Dec. 3, 2013
Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 12.3.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Six teams come out of the Thanksgiving holiday break looking to build off victories as the non-League slate continues for the 10 Patriot League women’s basketball teams this week.
Army and Holy Cross remain the League’s hottest teams. The Crusaders are 5-0 for just the fourth time in program history and first since 1987-88, while the Black Knights have rebounded off a season-opening loss with five straight wins. Navy is also playing well of late with two striaght wins and victories in four of its last five.
Army and Navy are the only two squads in action on Tuesday, as both host 7 p.m. tilts on Patriot League Network. Army welcomes in Morgan State and Navy plays host to Mount St. Mary’s. Five teams will play on Wednesday with three at home on PLN, while Lafayette is the lone team on Thursday’s slate when it heads to NJIT.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Holy Cross looks to match its best start in program history when it hosts Northeastern on Wednesday. The Crusaders started 6-0 in 1981-82 and 1982-83.
• Army posted win streaks of seven and five last season before its current five-game stretch entering Tuesday night’s contest with Morgan State.
• The Black Knights are 5-1 for the third straight year.
• Senior forward Sarah Kiely led American last week with back-to-back 10-point, eight-rebound performances, including Sunday’s 77-54 victory over Dartmouth that snapped a two-game losing streak.
• Junior Mollie McKendrick hauled in a career-high 16 rebounds and matched a career high with 14 points in Boston University’s 62-56 loss to Old Dominion on Sunday.
• Holy Cross’ Alex Smith set the Holy Cross career 3-pointers made record on Sunday against Manhattan. Her total of 278 plays her eight shy of the League mark of 286 set by Lehigh’s Alex Ross from 2006-10.
• Lehigh is 5-2 for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign when it won the League title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
• Navy has made at least 10 3-pointers in four of its eight games this season.
• Over the weekend, Navy senior forward Jade Geif broke the academy record for career offensive rebounds (324). She’s fourth all-time at Navy and the League’s active leader with 834 career boards and is five points shy of 1,200.
• The Mids have clinched their second winning non-League record during head coach Stefanie Pemper’s six-year tenure (2009-10).
• The League as a whole owns a 38-29 non-conference mark.
• Holy Cross leads the nation with 23.8 assists per game. American is 25th at 18.0 per. The Crusaders and Eagles are also 4-5 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio with 1.75 and 1.69, respectively.
• American sits third in Division I with 10.7 turnovers per game.
• Lafayette ranks 14th in the nation averaging 5.9 blocked shots per contest.
Patriot League Notebook
ARMY CHALLENGES FREE THROW MARK
With new rule changes this season sending more players to the free throw line, it didn’t take long for a team to challenge the Patriot League record for free throws made and attempted in a game. In Friday’s 75-67 win at Stony Brook, Army set its own academy record with 35 made free throws, just three shy of the League record set by Bucknell (coincidentally versus the Black Knights) in 1998. Army also finished three away from the League’s attempts mark of 52 set by Navy against McNeese State in 2000.
SMITH ADDS GOOD WORKS NOMINATION
Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith, already a Senior CLASS Award candidate with American’s Alexis Dobbs, added another citation to her resume on Tuesday when she was named to the list of nominees for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. A total of 84 players from all levels were nominated, and Smith is one of 52 nominees from Division I.
WATCH FREE ON PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create Patriot League Network (PLN), a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. Five games will air on PLN over the next two days, with two on Tuesday and three more on Wednesday. All League and home non-League games not already set to air on CBS Sports Network will be available on PLN. PLN also includes on-demand video content with feature stories, highlight shows and recaps. For more, visit patriotleague.tv.
DOBBS, SMITH ARE CLASSY CANDIDATES
American’s Alexis Dobbs and Holy Cross’ Alex Smith were named to the list of 30 national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in late October. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Dobbs has been the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women’s basketball each of the last two years, while Smith has joined her in picking up back-to-back Academic All-League citations.
WELCOME THE NEWCOMERS
For the first time since 2001, Patriot League women’s basketball expanded to include new members when Boston University and Loyola Maryland officially joined the fray on July 1. The Terriers come in with four WNIT appearances in the last five years, were picked third in the preseason poll and are looking to challenge for the League crown and their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2003. It’s been a little longer for the Greyhounds, who haven’t been in the NCAA’s field of 64 since making back-to-back trips in 1994 and ‘95. Selected eighth in the preseason rankings, Loyola is hoping to surprise in 2013-14.
