Dec. 23, 2013
Patriot League Women's Basketball Release - 12.23.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — With an over-.500 non-conference record sewn up, the 10 Patriot League women’s basketball teams are faced with their non-League finales after Christmas next weekend. Those games will serve as their last tuneups before League play begins for all with five games on Thursday, Jan. 2.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Teams combined for a 5-4 record over the weekend to improve the collective’s non-League mark to 57-44 (.564), ensuring the League its second above-.500 non-conference ledger in as many years.
• The Patriot League moved up two spots to 11th in conference RPI in the latest College Basketball News release as of Monday. Lafayette is the top-ranked League team at No. 75, up 26 places from last week.
• The League is the only conference in the nation with three players in the NCAA Top 10 in free throw percentage - Holy Cross’ Lisa Mifsud (3rd, 96.2), Army’s Kelsey Minato (6th, 93.9) and American’s Alexis Dobbs (9th, 92.9).
• Holy Cross will visit nationally-ranked Iowa State on the first day of the Cyclone Challenge on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Cyclones are No. 14 in Monday’s Associated Press poll and No. 11 in the Dec. 16 ESPN/USA Today Coaches rankings.
• Army ends a 16-day layoff when it hosts Staten Island on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Patriot League Network. That’s the only PLN game scheduled through the rest of 2013.
• League teams are a combined 34-19 (.642) against clubs from the America East, Ivy League, MAAC and Northeast conferences.
• Alexis Dobbs became the 16th player in American history and 79th in League annals to reach 1,000 points in last Monday’s loss to Mount St. Mary’s.
• Dobbs needs 13 3-pointers to crack the League’s all-time top 10. She heads into Christmas with 182.
• Boston University picked up its 40th all-time win against New Hampshire in Sunday’s 69-58 victory at the Wildcats. The Terriers head to Vermont on Sunday at 2 p.m.
• Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek has scored at least 20 points in six of 10 games this season. She notched 24 in the Mountain Hawks’ 87-78 win over Vermont on Friday.
• Loyola Maryland overcame a 30-19 halftime deficit and rallied for a 56-49 victory over UMBC on Saturday in its first home game in 28 days. Nai Brown scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to pace the comeback.
• Bucknell closed out its non-League schedule 5-5 with Saturday’s 71-47 win at Longwood behind Shelby Romine’s 23 points.
• Holy Cross’ Alex Smith is nine assists shy of breaking into the League’s all-time top 10. She has 448, trailing former Army guard and athletic administrator Kim Kawamoto (457) for 10th.
• Navy will end a 23-day layoff when it visits Marshall on Sunday at 2 p.m.
• Colgate’s three-game win streak was snapped in Sunday’s 64-50 loss at Albany. The Raiders head to Michigan State on Sunday to visit the Spartans at 2 p.m.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (12.16-12.22)
ANACONDA SPORTS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX SMITH, HOLY CROSS Sr., G, 5-8, Delran, N.J.
Smith began the week by having a career day with 31 points, six rebounds and five steals in Holy Cross’ 84-71 victory over Quinnipiac on Wednesday. The Crusader senior shot 6-of-10 from the arc to break the Patriot League career record for 3-pointers to cap off a 10-of-16 performance from the free throw line. Smith also set a Holy Cross record for points in a half when she tallied 27 in the first 20 minutes against the Bobcats. Smith added 11 points with three rebounds and three steals with three more treys in Holy Cross’ 77-60 loss at Boston College on Saturday. In two games last week, Smith averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.5 assists while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from downtown. It’s Smith’s first Patriot League weekly honor of the season.
ANACONDA SPORTS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CLAIRE DeBOER, BUCKNELL Fr., F, 6-1, Grosse Pointe, Mich.
DeBoer logged her second Rookie of the Week award of the season after scoring 12 points with a game-high seven rebounds and a career-best four assists in Bucknell’s 71-47 victory at Longwood on Saturday afternoon that finished off the Bison’s non-League mark at 5-5. The rookie forward hit 4-of-9 from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Ten of her 12 points came in the second half to help the Bison pull away.
ALEXIS DOBBS, AMERICAN Sr., G, 5-5, Berea, Ohio
Became the 16th player in American history and 79th in League annals to score 1,000 points after netting a career-high 25 in American’s 64-61 loss to Mount St. Mary’s on Monday. Added her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 dishes in a 64-42 win at Coppin State on Saturday. Averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor.
DANIELLE CALLAHAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., G, 5-7, Drexel Hill, Pa.
Played all 40 minutes of Sunday’s 69-58 victory at New Hampshire and scored 17 points with a career-best seven assists while hitting 5-of-10 from the field.
SHELBY ROMINE, BUCKNELL Sr., G, 5-9, Centreville, Va.
Scored a game-high 23 points with six boards and four assists while hitting 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) from the floor in the Bison’s 71-47 win at Longwood on Saturday. It was her third 20-point performance of the season and 19th of her career.
KERRY KINEK, LEHIGH So., F, 6-3, Whitehall, Pa.
