Dec. 29, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Four Patriot League women’s basketball teams finished off their non-conference schedules with wins on Sunday, and now all 10 squads look forward to League play that starts on Thursday.
Jen Hazlett’s double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, both season highs, as Army (8-3) rolled to a 108-64 victory over visiting Staten Island on Sunday afternoon. The 108 points were a program record at Christl Arena, eclipsing the old mark of 103 set against Coast Guard in November 2005. Kelsey Minato added 16 points and six assists, while the starting frontcourt of Olivia Schretzman and Aimee Oertner tallied 12 points apiece, and Jordan Elliott and Danielle Failor added 11 each off the bench. Army outrebounded Staten Island 66-27, coming up one shy of the League record of 67 set by the Black Knights against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on Dec. 1, 2002. All six of Hazlett’s buckets were from long range, while Army finished 9-of-20 from the 3-point line and shot nearly 48 percent from the field for the game. The Black Knights jumped out to a 63-31 lead at halftime and never looked back.
Rashidat Agboola paced an efficient Boston University offense with 19 points while Meghan Green added 14 points in 16 minutes off the bench in an 80-62 win at Vermont on Sunday. The Terriers (5-8) shot just shy of 52 percent (27-of-52) for the game, scoring on 14-of-28 buckets in the first half and 13-of-24 in the second, along with a 6-of-13 clip from long distance. BU, which never trailed, jumped out to a 14-7 lead six minutes into the contest and was up by as many as 20 in the first half before settling for a 44-27 halftime advantage. Vermont cut the BU lead to 49-37 five minute into the second before the Terriers regained control with back-to-back treys from Clodagh Scannell and Sarah Hope. The Terriers scored six straight points later in the half with Courtney Latham’s layup giving BU a 75-50 lead with 5:23 to play. BU turned 16 Vermont turnovers into 22 points, and won despite the Catamounts having a 16-6 advantage in second chance points.
Brisje Malone’s running jumper as time expired lifted Holy Cross (8-3) to a 51-49 win over Saint Louis in a meeting of Jesuit schools in the consolation round of the Cyclone Challenges in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday. Malone finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists to pace the Crusaders, while Emily Parker scored a team-high 13 and Raquel Scott scored 10 with eight boards. Both teams overcame slow shooting numbers in the first half, with the Crusaders hitting 25 percent and the Billikens 22 percent in the first 20 minutes that saw Holy Cross take a 22-21 lead into the break. Holy Cross nudged in front 49-44 thanks in part to a 6-0 run. Saint Louis scored five straight points to tie the game at 49 with 23 seconds left to set up Malone’s final bucket, which came after she drove into the lane and floated a shot off the backboard as the buzzer sounded.
Playing its first game in 23 days, Navy (8-3) earned a 72-68 victory at Marshall on Sunday afternoon. Jade Geif had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Chloe Stapleton led all players with 26 points thanks to 8-of-14 shooting from the arc, the most 3-point buckets for any League player this season so far. Kara Pollinger, playing 30 minutes from her hometown, had 15 points, six boards and two assists. Navy held several 10-point leads in the first half before settling for a 35-33 advantage at the break. Stapleton drilled a trey to give the Mids a 51-40 lead at the 12:31 mark of the second half, and she sank another triple to put Navy ahead 67-57 with 5:45 left. The Thundering Herd rallied and cut the Mids’ lead to 70-66 with 33 seconds remaining, but Pollinger and Alix Membreno both sank key foul shots in the waning seconds to preserve the win. Navy finished 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) from the arc, one made triple shy of the League record of 15 set by the Mids during the 2010 Patriot League Tournament.
Mariah Jones scored a team-leading 10 points and Catherine Lewis added eight in Colgate’s 96-46 loss at Michigan State on Sunday. The Raiders (4-7), who are close out a stretch of five straight road games on Thursday in the League opener at Lehigh, were outscored 26-9 from the foul line,30-9 from the 3-point arc and 15-3 in second chance points. The Spartans used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to turn a 14-11 advantage into a 29-13 margin and never looked back. Colgate trailed 44-21 at the break and scored the first deuce of the second before Michigan State rattled off the next 17 to clamp down control.
Down just three at halftime, Lafayette (6-5) couldn’t rebound after California rattled off a 13-2 run early in the second in a 77-60 loss to the No. 23/22-ranked Bears on Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif. Danielle Fiacco tied for the team high with 13 points to go with eight rebounds and six blocks off the bench, while Linnel Macklin also scored 13 and Emily Homan chipped in 11 with six boards. Lafayette trailed 30-27 at halftime and tied the game on a Macklin trey just 17 seconds into the second before Cal went on its decisive run. The Bears built a 48-34 lead with 11:05 to play before the Leopards came within 53-44 three minutes later. Cal replied by scoring the next 10 points and led by as many as 22 in the final five minutes. Lafayette outrebounded Cal 49-42, but shot 23-of-74 (31.1 percent) for the game to the Bears’ 27-of-62 (43.5 percent).
Seven teams are at or above .500 with League play on the horizon starting on Thursday. All five games will air on Patriot League Network and are set for 7 p.m. tips. Colgate visits Lehigh, Holy Cross welcomes Boston University, Army hosts Lafayette, Bucknell heads to American and Loyola Maryland takes the short trip to Navy.
at Army 108, Staten Island 64
Boston University 80, at Vermont 62
Holy Cross 51, vs. Saint Louis 49
Navy 72, at Marshall 68
at Michigan State 96, Colgate 46
at No. 23/22 California 77, Lafayette 60