EVERYBODY IN THE POOL
It’s a bigger Patriot League now with a bigger League tournament. All 10 squads will qualify for the League bracket that begins with first round games on Tuesday, March 4, with the No. 7 seed hosting No. 10 and No. 8 home for No. 9. The 7/10 winner will move on to visit the second seed, and the 8/9 victor goes on to play No. 1 in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 6, with 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 matchups taking place as well. The semifinals are set for Monday, March 10, with the last two teams moving on to the championship game on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The higher seeds will host all rounds.
THE FAVORITE TO REACH FOUR
Boasting a deep, talented and experienced senior class of four, Navy was selected as the preseason favorite in voting done by the League’s head coaches and sports information contacts in October. The Mids claimed 14 of 20 first-place votes and topped the polling with 157 points. Army was next with 133 points and three first-place votes, while newcomer Boston University took third (128 points, 3 votes). Holy Cross, the runner up each of the last two seasons, was fourth with 112 points, while Lehigh took fifth with 97 points. American (87 points), Bucknell (62), Loyola (54), Lafayette (37) and Colgate (33) rounded out the list of 10.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR ARMY-NAVY
CBS Sports Network is one again the national broadcast partner of the Patriot League, and the Network will air both Army-Navy regular-season tilts in early 2014. The Mids host the first showdown on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m., and the two will reconvene their rivalry on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at West Point. Last season the academy rivals finished in a tie atop the League standings, but their head-to-head sweep of the two games gave the Black Knights the tournament’s No. 1 seed. CBS Sports Network will also televise the Patriot League title game on Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (11.25-12.1)
ANACONDA SPORTS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RAQUEL SCOTT, HOLY CROSS So., F, 6-0, Ridgewood, N.J.
Scott was instrumental in a pair of victories that saw Holy Cross run its season-opening win streak to five straight and match the program’s best start since 1987-88. The sophomore forward posted back-to-back double-doubles, with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in Tuesday’s 76-54 victory over Massachusetts, and 15 points, 13 boards and five dishes in Sunday’s 74-58 triumph at Manhattan. The two double-doubles were the second and third of Scott’s career. She shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from the floor and averaged 18.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the two victories. Scott has also taken over the League lead in rebounding (9.5 per game) while moving up to fourth in scoring (16.8) and seventh in assists (4.3).
ANACONDA SPORTS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CLAIRE DeBOER, BUCKNELL Fr., F, 6-1, Grosse Pointe, Mich.
DeBoer collects her first career weekly honor from the Patriot League after averaging 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 62.5 percent (10 of 16) from the floor during the Bison’s 1-1 week. Her best outing came Tuesday when she notched a career-high 15 points on 7-of-11 from the field with eight boards, two assists and a pair of steals in a 66-41 win over Youngstown State. She returned to the floor on Saturday and scored eight points with two rebounds in a 61-59 defeat at NJIT. DeBoer is the League’s top rookie in both scoring (8.3 per game) and rebounding (6.1).
SARAH KIELY, AMERICAN Sr., F, 6-0, Newtown, Pa.
Scored 10 points and eight rebounds in back-to-back games last week, including in Sunday’s 77-54 win over Dartmouth. Shot 50 percent from the field.
OLIVIA SCHRETZMAN, ARMY Jr., F, 6-1, Dayton, Ohio
Netted 19 points (including 13 from the foul line on 13 tries) with six rebounds in Friday’s 75-67 victory at Stony Brook.
MOLLIE McKENDRICK, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., F, 6-0, Mildura, Australia
Posted her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in Sunday’s 62-56 loss to Old Dominion.
AUDREY DOTSON, BUCKNELL Jr., F, 6-1, Vienna, Va.
Averaged 19.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent during Bucknell’s 1-1 week.
DANIELLE FIACCO, LAFAYETTE Sr., C, 6-7, Brewster, N.Y.
Averaged a double-double of 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with 3.0 blocks and shot 55.6 percent in Lafayette’s 1-1 trip through Chicago around Thanksgiving.
KARA MARSHALL, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., G, 5-8, Gaithersburg, Md.
Erupted for 24 points and scored the game-winning layup with just three seconds left to lift the Greyhounds to Sunday’s 66-65 triumph at St. Peter’s. Averaged 18.0 points in 28.5 minutes per game during a 1-1 week.
JADE GEIF, NAVY Sr., F, 6-0, Lakeville, Minn.
Named to the Navy Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.0 points on 66.7 percent from the floor and 9.5 rebounds in the Mids’ victories over Brown and Rider.
