Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 12.20-21.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Emily Homan's 18 points and 12 rebounds helped Lafayette defeat St. Francis (N.Y.) Friday night.
Emily Homan's 18 points and 12 rebounds helped Lafayette defeat St. Francis (N.Y.) Friday night.

Dec. 21, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Holy Cross and Lafayette returned to the floor after final exams and picked up victories on Friday.

Amy Lepley returned to the Holy Cross lineup after missing the first nine games of the season with an injury. She didn't disappoint with 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting and 2 of 2 from the foul line to lead the Crusaders (5-5) to a 68-66 win over Bryant. The Bulldogs led 66-65 with 47 seconds remaining, but Lepley connected on a layup on the Crusaders' next possession to give them a one-point lead with 23 seconds to go. Bryant had three cracks at the basket on the ensuing possession, but Brisje Malone captured the rebound on the third attempt, was fouled and hit one free throw to give the Crusaders the two-point win. Alex Smith scored a team-high 17 points with six rebounds and four assists, while Brisje Malone chipped in 15 points, five assists and three steals. Holy Cross shot nearly 60 percent in the second half after the teams were tied at 30 at the break.

Four players reached double figures in points as Lafayette outlasted St. Francis (N.Y.) 66-63 Friday at Kirby Sports Center. Danielle Fiacco had a big game with 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Leopards, who improved to 4-7. Emily Homan posted a double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, while Brya Freeland and Jamie O'Hare scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Lafayette scored the first 11 points of the game and led 23-6 with 8:09 left in the first. The Terriers mounted a furious comeback with a 17-3 run and trailed 26-23 with just over three minutes until the break. After Lafayette led 33-25 at halftime, the Terriers stormed back again and trailed 35-34 at the 17:10 mark. Another Leopard run gave them breathing room, and they led by double figures halfway through the frame. St. Francis had one more rally in it, as the Terriers crawled back within 64-60 with 30 seconds to go after two free throws. Freeland and Fiacco both went 1 of 2 at the foul line to give the Leopards a six point lead.

American couldn't overcome a 7-of-18 showing at the free throw line in a 65-49 loss at James Madison Friday which snapped their win streak at three. Arron Zimmerman led with 13 points, while Michelle Holmes added 10 in a 5-of-5 effort off the bench. James Madison built a 24-13 lead before the Eagles replied with a 10-0 run to pull within one with 4:32 left until the half. The Dukes led 29-23 headed into the locker room and built a 37-24 advantage less than two minutes into the second. American's deficit remained in double figures for the rest of the game, with James Madison extending the lead to 19 just shy of the midway point of the second. The Dukes dominated the glass 53-34, and took 20 more attempts from the floor than the Eagles (5-5).

Colgate (4-6) began the game 1 of 11 from the field and finished under 30 percent for the game in Friday's 73-47 loss at Iona. Josie Stockill led with a team-high 13 points, while Lulu Brase added nine points and 10 rebounds. Jhazmine Lynch's driving layup brought the Raiders within 8-7 with 11:38 remaining in the first, but Iona followed with a 20-3 run to take a 28-10 lead with just over three and a half minutes on the clock. The Gaels led 36-17 at the half and extended the lead to 51-23 less than six minutes into the second. Iona's lead stayed between 23 and 28 points the rest of the way. The Raiders shot just 1 of 13 from beyond the arc.

Lehigh (4-6) was done in by a game-closing 17-7 run as Sacred Heart defeated the Mountain Hawks 73-63 Thursday night in Bethlehem. Kelly Peterson led Lehigh with 16 points, while Katie O'Reilly added 13 in 22 minutes off the bench. The Mountain Hawks led 12-5 early, but Sacred Heart responded later with a 13-1 run to take a 33-23 lead with just under four minutes left before halftime. The Pioneers led 35-32 at the half and stayed in front in the second before Lehigh's 11-2 run gave it a 52-51 lead midway through. Sacred Heart used a 9-0 stretch over 3:21 to take a 65-56 with two and a half minutes left.

Saturday's slate features one game, as Bucknell visits St. Peter's at 2 p.m. Afterward Patriot League teams will break for Christmas, with competition resuming Dec. 28.

Holy Cross 68, at Bryant 66

at Lafayette 66, St. Francis (N.Y.) 63

at James Madison 65, American 49

at Iona 73, Colgate 47

Sacred Heart 73, at Lehigh 63