Dec. 29, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A pair of Patriot League teams were in action to begin the post-Christmas slate Friday, with American picking up a victory on the road at Drexel, while Holy Cross couldn't keep up with Florida in Gainesville.
Junior guard Alexis Dobbs shot 5 of 6 on treys and finished with a team-high 17 points as the Eagles (6-5) snapped Drexel's three-game win streak with a 58-52 decision in Philadelphia Friday afternoon. Dobbs also added five of her team's 15 assists, while Jen Dumiak scored 12 points and dished four helpers. American led for most of the first half and had a 26-23 advantage at the half. The Dragons tied it a little more than two minutes in, but the Eagles replied with an 11-3 run and were ahead 39-31 at the 13:10 mark. Drexel rallied within one with 7:45 left, but American built a 10-point cushion at 56-46 with just under two minutes to go after a Dumiak basket. Drexel inched within 56-52 with 40 seconds on the clock, but Dobbs hit a pair of free throws late to help clinch the win.
Alex Smith scored a team-high 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, but Holy Cross (5-6) was done in by a few big Florida runs as it fell 81-50 to the Gators in Gainesville Friday night. Smith was the only Crusader in double figures, as Christine Ganser scored nine points and Amy Lepley chipped in eight. Holy Cross was within 26-24 with seven minutes left before the Gators rattled off a 10-2 run and eventually took a 37-27 lead into halftime. Florida opened the second with back-to-back runs of 13-2 and 17-7 to stretch its lead to 67-39 at the 8:29 mark and cruised. The Crusaders shot 36 percent for the game, going 16 of 45. The Gators were 31 of 69 from the floor (45 percent).
Saturday's schedule is a busy one with four contests. Lafayette opens the day with a 1 p.m. tip at Fordham in the Fordham Holiday Classic. Colgate is the only home team on the day, as it hosts New Hampshire at 4 p.m. There is a pair of 4:30 p.m. tip offs, as Lehigh hosts Binghamton in the Christmas City Classic, and Bucknell heads to Youngstown State.
, at Drexel 52
at Florida 81, Holy Cross 50