March 10, 2014
Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Holy Cross women's basketball program will retain the distinction as being the only Patriot League team to win four consecutive postseason titles for at least four more years.
The fifth-seeded Crusaders knocked off top-seeded Navy in Annapolis, Md. in the semifinal round on Monday night, ending the Mids quest for a fourth straight crown.
Holy Cross will travel to West Point, N.Y. to face second-seeded Army who held off American to earn the privilege of hosting the title tilt.
The Patriot League Championship contest will be played 6 p.m. on Saturday with No. 2 Army hosting No. 5 Holy Cross at Cristl Arena. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.
Recaps, box scores and a synopsis of the semifinal games are included below. For more information, visit Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Central.
Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament - Semifinals
#5 Holy Cross 75, at #1 Navy 56
Holy Cross senior Brisje Malone delivered a superb all-around game in the Patriot League semifinals as the No. 5 Crusaders knocked off No. 1 seed Navy 75-56 Monday night in Annapolis, Md.
Malone finished with 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Raquel Scott contributed yet another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to spark the upset.
Holy Cross led for the majority of the first half before a Navy run gave them a 28-27 halftime lead. The Mids stretched the advantage to four before the Crusaders took control over the final 18 minutes of the game.
The three-point shot, which had been such a weapon for the Navy women's basketball team during the regular season, deserted them in a critical juncture as they connected on only 5-of-28 (18%) from behind the arc.
Meanwhile, Holy Cross bounced back from a slow start to drain 8-of-16 from downtown.
Jade Geif led Navy with 20 points and eight rebounds and Audrey Bauer added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
The Crusaders earn a berth in the Patriot League Championship game at No. 2 Army, a 68-55 winner over No. 3 American.
As the regular season champion of the Patriot League, Navy is guaranteed a spot in the WNIT postseason and will await word if they will land an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament field.
at #2 Army 68, #3 American University 55
Senior Jen Hazlett led a balanced attack with 19 points and nine rebounds as Army defeated American 68-55 in a Patriot League Women's Basketball semifinal at Cristl Arena.
Kelsey Minato added 14 points, Brianna Johnson 11 and Olivia Schretzman 10 for the Black Knights.
The Black Knights extended a six-point halftime lead to 14 midway through the second half. American responded with a 20-8 run to close within two with 5:16 remaining on a layup by Arron Zimmerman.
Back-to-back three-point field goals by Hazlett and Johnson pushed the Army lead to eight points and the Eagles never drew closer than seven down the stretch.
Geleisa George and Michelle Holmes scored 12 points to lead American and Alexis Dobbs added 11. Zimmerman grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Eagles.
The Black Knights victory, coupled with No. 5 Holy Cross knocking off top seeded Navy, means Army will host the Crusaders in the Patriot League Championship game at 6 p.m. on Saturday.