Dec. 28, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - It was a slow start to the last leg of non-League play for four Patriot League women's basketball teams on Saturday, as all four dropped games on the road.
American wrapped up its non-League slate at 7-4 with a 77-64 loss at crosstown rival George Washington on Saturday. Alexis Dobbs led three Eagles in double figures with 15 points, while Shaquilla Curtis chipped in 11 and Jen Dumiak added 10. The Colonials built a 51-34 halftime lead after shooting 54 percent (20-of-37). Alexis Chandler capped off a 14-4 George Washington run that put it in front 24-14 at the 10:42 mark of the first, and the Colonials scored 12 of the half's last 17 points. GW extended the lead to 21 shortly into the second half and never looked back. Dobbs added six rebounds and four assists, while Dumiak had seven dishes.
Raquel Scott scored a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds and Molly Hourigan added 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench in Holy Cross' 72-50 loss at No. 14/10 Iowa State in the Crusaders' first game at the Cyclone Challenge. Holy Cross (7-3) led 12-10 at the 13:43 mark of the first, but the Cyclones rattled off a 17-2 run to take control with a 27-14 advantage with 7:24 until halftime. Iowa State used another 14-8 spurt to led 41-22 at the break. Iowa State pulled away with a half-opening 19-3 run to take a 60-25 lead. Holy Cross finished the game 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from long range after missing all eight attempts in the first half. The Crusaders shot 21-of-63 (33 percent) for the game.
Katie O'Reilly and Kerry Kinek tied with a team-best 16 points, while Sarah Williams added 11 and Elizabeth Sharlow 10 in Lehigh's 87-80 loss at Columbia. The Mountain Hawks (7-4) turned the ball over 22 times, which Columbia turned into 31 points. Lehigh led 10-2 with less than five minutes gone before the Lions scored 10 straight points to take their first lead of the game. Columbia led 44-42 at the half and opened the second on a 13-4 run to move ahead 57-46 with 3:57 off the clock. Lehigh faced its biggest deficit at 71-57 with 8:31 to play and closed within six on several occasions, the last at 83-77 with 30 seconds left. The Mountain Hawks hit on 48.3 percent (29-of-60) of their shots for the game, but went just 1-of-9 from long range in the second and 5-of-16 for the game.
Nai Brown scored 15 points and Lisa Mirarchi had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Loyola Maryland's 67-46 defeat at Towson on Saturday. The Hounds couldn't get on track from deep, hitting just 1-of-19 from the arc while hitting 19-of-38 on other attempts. Towson led 22-20 at the break and used a 17-4 spurt over the first eight and half minutes of the second half to build a 39-24 advantage. After Mirarchi's layup cut the Tigers' lead to 43-32 with 7:47 to play, Towson used another 13-4 spurt to move in front 56-36 with 4:29 remaining.
The last six non-League games of the regular season are set for Sunday. Army starts the day with a home game at 1 p.m. versus Staten Island. Four teams tip at 2 p.m., with Colgate at Michigan State, Navy visiting Marshall, Holy Cross battling St. Louis in Ames, Iowa, and Boston University on the road at Vermont. At 5 p.m. Lafayette visits No. 23/22 California.
at George Washington 77, American 64
at #14/10 Iowa State 72, Holy Cross 50
at Columbia 87, Lehigh 80
at Towson 67, Loyola Maryland 46