Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 11.17.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Jade Geif's game-high 17 points paced Navy in its win Saturday over St. Peter's.
Jade Geif's game-high 17 points paced Navy in its win Saturday over St. Peter's.

Nov. 18, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell and Navy both made sure their season-opening skids were short lived as each picked up their first wins of the season, giving the Patriot League a 2-1 Saturday.

Alyssa Dunn netted a career-high 22 points as Bucknell (1-2) picked up the first victory of the Aaron Roussell era with a 59-50 triumph at Canisius. It's the Bison's first non-League road win since Jan. 6, 2010. Felicia Mgbada pitched in 11 points and six rebounds in 18 quality minutes off the bench, while Lindsay Horbatuck dragged down a game-high 13 rebounds and Shelby Romine dished eight assists. Bucknell led by as many as 14 early in the second half before Canisius clawed back within 38-36 just past the midway point and 41-40 a little after that. But the Bison never relinquished the lead, using a 12-2 run to regain control late.

Navy (1-2) shot over 40 percent for the game and sank eight 3-pointers to defeat St. Peter's 64-53 in its home opener Saturday night. Jade Geif scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-9 from the field with five rebounds and a block, while Kara Pollinger added in 15 points with five assists. Pollinger sank four of Navy's eight treys, while the Mids outrebounded the Peahens 39-35. Navy grew the lead to as many as 17 points late in the second half.

Cari Reed's 3-pointer with three seconds left was the dagger as New Hampshire outlasted Holy Cross (1-2) 68-65 at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The Crusaders led 54-43 midway through the second half, but the Wildcats scored 14 of the next 16 points, which gave them a 57-56 lead with under five minutes remaining. Emily Parker scored four straight points with less than a minute left to tie the game at 65, setting up Reed's trey in the final seconds. Alex Smith led Holy Cross with 16 points, while Brisje Malone added 12.

Two contests are on the Sunday slate. Army welcomes Penn to West Point for a 1 p.m. tip, while Lafayette hits the road to take on No. 9/9 Penn State at 2 p.m.

Bucknell 59, at Canisius 50

at Navy 64, St. Peter's 53

New Hampshire 68, at Holy Cross 65