Nov. 28, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three home Patriot League women's basketball teams earned victories Wednesday night, nudging the conference's non-League record above .500 for the first time this season after Army, Bucknell and Holy Cross earned wins.
After starting 4-10 in the first five days of the season, the League now stands with a 25-24 mark, including a 21-14 showing since the slow beginning.
Olivia Schretzman equaled her career bests with 20 points and 11 rebounds as Army (6-1) won 61-51 at West Point against visiting Columbia. Schretzman stepped up with fellow post Aimee Oertner tied to the bench after collecting her third and fourth personal fouls in the first two minutes of the second half. Anna Simmers chipped in 18 points with eight boards, as she and Schretzman combined to sink 13 of Army's 18 field goals in the game. The Black Knights led 28-25 at halftime, but Columbia took a 33-29 advantage nearly five minutes into the second. Army replied with a 9-0 run and eventually built a 45-38 lead at the under-8 media timeout. The Lions chipped away to get within six with under 90 seconds left, but Schretzman and Kelsey Minato each sank a pair from the line in the final minute to ice the game.
Bucknell (4-2) extended its win streak to four with a 55-43 victory over Mount St. Mary's at home, it's first against the Mountaineers in program history. Shelby Romine and Alyssa Dunn tied with a team-high 11 points, while Sheaira Jones pulled down 10 rebounds and Lindsay Horbatuck hauled in eight. The Mount went without a field goal for over 12 minutes in the first half, as Bucknell built a 25-11 lead with five minutes left until the half. The Bison had a 30-20 advantage at the break, but the Mountaineers opened the second on a 10-2 run. The Bison responded with a 13-2 run of their own and cruised. Bucknell won despite turning the ball over 25 times, but outrebounded the Mount 43-29 and held the Mountaineers to 2 of 21 from beyond the arc.
Brisje Malone scored 11 points, but her biggest deuce of the game came from 17 feet away at the buzzer to lift Holy Cross (3-3) back to .500 with a 57-56 win in Worcester, Mass., over Central Connecticut. Junior Alex Smith scored 16 points with five assists and shot 4 of 9 on treys, lifting her into the Patriot League's all-time top 10 in made 3-pointers. The Crusaders led comfortably 36-25 at halftime, but the Blue Devils chipped away and cut the deficit to six after seven minutes. Central Connecticut overtook the lead 46-45 with 5:20 to go before the teams traded the lead over the next several minutes. Down 56-55 with four seconds to go, Smith inbounded the ball to Malone, who found enough daylight to let her jumper fly before time expired.
In a game that featured a pair of institutions with familial presidential ties, second-ranked Connecticut was too much for Colgate in a 101-41 decision in Hartford. Colgate's president is Jeffrey Herbest, while his sister Susan holds the same position at UConn. Jhazmine Lynch had nine points for the Raiders (2-4), and Catherine Lewis chipped in eight. Colgate was held to under 30 percent shooting, while the Huskies shot 54 percent from the floor. The Raiders entered the game with the nation's best free throw shooting at 83.9 percent, and shot 6 of 8 from the charity stripe.
After a busy Wednesday, there's just one Patriot League team in action Thursday. Lehigh takes to the road to take on in-state rival Villanova at 7 p.m.
at Army 61, Columbia 51
at Bucknell 55, Mount St. Mary's 43
at Holy Cross 57, Central Connecticut 56
at #2/2 Connecticut 101, Colgate 41