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Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round Preview

Mar. 2, 2015

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The 2015 Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament begins the process of whittling down from 10 teams to one automatic NCAA qualifier when the postseason tips off on Wednesday. A pair of first-round contests are on tap as #10 seed Boston University visits #7 Colgate and #9 Loyola Maryland goes to #8 Lafayette, with both games scheduled for 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.

Patriot League Twitter Notebook – @PL_WBB

*American, Army, Bucknell and Holy Cross earn top four seeds in 2015 Patriot League Tournament.
*American (21-8, 16-2) will enter the PL Tournament on an eight-game winning streak after a 65-55 win over Bucknell.
*Army (22-6, 14-4) improved to 12-1 at home on the season with a 57-41 win against Lafayette.
*Holy Cross (15-16, 11-7) moved to within a game of a .500 record by defeating Boston University 76-62 on Saturday.
*Bucknell (18-11, 10-8) secured the fourth seed in the PL Tournament despite a 65-55 loss at first place American.
*Navy (16-13, 10-8) avenged an early-season loss to Loyola Maryland by defeating the Greyhounds 59-50 at Alumni Hall.
*Lehigh (17-11, 9-9) dropped its 4th straight game and will enter the postseason as the #6 seed after a 61-60 loss to Colgate
*Lafayette (13-16, 6-12) lost 57-41 at Army on Saturday after defeating the Black Knights in the Patriot League opener.
*Colgate (8-21, 7-11) jumped in to the #7 seed following a 61-60 win at Lehigh for the Raiders third straight victory.
*Loyola (7-22, 5-13) ended up with a split with Navy after falling 59-50 to the Mids on the road to end the regular season.
*Boston University (5-24, 2-16) is still seeking its first road win of the season following a 76-62 loss at Holy Cross.

Patriot League Notebook

Bucknell, Holy Cross Lock Down Final Two Quarterfinal Home Games
Holy Cross secured the No. 3 seed spot in the 2015 Patriot League Tournament with a 76-62 win over Boston University early on the final day of the regular season and, despite a 65-55 loss at American, Bucknell backed in to the No. 4 spot when Navy knocked off Loyola Maryland 59-50 later that evening. Colgate and Lafayette switched positions in the standings when Lafayette lost 57-41 at Army and the Raiders edged Lehigh 61-60. Colgate ended the season as the No. 7 seed and the Leopards are No. 8..

Colgate, Lafayette to Host First Round Contests on Wednesday
Colgate earned the #7 and will host a Patriot League Tournament playoff game for the first time since 2004 when the Raiders welcome #10 Boston University to Cotterell Court at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Colgate split with the Terriers during the regular season with each team winning on its home court. The BU-Colgate winner will head to Army to face the #2 Black Knights in a Friday quarterfinal. The first playoff game at Lafayette since 2000 will also take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as the Leopards host Loyola Maryland. Lafayette swept the Greyhounds during the regular season as both teams vie for the right to meet #1 American in Washington, D.C. in another Friday quarterfinal.

Lehigh-Holy Cross, Navy-Bucknell set for Quarterfinal Round
American and Army, the top two seeds in the Patriot League postseason, await the outcome of Wednesday’s first round games to determine who they will host in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal. The matchups are set in Lewisburg, Pa. and Worcester, Mass., however, as #4 Bucknell will host #5 Navy and #3 Holy Cross will welcome #6 Lehigh. During the regular season, Bucknell won a pair of very close games against Navy and Lehigh defeated the Crusaders at home and in the Hart Center. The game time for Lehigh-Holy Cross is 6 p.m. with Navy-Bucknell tipping off an hour later.

Top Seed American Seeks First Patriot League Tournament Title
American enters the 2015 Patriot League Tournament as the top seed for the third time (2008, 2012) but has never reached the tournament final from that position. In fact, the Eagles have yet to win a Patriot League Championship despite making four appearances in the title game (2004, 2007, 2010, 2011) and are seeking their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

2014-15 Women’s Basketball All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards

Player of the Year: Jen Dumiak, American (Sr., G)
Defensive Player of the Year: Shaquilla Curtis, American (Sr., G)
Rookie of the Year: Jacquie Klotz, Bucknell (Fr., G)
Coach of the Year: Megan Gebbia, American

First-Team All-Patriot League: Jen Dumiak, American (Sr., G); Kelsey Minato, Army (Jr., G); Audrey Dotson, Bucknell (Sr., F); Raquel Scott, Holy Cross (Jr., F); Emily Homan, Lafayette (Sr., F).