AMERICAN 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 ... The Eagles are back on the road on Wednesday at Hampton for a 7 p.m. tip.
ARMY Olivia Schretzman paced Army after a tough start with 19 second-half points, including 13 from the line in 13 tries, while Jen Hazlett led the Black Knights with 21 points in a 75-67 win at Stony Brook on Friday ... Down 31-25 at the half, Hazlett scored five straight point for Army to make it a one-point deficit ... A 3-pointer from Kelsey Minato gave Army its first lead since midway through the first half, and four straight points from Brianna Johnson gave the Black Knights a 53-48 advantage with 7:01 to go ... The Seawolves kept it within four points until Minato’s jumper with 2:36 left put Army ahead 60-54 ... Schretzman iced the game from there, converting an and-one with less than two minutes left and going 6 of 6 from the line after that ... Army is home for Morgan State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on PLN and won’t play again within the friendly confines of Christl Arena until Dec. 29 ... After Tuesday, the Black Knights play three straight on the road ... Minato’s 17 points against Stony Brook extended her streak of double-digit performances to 22 straight.
BOSTON U. Mollie McKendrick had a career day with 14 points and 16 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double, but Boston University dropped a 62-56 decision to Old Dominion to conclude the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday ... 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 ... BU goes to Massachusetts on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and is off for a week before taking on Boston College on Dec. 11.
BUCKNELL Bucknell’s forward combination of Audrey Dotson and Claire DeBoer combined for 37 points and 18 rebounds as the Bison ran away from Youngstown State 66-41 at Sojka Pavilion on Tuesday ... Dotson posted a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, while DeBoer chipped in 15 points, eight boards, two blocks, a pair of steals and two assists in a great all-around effort ... Bucknell opened the game on a 22-4 run, led 31-16 at halftime and never looked back ... After shooting 35.5 percent in the first, Bucknell hit on nearly 43 percent (12 of 28) of its tries in the second half and finished at 39 percent for the game ... Bucknell couldn’t hang on to an 11-point first-half lead and Dotson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer wouldn’t go as the Bison dropped a 61-59 final at NJIT ... Dotson led three Bucknell players with a game-high 16 points, while Claire Maree O’Bryan scored 15 in 16 minutes off the bench and Sheaira Jones added 10 in the loss ... Bucknell led by 11 three times in the first, the last coming at 23-12 with 6:22 left ... The Highlanders cut the deficit to 26-23 at the break and took a 34-32 lead at the 14:36 mark of the second ... Bucknell jumped back ahead 52-47 on Dotson’s and-one with 5:12 left, but NJIT went on an 11-3 run to take a 58-55 advantage with 1:41 to play ... O’Bryan hit two foul shots with eight seconds remaining to cut NJIT’s lead to 60-59, and the Bison had the ball after Alyssa Albanese hit 1 of 2 from the line to extend the Highlanders’ lead to two to set up Dotson’s last-second try ... Bucknell shot 18 of 50 (36 percent) for the game and just 2 of 14 from beyond the arc ... The Bison open a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they host Towson on PLN.
COLGATE Carole Harris scored nine points and Kelly Reid hauled in nine rebounds in Colgate’s 81-31 loss at No. 24 Gonzaga on Saturday ... The Raiders managed just 11 field goals and shot 21.2 percent for the game, including an 0-of-12 showing from the 3-point line ... The Zags started the game on a 12-4 run, opened up a 32-13 halftime lead and pulled away from there ... Colgate was outscored 48-16 in the paint and saw 26 turnovers turned into 22 points ... The Raiders play host to Drexel on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on PLN in their final home game of 2013 ... Colgate will have its next four on the road to close out the month, and won’t play again at Cotterell Court until the second game of League play on Jan. 5.
HOLY CROSS continued its best start since the 1987-88 season with a 74-58 victory at Manhattan on Sunday ... 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 ... Holy Cross welcomes Northeastern to the Hart Center for a 5 p.m. tip on Wednesday on PLN ... That’s the first of three straight the Crusaders will play at home, with Fordham (Dec. 7) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 18) slated to come to Worcester, Mass.
