March 5, 2016
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – American and Colgate captured wins in the first round of the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals on Monday. The Eagles defeated Boston University 61-53, while the Raiders defeated Lafayette for the third time this season, 80-68.
#7 American will head to #2 Bucknell, while #8 Colgate will take on #1 Army West Point in Monday’s quarterfinal round. Also playing on Monday is #5 Holy Cross at #4 Lehigh, and #6 Navy at #3 Loyola Maryland. All four games will be shown on the Patriot League Network and begin at 7 p.m. with the exception of the game at West Point, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, view Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament Central and the Tournament Bracket.
First Round Scores
#7 American 61, #10 Boston University 53
#8 Colgate 80, #9 Lafayette 68
Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round Notes
* American/Boston University – The Eagles were able to shake off the Terriers comeback attempt and secured a first round win in the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday at Bender Arena in D.C., 61-53 … After Boston University scored the first basket, American went on a 6-0 run to pull ahead … Trailing 13-6 at the start of the second quarter, BU’s Meghan Green scored the next four points to bring the visitors within three points … After a field goal from each team to make it 15-12, AU senior Ari Booth drilled a three-pointer with 7:35 on the clock … Her basket from downtown began a run of 11 straight points from the senior that included two more treys, with the final one coming at 4:01 to give the home team a 26-16 lead … Beginning the third quarter with a 30-19 advantage, a pair of free throws early in the period by sophomore Maria Liddane gave the Eagles their largest lead of the day with 13 points, 32-19 … The Terriers cut the deficit to four twice halfway through the four period, with the second time coming at 4:36 after a pair of good free throws from Green, 50-46 … However, nine of American’s final 11 points came from the charity stripe, helping secure the victory … Booth had an outstanding night, tallying a career-high 23 points to lead AU … Liddane also had a career game, netting a personal-best 19 points and seven rebounds … Junior Lauren Crisler also contributed seven boards and also added four points and three blocks … Off the bench, Green led Boston U. with 17 points, while graduate student Troi Melton pitched in 10 points and five steals.
* Colgate/Lafayette – The Raiders completed the three-game season sweep of the Leopards with a Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament first round 80-68 victory at Cotterell Court on Saturday – marking the first three-game sweep of an opponent since the three-game sweep of Bucknell in the 2003-04 season … Lafayette shot 41.7 percent (15-of-46) from the floor and made 40.0 percent (2-of-5) from beyond the arc in the first half, opposed to Colgate’s 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from the floor and 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from long range … Early foul trouble forced Colgate senior Josie Stockill to sit for a majority of the second quarter but didn’t let it stop her in the latter half … The Raiders trailed the Leopards 38-35 to start the second half, but back-to-back three-pointers from sophomore Ariel Etheridge and senior Paige Kriftcher followed by a layup by Stockill gave the home team a 43-38 lead – one they would hold the remainder of the way … Colgate outscored Lafayette 22-8 in the third quarter – backed by Stockill;s 10 points and nine rebounds — for a 57-46 lead and then posted a 23-22 advantage in the final period for the victory … Stockill finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while adding four blocks … Over the three meetings with the Leopards this season, the senior totaled 64 points, 34 rebounds, and 20 blocks – posting double-doubles in all three contests … Kriftcher tallied 14 points, while junior Katie Curtis followed with 13 points, five assists, and four steals … Etheridge finished with 11 points … Sophomore Julia Barcello led all rebounds with 14, for her third straight career-high performance … Tallying a double-double, Lafayette senior Jamie O’Hare netted 10 points and dished out 15 assists, marking the most helpers by an individual in the League this season … The senior’s 15 assists was one shy of matching the Patriot League tournament record, set by Army West Point’s Kim Kawamoto on March 6, 1992, but it will go in the history book as a first round record … O’Hare breaks the previous mark of five … In addition, she moves into second all-time in program history with a career total of 412 assists … Junior Maia Hood netted a career-high 27 points — shattering her old record of 18 points – going 8-of-11 from the field while converting all nine of her free throw attempts … She also stamped her name in the tournament record book, for points scored in a first round game … Sophomore Anna Ptasinski also reached double digits on Saturday, pitching in a career-high 15 points, making 3-of-5 from long range and 4-of-6 from the floor … Ptasinski and Hood combined for 25 of Lafayette’s 30 points in the second half.