Averaged 18.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game during Lehigh’s 1-1 run in the Christmas City Classic. Posted her sixth 20-point game of the season with 24 on 11-of-13 from the floor with five boards and two blocks in Friday’s 87-78 triumph over Vermont.
KAYLA BURTON, LEHIGH Fr., G, 5-8, Newton, Mass.
Averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 assists during Lehigh’s 1-1 weekend. Scored 14 points with five assists while hitting 4-of-5 from long range in Friday’s 87-78 win over Vermont.
NAI BROWN, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., G, 5-9, Newark, Del.
Scored a career-high 23 points, with 17 coming in the second half, to pace Loyola’s come-from-behind 56-49 victory over UMBC on Saturday. Logged her second straight double-double with 10 rebounds and hit 13-of-20 from the foul line.
Patriot League Notebook
ONE RECORD FALLS, ANOTHER COULD SOON
On Dec. 18, Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith became the Patriot League’s all-time leader in 3-pointers. She sank six in an 84-71 victory over Quinnipiac and added three more in Saturday’s 77-60 loss to Boston College. She has 291 treys heading into Christmas. On Friday, Lafayette senior Danielle Fiacco blocked three shots to increase her career total to 316, putting her 28 shy of the League record held by Bucknell’s Hope Foster.
NON-LEAGUE FINALES UPCOMING
Nine of the Patriot League’s 10 teams will play their last non-League tilts in the days after Christmas. Bucknell is the lone team to have already wrapped up the first leg of its season. The Bison finished their non-League ledger at 5-5 with Saturday’s 71-47 victory at Longwood. The 10 schools have combined for a 57-44 record in non-League play so far and have clinched a winning mark for the second straight season.
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.
AMERICAN 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 ... American is off for Christmas and returns to the floor on Saturday at George Washington for a 2 p.m. tip.
ARMY The Black Knights dropped their second straight with a 59-56 loss at Ohio State on Friday, Dec. 13 ... 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. on Patriot League Network in its non-League finale.
BOSTON U. 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 ... BU finishes its non-League schedule on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Vermont before focusing on League play starting Jan. 2 at Holy Cross.
BUCKNELL 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 in the team’s non-League finale ... 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 ... Bucknell finishes the non-League slate with a 5-5 mark ... League play is next for the Bison, who visit American on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
COLGATE 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 on Sunday ... 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 ... Colgate visits Michigan State on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip to put a final bow on its non-League schedule ... League play beckons on Jan. 2 with a 7 p.m. tip at Lehigh.
HOLY CROSS 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 in scoring ... 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 ... Holy Cross plays at No. 15/11 Iowa State on Saturday in the opener of the Cyclone Challenge, and will take on either St. Louis or William and Mary on Sunday ... It will be the last two games of the non-League schedule for the Crusaders before League play starts Jan. 2 at home against Boston University.
LAFAYETTE Emily Homan and Jamie O’Hare both scored a team-high 11 points and Madeline Fahan added 10 off the bench, but Lafayette (6-4) fell 74-52 at St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday night ... The Terriers shot a blistering 17-of-29 in the second half to finish at 51.1 percent for the game while outscoring the Leopards 41-24 after the break ... St. Francis hit on 11-of-22 from the 3-point line for a 33-15 advantage there ... Lafayette trailed 11-2 with six minutes gone but cut the deficit to just two on several occasions before being behind 33-28 at halftime ... The Terriers opened the second on a 10-2 run and led 50-33 with 14:06 to go ... The Leopards scored five straight points in reply, but never came any closer ... Lafayette finished the game 28.6 percent (20-of-70) from the floor ... Lafayette visits California on Saturday at 5 p.m. to close out its non-League slate ... The Leopards open conference play at Army on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
LEHIGH hit over 50 percent of its attempts from the floor to post an 87-78 win over Vermont on Friday to win the opener of the Christmas City Classic for the 10th straight year ... Kerry Kinek scored 24 points with five rebounds, while Kayla Burton and Amina Affini chipped in 14 points apiece and Lexi Martins scored 11 with eight boards off the bench ... The Mountain Hawks jumped out to an early 10-2 advantage, led by nine midway through the first half and took a 44-35 advantage into the intermission ... Burton’s 3-pointer at the 16:29 mark capped off a second half-opening 14-4 run for Lehigh that put it ahead 58-39 ... The Catamounts scored the next 11 points to make it a 58-50 game, but Burton’s jumper increased the Lehigh lead to 76-61 with 5:47 to play ... Vermont cut the deficit to seven with under two minutes left and under five in the final minute before Kinek, Sarah Williams and Katie O’Reilly hit free throws to finish off the win ... Lehigh 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 ... 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 ... Lehigh visits Columbia on Saturday at 2 p.m. to finish out its non-League schedule.
LOYOLA 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 about 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 ... Loyola visits Towson on Saturday at 2 p.m. to finish off its non-League schedule before heading to Navy on Jan. 2 for the conference opener.
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.