Dec. 22, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Patriot League teams emerged from the exam break with a vengeance, posting an 8-3 mark in a busy weekend of action. Bucknell led the way with a pair of wins, Lafayette and Lehigh each split two contests and American, Army, Loyola Maryland and Navy all posted victories.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (12.15-12.21)
American senior guard Jen Dumiak and Loyola Maryland freshman guard Bri Betz-White were named the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Women’s Basketball weekly award winners for their performances in games from Dec. 15-21.
Dumiak netted 20 points in each of a pair of American victories last week. Her contributions went much beyond her scoring prowess as she also delivered 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals in road wins over Manhattan and Maryland-Eastern Shore. This is the first weekly award of the season for Dumiak and second all-time for the pre-season All-Patriot League selection.
Betz-White scored a career-high 19 points to help Loyola earn its second victory of the season. Trailing St. Peter’s by 12, the Mechanicsburg, Pa. native scored seven points during a decisive 23-0 run. This is the first weekly award of the season for Betz-White.
Honorable mention status for the week ending Dec. 21 goes to Army junior Jean Parker, Lafayette senior Emily Homan, Lehigh sophomore Lexi Martins and Loyola junior Jeneh Perry.
Lids Team Sports Player of the Week
JEN DUMIAK, AMERICAN Sr., G, 5-10; Carlsbad, Calif.
Dumiak averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals in road wins over Manhattan and Maryland-Eastern Shore. The senior guard scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half against the Jaspers to help AU pull away from a 24-all halftime deadlock while recording a career-high six steals and shooting an impressive .636 from the field. Scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half of the win over UMES, including 12 straight to give the Eagles the lead for good.
Lids Team Sports Rookie of the Week
BRI BETZ-WHITE, LOYOLA MARYLAND Fr., G, 5-3; Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Betz-White netted a career-high 19 points, forced two steals and grabbed two rebounds in the Greyhounds 59-49 win over St. Peter’s. Trailing by 12 in the second half, Betz-White ignited a 23-0 Loyola run with a three-point field goal. The Mechanicsburg, Pa. native scored seven of her 12 second half points during the game-turning stretch.
JEAN PARKER, ARMY Jr., G/F, 5-9; Portland, Ore.
Parker scored 17 points on 6-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from three-point range in a win over St. Thomas Aquinas.
EMILY HOMAN, LAFAYETTE Sr., F, 6-3; Upper Darby, Pa.
Homan averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in the Leopards 1-1 week.
LEXI MARTINS, LEHIGH So., F, 6-0; Irvington, N.Y.
Martins averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds as the Mountain Hawks split a pair of contests in the Arizona State Classic.
JENEH PERRY, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., F, 5-11; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Perry came off of the bench to contribute 15 points and seven rebounds in a win over St. Peter’s.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook – @PL_WBB
*Patriot League teams emerged from the exam break to go 8-3 over the weekend.
*Lehigh (8-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 72-69 win over Eastern Illinois in the ASU Classic.
*Army (8-2) improved to 3-0 all-time versus St. Thomas Aquinas with a 70-45 win Saturday at Christl Arena.
*Bucknell (7-3) had 10 different players score during the Bison 74-49 victory at Mount St. Mary’s.
*Boston U. (3-7) couldn’t stop the long-range shooting of Marist on Dec. 13, who connected on 13-of-16 in the first half.
*American (5-5) heads into the holiday break coming off of a 64-52 win at Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday.
*Holy Cross (2-8) lost for the first time in the last four meetings with Massachusetts on Dec. 14 in Amherst, Mass.
*Lafayette (6-4) used a 11-3 run to start the second half to pull away for a 66-50 win Sunday against NJIT.
*Navy (6-5) ended the non-League portion of its schedule with a 71-35 victory Sunday over St. Peter’s.
*Colgate (1-9) went on a 13-0 run to erase a 12-point deficit but lost to Kent State 62-61 on a basket in the final seconds.
*Loyola (2-7) earned its second win of the season by defeating St. Peter’s 59-49 Saturday at Reitz Arena.
