Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekend Preview - 12.12.13

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Jen Dumiak and American cracked this week's Women's Mid-Major Top 25. The Eagles next play on Monday at home.
Jen Dumiak and American cracked this week's Women's Mid-Major Top 25. The Eagles next play on Monday at home.

Dec. 12, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The schedule continues moving forward with fits and starts for the next week thanks to the student-athlete's preparations for final exams. Just four teams have games scheduled through Monday, with American, Army, Boston University and Colgate in action. For the Eagles and Raiders, it will be their first action in a week.


• Bucknell's scheduled tilt with UMBC on Tuesday was cancelled because inclement weather prevented the Retrievers from traveling to Lewisburg, Pa. No rescheduled date has been announced.
• American debuted at No. 19 in this week's Women's Mid-Major Top 25. Army, Boston University, Holy Cross and Lehigh also received votes.
• Army's seven-game win streak was halted in Wednesday's 67-57 loss to Penn. The Black Knights head to Ohio State on Friday.
• Senior Jen Hazlett hauled down her 500th career rebound and sophomore Aimee Oertner blocked her 100th shot in the loss.
• Boston University finished a stretch of six straight games away from home with Wednesday's 63-52 loss at Boston College. BU hosts Marist on Saturday in its first home game since Nov. 19.
• With Army's loss to Penn, American now owns the longest win streak in the League at three games. The Eagles put it on the line on Monday at home against Mount St. Mary's.
• The League has three active 1,000-point scorers in Holy Cross' Alex Smith (1,311), Bucknell's Shelby Romine (1,209) and Navy's Jade Geif (1,206). American's Alexis Dobbs (979) and Navy's Alix Membreno (925) are poised to join the club soon.
• Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper was denied her 100th win on the Mid sidedlines with Friday's loss to Princeton. Navy is next in action on Dec. 29 at Marshall in a homecoming game for senior guard Kara Pollinger, who is from Fort Gay, W.Va.
• Colgate's 72-44 victory at Columbia on Saturday was its biggest road win at a Division I opponent in nearly 20 years. The last Raider road win by such a large margin against a D-I foe came late in the 1994-95 season in a 78-50 final at Army.
• Holy Cross senior Alex Smith is four 3-pointers away from tying the League's career record of 286 held by Lehigh's Alex Ross. The Crusaders next play on Dec. 18 against Quinnipiac at home.
• Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco had four blocks on Sunday against Stony Brook to take over sole possession of second place on the League's all-time rejections chart with 313. Bucknell's Hope Foster owns the record with 344.

Patriot League Notebook

American became the first team to reach the Women's Mid-Major Top 25 when it debuted at No. 19 in Tuesday's latest rankings. The Eagles are coming Sunday's 47-41 victory over Drexel, ranked 23rd in Tuesday's poll. Four other squads picked up votes in Tuesday's voting, with Army, Boston University, Holy Cross and Lehigh appearing on the list outside the top 25.

Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith, already a Senior CLASS Award candidate with American's Alexis Dobbs, added another citation to her resume on Dec. 3 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Team Notebooks

AMERICAN Alexis Dobbs scored a game-high 17 points, Aaron Zimmerman had nine points and eight rebounds, and Sarah Kiely hauled in a team-best 10 boards in the Eagles' 47-41 win over Drexel on Sunday ... In winning its third straight game, American (6-2) finished the first half on a 14-7 spurt to take a 27-20 into the intermission ... Drexel used an 11-2 run to regain the lead early in the second half, but Dobbs ignited a 13-0 Eagle run with a pair of free throws to give them a 44-33 advantage with less than eight minutes to play ... American would score just three more points the rest of the game, all from the foul line, but it was enough to hold off Drexel ... Dobbs shot 5-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-5 from long range to pace American to a 40.5 percent (17-of-42) effort ... The Eagles are home for Mount St. Mary's on Monday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

ARMY (7-2) lost its first game in eight outings, dropping a 67-57 decision at Penn on Wednesday ... The Black Knights took a 49-46 lead on Olivia Schretzman's and-one with 8:43 to play, but then went without a bucket for the next five minutes while the Quakers scored eight straight to take over the game ... Penn ended the game on a 21-8 stretch ... Kelsey Minato scored a team-high 20 points with four rebounds for her 25th straight double-digit effort, while Schretzman scored 11 points with seven boards ... Penn shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) for the game and 42.3 percent in the second half, while Army hit on just 30 percent (9-of-30) in the second half in falling behind ... The Black Knights stay on the road with Friday's 7 p.m. tip at Ohio State, and are then off until Dec. 29 when they host Staten Island.