Second-Team All-Patriot League: Claire DeBoer, Bucknell (So., F); Carole Harris, Colgate (Sr., F); Lexi Martins, Lehigh (So., F); Katie O’Reilly, Lehigh (Sr., G/F); Colleen Marshall, Loyola Maryland (Jr., G).

Third-Team All-Patriot League: Michelle Holmes, American (Jr., F); Arron Zimmerman, American (Sr., F); Olivia Schretzman, Army (Sr., F); Lisa Mifsud, Holy Cross (Jr., G); Jamie O’Hare, Lafayette (Jr., G); Kerry Kinek, Lehigh (Jr., F).

All-Rookie: Jacquie Klotz, Bucknell (Fr., G); Katie Doherty, Holy Cross, (Fr., G); Quinci Mann, Lehigh (Fr., G); Bri Betz-White, Loyola Maryland (Fr., G); Taylor Dunham, Navy (Fr., G)

American’s Jen Dumiak Named to Academic All-America First Team
In addition to being named the Patriot League’s Player of the Year, American University graduate student Jen Dumiak, a point guard for regular season champion Eagles, was named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Division I women’s basketball first team on Thursday. Dumiak is the 11th American student-athlete to be named to a CoSIDA All-America team since joining the Patriot League in 2001. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics, Dumiak carries a 4.0 grade point average after graduating summa cum laude with a double degree in mathematics and economics in only three years. On the court, she averages more than 17 points per game while dishing out 6.4 assists and shooting 92.8 percent from the foul line.

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. The Black Knights were tabbed to repeat as champion in the preseason poll of League coaches and SIDs who are not eligible to rank their own team. They 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 on CBS Sports Network
The Patriot League Men and Women’s Basketball Championship will be televised on CBS Sports Network again this season on Saturday, March 14 at 6 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.

Follow the Action on Patriot League Network
Once again, the Patriot League has partnered 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. The eight games of the Patriot League Tournament leading up to the Championship game will be streamed free on PLN.

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.

2015 Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament

First Round ~ Wednesday, March 4 ~ Cotterell Court / Hamilton, N.Y.

No. 10 Boston U. Terriers (5-24, 2-16 PL) at No. 7 Colgate Raiders (8-21, 7-11 PL), 7 p.m.
2015: Boston U. 58, Colgate 53 (Boston, Mass, 1.14.15); Colgate 67, Boston U. 54 (Hamilton, N.Y., 2.11.15)

Boston University and Colgate split a pair of regular season contests with each team protecting its home court. The Terriers earned one of their two wins in League play as sophomore guard Sarah Hope scored a career-high 22 points in a 58-53 victory in what proved to be her final full game before being lost for the season due to injury. The Raiders won the rematch a month later as junior guard Randyll Butler scored 18 points and senior forward Carole Harris contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Boston University Playing with only eight healthy players for much of the season, the Terriers struggled in their first season under new head coach Katy Steding. The Terriers are led by sophomore forward Meghan Green who averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds to rank among the top 10 in the Patriot League in both categories.

Forward Mollie McKendrick has put together a steady senior campaign for BU with 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest and junior guard Troi Melton has led the Terriers in scoring in three of the last five contests.

Colgate After losing an inordinate amount of close games in the first half of the Patriot League regular season, the Raiders figured it out late and put together a season-high three-game winning streak to earn the No. 7 seed for the postseason tournament.

Colgate is led by senior forward Carole Harris, who scores at a 11.1 points per game clip and is the third leading rebounder at 7.8. The Lansing, Mich. native was named to the All-Patriot League second team on Tuesday. The backcourt of junior Randyll Butler and seniors Mariah Jones and Missy Repoli give head coach Nicci Hays-Fort a three-headed attack at the guard position.

