Jan. 20, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Navy women's basketball team shot just 36 percent from the field and allowed Army to connect on 46 percent of its shots in a 53-42 loss by the Mids to the Black Knights Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y.
"Army was just too good," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper, who entered the game with a 4-0 record against Army in games played in West Point. "I thought they executed their stuff pretty well. They also had a lot of success at the end of the shot clock."
Navy (9-9, 2-1 Patriot League) quickly scored the first six points of the game on three-point field goals from Audrey Bauer (Jr., Lake Zurich, Ill.) and Alix Membreno (Jr., Loxahatchee, Fla.), then was able to build a 12-6 lead. The Mids then went over six minutes without registering a point as Army (14-4, 3-0) scored 10 straight points to take a 16-12 lead. Navy tied the game at 18-18 with just over four minutes left to play in the frame. The Black Knights again held the Mids scoreless for almost four minutes as Army closed the half on a 7-2 run to take a 25-20 lead into the locker rooms at intermission. The final three points of the run by the Black Knights came on a triple by Anna Simmers just before the end of the half.
Army carried its strong play at the end of the first half into the start of the second as the Black Knights tallied the first six points of the frame to open up a 31-20 lead two minutes into the half. The cushion for the Black Knights soon reached 15 points at 45-30 with 10:18 left on the clock. Navy made a couple of small runs at Army and closed to within nine points at both 45-36 (7:54) and 51-42 (3:32), but could pull no closer than that.
After Navy tallied its first six points of the game on three-point field goals, the Mids made just three more triples over the remaining 37 minutes of play. In all, Navy was 5 of 14 from three-point range (35.7%) and was 13 of 36 in its two point attempts (36.1%). On the other side of the court, Army made 7 of 14 three-point attempts (50.0%), including a 4-of-6 effort after halftime, and was 16 of 36 in its two-point attempts (44.4%).
"Army obviously made their shots," said Pemper. "They shot great from three-point range and were really good from the field. We just couldn't put points in the board offensively. Army had a nice gameplan defensively. Overall, (if) you hold a team that is 14-4 to just 53 points on its home court, you've done a pretty decent job defensively."
Navy did hold a 35-29 advantage on the glass, including a 10-5 edge in offensive rebounds, but the Mids recorded just seven second-chance points to six for the Black Knights. Additionally, Army forced Navy into 16 turnovers while committing just 11 of its own. Both teams scored 13 points after turnovers.
"Having 16 turnovers in a game is too much in a game like this," said Pemper. "Some of them were unforced."
Jade Geif (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) led Navy with 12 points while Alix Membreno (Jr., Loxahatchee, Fla.) scored 11 points for the Mids. The duo was 8 of 16 from the floor in the second half and accounted for 16 points in the frame, while the rest of the Navy team tallied just six points and was 2 of 10 from the field after halftime.
Jen Hazlett and Kelsey Minato each scored 17 points to lead Army.
Navy will be back in Alumni Hall Wednesday night when the Mids play host to American in a 7 p.m. game.