Nov. 15, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Bucknell and Lafayette each posted wins on opening night and three other Patriot League women’s basketball teams fell just short in closely-contested road games to start the 2014-15 season.
Playing at home, the Leopards started slowly before building a 10-halftime lead and cruising to a 63-52 victory over Delaware while the Bison went on the road and shocked perennial Mid-American Conference power Bowling Green 53-52.
Boston University, playing at Northeastern in its first game under new coach Katy Steding, took a late lead but couldn’t hold on in a 75-74 setback to the Huskies. Loyola Maryland lost in similar fashion, falling 72-71 at William & Mary on a basket in the closing seconds. In Greensboro, N.C., North Carolina A&T scored the final five points of the night in a 52-47 win over Navy.
Full recaps and box scores from each game can be found at the Patriot League women’s basketball schedule. Saturday’s schedule includes three games with defending champion Army playing at Quinnipiac at 2 p.m., Colgate traveling to Harvard for another 2 p.m. start and Lehigh traveling to Monmouth as Sue Troyan goes after her 300th career win as coach of the Mountain Hawks.
Highlights from the action on Friday night are included below.
Patriot League Women’s Basketball Notes – Nov. 14
*Boston University erased a nine-point second half deficit to take a three-point lead before falling on a Northeastern layup with nine seconds left.
*Lafayette used a 21-8 run midway through the first half to build a 10-point lead and never looked back in a win over Delaware.
*Bucknell’s 53-52 win came against a Bowling Green program that won 30 games a year ago and has seven straight 20-win seasons.
*Navy took a 28-22 lead into the half, but were outscored 31-19 over the final 20 minutes by North Carolina A&T.
*Senior Mollie McKendrick scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds in loss to Northeastern.
*Junior Claire Maree O’Bryan scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the first half as Bucknell took a 32-28 halftime lead in the win over Bowling Green.
*Senior forward Emily Homan and junior guard Jamie O’Hare shared scoring honors for Lafayette with 16 points each in win over Delaware.
*Navy freshman Sarah Reilly and Bucknell frosh Carly Richards each had impressive debuts with 10 points off the bench.