Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 12.1.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell watched on from the sidelines on Throwback Night Saturday during the Bison's 78-71 win.
Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell watched on from the sidelines on Throwback Night Saturday during the Bison's 78-71 win.

Dec. 2, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - It was one of the busiest days in the Patriot League so far this season, and teams combined for four victories, led by Lafayette's 68-65 win over Pittsburgh at Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pa.

The third time was indeed the charm for Lafayette (3-5), which faced its third BIG EAST foe of the season. Kelly Loughney scored a career-high 18 points, and three of Linnel Macklin's career-best 15 came on a trey with 26 seconds remaining that sealed the victory over the Panthers, who came into the game 5-1. The Leopards had their best offensive output of the season, which came after a 46 percent shooting effort from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Leopards opened the game on an 11-3 run, led 38-26 at the half and never trailed.

Anna Simmers netted a game-high 24 points and the Army defense held Yale to its lowest output of the season as the Black Knights (7-1) kept rolling with a 53-47 win over the Bulldogs at West Point. Army dominated in points in the paint, 28-12, despite Aimee Oertner tallying just one point with eight rebounds. Kelsey Minato scored 13 points in the back court, as Army starters accounted for all but four of its points. The Black Knights led 22-20 at the break after overcoming Yale's game-starting 10-0 run. Simmers' layup gave Army a 43-35 lead just past the midway point of the second, and the Black Knights never trailed again despite the Bulldogs' ensuing 7-0 run that cut their deficit to one. Army has won six in a row.

The second longest win streak in the Patriot League right now belongs to 5-2 Bucknell, which won its fifth straight, 78-71, over Buffalo at Davis Gym Saturday. All five Bison starters reached double figures in points, led by Shelby Romine's game-high 20 and Audrey Dotson's 15. Lindsay Horbatuck poured in 14 while hauling in seven rebounds. The Bison offense was firing as they shot 62 percent in the second half and 55 percent for the game. Bucknell led 35-25 at the half on the strength of a 14-2 run to open the game. Buffalo cut Bucknell's lead to four with under 12 minutes to go in the contest, but the Bison replied with a 9-1 run to regain control.

Raquel Scott tallied her first career double-double as Holy Cross (4-3) won its third straight with a 60-52 win at Manhattan. The Crusaders used a 15-6 run in the first half to build an advantage, and held on for a 35-30 lead when teams went into the locker room. After two quick Jaspers baskets to start the second, Holy Cross put together another run, this one 11-2, to retake momentum. The Crusaders built the lead to as many as 14 at 58-44 before Manhattan closed the game on an 8-2 spurt. Alex Smith added 13 points for Holy Cross, which shot almost 42 percent for the game.

Down 55-42 with under three minutes left, American scored 11 straight points and had a final look at the buzzer, but Alexis Dobbs' attempt did not fall as the Eagles (2-4) dropped a 55-53 decision at Loyola Maryland. Jen Dumiak scored a team-high 17 points, while Dobbs pitched in 14. Both players tied with the team high with five rebounds. American trailed by one at halftime after shooting 8 of 27 in the first 20 minutes, but fell behind by double figures in the second. American hit seven 3-pointers in the game, but went to the foul line just seven times.

Mariah Jones led Colgate (2-5) with 17 points and Missy Repoli chipped in 13, but it wasn't enough as the Raiders finished out its two-game swing through Connecticut with a 59-53 defeat at Sacred Heart. Josie Stockill collected a team-best 11 rebounds and scored five points off the bench. The Raiders hit 10 of 22 3-pointers in the game, but their calling card - free throw shooting - was a non-factor as they went just 1 of 4 at the charity stripe. They entered the week leading the nation in free throw percentage. Colgate trailed 27-21 at halftime.

Navy (5-4) was undone by a slow start offensively and couldn't recover in a 63-47 loss in the championship game of the Navy Classic. Audrey Bauer scored a team-high 17 points for the Mids, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end. Navy shot 19 percent from the field in the second half, going just 6 of 31, to finish at nearly 27 percent for the game. High Point outrebounded the Mids 47-33, and hit 16 of 21 from the foul line. Navy trailed 32-28 at the half, but could manage only 19 points in the second.

All teams are off Sunday. Bucknell and Lehigh return to the floor Monday, both on the road. The Bison are at Penn, while Lehigh visits Loyola Maryland. Both contests are set for 7 p.m.

at Army 53, Yale 47

at Bucknell 78, Buffalo 71

Holy Cross 60, at Manhattan 52

at Lafayette 68, Pittsburgh 65

at Loyola Maryland 55, American 53

at Sacred Heart 59, Colgate 53

High Point 63, at Navy 47