Dec. 1, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Patriot League women's basketball teams earned victories on Sunday to close out the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend on a high note.
American (4-2) snapped a two-game skid as Alexis Dobbs led four players in double digits in a 77-54 win over Dartmouth in Washington. Dobbs' 15 points paced the Eagles, who also received significant scoring from Jen Dumiak (13 points), T'Asia McGeorge (10) and Sarah Kiely (10). American erased an early deficit and took a 21-11 lead at the 12:43 mark of the first and had a 38-27 advantage at halftime. The Eagles put the game away with a 16-2 run to open the second, with Dobbs scoring six points during the stretch. Dartmouth was never any closer than 21 the rest of the way. The Eagles shot an identical 16 of 34 (47.1 percent) from the field in both halves and ended the game with a 40-34 edge on the glass. Kiely hauled in a team-high eight rebounds, while Dumiak had six.
Holy Cross (5-0) continued its best start since the 1987-88 season with a 74-58 victory at Manhattan. Raquel Scott posted game-highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds for her third career double-double while adding five assists, while Alex Smith scored 13 points and Brisje Malone added 11, and both churned out eight assists apiece. Holy Cross, which never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 25-9 lead with less than nine minutes off the clock with Smith scoring eight points during the stretch. After having a 39-27 advantage at the half, Holy Cross started the second on a 16-5 run to pull ahead 57-32 with 14:10 remaining and never looked back. The Crusaders shot 29 of 61 (47.5 percent) and hit on 10 of 20 from the 3-point line while beating the Jaspers on the glass 41-28.
Kara Marshall's game-winning layup with two seconds remaining lifted Loyola Maryland (2-5) to a thrilling 66-65 win at St. Peter's on Sunday afternoon. Marshall tied for the game high with a team-best 24 points, 12 of which game at the foul line. Nai Brown added 17 points and Tiffany Padgett just missed a double-double with nine points and seven caroms. The Greyhounds rallied back from a 37-23 deficit with 4:23 left in the first half to get within 41-34 at the break and 45-43 with 15:55 remaining in the second. Nicole Krusen's trey tied the game at 51 apiece midway through the second, and a second Krusen bomb from downtown put Loyola ahead 56-55 for its first lead since a 7-5 advantage less than three minute in. Marshall scored four straight points to put the Hounds up 62-60 with 3:03 on the clock. The Peahens took a 65-64 lead with 11 seconds left to set up Marshall's last-second heroics.
Mollie McKendrick had a career day with 14 points and 16 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double, but Boston University (2-6) dropped a 62-56 decision to Old Dominion to conclude the Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge in Springfield, Mass. Rashidat Agboola scored a game-high 16 points and Danielle Callahan added 10 for the Terriers, who shot 11 of 21 in the first half and hit as many field goals as the Monarchs despite nine fewer tries and still trailed 28-27 at the break. Old Dominion moved ahead 50-41 with 8:21 left after consecutive 3-pointers and didn't let BU get closer than four the rest of the way. The Terriers shot 22 of 55 (40 percent) for the game but hit only 7 of 14 from the foul line. Old Dominion was 12 of 21 at the stripe.
The schedule goes dark for a day on Monday but resumes with two contests on Tuesday. Army welcomes Morgan State while Navy plays host to Mount St. Mary's, both at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
at American 77, Dartmouth 54
Holy Cross 74, at Manhattan 58
Loyola Maryland 66, at St. Peter's 65
Old Dominion 62, vs. Boston University 56