Dec. 17, 2013
Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 12.17.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The light schedule for Patriot League women’s basketball teams continues this week with one game Wednesday and two Friday before the last big push prior to the Christmas holiday. Lurking in the shadows beyond the holidays is League play beginning on Jan. 2.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Colgate secured its first three-game win streak since Dec. 2010 with Saturday’s 68-61 victory at Robert Morris.
• The Raiders own the longest win streak in the League following American’s 64-61 loss to Mount St. Mary’s on Monday night.
• In that game, American senior Alexis Dobbs became the 79th player in League history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
• Holy Cross returns to the floor for the first time in 11 days when it hosts Quinnipiac on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. on Patriot League Network.
• Crusader senior Alex Smith is four made 3-pointers away from tying the League record. Lehigh’s Alex Ross set the mark of 286 from 2006-10. Smith also ranks fifth nationally among active players in 3-pointers.
• Lehigh welcomes Vermont, Delaware and Youngstown State for the Christmas City Classic on Friday-Saturday. All four games of the tournament will air on Patriot League Network.
• Lafayette returns to the floor for the first time in nearly two weeks
• Six teams sit above the .500 mark entering the second half of December. Two others (Bucknell and Colgate) are within one game of even.
• Teams need five more victories to clinch an over-.500 non-League record for the 2013-14 regular season. Nineteen non-League games remain on the schedule. The Patriot League is 51-40 in non-League games this season.
• Five games are on Saturday’s docket, the busiest day for League teams since there were five games on Dec. 7.
• American, Bucknell and Holy Cross will all be in action on Saturday on the road, while Lehigh and Loyola Maryland will play at home.
• Both Boston University and Colgate will play games on the road on Sunday in the final action involving League teams before Christmas.
• Army’s Kelsey Minato became the second back-to-back Anaconda Player of the Week. She joins Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek, who was named Player of the Week on Nov. 18 and Nov. 25.
Patriot League Notebook
JOIN THE CLUB
With a career-high 25 points, American senior Alexis Dobbs broke through door to the 1,000-point club in Monday’s 64-61 loss to Mount St. Mary’s. The 16th player in Eagle annals and the 79th in Patriot League history to reach quadruple digits joins a list of three other active players in the League to amass at least 1,000 - Holy Cross’ Alex Smith (1,311), Bucknell’s Shelby Romine (1,209) and Navy’s Jade Geif (1,206). Navy’s Alix Membreno appears poised to be the next member of the 1,000 club with 925, while teammate Audrey Bauer is next with 885. Army’s Jen Hazlett (859) and Lafayette’s Danielle Fiacco (850) are the others within short striking distance of the mark.
AMERICAN CLIMBS INTO MID-MAJOR TOP 25
American became the first team to reach the CollegeInsider.com Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 when it debuted at No. 19 in the rankings released Dec. 10. 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.
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 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.
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.
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 (12.9-12.15)
ANACONDA SPORTS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KELSEY MINATO, ARMY So., G, 5-8, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Minato extended her double-digit scoring streak to 26 straight games in two outings last week. She recorded a career-high point total for the second time in three games and third time this season with 27 points in Army’s 59-56 defeat at Ohio State on Friday. She shot 8-for-25 from the floor with six long-range buckets and five points from the foul line to accompany eight rebounds and one assist. On Wednesday in a 67-57 loss to Penn, Minato struck for 20 points with nine coming from the foul line with four rebounds and two steals. For the week, the sophomore averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 31.7 percent (13-of-41) from the floor and 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from the arc. She also made 14-of-15 from the free throw line and reclaimed the Patriot League’s scoring lead at 19.5 per game.
ANACONDA SPORTS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KIERNAN McCLOSKEY, LEHIGH Fr., G/F, 6-1, Fort Washington, Pa.
McCloskey barely missed her first career double-double with career highs of 10 points and nine rebounds while dishing one assist and grabbing one steal in Lehigh’s 75-54 win over St. Peter’s on Monday at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. She was responsible for half of her team’s free throw points, finishing 8-of-9 from the stripe. Her effort helped Lehigh improve to 6-2, it’s best showing through eight games since its Patriot League Championship campaign of 2009-10. It’s McCloskey’s first career weekly honor from the League.
DANIELLE CALLAHAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., G, 5-7, Drexel Hills, Pa.
Averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds last week in contests against Boston College and Marist. Had a team-high 11 points in the 63-52 loss at BC. Five of her seven buckets on the week came from behind the arc.
RANDYLL BUTLER, COLGATE So., G, 5-8, Chicago, Ill.
Matched career highs in both categories with her first career double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in Colgate’s come-from-behind 68-61 victory at Robert Morris on Saturday. Added four steals in 28 minutes off the bench.
KERRY KINEK, LEHIGH So., F, 6-3, Whitehall, Pa.
Torched St. Peter’s for a career-high 25 points on 12-of-22 from the field with five boards, three assists and three steals in Monday’s 75-54 win over the Peahens. Her 12 made field goals were also a career best.
