Conference tournaments

March 01, 2002|By Kent Baker

State women

Patriot League Site: Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro.

When: Tomorrow through Wednesday, final at highest remaining seed.

2001 champion: Holy Cross.

2002 favorite: Holy Cross. The Crusaders captured the top seed again and have won 61 straight against league rivals on their home court. They are seeking their fifth straight tourney crown.

Darkhorse: Lehigh. Credentials include a double-overtime victory over Holy Cross and Anne Tierney, the Patriot's top inside player.

Player to watch: Molly Creamer, Bucknell. The No. 3 scorer in league history and No. 2 in Bucknell history, the junior guard is the best all-around force in the league. She broke the Patriot single-game record with 43 points against Army last month.

Outlook: Navy (13-14, 5-9) is seeded seventh after losing to Army in the finale and will meet No. 2 Bucknell, which swept their season series. The sophomore-dominated Midshipmen had a three-game winning streak before their loss Saturday, but have been inconsistent. Courtney Davidson is among the national leaders in three-point shooting and center Bryanna Herring has come on strong in the second half.

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