LAFAYETTE Northwestern’s Maggie Lyon sank two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to send the Wildcats to a 66-64 win over Lafayette on Wednesday ... Jamie O’Hare tied the game at 64-all with seven seconds left before Northwestern went the length of the floor ... Nia Coffey’s layup was no good but Lyon was fouled as she grabbed the offensive rebound and tried for the putback ... Lafayette fell behind 20-4 just 7:50 into the game but cut the deficit to 32-25 at halftime ... O’Hare scored seven straight points for the Leopards to tie it in the final minute before Northwestern won it ... O’Hare finished with a team-high 22 points, while Emily Homan chipped in 18 and Danielle Fiacco scored 10 with 12 rebounds and three blocks ... Linnel Macklin and Homan led Lafayette with 12 points apiece, while Fiacco chipped in 11 and Madeline Fahan hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds in the Leopards’ 66-55 win at Loyola Chicago on Friday to snap a two-game skid ... Macklin came up with the two biggest buckets of the game, first a layup with 2:06 left to put the Leopards up 56-49 and, after a Rambler bucket, a dagger 3-pointer with 1:25 left to give Lafayette a 59-51 lead ... O’Hare hit four straight foul shots and Brya Freeland added a pair from the charity stripe in the final minute ... Lafayette, which owned the glass 49-34, hit just eight second-half field goals but finished shooting 21 of 49 (42.9 percent) for the game ... The Leopards conclude their stretch of five straight away from home with Thursday’s 7 p.m. tip at NJIT.
LEHIGH Sarah Williams netted 14 points off the bench while Kerry Kinek added 12 with seven rebounds and Katie O’Reilly scored 11 in Lehigh’s 93-63 loss at Ohio State on Wednesday ... The Mountain Hawks trailed 38-27 at halftime but hit just 8 of 34 (23.5 percent) from the floor in the second half ... The Buckeyes scored 33 points off 28 Lehigh turnovers and outscored the Mountain Hawks 50-12 in the paint ... Lehigh is in the midst of an 11-day layoff and won’t play again until next Monday, Dec. 9, at home against St. Peter’s ... After hosting the Peahens, the Mountain Hawks will have 10 open days before hosting the two-day Christmas City Classic on Dec. 20-21 at Stabler Arena.
LOYOLA Kara Marshall led Loyola with 12 points and Nicole Krusen chipped in 11 off the bench but the Greyhounds fell to 1-5 with a 57-53 loss at Cornell on Tuesday night ... Nneka Offodile hauled in a team-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points, and Tiffany Padgett scored six points with seven boards ... Cornell used an early 12-1 run to go ahead 16-7 near the midway point of the first and extended the lead to 13 before taking a 28-17 advantage into the locker room ... The Hounds came out of the intermission with a 7-2 spurt to make it a 30-24 game on Padgett’s layup at the 17:16 mark, and tied it at 39-all with 7:21 to go after five straight points from Marshall ... But the Big Red orchestrated a 13-4 spurt over the next five minutes to take a 52-43 lead, and Nicholle Aston’s jumper with 27 seconds allowed Cornell to hold off Loyola for good ... Marshall’s game-winning layup with two seconds remaining lifted Loyola Maryland 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 ... 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 ... The Greyhounds are idle until Saturday when they visit Mount St. Mary’s at 4:30 p.m.
NAVY Jade Geif led four Navy players in double figure with 13 points to pace the Mids to an 81-61 victory over visiting Brown in the Navy Classic on Friday ... Alix Membreno added 12 points, while Kara Pollinger and Sarita Condie chipped in 10 each for the Mids, who shot 56 percent for the game and pulled away hitting nearly 61 percent of its tries in the second half ... The Mids led 41-25 at the half after hitting on 14 of 27 field goal attempts and 5 of 13 from the 3-point line ... Pollinger and Geif teamed up for nine straight points early in the second half to put Navy up 55-29 with 16:15 left and the Mids never looked back ... Geif was at it again as she netted a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double and three teammates scored in double figures in Navy’s 75-64 win over Rider on Saturday to finish up the Navy Classic ... Chloe Stapleton scored 15 of her team-high 17 points from the 3-point line, while Pollinger (15) and Membreno (10) reached double digits and Audrey Bauer (9) barely missed ... The Mids opened the game on an 11-0 run before Rider whittled the deficit down to one ... After Navy led 32-31 at the break, Rider took a 38-37 advantage with 18:17 on the clock ... The Mids orchestrated an 11-0 run started by two Membreno foul shots and a Pollinger trey ... Navy extended the lead to 62-44 midway through the second on another Membreno bucket and stayed comfortably in front from there ... Navy shot 50 percent (12 of 24) from beyond the arc and 47.2 percent from the floor ... Navy hosts Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m., with both games on PLN.