Patriot League Notebook
Bucknell Wins Twice in a Busy Pre-Holiday Weekend
Patriot League teams emerged from the exam break with a vengeance, posting an 8-3 mark in a busy weekend of action. Bucknell led the way with wins over Yale (73-66) and Mount St. Mary’s (74-49). Lehigh suffered its first loss of the season 81-61 to host Arizona State in the ASU Classic but bounced back to defeat Eastern Illinois 72-69 in the consolation game. The other team to play a pair was Lafayette who lost a 60-58 heartbreaker at Stony Brook but rebounded to knock off NJIT 66-50. Other winners this weekend included Army who defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 70-45, American came out on top of Maryland-Eastern Shore 64-52, Navy doubled up St. Peter’s 71-35 a day after Loyola Maryland knocked off the Peacocks 59-49. Colgate suffered a 62-61 setback to Kent State on a jump shot by the Golden Flashes with 1.2 seconds remaining.
Colgate, Holy Cross Play in Monday Matinees
Only two games remain before Patriot League teams enter a brief holiday respite. Holy Cross welcomes UMass-Lowell in a “Get Fit with the Crusaders” matchup at 11:15 a.m. in front of more than 2,000 Worcester Public School students. Loyola Maryland tries to win back-to-back games when they host Cornell at 2 p.m. Some teams will have one final non-League tuneup on Sunday before heading into the beginning of Patriot League play.
Patriot League Play on the Horizon
There is less than two weeks until the start of the 18-game Patriot League regular season on Wednesday, Dec. 31. All 10 teams will play in New Year’s Eve matinees at 2 p.m. The opening week action features American at Bucknell, Army at Lafayette, Holy Cross at Boston University, Lehigh at Colgate and Navy at Loyola Maryland. The schools will play twice per week for nine weeks, concluding on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Follow the Action on Patriot League Network
Once again, the Patriot League will partner with Campus Insiders on the Patriot League Network, a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and postseason events for free. With the exception of the contests on CBS Sports Network, all home games both in non-League and Patriot League play will feature free live streaming on PLN.
Patriot League Players Rank Highly Among Statistical Leaders
Two-time Patriot League Player of the Year Kelsey Minato ranks in the top twenty among NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball players. The junior guard ranks 12th nationally at 22.2 points per game and is 19th with a 90.5 free throw percentage. A few spots ahead of Minato on the FT% list is American senior guard Jen Dumiak at 90.9. The highest ranking individual Patriot League player is Army junior guard Jean Parker who has connected on 12 of her last 14 three-point field goals to move into the 7th spot at 51.9%. A list of players and teams who appear in the top 100 can be found on page 7 of this release.
Looking to Join the 1,000-Point Club
A trio of Patriot League players are closing in on joining the 1,000-point club before the end of the month. American senior guard Jen Dumiak needs seven points to become the 17th player in program history to reach the mark. Bucknell senior forward Audrey Dotson is 11 points shy of joining 20 other Bison players who have scored 1,000 points in their career. Finally, Lehigh junior forward Kerry Kinek sits at 986 points heading into Sunday’s meeting with Duquesne needing 14 more to become the Mountain Hawks 16th 1,000 point scorer.
Colgate’s Harris, Holy Cross’ Scott Named `Good Works Team’ Nominees
Allstate Insurance Company and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association have announced the candidates for the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, which includes Colgate senior Carole Harris and Holy Cross junior Raquel Scott among 56 Division I Women’s Basketball nominees. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who choose to dedicate their limited free time to improving the lives of those around them. The final roster of award recipients will be unveiled in February and members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay.
Defending Champion Army Picked to Repeat in Patriot League
Army wasn’t picked to win the 2014 Patriot League Tournament title, but when the dust settled it was the Black Knights who were advancing to the NCAA Tournament. If Coach Dave Magarity’s squad is going to make a return engagement, they will have to do so as the frontrunner because Army was tabbed as the favorite in the preseason poll of League coaches and SIDs who are not eligible to rank their own team. The Black Knights totaled 159 points to come in front of second-place American, which totaled 132 points and one first-place vote. Bucknell and Holy Cross were tied for the third spot at 123 points, with the Bison receiving two first place votes. They are followed by Lehigh (88), Navy (85), Lafayette (70), Colgate (47), Boston University (39) and Loyola Maryland (34). The Mids, who finished as the regular season champion last season, received the remaining first place vote.
