Dec. 4, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League women's basketball teams continue to find non-League play to their liking as American, Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate and Holy Cross all picked up wins on Wednesday to complete a 5-0 night.
Alexis Dobbs poured in a career-high 22 points, with 11 coming from the line, Geleisa George chipped in 14 and Arron Zimmerman logged her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 12 rebounds in American' 58-46 win at Hampton. The Eagles (5-2) inched back from an early five-point deficit to move ahead 22-21 at halftime. Dobbs capped off a 16-2 American run to open the second to put it up 38-23 with 11:11 remaining. Hampton would respond with Nicole Hampton hitting a trey and then a layup a few minutes later to bring it back within 47-42 with 3:19 to go. But Dobbs helped put the game away for the Eagles with a perfect 8-of-8 showing at the line in the final three minutes to seal the win.
Rashidat Agboola led three BU players in double figures with a game-high 21 points, and Whitney Turner hauled in a game-best 13 rebounds as the Terriers (3-6) held off Massachusetts 66-63 in Amherst, Mass., on Wednesday night. Danielle Callahan added 16 points and six assists for Boston University, while Mollie McKendrick scored 10 points with five boards in 22 minutes off the bench. It was a physical contest that featured 58 personal fouls, three players fouling out and 86 free throws. The Terriers, who led by as many as nine in the first half, settled for a 36-34 lead at the half and saw it completely erode when UMass moved in front 45-42 with 14:28 to go. BU kept it close and tied at 53-all on McKendrick's bucket with 7:20 left, and Agboola's three-point play gave the Terriers a 60-58 advantage with 4:11 to go. The teams still traded the lead inside the two-minute mark, with Callahan putting the Terriers up for good with 1:37 left and Agboola tacking on another basket with 33 ticks remaining to create the final score. BU committed just three turnovers in the game.
Five players scored in double figures for Bucknell (4-4) to overcome a 31-point performance by Towson's Dominique Johnson to pace the Bison to a 78-62 win over the Tigers in Lewisburg, Pa. Shelby Romine netted a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double with four assists, while Audrey Dotson scored a team-high 22 points with six boards. Megan McGurk (14), Claire DeBoer (13) and Sheaira Jones (10) also hit the double-digit scoring plateau for Bucknell. The Bison's hot shooting in the first half (54.2 percent) paced them out to a 37-33 lead at halftime, and a pair of DeBoer foul shots pushed the advantage to 10 with 16:16 to play. Towson regained the lead thanks to a 12-0 run in reply, and DeBoer and Romine sparked a 7-0 Bison spurt to give them back the lead for good with 10:32 to go. Dotson's trey capped off a 10-0 backbreaking Bucknell push that put it ahead 66-55 with under four minutes left.
Colgate (2-5) snapped a three-game skid and rebounded from a lopsided loss at No. 24 Gonzaga over the weekend with a 65-60 victory at home over Drexel. Lauryn Kobiela scored a game-high 23 points on 6-of-11 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the foul line, while Mariah Jones added 16 points and Carole Harris posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Raiders shot just a shade under 40 percent for the game but were 8-of-13 from the 3-point line to log a 61.5 percent clip from downtown. Up 27-23 at the half, Colgate stayed in front by anywhere from three to seven points for most of the second half until the Dragons took a 50-49 lead with just over five minutes to play. The clubs traded the lead briefly until Jones' layup gave Colgate a 58-56 lead it would not again relinquish with 2:10 to go. The Raiders went 7-of-10 from the line the rest of the way to clinch the game.
Holy Cross (6-0) matched its best start in school history thanks to Raquel Scott's third straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-62 victory over visiting Northeastern. The Huskies cut a late Crusader lead to 62-57 with 1:24 to play, but Holy Cross went a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line the rest of the way to ice the game. Holy Cross held early leads of 17-8 and 23-10 before taking a 32-25 advantage into the locker room after 20 minutes. A 6-1 spurt put the Crusaders ahead 52-40 with 9:20 left before Northeastern cut it to a 10-point deficit two minutes later, setting up a back-and-forth game the rest of the way. Brisje Malone scored 14 points with seven boards and seven assists, while Alex Smith had 15 points and eight assists. She also hit 3-of-10 from the 3-point line, lifting her to 281 career treys and five away from tying the League's all-time mark.
After a busy Wednesday night, there's only one team on the floor Thursday. Lafayette hits the road to visit NJIT for a 7 p.m. tip.
American 58, at Hampton 46
Boston University 66, at Massachusetts 63
at Bucknell 78, Towson 62
at Colgate 65, Drexel 60
at Holy Cross 70, Northeastern 62