Nov. 10, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The 2012-13 women's basketball season is underway, and the six teams in action Friday combined to go 3-3 on the first day. Army, Holy Cross and Lafayette came up with the victories.
Head coach Dave Magarity won his 100th game on the Army sidelines as the Black Knights (1-0) won 65-62 at Wagner. The victory snapped a 15-game, 27-year string of season-opening losses on the road. Freshman Aimee Oertner had a tremendous collegiate debut, tying the game high with 18 points and leading all players with 12 rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench. Jen Hazlett also had 18 points for Army, which dominated the glass 54-30.
Holy Cross (1-0) snapped a four-game losing streak to Yale, beating the Bulldogs 87-71 at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. Bri Malone scored a game-high 23 points, while Emily Parker had 18 and Alex Smith poured in 17. The Crusaders outscored Yale 48-20 in the paint and scored 23 points off 21 Bulldog turnovers.
Lafayette (1-0) overcame a 12-point halftime deficit thanks to a Danielle Fiacco double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Leopards defeated Loyola-Chicago 62-51 in Easton, Pa. Down 36-27 at the break, the Lafayette defense held the Ramblers to just 15 points in the second half, thanks in part to Fiacco's six blocks. Loyola shot just 6 of 35 in the second half and 2 of 14 from 3-point range in the contest.
Colgate (0-1) trailed by seven with just under 10 minutes to play and mounted a late rally, but it came up just short in a 69-65 loss at home to visiting Cornell Friday night. Missy Repoli led the Raiders with 11 points, while Josie Stockill pitched in 10 off the bench. It was a tough shooting night for Colgate, which went 5 of 16 on treys and shot under 40 percent for the contest.
Lehigh (0-1) opened with the toughest contest Friday, falling 80-48 at nationally ranked Cal (No. 13 AP/No. 15 ESPN). The Golden Bears opened the game on a 14-0 run and the Mountain Hawks were never able to recover. Kerry Kinek led Lehigh with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Mountain Hawks were outrebounded 53-35.
Navy (0-1) couldn't overcome Iona's nearly 50 percent shooting for the game as the Mids fell 74-64 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Friday afternoon. The Mids did receive a balanced offensive effort as four players reached double figures in points, led by Kara Pollinger's 17. M.L. Morrison scored 12 in 20 minutes off the bench, while Alix Membreno pitched in 11 and Audrey Bauer had 10. But the Mids, who trailed by one at the half, managed just 22 points in the second half.
American and Bucknell will open their seasons Saturday. The Bison begin the Aaron Roussell era with a 1 p.m. tip at Xavier, while the Eagles are on the road visiting Western Michigan at 2 p.m.
Army 65, at Wagner 62
at Holy Cross 87, Yale 71
at Lafayette 62, Loyola-Chicago 51
Cornell 69, at Colgate 65
at No. 13/15 California 80, Lehigh 48
at Iona 74, Navy 64