Patriot League Women's Basketball Recap - 12.30.12

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Geleisa George scored 10 points off the bench in American's win at Mount St. Mary's Sunday.
Geleisa George scored 10 points off the bench in American's win at Mount St. Mary's Sunday.

Dec. 30, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Four Patriot League women's basketball teams were victorious Sunday on the last day of games in 2012. American, Army, Holy Cross and Navy all secured victories, while Lafayette and Lehigh dropped contests.

Alexis Dobbs forced a turnover at midcourt in the final seconds, drove to the basket and laid it in with 0.2 seconds on the clock to lift American (7-5) to a 48-46 victory at Mount St. Mary's Sunday afternoon. Dobbs' game-winning effort was set up by T'Asia McGeorge's game-tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, which capped off American's comeback from 11 down with 9:21 left. McGeorge finished with a team-high 11 points, while Geleisa George added 10 off the bench. Dobbs scored seven with seven rebounds and four assists, while Stephanie Anya added seven points and eight rebounds. The Eagles closed the game on a 17-6 run.

Army ended a 17-day layoff and showed no signs of slowing down, picking up its 10th win of the season with a 67-51 triumph over visiting Bryant at West Point. Freshman guard Kelsey Minato led all scorers with a career-high 24 points, which came on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Olivia Schretzman scored 14 points with eight rebounds, and Anna Simmers poured in 13 points and hauled in seven boards. The Black Knights (10-3) outrebounded Bryant 45-35, with 14 of those coming on the offensive glass, helping Army to a commanding 23-4 edge in second-chance points. Army led 32-26 at halftime, but Bryant rallied to a 36-35 lead a little more than five minutes into the second half. The Black Knights replied with a 14-0 run to take command and ballooned the lead to as many as 18 late in the game.

Alex Smith led Holy Cross (6-6) with 15 points as the Crusaders ended their two-day trip through Florida with a 1-1 mark with a 63-54 win at Bethune-Cookman Sunday afternoon. Smith grabbed five rebounds with a pair of steals and hit three 3-pointers in the game, while Christine Ganser and Ashley Cooper added 13 points apiece. Bethune-Cookman shot 20 of 55 from the floor to the Crusaders' 15 of 43, but Holy Cross was 26 of 33 from the foul line while the Wildcats were 10 of 22. Holy Cross led 31-25 at halftime and extended the lead to 11 on a Smith trey just past the midway point of the second half. B-CU cut the deficit to seven with 2:23 remaining, but the Crusaders hit 7 of 8 from the foul line to close the game.

Audrey Bauer powered Navy (7-6) with her first career double-double and the Mids used big runs to power past Marshall 67-51 Sunday afternoon in Annapolis in their final non-League home game of 2012-13. Bauer scored 18 points with 12 rebounds and shot 8 of 14 from the floor with a pair of treys, while Jade Geif poured in 15 points with five boards. Navy's first big run was a 21-3 spurt in the first half, which turned a 15-11 Marshall edge into a 32-18 Mid lead with 4:37 left until the break. After leading 36-26 at halftime, Navy used a 9-0 run to regain control after the Thundering Herd had pulled within six. In all, Navy had runs of 11-0, 10-0, 9-0 and 7-0 during the course of the contest and shot 52 percent from the field.

Four players hit double digits in points for Lafayette (5-8), but the Leopards couldn't erase an eight-point halftime deficit in a 66-54 loss to Providence in the championship game of the Fordham Holiday Classic Sunday. Danielle Fiacco had another dominant performance in the middle with 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, while Brya Freeland chipped in 12 points and Emily Homan and Linnel Macklin scored 10 apiece. The Friars built an eight-point advantage in the first 6:25, and it stayed pretty close to that until Providence took a 26-18 lead into the half. Macklin's 3 1:06 into the second half cut Lafayette's deficit to five, but the Friars went up 39-29 with 14:27 left. The Leopards rallied back with a 7-0 run to come within 52-47 with 4:10 remaining and trailed 56-51 with 2:41 to go, but the Friars used a 7-0 run of their own to put the game away.

Lindsay Hoskins scored a team-high 11 points with eight rebounds, but Lehigh fell 72-44 to Boston University in the title game of the Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem Sunday. The Terriers shot nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 12 3-pointers to Lehigh's two. Boston University jumped out to a 9-0 advantage and led by as many as 15 before taking a 33-21 lead at the half. BU's lead expanded to 20 three minutes into the second half, and it stayed there throughout most of the rest of the contest. Hilary Weaver and Becky Guman both added nine points apiece for the Mountain Hawks (5-7).

Teams are off for the New Year's holiday, and games resume Jan. 2 with three contests. Army visits Brown at 6 p.m., while Bucknell hosts Cornell and Lehigh goes to Mount St. Mary's, both at 7 p.m.

American 48, at Mount St. Mary's 46

at Army 67, Bryant 51

Holy Cross 63, at Bethune-Cookman 54

at Navy 67, Marshall 51

Providence 66, Lafayette 54

Boston University 72, at Lehigh 44