WASHINGTON – no. 2 American earned a 65-54 win over No. 4 Bucknell in the 2022 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Women’s Basketball title game on Sunday at Bender Arena.
The Eagles claimed the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for the third time in program history, all under Head Coach Megan Gebbia. This was American’s first postseason victory over the Bison in six meetings.
American senior guard Emily Fisher was named Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship MVP while earning a spot on the all-tournament team after finishing with eight points, seven rebounds and four assists. She was joined by classmate American Jade Edwards, who finished with a game-high 21 points.
Bucknell senior guard Taylor O’Brien led the Bison with 20 points to make the all-tournament team, along with teammate and freshman guard Cecelia Collins. They were joined by Army West Point senior guard Alisa Fallon, Boston University junior guard Sydney Johnson and Navy senior guard Jennifer Coleman.
American will learn its NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament fate on Sunday, March 13, during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show at 8 pm ET on ESPN. For more information, click here.
2021-22 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship MVP
Emily Fisher, American, Sr., G
2021-22 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Women’s Basketball All-Tournament Team*
Jade Edwards, American, Sr, G
Emily Fisher, American, Sr., G
Cecilia Collins, Bucknell, Fr., G
Taylor O’Brien, Bucknell, Sr., G
Alisa Fallon, Army West Point, Sr., G
Sydney Johnson, Boston University, Jr., G
Jennifer Coleman, Navy, Sr., G
* There are seven members on the all-tournament team due to ties in voting.
At NO. 2 AMERICAN EAGLES (23-8, 13-5 PL) 65, NO. 4 BUCKNELL BISON (23-9, 12-6 PL) 54
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The second-seeded American Eagles women’s basketball team is going dancing after defeating No. 4 Bucknell 65-54 in the 2022 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship Game.
* American senior guard Emily Fisher earned Patriot League Tournament MVP honors after finishing with eight points, seven boards and four assists. She averaged team-highs of 14.3 points and 6.7 boards during the Eagles three wins.
* American senior guard Jade Edwards paced all players with 21 points while adding four assists and two blocks.
Eagles senior forward Taylor Brown chipped in 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, while sophomore guard Ivy Bales scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
* American shot 25-for-55 (.455) from the field and 12-for-12 from the charity stripe.
* Bucknell senior guard Taylor O’Brien led the Bison with 20 points. She added three rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
* Bucknell junior forward Emma Shaffer recorded her first double-double of the season with season-highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Recaps: American | Bucknell
First Round – Saturday, March 5
at no. 8 navy 60, no. 9 Colgate 55
at no. 7 Lafayette 58, no. 10 Loyola Maryland 49
Quarterfinal Round – Monday, March 7
no. 8 navy 50, at no. 1 Holy Cross 49
at no. 2 American 54, no. 7 Lafayette 48
at no. 3 Boston University 80, no. 6 Army 74
at no. 4 Bucknell 56, no. 5 Lehigh 53
Semifinal Round – Thursday, March 10
at no. 4 Bucknell 64, no. 8 Navy 44
at no. 2 American 70, no. 3 Boston University 48
2022 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Championship Game – Sunday, March 13
at no. 2 American 65, no. 4 Bucknell 54
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