Dec. 6, 2013
Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 12.6.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Patriot League women’s basketball teams are on fire of late, capturing their last 11 straight games dating back to Sunday. Nine squads enter the weekend coming off victories, while the 10th — Lehigh — returns to the floor on Monday for the first time in nearly two weeks seeking to get back into the win column.
Navy has Friday’s slate all to itself with a 7 p.m. tip against Princeton on Patriot League Network. Five teams play on Saturday, two on Sunday and two more on Monday as the schedule lurches toward final exams.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Patriot League teams are 46-29 so far in non-League play and 26-8 at home. The squads need 11 more victories to clinch an over-.500 non-League mark.
• Holy Cross matched its best start in program history with Wednesday’s 70-62 defeat of Northeastern. The Crusaders opened 6-0 in 1981-82 and 82-83. They host Fordham Saturday at 1 p.m. on PLN.
• Army is also riding a six-game win streak. The Black Knights put that on the line Saturday when they visit Yale at 2 p.m.
• Navy (3 games), American (2) and Lafayette (2) put their own respective win streaks on the line this weekend. The Mids host Princeton Friday at 7 p.m., American entertains Drexel on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Lafayette hosts Stony Brook on Sunday at 2 p.m.
• Boston University is the only League team not on the schedule through Tuesday. The Terriers return to the floor Wednesday at Boston College.
• Navy’s Stefanie Pemper is one victory away from 100 as head coach of the Midshipmen.
• Lehigh and Loyola will both end layoffs in the coming days. After not having played since Sunday, the Greyhounds visit Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and head to George Washington on Monday at 7 p.m. Lehigh, which hasn’t played since the night before Thanksgiving, hosts St. Peter’s on Monday at 5 p.m.
• With one block in Thursday’s win at NJIT, Lafayette senior center Danielle Fiacco is now tied for second all-time in League annals with 309 rejections. Bucknell’s Hope Foster holds the record with 344.
• Colgate’s Lauryn Kobiela scored a game-high 23 points in the Raiders’ 65-60 victory at home over Drexel. Kobiela was 3-of-3 from the 3-point line, making her 8-of-8 from downtown at home this season.
• Holy Cross senior Alex Smith is five 3-pointers shy of tying the League’s all-time mark of 286 set by Lehigh’s Alex Ross from 2006-10.
Patriot League Notebook
PEMPER, TROYAN NEARING MILESTONES
Navy’s 63-55 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Monday in Annapolis, Md., was head coach Stefanie Pemper’s 99th on the Mids’ sidelines. She’ll go the century mark on Friday when Navy welcomes Princeton to Alumni Hall on Patriot League Network. Pemper owns 334 career coaching wins. Another coach closing in on a milestone is Lehigh’s Sue Troyan, who has 291 career victories while instructing from the Mountain Hawks sidelines.
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.
AMERICAN 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’s 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 Hamilton 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 ... The Eagles, winners of two straight, host Drexel on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
ARMY Kelsey Minato reached double digits for the 23rd straight game with a game-high 16 points and Brianna Johnson poured in a career-best 13 as Army dominated most facets of a 73-48 victory against Morgan State on Monday night ... The Black Knights (6-1), who haven’t lost since a defeat at St. Francis Brooklyn in the season opener, also received 11 points and six rebounds from Jen Hazlett, eight points and eight boards from Olivia Schretzman and 10 points off the bench from Danielle Failor ... Army, which never trailed, scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points in the first 5:44 and was up 32-10 with 7:21 until halftime ... After Morgan State cut the deficit to 34-21 at the intermission, the Black Knights opened the second with a 12-0 run to erase any doubt ... Army won the battle on the glass 46-30 and held Morgan State to just seven first-half field goals ... The Black Knights pulled away shooting nearly 52 percent in the second half ... The Black Knights head to Yale on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip.
BOSTON U. 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 ... The Terriers are in the midst of a week off and will visit Boston College on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
BUCKNELL 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 ... The Bison continue their three-game homestand on Saturday with a 4 p.m. tip against Penn on Patriot League Network.
COLGATE 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 (2-5) 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 ... The Raiders aren’t home again until League play in early January, so they’ll begin logging plenty of hotel points with Saturday’s 4 p.m. tip at Columbia.
HOLY CROSS 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 (6-0) 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 ... Holy Cross is back on the floor at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., with Saturday’s 1 p.m. tip versus Fordham on Patriot League Network.
LAFAYETTE Emily Homan balanced out her scoring with eight points in the first half and 10 more in the second to pace the Leopards (6-2) in their 61-45 victory at NJIT on Thursday ... Madeline Fahan had a big game with 14 points on 5-of-7 from the floor and eight rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench ... Lafayette opened the game on a 7-0 run and took a 22-11 lead with 8:03 left in the first on a Jamie O’Hare trey ... After settling for a 27-22 halftime advantage, the Leopards rebuilt a double-figure lead at 44-33 with 10:41 to play on Linnel Macklin’s bucket ... Homan scored her final points of the game on a layup with 6:03 to play, and Maddie Peabody’s 3-pointer with 5:18 on the clock put the Leopards up to stay at 49-37 ... Lafayette shot 44 percent from the field and outscored the Highlands 13-9 from the foul line ... The Leopards turned 14 NJIT turnovers into 18 points ... Lafayette returns home to host Stony Brook on Sunday at 2 p.m. on both the Lafayette Sports Network and Patriot League Network.
LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks have been idle since their 93-63 defeat at Ohio State on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving ... The Mountain Hawks own the League’s second highest-scoring offense at 77 points per game, paced by Kerry Kinek’s 18.1 per contest ... She sits second in the League just behind Bucknell’s Audrey Dotson (18.3) ... Lehigh is in the midst of an 11-day layoff and is back on the floor on Monday at 5 p.m. 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 The Greyhounds have been off since Sunday’s 66-65 victory at St. Peter’s, led by Kara Marshall’s game-winning layup with three seconds left ... Marshall scored a team-high 24 points in the game, with 12 coming from the free throw line ... Loyola visits Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and heads to George Washington on Monday for a 7 p.m. tip.
NAVY used a late 9-0 run to pull away from Mount St. Mary’s 63-55 at Alumni Hall on Tuesday night ... Kara Pollinger scored the last two of her 17 points to snap a 52-all tie with 3:38 left in the game, while Alix Membreno added the next four points to help the build the lead to six ... Pollinger, who finished with a double-double with 10 rebounds, added three assists and shot 7-of-15 from the field, as did Membreno, who scored a game-high 19 with nine rebounds ... The Mids (7-2) shot just 9-of-29 in the first half, with Audrey Bauer’s trey giving them a 24-23 lead heading into halftime ... Pollinger converted a layup to put Navy ahead 48-39 midway through the second before the Mount went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 50 with 5:47 to play ... The teams traded buckets before Pollinger ignited Navy’s decisive run ... Princeton visits Alumni Hall on Friday for a 7 p.m. start on Patriot League Network.