a 7 p.m. contest at Alumni Hall. The Crusaders lost twice to the Mids during the regular season -- each game by seven points. In West Point, N.Y., No. 2 Army will host No. 3 American at 7 p.m. The Black Knights won both meetings with the Eagles, but the total point differential was a mere five points. Both of the semifinal round contests can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.

All-League, Major Awards Announced Tuesday
Navy had a pair of major award winners announced on Tuesday as senior Alix Membreno was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Stefanie Pemper recognized as Coach of the Year. Army sophomore Kelsey Minato was chosen as the Patriot League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and Bucknell freshman Claire DeBoer rode a strong campaign to a Rookie of the Year nod. More information on the major award winners is included on page six of this release, with the full All-Patriot League team on page two.

All-Patriot League First Team
Alexis Dobbs, American (Sr., G)
Jade Geif, Navy (Sr., F)
Kelsey Minato, Army (So., G)#
Kara Pollinger, Navy (Sr., G)
Shelby Romine, Bucknell (Sr., G)
Alex Smith, Holy Cross (Sr., G)
*Six players due to tie in voting
#Unanimous first team choice

All-Patriot League Second Team
Audrey Dotson, Bucknell (Jr., F)
Jen Hazlett, Army (Sr., G/F)
Emily Homan, Lafayette (Jr., F)
Alix Membreno, Navy (Sr., G)
Raquel Scott, Holy Cross (So., F)

All-Patriot League Third Team
Rashidat Agboola, Boston University (Sr., F)
Nai Brown, Loyola (Jr., G)
Jen Dumiak, American (Jr., G)
Kerry Kinek, Lehigh (So., F)
Arron Zimmerman, American (Jr., F)

All-Patriot League Rookie Team
Kayla Burton, Lehigh (Fr., G)
Claire DeBoer, Bucknell (Fr., F)
Danielle Failor, Army (Fr., F/C)
Sarah Hope, Boston University (Fr., G)
Megan McGurk, Bucknell (Fr., F)
Lisa Mirarchi, Loyola (Fr., G)
*Six players due to tie in voting

Baker's Dozen of 1,000-Point Scorers
Thirteen active Patriot Leaguers are in the 1,000-point club, and two are now 1,500-point scorers. Holy Cross' Alex Smith reached the 1,500 mark on Feb. 1, and moved into 9th place all-time with 1,619 points. Smith is followed on the 1,000-point list by Bucknell's Shelby Romine (1,528), Navy's Jade Geif (1,469), American's Alexis Dobbs (1,253), Boston University's Rashidat Agboola (1,184), Navy's Alix Membreno (1,181), Army's Jen Hazlett (1,153), Lafayette's Emily Homan (1,073), Navy's Kara Pollinger (1,071), Navy's Audrey Bauer (1,067), Holy Cross' Brisje Malone (1,062), Army's Kelsey Minato (1,050) and Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco (1,008). Minato became the fastest player in Army program history when she reached the 1,000 point mark in the 58th game of her career.

Patriot League Squads Finish Strong Non-League Campaign
Patriot League schools finished with a 63-58 non-League mark last season, and have done even better this year with a record of 61-50 in non-League action during the regular season. League teams went 10-3 versus the MAAC, 9-4 against the America East, 7-4 against the NEC, 6-6 versus the Atlantic 10 and 9-9 against the Ivy League.

Watch FREE on Patriot League Network
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create Patriot League Network (PLN), a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. All League games outside of the Army-Navy regular-season contests on CBS Sports Network will air on PLN, all but the championship of the League Tournament will be streamed with all the action on www.patriotleague.tv.

Patriot League Tournament - Semifinal Round

No. 5 Holy Cross Crusaders (19-11, 10-8) at No. 1 Navy Midshipmen (24-6, 15-3)
Alumni Hall; Annapolis, Md. (PLN) Monday, 7 p.m.
*Navy swept both games from the Crusaders, most recently a 64-57 win on Feb. 22.
*Holy Cross leads all-time series between the teams 38-16 but last Crusaders win was Jan. 11, 2012.
*Navy placed three seniors on All-Patriot League teams: Jade Geif (1st), Kara Pollinger (1st), Alix Membreno (2nd)
*Holy Cross had two players named to All-Patriot League team: Alex Smith (1st) and Raquel Scott (2nd)
*Navy has won six of its last seven games.
*Holy Cross is 1-3 all-time versus No. 1 seeds in the Patriot League Tournament.
*Navy is the only Patriot League team to have won at least one tournament game in each of last six seasons.
*Holy Cross is 6-2 against the Mids in Patriot League Tournament games
*Navy's Audrey Bauer and Jade Geif have tie a school record, having appeared in 127 games in their careers.
*Holy Cross' is only 2-12 against Stefanie Pemper-led Navy teams.
*Navy's Alix Membreno was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
*Holy Cross senior Alex Smith was named to Patriot League Academic All-League team for 2nd straight year.

