Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 12.29.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Becky Guman's career-high 18 points helped Lehigh wallop Binghamton.
Becky Guman's career-high 18 points helped Lehigh wallop Binghamton.

Dec. 29, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Patriot League teams picked up victories Saturday, with Colgate, Lafayette and Lehigh coming out victorious.

Mariah Jones scored a career-high 25 points and Colgate continued its success at home this season with a 72-61 victory over New Hampshire at Cotterell Court. Jones led three Raiders in double figures, as Jhazmine Lynch added 11 points off the bench and Kelly Reid dropped in 10. Jones finished 8 of 13 from the floor, including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Colgate (5-7) led by as many as seven in the first half before taking a 30-27 advantage into the break. The Raiders scored the first six points of the second, and extended the lead to 52-42 about 10 minutes in after Lulu Brase's basket. Back-to-back buckets brought the Wildcats within six, but Catherine Lewis' trey gave the Raiders a 60-48 lead with 5:27 to go. Colgate shot 9 of 24 (37.5 percent) for the game from beyond the arc, including a 7-of-17 showing in the second half.

Emily Homan logged her second consecutive double-double and Lafayette (5-7) held off a late Fordham run as the Leopards outlasted the Rams 54-50 in the opener of the Fordham Holiday Classic Saturday afternoon. Homan scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, while Danielle Fiacco narrowly missed a double-double with a team-best 16 points, nine boards and a pair of blocks. The teams traded the lead early before the Rams jumped out in front and led 25-21 at the half. Homan scored six straight points to spark a 15-0 Lafayette run, and Fiacco capped it off with a jumper to put the Leopards in front 41-31 at the 12:06 mark. The Rams responded with a 9-0 run to come within one, but Lafayette never relinquished the lead. Jamie O'Hare's 3-pointer put the Leopards in front 51-45 with 2:32 on the clock. Fordham rallied again and pulled within one with 30 seconds left before Fiacco went 1 of 2 from the line and Linnel Macklin hit both of her attempts to ice the win.

Senior Becky Guman scored a career-high 18 points and two others scored in double figures as Lehigh (5-6) overwhelmed Binghamton 67-37 to start the Christmas City Classic at Stabler Arena Saturday. Guman added seven rebounds, while Katie O'Reilly chipped in 12 points and Kerry Kinek scored 11 points with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Lehigh scored the first seven points of the game en route to a 26-3 game-opening run. Binghamton crawled back within 29-17 late in the first half before the Mountain Hawks took a 33-19 advantage into the locker room. Lehigh's lead did not deviate much in the opening minutes of the second, and Guman hit one of her five 3s on the game to put the Mountain Hawks up 49-29 at the 11:23 mark and Lehigh cruised from there. The Mountain Hawks shot 44 percent for the game, while the Bearcats hit just 25 percent of their attempts. Lehigh outrebounded Binghamton 48-35.

Three players hit double figures, but Bucknell shot under 40 percent in a 69-51 loss at Youngstown State Saturday. Shelby Romine and Audrey Dotson scored 12 apiece for the Bison (7-5), while Katherine Harris added 10. Lindsay Horbatuck collected a game-high eight rebounds. Youngstown State led 14-3 a little more than three minutes in before buckets by Romine and Sheaira Jones helped bring Bucknell within one. Dotson's jumper gave Bucknell the lead, but it was short lived. The Penguins replied with and led 32-24 at the half. Youngstown State made it a 10-point lead on its first possession, and Bucknell was never able to cut the deficit to smaller than nine the rest of the way. The Bison hit just seven field goals in the second half, including shooting just 1 of 4 on treys in the second 20 minutes.

Six teams are in action Sunday, starting with American at Mount St. Mary's and Army hosting Bryant at 1 p.m. Holy Cross visits Bethune-Cookman and Navy welcomes Marshall at 2 p.m. Lafayette takes on Providence in the Fordham Holiday Classic championship at 3 p.m. in Bronx, N.Y., while Lehigh battles Boston University for the Christmas City Classic title at 4:30 p.m.

at Colgate 72, New Hampshire 61

Lafayette 54, at Fordham 50

at Lehigh 67, Binghamton 37

at Youngstown State 69, Bucknell 51