The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 1, 2014

Women's basketball: Talent abounds in Patriot League


The Red Raiders (4-7) are looking to build on the last year's PL tournament upset of Army. Colgate is led by its backcourt of senior Lauren Kobiela (11.3 ppg) and junior Mariah Jones (10.5 ppg). Junior Carole Harris provides Colgate a post presence with 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

There are several other teams with a chance at the league title if either of the service academies doesn't claim it.

Long-time league power Holy Cross (8-3) looks to return to the top of the league this season. The Crusaders, whose coach Bill Gibbons in his 29th season, have won 11 Patriot League titles, but haven't been at the top since the 2004-05 season. Holy Cross has one of the top backcourts in the league with Alex Smith (14.4 ppg) and Brisje Malone (10.5 ppg) each averaging more than five assists per game. Sophomore forward Raquel Scott leads the team with 15.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Lehigh (7-4) is looking to bounce back from a down year. The Engineers finished 6-8 in the Patriot League last season, the first time in the five seasons Lehigh finished outside the top three. Sophomore forward Kerry Kinek, the league's leading rebounder last season, is averaging 18.6 points and seven rebounds per game, while senior guard Katie O'Reilly chips in 11.9 points per contest.

Lafayette (6-5) got off to a quick start to the season, but has lost five of its last seven games. Emily Homan, a senior guard, leads the team at 13 points per game, while 6-foot-7 senior senior Danielle Fiacco adds 9.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Two new teams join the Patriot League this season in Boston University and Loyola (Md.).

The Terriers (5-8) made the Women's National Invitational Tournament last season, but have to replace three senior starters. Senior guard Danielle Callahan (11.2 ppg) and senior forward Rashidat Agbola (11 ppg, 6.8 rpg).

The Greyhounds (3-8) have struggled away from home in the pre-conference schedule, going just 1-6.

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