AMERICAN Senior Alexis Dobbs became the 16th player in American history and the 79th in Patriot League women’s basketball annals to score 1,000 points with a career-high 25 in the Eagles’ 64-61 loss to Mount St. Mary’s on Monday night ... Dobbs shot 10-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the 3-point line and was the only American player to hit double figures in points ... Arron Zimmerman added seven points and seven rebounds, while Jen Dumiak scored eight with seven boards ... Dobbs ignited a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer and then ended it with a jumper to put the Eagles (6-3) in front 57-53 with 4:03 remaining ... The Mount tied the game for the ninth time at 57-all with 3:26 left before Michelle Holmes put American up again with a layup 18 seconds later ... After a Mount 3-pointer, Dobbs struck again with a jumper to put American ahead 61-60 with 2:31 on the clock ... Jody Chickey’s two foul shots put The Mount in front again at 62-61 with 2:13 left, and the Eagles had chances down the stretch to reclaim the lead ... Dumiak and Jordan Light each had a 3-point attempt come up empty, and two possessions ended in turnovers ... The loss snapped American’s three-game win streak, and was its first loss at home ... American visits Coppin State on Saturday at noon.
ARMY The Black Knights dropped their second straight with Friday’s 59-56 loss at Ohio State ... Kelsey Minato’s career-high 27 points led all players, while Olivia Schretzman chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds, and Jen Hazlett scored seven with nine boards ... Schretzman’s layup put Army (7-3) in front 48-38 with 8:49 left in the game ... Ohio State scored nine straight over a three-minute span to cut the Black Knights’ lead to 50-49 with 3:52 remaining ... Hazlett responded with a 3-pointer and a Minato jumper gave Army a 55-49 advantage at the 2:23 mark ... The Buckeyes went on another small run, this one a 6-0 stretch that tied the game at 55 with 79 seconds left ... After Aimee Oertner went 1-of-2 at the line, Ameryst Alston and Raven Ferguson both went perfect in two trips at the stripe in the final 31 seconds to give the Buckeyes the late win ... The teams traded the lead eight times and tied in six other instances, while Ohio State’s bench outscored Army’s 13-0 ... Army is off until Dec. 29 when it hosts Staten Island at 1 p.m.
BOSTON U. Sarah Pope scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-12 from the 3-point line, but Boston University (3-8) dropped a 76-65 loss at Case Gym on Saturday ... It was BU’s first home game since Nov. 19 ... Melissa Gallo added 12 points and Danielle Callahan chipped in 10 ... Rashidat Agboola hauled down a team-high eight rebounds ... BU led 37-31 with 5:32 left in the first but the Red Foxes whittled it down to a 38-36 game at halftime ... Marist opened the second on a 16-3 run to move in front 52-41 with 13:24 on the clock ... Hope sank one of her six 3s and Agboola added a layup for a 5-0 BU spurt that cut the deficit to single digits with under six minutes left, but Marist surged with a 12-4 run over the next five and a half minutes to eliminate any chance of a Terrier rally ... Marist won the battle inside, with a 46-29 edge on the glass and a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint ... Boston University travels to former conference foe New Hampshire on Sunday at 2 p.m.
BUCKNELL was off all of last week after it’s Dec. 10 tilt versus UMBC was cancelled because of inclement weather ... The Bison are next in action on Saturday when they visit Longwood at 2 p.m.
COLGATE Lauryn Kobiela scored 15 points to pace three Raiders in double figures in Saturday’s 68-61 victory at Robert Morris ... Colgate (4-5) won its third straight game for the first time since Dec. 2010, while also winning its first game of the season after trailing at halftime ... Mariah Jones chipped in 12 points, and Randyll Butler logged a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in 28 minutes off the bench ... The Colonials took a 34-28 halftime lead thanks to six straight points over the final 2:21 of the first half ... Robert Morris led by as many as nine early in the second before Carole Harris’ two free throws tied the game at 46-all midway through the second ... The Colonials edged back in front before Missy Repoli’s trey with 6:25 left put the Raiders up 55-53 ... It came during the early stages of a 10-0 run for Colgate, which outscored RMU 22-10 over the game’s last 8:47 ... Colgate heads to Albany on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip.
HOLY CROSS has been off since suffering its 75-49 setback to Fordham on Dec. 7 ... The Crusaders host Quinnipiac on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. on Patriot League Network ... The early tip is part of Holy Cross’ “Get Fit With the Crusaders Day” ... In addition to sitting just four shy of the all-time League mark for made 3-pointers with 282, Alex Smith is also fifth in the nation among active players in the stat.
LAFAYETTE has been off since dropping a 71-61 final to Stony Brook in Easton, Pa., on Dec. 8 ... The Leopards visit St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday at 7 p.m. and then are off again before visiting California on Dec. 29.
LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks return to the floor this weekend when they host their annual Christmas City Classic ... Vermont, Youngstown State and Delaware come to Bethlehem, Pa., starting Friday ... Lehigh hosts Vermont on Friday at 5 p.m. ... Saturday’s consolation game is at 2 p.m., and the championship is set for 4:30 p.m. ... The Mountain Hawks also have a Dec. 28 tilt scheduled at Columbia.
LOYOLA The Greyhounds are off until Saturday when they are home for UMBC at noon ... Loyola is at Towson on Dec. 28 before heading to Navy in the League opener on Jan. 2.
NAVY The Mids are off until Dec. 29 when they travel to Marshall ... It’s their last non-League game before opening League play on Jan. 2 against Loyola.