Patriot League Championship, Army-Bucknell on CBS Sports Network
The Patriot League Men’s Womens Basketball Championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network again this season on Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Also, the Feb. 15 regular season contest pitting defending Patriot League Champion Army against Bucknell will also be carried live by CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. The Patriot League enters into its 12th straight year in partnership with CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) is the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports. It is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers on Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DIRECTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information on how to get CBS Sports Network, visit CBSSportsNetwork.com.
American Sports Network to Carry Pair of Regular Season Games
The American Sports Network (ASN) will televise a pair Patriot League regular season women’s basketball games in January. The Lafayette at Lehigh meeting at 1 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 25 and the Navy at American matchup at 8 p.m. on Tue., Jan. 27 will be carried on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s affiliates in select regions of the country. ASN launched in July and has entered into comprehensive sports rights agreements with a number of NCAA Division I conferences, including the Patriot League.
2015 Patriot League Tournament
The 2015 Patriot League Tournament, featuring all 10 schools, begins with the first round on Wednesday, March 4 followed by the quarterfinals two days later. The semifinals will be played on Monday, March 9, with the Patriot League Championship held on Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. The first round, quarterfinal and semifinal games will be shown on Patriot League Network, with the championship on CBS Sports Network. All Patriot League Tournament games will be played at the site of the higher seed.
AMERICAN The Eagles are not home for the holidays as they will play the remainder of the calendar year away from Bender Arena with road contests at Wake Forest (12/28) and Bucknell (12/31) in the Patriot League opener. American will start 2015 on the road, too, with a game at Holy Cross on Jan. 3. Head coach Megan Gebbia’s squad will not play in front of a home crowd until Jan. 7 against Loyola Maryland… Senior guard Jen Dumiak netted 20 points for the second straight game as Americandefeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 64-52 on Saturday. The Carlsbad, Calif. native also collected five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Junior guard Ari Booth stepped up with a career-high 13 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
ARMY The Black Knights are sixth nationally in fewest turnovers per game with 11.6 and 15th in scoring defense at 52.1%. Army held the fort in both categories with a 70-45 win over Saint Thomas Aquinas on Saturday for their third straight victory. It was third win against the Spartans in as many tries … Junior guard Jean Parker has improved her three-point field goal percentage from 40-percent to 51.9 in the last two games by shooting a torrid 12-for-14 from behind the arc. The figures is good enough for 7th nationally … Junior guard Kelsey Minato scored 21 points against the Spartans to reach 1,344 career points and surpass Laurie Goetz (USMA ’87) for seventh on the team’s all-time scoring list. She hit the 20-point mark for the sixth time this season and for the 32nd time in her career, scoring in double figures for the 59th straight game.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY After leveling their record at 3-3 with a 62-57 win over Stephen F. Austin in the final game of November, the Terriers have dropped four straight to start the month of December. Boston University ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday as Marist hit 13-of-16 three-point field goals in the first 20 minutes to take a 57-24 halftime lead … One bright spot for BU in their final game beforebeginning a two-week exam break was the charity stripe. The Terriers connected on all 11 of their free throws including a perfect 10-for-10 by freshman forward Kara Sheftic. Sophomore forward Meghan Green led Boston U. in scoring with 15 points against the Red Foxes. The Bedford, N.H. native has led or tied for the team scoring lead in six of 10 contests this season.
BUCKNELL The Bison won their third straight contest following up a 73-66 him win over Yale on Friday with a 74-49 victory at Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday. Each game featured a dominating performance by a Bucknell athlete. In the win over the Bulldogs, senior forward Audrey Dotson exploded for 25 points and 15 rebounds for her 13th career double-double. Dostson made 10-of-15 field goals, including her only three-point attempt, and all four free throws. Against MSM, sophomore Claire DeBoer scored a season-high 21 points on a perfect 8-for-8 mark from the field … Bucknelloutrebounded the Mount 42-29 and has now won the rebounding battle in nine of its 10 games this season … Dotson is 11 points shy of the 1,000-point mark and head coach Aaron Roussell is one win shy of 200 for his career heading into Sunday’s game at Binghamton.
