Dec. 22, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Patriot League women’s basketball teams ensured themselves of a better-than-.500 record in non-League play this weekend in finishing off a 5-4 weekend.
Four teams were victorious on Saturday and Sunday, with American, Boston University, Bucknell and Loyola Maryland entering the Christmas break on high notes. There are no games scheduled until Dec. 28 when four teams hit the road during the final push before League play. Three games tip at 2 p.m., with American going to George Washington, Lehigh visiting Columbia and Loyola Maryland at Towson. Holy Cross opens up at the Cyclone Challenge at 4:30 p.m. against host Iowa State.
Saturday, Dec. 21
Shaquilla Curtis scored a career-high 14 points and Alexis Dobbs had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists in American’s 64-42 win at Coppin State on Saturday. Dobbs added seven rebounds and five steals for a tremendous all-around game for the Eagles (7-3), who rebounded from Monday’s loss to Mount St. Mary’s. Jen Dumiak chipped in 12 points. American shot 15-of-31 in the first half en route to a 37-19 lead, and turned 27 Coppin State turnovers into 33 points. The Eagles outscored Coppin State 21-0 from the 3-point line while shooting 7-of-24 from the arc. American jumped out to a 19-9 lead halfway through the first half and went into the intermission on an 11-0 run.
Shelby Romine shot 11-of-17 from the field and scored a game-high 23 points with six rebounds and four assists in Bucknell’s 71-47 win at Longwood on Saturday. Claire DeBoer added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Megan McGurk chipped in nine points and five dishes. The Bison built a 14-4 lead at the 10:34 mark of the first half and led by 15 with less than four minutes to go before Longwood scored the last seven points of the frame. Bucknell put the game away with a 16-3 run to open the second and was never ahead by less than double digits the rest of the way. A hot-shooting second half let Bucknell outscore Longwood 44-28 in the second, as the Bison hit 16-of-30 shots.
Nai Brown and Nneka Offodile logged double-doubles to pace Loyola Maryland (3-7) to a 56-49 come-from-behind victory over UMBC on Saturday in its first home game in a month. Brown scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Greyhounds outscored the Retrievers 37-19 after the break. Kara Marshall added 11 points for Loyola. UMBC led 30-19 at the break and scored the first two buckets of the second before Loyola began chipping away. Brown went 5-of-6 from the foul line in three trips to give Loyola a 47-43 lead with five minutes remaining. Emily Russo’s layup brought UMBC within 51-49 with 2:07 to go before Marshall sank two clutch free throws with 36 seconds on the clock to make it a two possession game. The Hounds added three more foul shots to close out the game.
All five Boston College starters scored in double figures as Holy Cross (7-2) fell 77-60 at Conte Forum on Saturday night. Raquel Scott posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Brisje Malone (12 points), Lisa Mifsud (11) and Alex Smith (11) also reached double digits. The Crusaders had a 17-10 lead midway through the first half and a 27-19 advantage with 4:14 left in the half. BC closed the half on a 9-0 run and opened the second with nine of the first 11 points to lead 37-29 with 17:22 left. The Eagles later used a 14-0 run to build a 57-41 lead with 9:14 on the clock. The Crusaders hit 5-of-10 from the 3-point line in the first half but sank only 1-of-8 in the second. Holy Cross finished the game 23-of-72 from the floor.
Lehigh (7-3) hit just 5-of-26 tries from the 3-point line in a 77-64 loss to Delaware in the championship game of the Christmas City Classic on Saturday. Kerry Kinek scored a team-high 13 points, while Lindsay Hoskins added 12 and Kiernan McCloskey 11. The Blue Hens used a 12-0 run to take a 27-16 lead with 9:35 left in the first half. Katie O’Reilly’s layup cut the deficit to 31-26 with 4:32 on the clock, but Erika Brown scored two of her game-high 23 points with seven seconds left in the frame to give Delaware a 44-32 halftime advantage. The Blue Hens opened the second with six straight points, and Lehigh came no closer than eight the rest of the way.
American 64, at Coppin State 42
Bucknell 71, at Longwood 47
at Loyola Maryland 56, UMBC 49
at Boston College 77, Holy Cross 60
Delaware 77, at Lehigh 64
Sunday, Dec. 22
Danielle Callahan shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field with a team-high 17 points to pace Boston University to a 69-58 win at New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. Rashidat Agboola was one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and Sarah Hope scored 11 off the bench, with three of her four made baskets from the 3-point line. The Terriers (4-8) scored 30 points from the arc on 10-of-27 from downtown. BU led 34-27 late in the first half and extended it to 48-38 on a Clodagh Scannell trey with 12:56 left in the game. UNH cut its deficit to five before a Callahan trey put the Terriers in front 62-52 with 4:09 to play.
Missy Repoli scored a team-best nine points, all from the 3-point line, and Carole Harris chipped in eight in Colgate’s 64-50 loss at Albany. The Great Danes shot 52.4 percent (11-of-21) in the second half to run away from the Raiders to break open a 24-23 game at halftime. Albany jumped in front when Erin Coughlin hit a 3-pointer with 8:34 left to start an 11-0 run and break a 39-all tie. After Colgate clawed back within eight with three straight points, Albany scored the next seven to move in front 57-42 with 1:33 left. Josie Stockill had seven points and six rebounds off the bench, while Mariah Jones and Catherine Lewis both scored six.
Boston University 69, at New Hampshire 58
at Albany 64, Colgate 50