First Round ~ Wednesday, March 4 ~ Kirby Sports Center / Easton, Pa.

No. 8 Loyola Greyhounds (7-22, 5-13 PL) at No. 9 Lafayette Leopards (13-16, 6-12 PL), 7 p.m.
2015: Lafayette 57, Loyola 49 (Baltimore, Md., 1.14.15); Lafayette 69, Loyola 63 (Easton, Pa., 2.11.15)

Both games were close, but Lafayette came out on top twice during the regular season in head-to-head matchups against the Greyhounds. Loyola Maryland built a 14-point halftime lead at home in the first meeting only to watch the Leopards storm back for a 57-49 victory as seniors Emily Homan and Maddie Peabody combined for 30 points. Homan was the culprit again the second time around with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-63 victory.

Loyola Maryland The backcourt of junior Colleen Marshall, a second team All-Patriot League performer, and Bri Betz-White, who was named to the All-Rookie team on Tuesday, make the Greyhounds go under 10th-year head coach Joe Logan. Marshall is capable of exploding at any time, as evidenced by her 35-point performance earlier this season against Boston University.

Junior forward Jeneh Perry is Loyola’s biggest threat down low, averaging 7.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest and led the Greyhounds in rebounding on 16 occasions during the regular season.

Lafayette After starting the season strong with a 7-4 non-League record that included a home win over Penn, the Leopards scuffled to a 6-12 mark in the Patriot League despite another standout season from senior forward Emily Homan. The Upper Darby, Pa., native ranks in the top five in scoring (16.9) and rebounding (6.8) among the League leaders and is second all-time in program history in points (1,544) and rebounds (831).

Junior guard Jamie O’Hare averages 11.7 points per game and has knocked down a team-high 59 three-point field goals. O’Hare was an All-Patriot League Third Team selection this season.

Patriot League Weekly Awards (2.23-3.1)

American senior guard Jen Dumiak and Bucknell freshman guard Jacquie Klotz, both multiple time winners of the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Women’s Basketball awards during the 2014-15 season, were named Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for performances in games from Feb. 23-Mar. 1.

Dumiak was chosen as the Player of the Week for the fifth time this season after averaging 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in wins over Navy and Bucknell. The Eagles will enter the Patriot League Tournament as the regular season champion and No. 1 seed after finishing the season on an eight-game winning streak.

Klotz completed the regular season with a red-hot month of February and captured her fourth consecutive Rookie of the Week honor. The freshman guard averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Bison split games with Lehigh and American. Bucknell will host a quarterfinal round playoff game on Friday as the No. 4 seed.

Honorable mention status for the week ending Mar. 1 goes to Army junior Kelsey Minato, Bucknell senior Audrey Dotson and Colgate junior Randyll Butler.

Lids Team Sports Player of the Week
Sr., G, 5-10; Carlsbad, Calif.
Dumiak earned her fifth Lids Team Sports Player of the Week honor leading American to its eight straight win with victories over Navy and Bucknell to close out the regular season. On a cold-shooting night for her teammates, Dumiak scored 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line in a 41-29 win over the Mids. Dumiak followed that up with her seventh double-double of the season (18 points, 11 rebounds) in a win over Bucknell.

Lids Team Sports Rookie of the Week
Fr., G, 6-0; West Windsor, N.J.
Klotz earned her fourth consecutive Lids Team Sports Rookie of the Week award by netting 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a 69-61 win over Lehigh and keeping the Bison close with 16 points and seven boards in a loss at American to end the regular season. The four straight Rookie of the Week honors in one shy of the Patriot League record of five.

Honorable Mention

KELSEY MINATO, ARMY Jr., G, 5-8; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Minato averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game last week as the Black Knights swept games against Boston University and Lafayette.

AUDREY DOTSON, BUCKNELL Sr., F, 6-1; Vienna, Va.
Dotson averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as the Bison split a pair of games against Lehigh and American last week.

RANDYLL BUTLER, COLGATE Jr., G, 5-8 Chicago, Ill.
Butler averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 steals as the Raiders ended the regular season with wins over Lafayette and Lehigh.

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