BOSTON U. (3-7) finished its stretch of six straight game away from Case Gym with a 63-52 loss at Boston College on Wednesday ... Danielle Callahan paced the Terriers with 11 points and five assists, and Clodagh Scannell added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench ... Sarah Hope's 3-pointer gave BU a 20-17 lead with 6:18 left in the first half, but BC replied with nine straight points to move in front for the first time in the game ... BU tied the game at 30-all at the 17:05 mark of the second half, but BC's Kelly Hughes sank back-to-back treys to cap a 14-4 run that put the Eagles in front 44-34 with 13:43 left ... BC led by as many as 17 points later in the game ... BU returns to Case Gym on Saturday for its first home contest since Nov. 19 with a 1 p.m. tip against Marist on Patriot League Network ... The Terriers will be off eight days after until a Dec. 22 matchup at New Hampshire.

BUCKNELL was scheduled to play host to UMBC on Tuesday, but inclement weather forced the game's cancellation when the Retrievers could not travel safely out of Baltimore ... Penn took control with a 15-0 run to open the second half and held off Bucknell 69-61 at Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pa., on Saturday in its last outing ... Shelby Romine scored 10 of her game-high 23 points at the foul line to pace the Bison, who dropped to 4-5 ... Audrey Dotson added 13 points and seven rebounds ... Bucknell's biggest issue was turnovers, as 21 turned into 28 points for the Quakers ... Bucknell trailed 24-21 late in the first half, but Penn went on a 23-2 run that bridged halftime to take a 47-23 lead just four minutes into the second ... Bucknell began chipping away on the Quakers' lead, cutting it under 20 with 7:27 left and down to 65-57 on Romine's layup with 1:23 to play ... But Penn went 4-of-4 from the line in the final minute to help hold off Bucknell ... The Bison are scheduled to visit Longwood on Dec. 21 in their last non-League game ... The UMBC tilt has not yet been rescheduled.

COLGATE Carole Harris led all players in both categories with 19 points and nine rebounds to pace Colgate (3-5) to its second straight win, a 72-44 victory at Columbia on Saturday ... Mariah Jones scored nine points with seven rebounds, and Catherine Lewis chipped in seven points ... It was a balanced effort for the Raiders, who had eight players score at least five points ... Harris was responsible for nine of Colgate's 31 made baskets, hitting them on 17 tries, while the Raiders hit on 42.5 percent (in 73 attempts) from the floor ... Jones' trey gave Colgate its first lead of the game at 9-8 with under 14 minutes left in the first, and Lauryn Kobiela and Randyll Butler teamed up for four straight points to put the Raiders ahead 34-26 at the intermission ... Colgate scored 25 of the next 33 points to open the second half to build a 59-33 lead with eight minutes left, and it never looked back ... The Raiders committed just eight turnovers while turning 18 Lion miscues into 18 points ... Colgate heads to Robert Morris for a 5 p.m. start on Saturday.

HOLY CROSS (6-1) suffered its first loss of the season in a 75-49 setback to Fordham at home on Saturday ... After a close first half, Fordham closed the stanza on a 13-4 run to take a 36-24 halftime advantage ... The Crusaders scored five of the first seven points out of the intermission, but the Rams replied with nine straight points and used a 15-7 run later to put the game out of reach ... Raquel Scott led Holy Cross with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Lisa Misfud reached double digits with 11 points ... Fordham outrebounded the Crusaders 39-29, and shot 55.4 percent to Holy Cross' 31.3 percent ... The Crusaders are in their finals break and will get back onto the floor on Dec. 18 when they host Quinnipiac.

