Patriot League Women’s Basketball Notebook (12.3.21)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – All 10 Patriot League women’s basketball programs will play a combined 17 non-League games from Friday, December 3 to Thursday, December 9. Thirteen games will be available on ESPN+.
Upcoming Schedule (all times EST)
FRIDAY, DEC. 3
Penn at Bucknell 6 p.m. ESPN+
SATURDAY, DEC. 4
Rider at Army 1 p.m. ESPN+
NJIT at Lafayette 2 p.m. ESPN+
Binghamton at Lehigh 2 p.m. ESPN+
Mount St. Mary’s at Loyola 5 p.m. ESPN+
SUNDAY, DEC. 5
Brown at Holy Cross Noon ESPN+
Navy at UMES 1 p.m. Facebook Live
Albany at Colgate 2 p.m. ESPN+
Radford at American 6 p.m. ESPN+
MONDAY, Dec. 6
Bucknell at St. Bonaventure 6 p.m. ESPN+
tUESday, dec. 7
American at Virginia 7 p.m. ACCNX
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8
Army at Bryant 5 p.m. NEC Front Row
Holy Cross at New Hampshire 6 p.m. ESPN+
Morgan State at Loyola 7 p.m. ESPN+
tHURSday, dec. 9
Lafayette at UMBC 5:30 p.m. ESPN+
Boston U at Merrimack 7 p.m. NEC Front Row
St. Bonaventure at Colgate 7 p.m. ESPN+
Patriot League in the Polls
Lehigh received the No. 19 spot in this week’s College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll, followed by Bucknell at No. 24.
Stat Leaders in the Patriot League
* Navy’s Jennifer Coleman leads the conference in points per game with 22.5, followed by Bucknell’s Taylor O’Brien averaging 18.1 points per game.
* Coleman also paces the League in rebounds per game (9.8), while Loyola Maryland’s Lex Therien follows with 9.4 boards per game.
* Lehigh’s Clair Steele is averaging 6.0 assists per game, followed by Coleman (4.8), Colgate’s Alexa Brodie (3.9) and Lafayette’s Jessica Booth (3.9).
* As a team, Lehigh is scoring an average of 76.9 points per game, followed by Army West Point (70.2) and Holy Cross (63.1)
O’Brien in NCAA Women’s Basketball’s Starting Five
Bucknell senior guard Taylor O’Brien was one of the five NCAA Division I student-athletes named to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Starting Five following her week three performance. O’Brien totaled 61 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and four assists during a 3-0 week for Bucknell. After scoring 15 points in a 55-48 win over Iona on Tuesday, she totaled 46 points on 18-of-26 (69.2%) shooting to guide Bucknell to two wins and a championship title at the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vt. over the weekend, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the tournament. As a team, the Bison look for their fifth-straight win this season against Penn on Friday night.
Patriot League Ranks Among NCAA Leaders in Graduate Rate Report
The Patriot League recorded a 96 percent graduate success rate (GSR) and an 86 percent federal graduation rate (FGR) in data released by the NCAA on Thursday. The League ranked among the top-two NCAA Division I conferences in both academic success measures for student-athletes. Patriot League women’s basketball programs recorded the best FGR score (94) among NCAA Division I conferences, with Colgate and Lehigh posting perfect scores. The League’s women’s basketball programs finished 17th with a GSR score of 95 percent. Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Loyola Maryland registered perfect GSR scores.
Patriot League GEICO Women’s Basketball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
11.15 Jade Edwards, American – Led the team to a 2-0 weekend with a combined 45 points and 15 rebounds against Marist and Vermont
11.22 Jennifer Coleman, Navy – Recorded back-to-back double-doubles as Navy earned wins over
William & Mary (66-54) and Vermont (55-51)
11.29 Jade Edwards, American – Totaled 61 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and four assists during a
3-0 week for Bucknell
Rookie of the Week
11.15 Sophia Diehl, Colgate – Averaged 12 points and 7.50 rebounds as the team went 1-1 vs. Cornell and UMBC
11.22 Lex Therien, Loyola – Averaged 12.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game during a 1-1 week
11.29 Cecelia Collins, Bucknell – Scored in double figures in all three Bucknell wins, including
a career-high 16 in the win over Iona, to total 44 points
CBS Sports Network to Air Four League WBB Games
Four Patriot League women’s basketball games will be televised on CBS Sports Network during the 2021-22 season, including the women’s championship game. The television schedule tips off when American plays at Bucknell on Sunday, January 16 at 4 p.m. before Navy hosts Army on Saturday, January 22 at 11 a.m. Navy travels to Army on Saturday, February 12. The Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship will also be televised on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, March 13, at noon.
“Welcome to the League, Coach!”
Four schools announced the hiring of head coaches last spring, including Army West Point (Missy
Traversi), Boston University (Melissa Graves), Colgate (Ganiyat Adeduntan), and Loyola Maryland
ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.