No. 3 American Eagles (22-8, 14-4) at No. 2 Army Black Knights (23-7, 14-4)
Christl Arena; West Point, N.Y. (PLN) Monday, 7 p.m.
*Army swept both games with the Eagles this season - winning 64-63 at American and 64-60 at home.
*American leads the all-time series between the teams 17-12; last Eagles win was 45-42 on 1/26/13.
*This is Army's first trip to the Patriot League semifinals since 2009.
*Army won the only meeting between the two teams in the postseason, 78-65 on March 9, 2003.
*American's Alexis Dobbs' was named the the PL Scholar-Athlete for third straight time.
*Army sophomore Kelsey Minato won the Patriot League Player of the Year Award for second straight season.
*After losing back-to-back games at the end of January, American has won nine of its last ten.
*Army has won 11 of its last 13 games.
*American placed 3 players on All-Patriot League teams: Alexis Dobbs (1st), Jen Dumiak (3rd), Arron Zimmerman (3rd)
*In addition to Kelsey Minato (1st team), Jen Hazlett was also named to All-Patriot League team (2nd).
*American is statistically one of the best defensive teams in the nation, ranking 4th in scoring defense at 54.3 ppg.
*Army is 17th in the nation in 3-point FG percentage at 37.1 and 23rd in scoring defense at 58.1 ppg.

Team Notebooks

AMERICAN The Eagles overcame a sub-par shooting first half to defeat No. 6 Lafayette 51-49 and advance to the semifinal round of the Patriot League Women's Basketball tournament. Alexis Dobbs scored 14 points and Michelle Holmes shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor and finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Jen Dumiak also pitched in with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Eagles... Sophomore Abigail Fogg contributed four points and six boards in 11 minutes off the bench in the win over Lafayette. ... Dobbs was named the Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete for the third consecutive time on Wednesday. Only Army's Erin Anthony (`11) was three-time winner of the award... The Eagles landed three players on the All-Patriot League team with Dobbs getting a first team nod and Dumiak and Arron Zimmerman elected to the third team.

ARMY The Black Knights won their fifth straight game on Thursday, but it was not an easy road to the semifinals as No. 7 Boston University hung around to the bitter end of a 49-45 Black Knights victory at Cristl Arena. Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 26 points for Army -- including the final eight of the contest for the Black Knights. Army endured two scoring droughts that totaled nearly 15 minutes during the win... Jen Hazlett, the reigning Anaconda Sports Patriot League Women's Basketball Player of the Week, recorded a double-double in the quarterfinal round win, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Army... Minato was recognized prior to the BU game as Patriot League Player of the Year and for scoring the 1,000th point of her career prior.

HOLY CROSS The Crusaders broke open a close game at the half and pulled away for a 79-66 win over No. 4 Bucknell in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League tournament. Raquel Scott continued her solid play with a 27-point, 11 rebound effort to lead Holy Cross. Three other players were in double figures for the Crusaders, senior Alex Smith had 13 points and 12 assists, Lisa Mifsud had 14 points and five assists and Molly Hourigan had 10 points and seven rebounds before fouling out of the game... Holy Cross recorded 27 assists on their 36 field goals and shot 36-for-65 (55.4%) from the field in the game. The Crusaders limited Bucknell to 3-for-15 shooting from behind the arc.

NAVY The Mids shot lights out at Alumni Hall in cruising past No. 8 Lehigh in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League tournament. The Mids shot over 50% from the floor and connected on 12-of-20 shots from behind the arc. Kara Pollinger made 5-of-8 from downtown and finished with a game-high 17 points and five assists. Audrey Bauer was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and netted 14 points as did Jade Geif. Combined, Pollinger, Geif and Bauer shot 14-for-20 (70%) on the evening.... The Mids are trying to join Holy Cross as the only program to win four consecutive Patriot League postseason tournament titles. Prior to the quarterfinal round playoff game, senior Alix Membreno was presented with her Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Award and head coach Stefanie Pemper was given her second Patriot League Coach of the Year award.