LAFAYETTE (6-3) cut an 11-point second-half deficit down to four with 63 seconds left but would not get any closer in a 71-61 loss to Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon ... The Leopards, who had their two-game win streak snapped, were led by Danielle Fiacco's 19-point, six-rebound, four-block effort ... Emily Homan added 14 points on 7-of-9 from the field in 23 minutes off the bench, and Linnel Macklin poured in 10 points ... Lafayette trailed the Seawolves 58-47 with 10:48 to go before chipping away ... Maddie Peabody and Jamie O'Hare scored consecutive Leopard buckets to make it a six-point deficit with 5:56 to go, and Homan's jumper in the lane made it a 65-61 Stony Brook lead with 1:03 to play ... But those were the last points of the game for the Leopards, as Stony Brook went 6-of-6 at the foul line to clinch the game in the final minute ... Lafayette is off until Dec. 20 when it visits St. Francis Brooklyn.

LEHIGH Kerry Kinek tallied career highs of 25 points on 12 made field goals and three teammates hit double figures in offense as Lehigh (6-2) pulled away from St. Peter's to a 75-54 win at Stabler Arena on Monday night ... Elizabeth Sharlow added 12 points, Katie O'Reilly 11 and Kiernan McCloskey had 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds off the bench ... The teams were close through most of the first half until Lehigh pulled ahead by a 35-28 count at the half ... Kayla Burton bookended an 8-0 spurt in the second that put Lehigh in front 59-44 with 7:28 left, opening it with a 3-pointer and closing it with two foul shots ... The Mountain Hawks led by double digits the rest of the way, and held the Peahens to just one point over the last four minutes ... Lehigh turned 22 St. Peter's turnovers into 26 points, and shot 42.4 percent from the field despite a 3-of-18 showing beyond the 3-point line ... The Mountain Hawks are off until they host their Christmas City Classic on Dec. 20-21.

LOYOLA Kara Marshall scored 24 points for the second straight game and hit six of her seven field goals from the 3-point line in Loyola Maryland's 65-59 defeat at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday ... Nai Brown added 12 points and Tiffany Padgett and Jeneh Perry tallied 10 points each to pace the Greyhounds (2-6), who fell despite shooting 8-of-14 from downtown ... The teams were tied 15 apiece midway through the first before the Mount edged ahead to a 33-26 halftime advantage ... One of Marshall's six treys brought the Greyhounds within three points before Mount St. Mary's scored the next seven to take a 44-34 lead ... Loyola later used a 9-0 run to turn an 11-point deficit into a 57-53 game on Perry's layup with 2:54 left ... But the Greyhounds couldn't get any closer than three the rest of the way ... The Mount outscored Loyola 19-9 at the charity stripe ... Nai Brown and Kara Marshall combined for 32 of Loyola Maryland's points in a 56-50 loss at George Washington on Monday night ... Brown added 11 rebounds to her 22 points for her first career double-double ... The Greyhounds trailed 38-27 with 16:27 left in the game before chipping away, first cutting it to a six-point deficit after five straight points and later shaving it to a three-point game at 53-50 with 27 seconds remaining after a pair of Brown free throws ... But the Colonials hit 3-of-4 foul shots down the stretch and Nicole Krusen's trey attempt with 10 seconds left was no good to drop Loyola to 2-7 ... The Greyhounds saw 24 turnovers turned into 30 George Washington points ... Loyola begins its break for finals and returns to action Dec. 21 at home versus UMBC.

NAVY fell into an early hole and couldn't overcome the deficit in a 73-57 loss to Princeton at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md., on Friday night ... M.L. Morrison led the Mids with 11 points and Sandita Condie chipped in 10, both off the bench ... None of Navy's starting five hit double figures, with Kara Pollinger scoring nine and Audrey Bauer eight ... A 50 percent shooting clip from the field staked the Tigers to a 36-22 lead at halftime ... Navy hit just 9-of-30 (30 percent) in the first 20 minutes ... Princeton used an 11-0 run to turn an early 5-4 deficit into a 15-5 lead and, after Navy had cut it to a three-point game, orchestrated a 14-0 spurt to take a 29-12 lead with less than five minutes until halftime ... Princeton extended its lead to as many as 23 in the second, and the Mids could not shoot themselves back into the game ... Navy was 3-of-13 in the second from downtown and 7-of-28 (25 percent) for the game ... The Mids are off until Dec. 29 when they travel to Marshall.