Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 11.20.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Alex Smith had 14 points and four assists in Holy Cross' loss to Harvard Tuesday.
Alex Smith had 14 points and four assists in Holy Cross' loss to Harvard Tuesday.

Nov. 20, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy improved its record to .500 with its second straight win to highlight Patriot League women's basketball action Tuesday night.

Four players reached double figures and Navy combined for 10 3-pointers as the Mids (2-2) defeated Loyola Maryland 71-60 in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday evening. Audrey Bauer scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4 of 8 on treys, while Jade Geif posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kara Pollinger chipped in 13 points and six assists, and Alix Membreno poured in 12 points and had six dishes. The Mids did a tremendous job of distributing the basketball, as all 23 of their baskets had assists.

Lehigh (1-2) erased an early 10-point deficit to visiting La Salle and led by two late, but Brittany Wilson sank a 3-pointer in transition with six seconds left to lift the Explorers to a 49-48 win Tuesday afternoon. It was part of Wilson's double-double with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Kerry Kinek had another strong game for Lehigh with 17 points, five rebounds and five blocks, while Kelly Peterson poured in 12 points with eight rebounds. The Mountain Hawks chipped La Salle's lead to five at halftime and took a 34-32 lead on a Kinek layup over five minutes into the second half. The teams traded the advantage throughout the rest of the half, with Marybeth Egan giving the Mountain Hawks a two-point lead late after going 1 of 2 at the foul line.

Christine Ganser led three Holy Cross (1-3) players in double figures with 17 points, but Harvard shot 50 percent from the floor to run away from the Crusaders, 80-62, Tuesday night in Worcester, Mass. The loss closed out Holy Cross' season-opening four-game home stand. Ganser shot 7 of 14 from the field and pitched in seven rebounds, while Alex Smith added 14 points with four assists, and Emily Parker poured in 12 points with five rebounds. The Crimson used a 13-2 run to build a 45-33 halftime lead, and scored 13 of the first 20 points after the break to extend the lead to 58-40 six minutes in.

There's three more contests on Wednesday before teams take Thursday off for Thanksgiving. American returns to the floor after more than a week with a 4 p.m. start at No. 10/10 Maryland. Bucknell hosts Niagara in a 7 p.m. tip in Lewisburg, Pa. The night concludes with Army visiting Weber State at 9 p.m.

at Navy 71, Loyola Maryland 60

La Salle 49, at Lehigh 48

Harvard 80, at Holy Cross 62