COLGATE The Raiders suffered a tough 62-61 home loss on Sunday on a jumper from Kent State’s Melanee Stubbs with 1.2 seconds remaining. Colgate had erased a 12-point deficit with a 13-0 run to take a 59-58 lead with 1:11 remaining. Two free throws by Colgate’s Josie Stockill had given the hosts a 61-60 lead with 15 seconds remaining before Stubbs delivered the game-winner … Stockill scored all of her career-high 18 points in the final 20 minutes. After attempting only one shot in the first half, the junior forward connected on 6-of-10 field goals and 6-of-7 seven free throws while playing the entire second half … Senior forward Carole Harris suffered an ankle injury late in the first half and did not return against the Golden Flashes. Senior guard Missy Repoli scored a season-high 13 points for the Raiders and junior guard Randyll Butler added 16 and nine rebounds in a valiant effort.
HOLY CROSS After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, pre-season All-Patriot League selection Raquel Scott has found her rhythm with four straight double-doubles and three straight games with 25+ points. The junior forward is averaging nearly a double-double with 20.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game … Junior guard Lisa Mifsud is quietly putting together a solid season. Following a career-high nine assists in a loss at UMass on Dec. 14, Mifsud is third in the Patriot League at 4.8 assists per game, sixth in scoring at 14.4 points per game and fifth in the League with a 1.3 assist to turnover ratio … After a home contest against UMass-Lowell on Dec. 22, Holy Cross will participate in the Seawolves Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-29 along with Norfolk State, Western Michigan and host Stony Brook.
LAFAYETTE The Leopards remained unbeaten at Kirby Sports Center (4-0) following a 66-50 win over NJIT on Sunday. Senior forward Emily Homan finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Linnel Macklin chipped in 12 points and four assists for Lafayette … A pair of freshman guards made significant contributions to the win against the Highlanders. Anna Ptasinski finished with eight points and four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench, while Sammy Stipa scored a career-high seven points in 16 minutes … The Leopards improved to 4-1 against NJIT all-time and head coach Dianne Nolan recored her 50th win at Lafayette since taking over as head coach in 2010 … The Leopards will play their final non-League contest at Saint Peter’s on Dec. 28 and will host Army on New Year’s Eve in the squad’s first Patriot League game of the 2014-15 season.
LEHIGH The Mountain Hawks suffered their first loss of the season Saturday to the host Sun Devils in the opening round of the Arizona State Classic. Coach Sue Troyan’s squad bounced back to defeat Eastern Illinois 72-69 in the consolation game the following day. Sophomore forward Lexi Martins averaged 16 points and seven rebounds in the two contests … The Mountain Hawks responded to a 14-0 second-half run by EIU with a 17-2 stretch that gave them a six-point advantage with 7:48remaining … Junior guard Elizabeth Jordan kept Lehigh in the game with EIU by draining four three-pointers in the first half to tie her career high with 12 points. Junior forward Kerry Kinek scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the Panthers.
LOYOLA MARYLAND The Greyhounds earned their second win of the season with a 59-49 victory over St. Peter’s on Saturday. Freshman guard Bri Betz-White led all players scoring a career-high 19 points, while junior Jeneh Perry added 15 points off the bench for Loyola Maryland. The Greyhounds trailed former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe by as much as 12 points early in the second half before Betz-White kicked off a 23-0 run with a three-point field goal … Prior to tipoff, the Peacocks’ head coach Pat Coyle, who led the Greyhounds to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 1993 and `94, was recognized for her achievement on the Evergreen Campus. Loyola continues its seven-game homestand on Monday, hosting Cornell University at 2 p.m. before ending the non-League schedule with a home game against George Washington University.
NAVY The Mids tuned up for the Patriot League regular season with a 71-35 victory over St. Peter’s on Sunday. The Peacocks scored the opening basket of the game, but Navy answered with 15 straight points over the next four minutes. After the visitors trimmed the deficit to eight points midway through the first half, The Mids finished with a 21-6 stretch to take a 39-16 halftime lead. Navy’s lead neverdipped below 22 points over the remainder of the game … Sophomore guard Sarita Condie set career highs on the afternoon in both points and rebounds with 14 and six, respectively, to lead the Mids in both categories while also adding three assists and two steals in just 16 minutes of playing time. Junior forward Peri Curtis and sophomore guard Danielle Poblarp joined Condie in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively.