Second Quarter Boosts Mids to Lead, Victory
Jan. 8, 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ---- A 19-2 run in the middle of the second quarter propelled the Navy women's basketball team to a cushion it would not relinquish in a 70-54 victory by the Mids (12-3, 2-2 Patriot League) over Colgate (5-11, 0-4) Monday night at Alumni Hall in Annapolis.
Navy held a 15-13 lead through the first quarter, but the lead changed hands four times on four-straight possessions in the early moments of the second quarter. That span ended with Taylor Dunham (Sr., Fort Belvoir, Va.) sinking a three-point field goal to give the Mids a 20-19 lead 75 seconds into the stanza. Her triple kick started a 13-0 run that eventually grew to 19-2 and increased the Navy advantage out to 38-21.
In addition to finding success on the offense end of the court, Navy also didn't allow Colgate to make a field goal in the final eight-plus minutes of the half which concluded with Navy in front 40-26.
"I think we just saw some shots start to fall," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper on the team's second quarter run. "Our defense was impacting them; they (Colgate) turned it over in the first half. Maybe just a combination of the two."
The Mids were 11-20 (55%) from the floor in the second quarter and held the Raiders to a 2-10 (20%) effort from the field. Navy also scored 15 points after the 15 turnovers it forced Colgate into in the first half, while the Raiders tallied four points after the five turnovers committed by the Mids in the half.
Any thoughts by the Raiders of a rally were thwarted in the opening minutes of the third quarter as the Mids drained three-point field goals on each of their first three possessions of the second half, which soom led to Navy building a 54-34 advantage.
Navy shot 41.2 percent (28-68) from the floor in the game and limited Colgate to an 18-46 (39.1%) effort from the field. Those numbers included the Mids going 6-28 (21.4%) from three-point land and the Raiders going 2-9 (22.2%) from three-point range.
"We again didn't shoot the three-point shot great tonight," said Pemper. "We looked at how far we had fallen in the league stats. After 11 non-league games and then three league games, we have just plummeted in shooting numbers."
Colgate held a 40-34 edge on the glass, but the Raiders committed 24 turnovers and forced the Mids into just nine turnovers. Navy held a 22-11 edge in points scored after turnovers.
Hannah Fenske (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) paced the Mids with 19 points and six assists.
"We knew coming into tonight this was a big game for us," said Fenske. "We really needed to get back on track and get a win.
"It was good to see the ball go through the basket."
"I thought Kaila was good tonight," said Pemper. "She came out with good energy and focus. Hannah was terrific and Taylor was good. And the battalion spirit night was huge for us tonight. We really needed it."
Colgate was led in scoring by Keelah Dixon and Summer King who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Navy will next play Thursday at Holy Cross.