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American, Army, Lehigh and Navy Advance to Semifinal Round of Women’s Basketball Tournament

Mar. 6, 2015

Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament Central

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The top two seeds in the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament won, but a home court advantage didn’t guarantee victories for Bucknell or Holy Cross as the postseason field whittled to a final four following quarterfinal action on Friday night.

Top seed American used a big push to start the second half and pull away for a 79-56 win over No. 8 Lafayette, but they were the only higher seeded team to enjoy an easy night. Army, the No. 2 seed, found themselves trailing No. 7 Colgate by six points in the final five minutes before rallying to force overtime and escaping Christl Arena with a 48-45 victory.

Despite limping into the postseason as the No. 6 seed, Lehigh proved they have Holy Cross’ number as they posted their third win over the Crusaders with a 75-62 win at the Hart Center. Navy was the other road team to earn a win in the quarterfinal round as the Mids turned the tables on Bucknell, a team that swept them during the regular season, with a 60-49 win.

The results set up a pair of 7 p.m. semifinals on Monday night. American will host Navy at Bender Arena and Army will welcome Lehigh to Christl Arena. The Eagles swept Navy during the regular season while Army and Lehigh split with each team winning on its home floor.

Both games will be available live on the Patriot League Network. The semifinal winners will meet in the Championship game on Saturday, March 14 at the site of the highest remaining seed at 6 p.m. in a game broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

No. 6 Lehigh 75, No. 3 Holy Cross 62

Box Score

Five players scored in double figures as sixth-seeded Lehigh defeated Holy Cross for the third time this season, 75-62 at the Hart Center. The Mountain Hawks were all over the hosts from the outset building a 24-point lead in the first half. Holy Cross drew as close as seven points in the final minutes but could not overcome Lehigh’s hot start.

Kerry Kinek led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds as Lehigh (18-11) snapped a four-game losing streak and had its largest scoring output in a month. Sarah Williams finished with 13 points and six boards, Quinci Mann 12 points, Lexi Martins with 11 points and seven rebounds and Katie O’Reilly 10 points and four assists.

Holy Cross (15-17) junior forward Raquel Scott led all scorers with 20 points and 14 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. Lisfud Mifsud and Emily Parker chipped in with 10 points apiece.

The Mountain Hawks advance to face second-seeded Army, a 48-45 winner over Colgate on Friday night.

No. 2 Army 48, No. 7 Colgate 45 (OT)

Box Score

Junior forward Aimee Oertner hit a driving layup with two seconds remaining to force overtime and converted another with 38 seconds remaining in the extra session to help second-seeded Army survive upset-minded Colgate 48-45.

The Raiders (9-22) had grabbed a 38-32 lead with 4:50 left in regulation on a jump shot by junior guard Randyll Butler. The Black Knights scored the final six points of the second half on four free throws and Oertner’s strong finish. Colgate senior guard Missy Repoli put them back in front with a three-point field goal early in the extra session but the lead see-sawed back and forth Oertner gave Army the lead for good off an assist from Kelsey Minato.

Minato and Oertner led the Black Knights (23-6) with 14 and 12 points, respectively, and senior forward Olivia Schretzman contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.

Josie Stockill was Colgate’s top scorer with a dozen points and nine rebounds while Butler stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Army will host Lehigh in a Monday semifinal after the Mountain Hawks knocked off third-seeded Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

No. 1 American 79, No. 8 Lafayette 56

Box Score

American broke open a close game with a 20-2 run to start the second half to pull away from eighth-seeded Lafayette for a 79-56 victory in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Senior forward Arron Zimmerman fueled the burst with nine of her team-high 17 points in a nearly seven-minute stretch at the outset of the second half. All 11 players who saw game action scored for the Eagles (22-8) as they extended the lead to as many as 30 points late in the seond half.

Michelle Holmes supported Zimmerman with 14 points and Shaquilla Curtis added 10. Patriot League Player of the Year Jen Dumiak played the role of facilitator, finishing with nine assists.

Lafayette junior guard Jamie O’Hare led all scorers with 19 points for the Leopards (14-17) and seniors Emily Homan and Linnel Macklin finished with 12 points in the final game of their collegiate careers.

Top-seeded American will welcome Navy, a 60-49 winner over Bucknell, to Bender Arena for a semifinal round matchup on Monday.

No. 5 Navy 60, No. 4 Bucknell 49

Box Score

The third time was the charm for Navy who knocked fourth-seeded Bucknell out of the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 60-49 victory Friday at Sojka Pavilion. The fifth-seeded Mids had lost to Bucknell twice during the regular season in a pair of extremely close contests.

Navy received a career-high night from sophomore guard Sarita Condie who netted 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting — including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Condie sparked an 11-0 run by the Mids in the final 2-1/2 minutes of the first half that turned a five-point deficit into a six-point halftime advantage. In that stretch the Lovelock, Nev. native contributed five points, two steals, a rebound and an assist.

Freshman Hannah Fenske and Taylor Dunham combined for 24 points and connected on 5-of-12 three-point field goals as the Mids (17-13) made 10 trifectas on the evening.

Sophomore Claire Deboer scored 13 points, senior Audrey Dotson added 13 points and seven rebounds and Rookie of the Year Jacquie Klotz added eight points and 12 rebounds for Bucknell (18-12).

Navy will take a third crack at top-seeded American on Monday when the two meet in the semifinal round at Bender Arena.

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