Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 12.8.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Alexis Dobbs' clutch free throws late preserved American's victory over George Washington.
Alexis Dobbs' clutch free throws late preserved American's victory over George Washington.

Dec. 8, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five Patriot League teams combined for another day over .500 as three squads earned victories Saturday.

American (4-4) evened its record thanks to a late 17-7 run and a few late free throws from junior guard Alexis Dobbs as the Eagles outlasted George Washington 57-54 Saturday at Bender Arena. Dobbs scored 13 points, while Jen Dumiak chipped in a team-high 14 with five assists in the win. The Eagles led by as many as eight points before settling for a 25-19 lead at halftime. The Colonials battled back and took a one-point lead at the 12:43 mark of the second, and eventually went up seven with seven minutes remaining. Geleisa George's layup capped off nine straight Eagles points as they retook the lead, and Dumiak's 3-pointer put American ahead 53-51 with 1:21 left. Dobbs hit two foul shots with 15 seconds left to give the Eagles a four-point lead, and sank two more in the closing ticks after George Washington cut it to a one-point with a 3-pointer.

Catherine Lewis scored a career-high 19 points as Colgate (4-5) won its second straight, posting a 67-62 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in Hamilton, N.Y. Lewis did all of her damage in 19 minutes off the bench, hauling in a team-high seven rebounds and shooting 4 of 6 from beyond the arc and 6 of 8 overall. The Raiders took a 35-33 lead into the locker room at the half thanks to a flurry of late 3-pointers. After trading the lead in the early moments of the second, Colgate pushed ahead by seven just past the midway point. A pair of free throws brought St. Francis (Pa.) within two at 58-56 with 3:33 remaining, and Rebecca Keegan's jumper at the 1:52 mark tied the game. Josie Stockill connected on an and-one with 1:20 left to put the Raiders up three, and late free throws from Lewis, Kobiela and Jhazmine Lynch iced the game. Missy Repoli added 14 points and six rebounds, while Lauryn Kobiela chipped in 11 points and four dishes.

Four players set career highs as Lehigh (4-5) routed Niagara 72-49 at Stabler Arena. Katie O'Reilly scored a career-best and game-high 16 points in 22 minutes off the bench, including a perfect 7 of 7 showing from the charity stripe. Kelly Peterson added 13 points, while Alexandra Yanzti tallied a career-high 10, and Elizabeth Sharlow led all players with a career-high 14 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive glass. The Mountain Hawks dominated Niagaray 56-38 on the boards. Lehigh shot just 24 percent in the first half but managed a 25-22 lead at the break before opening the game in the second. Lehigh used a 21-10 stretch over a 7:10 stretch of the second half to turn a 41-31 lead into a 62-42 advantage at the 5:39 mark and never looked back.

Lisa Mifsud tallied a team-high 11 points off the bench, Brisje Malone scored 10 and Alex Smith grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds in Holy Cross' 61-49 loss at Quinnipiac. The Crusaders (4-5) never led in the game and were behind 37-26 at halftime after shooting 10 of 28 from the floor. The second half didn't get any better for Holy Cross, which went 0 for 7 on 3-point attempts to finish 3 of 13 for the game. Quinnipiac hit 9 of 30 from downtown and sank five more buckets than the Crusaders on 21 more attempts.

Navy (6-5) dropped its 10th straight game to Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md., in a 53-45 defeat Saturday. The Mount outscored the Mids 20-8 to close the game to rally for the victory. Chloe Stapleton scored a team-high 10 points in 27 minutes off the bench for Navy, while Audrey Bauer and Alix Membreno tallied nine points apiece. Mount St. Mary's outscored Navy in the paint 32-14 and only committed 10 turnovers. The Mids led 23-20 at halftime, but it didn't take long for the Mount to tie the game early in the second. The Mids took a 37-33 lead with 11:09 remaining, but The Mount scored on each of their next eight possessions to take a 50-39 lead with 4:49 to go.

Sunday's lone contest features Lafayette heading to No. 20 Ohio State at 1 p.m.

at American 57, George Washington 54

at Colgate 67, St. Francis (Pa.) 62

at Lehigh 72, Niagara 49

at Quinnipiac 61, Holy Cross 49

at Mount St. Mary's 53, Navy 45