Nov. 22, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A pair of big offensive performances paced the Patriot League women's basketball teams to a 2-1 showing the night before Thanksgiving.
Anna Simmers was two shy of her career high with 26 points as Army (4-1) won its third straight with a 77-58 win at Weber State. The Black Knights shot a season-high 47.7 percent from the floor, including an impressive 7 of 11 from beyond the 3-point line. Aimee Oertner logged a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, while Jen Hazlett had 15 points and Olivia Schretzman narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine boards. Army jumped out to a 17-5 lead, and Weber State was not able to get any closer than six before the break. Weber State cut the Army lead to eight in the second half, but the Black Knights replied with a 15-2 run to put the game awya.
Alyssa Dunn tallied a career high for the second straight game with 23 points to lead Bucknell (2-2) to a 77-69 win over Niagara in the Bison's first home victory of the year. Lindsay Horbatuck pitched in her 10th career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Shelby Romine added 10 points and five assists. Bucknell built an early lead and had a 36-20 advantage at halftime before the Purple Eagles chipped away in the second half. Niagara cut the deficit to 62-58 with 3:13 left, but Romine's 3-pointer in reply reset Bucknell's momentum.
American (0-3) couldn't overcome Maryland shooting 58 percent from the floor as the Eagles fell 94-54 to the No. 10-ranked Terrapins in College Park. Geleisa George led American with 13 points, while Alexis Dobbs chipped in five assists. Maryland outrebounded the Eagles 45-19.
All teams are off Thursday for Thanksgiving, but a busy weekend awaits. The schedule reloads Friday beginning with Colgate battling LIU Brooklyn at the LIU Turkey Classic at 2 p.m. Lehigh takes on Wagner in West Long Branch, N.J., in the first part of the Thanksgiving Challenge, while the second game features Lafayette taking on host Monmouth at 6 p.m. Navy will open with UC Davis at Houston Baptist's tournament at 6 p.m., while Army visits Air Force at 10 p.m.