BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Boston University earned the number one seed in the 2023 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship when the regular season concluded on Wednesday night. This year’s championship gets underway on Saturday, March 4 with two first-round contests.
Holy Cross enters the tournament as the two seed, while Lehigh sits at No. 3 and Colgate takes the No. 4 spot. The top four seeds will all host games in the quarterfinal round.
Army West Point rounds out the top five, followed by Bucknell (No. 6), American (No. 7), Lafayette (No. 8), Loyola Maryland (No. 9), and Navy (No. 10).
The Patriot League semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, March 9 followed by the championship game on Sunday, March 12. The championship game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network, while the first-round, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be streamed on ESPN+.
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Patriot League PenFed Credit Union Women’s Basketball Championship Schedule
First Round – Saturday, March 4
No. 9 Loyola Maryland at No. 8 Lafayette, 4 p.m., ESPN+
No. 10 Navy at No. 7 American, 5 p.m., ESPN+
Quarterfinal Round – Monday, March 6
Winner of No. 9/8 game at No. 1 Boston University, 6 p.m., ESPN+
Winner of No. 10/7 game at No. 2 Holy Cross, 7 p.m., ESPN+
No. 6 Bucknell at No. 3 Lehigh, 6 p.m., ESPN+
No. 5 Army West Point at No. 4 Colgate, 7 p.m., ESPN+
Semifinal Round – Thursday, March 9 | Hosted by Higher Seed
No. 5/4 winner vs. No. 9/8/1 winner
No. 6/3 winner vs. No. 10/7/2 winner
2023 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Championship Game – Sunday, March 12 | Hosted by Higher Seed
at Bucknell (13-16, 9-9 PL) 69, American (8-21, 7-11 PL) 66
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell sophomore forward Isabella King knocked down two free throws at the end of the game to seal the 69-66 win over American.
* Bucknell senior forward Emma Shaffer totaled 24 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th career double-double.
* Senior guard Tai Johnson and sophomore guard Cecilia Collins chipped in with 12 points apiece.
* American junior guard Ivy Bales netted 17 points, followed by senior forward Lauren Stack and junior forward Emily Johns with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
* Bales went 7-of-8 from the field, 2-of-3 from behind the arc and dished four assists.
Lehigh (16-13, 12-6 PL) 69 at Army West Point (12-16, 10-8 PL) 42
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Lehigh Mountain Hawks ended the regular season with a 69-42 win over Army West Point on Wednesday night.
* Lehigh had four players score double digits in the win: junior guard Mackenzie Kramer (16), senior guard Anna Harvey (15), freshman forward Lily Fandre (11), and sophomore guard Ella Stemmer (10).
* Kramer added seven rebounds, four steals and four assists, while Harvey grabbed a team-high eight boards.
* Army’s senior guard Hope Brown led the Black Knights with 12 points followed by senior forward Kamryn Hall’s 10-point performance.
* Senior forward Sabria Hunter paced the team in rebounds (9) and steals (3).
Lafayette (10-18, 7-11 PL) 74 at Navy (2-27, 2-16 PL) 64
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Lafayette junior guard Makayla Andrews dropped a game-high 27 points in the team’s 74-64 victory at Navy on Wednesday night.
* Andrews added 17 rebounds – 13 on the defensive end.
* Lafayette sophomore guard scored 17 points, followed by freshman guard Sauda Ntaconayigize (15) and freshman guard Kay Donahue (11).
* Navy freshman center Kate Samson finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Maren Louridas and senior forward Lindsay Llewellyn both added 11 points each.
Boston University (22-7, 17-1 PL) at Holy Cross (21-8, 13-5 PL)
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross snapped Boston University’s undefeated run in League play with a 57-53 win over the Terriers in the regular season finale.
* Holy Cross sophomore forward Lindsay Berger netted a career-high 22 points to go with four boards.
* Junior forward Janelle Allen had nine points, six rebounds and five assists, while junior guard Bronagh Power-Cassidy added eight points.
* BU junior forward Caitlin Weimar and senior guard Maggie Pina scored 11 points.
Colgate (16-13, 10-8 PL) 64 at Loyola Maryland (9-20, 4-14 PL) 50
BALTIMORE – A 19-point performance from Colgate sophomore guard Taylor Golembiewski propelled the Raiders to a 64-50 win over Loyola Maryland.
* Colgate senior guard Alexa Brodie added 14 points and five rebounds.
* Tiasia McMillan stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
* Loyola sophomore forward Lex Therien scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Fans can visit the Patriot League’s official website – www.patriotleague.org – for up-to-date scheduling information regarding men’s and women’s basketball in addition to the League’s other 22 sports. Nearly every Patriot League men’s and women’s basketball can be seen on ESPN+ – www.patriotleague.tv. International viewers can visit www.patriotleague.org/watch for League coverage. In addition, select Patriot League basketball games will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
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