Women's Basketball Leads from the Start in Recording Road Win
Jan. 26, 2013
HAMILTON, N.Y. - A defensive effort that limited Colgate to 12 field goals made coupled with balance on the offensive end that saw three Mids score in double figures gave the Navy women's basketball team a 59-43 victory over the Raiders Saturday evening at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y.
The win is Navy's second in a row and fourth in five Patriot League games this season. Today's result moves the Mids into a first-place tie with American, Army and Bucknell with one week remaining in the first half of the league campaign. The Raiders fell to 0-5 in league play with the loss, which was their first by more than nine points since the start of the league campaign.
Colgate had defeated Navy on Cotterell Court in two of the previous three seasons.
"I thought this was a really intense game," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper. "I think Colgate competed really well, and so did we. They forced us into 18 turnovers and they got to the foul line. They played hard, and we had a hard time at times with that.
"I was really pleased with how we came out. We had lost here two of the last three years coming into tonight's game, we got into town at 1 in the morning and we were playing a Colgate team that was so hungry for a win."
Navy led from the opening possession of the game when Kara Pollinger (Jr., Fort Gay, W.Va.) drilled a three-point field goal for the Mids. The Navy advantage was one point at 12-11 when the Mids quickly ran off eight-straight points to take a 20-11 lead. Chloe Stapleton (So., Cary, N.C.) connected on a pair of three-point field goals over a span of three possession to begin the run, then Jade Geif (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) scored on an inside move on Navy's next trip down to floor to finish it out.
Colgate stopped the Navy run with a field goal by Josie Stockill, but the Mids closed out the half by tallying 11 of the final 13 points of the frame. The last three points for Navy came on an Alix Membreno (Jr., Loxahatchee, Fla.) triple as the horn sounded to end the half.
Navy made five three-point field goals in the first half, four of which came in the last seven minutes of play, and shot 38.5 percent from the field in all. Defensively, the Mids forced Colgate into a 6-30 effort (20.0%) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Mids also held a 23-17 advantage on the glass in the half.
A Colgate turnover opened the second half, then Geif immediately scored on another layup on Navy's first trip down the floor to give the Mids a 33-15 lead 30 seconds into the frame. The Navy lead was 15 points at 38-23 when the Mids went on a 9-2 run to open up its largest lead of the game at 47-25 with 11 minutes remaining in the game.
Colgate slowly chipped away at the 22-point difference and closed to within 14 points at 49-35 with 6:20 showing on the clock. A Pollinger three pointer, a Stapleton steal and a M.L. Morrison (Jr., Southlake, Texas) triple, a defensive rebound by Pollinger and a layup by Geif allowed the Mids to build its lead back out to 22 points at 57-35 with 4:29 remaining in the game.
Navy again held Colgate to just six field goals (on 22 attempts, 23.1%) in the second half. The Raiders scored 15 points from the field after halftime while tallying 13 points from the foul line. Conversely, the Mids shot 50 percent (12-24) from the floor in the second half. Navy also held a 17-14 rebounding edge after halftime.
In all, the Mids made eight three-point field goals and shot 44 percent from the field, while the Raiders made six triples and connected on 23.1 percent of its field goal attempts. Navy also held a 40-31 advantage in rebounding.
"Our defensive plan was good," said Pemper. "I think Colgate missed some shots early in the game they certainly can make. We executed pretty well; 31 points in a half is where we would love to be at every game. I credit the focus of our players."
Geif connected on 7 of 9 attempts from the floor to tally a game-high 17 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out a career-high tying six assists, swiping two steals and blocking one shot in 30 minutes of playing time.
"Jade was really huge for us," said Pemper. "Colgate has one of their bigger players (Lulu Brase) out for the year, and their starting center tonight (Kelly Reid) re-injured her ankle in Wednesday's game, so their frontline was not was they were expecting it to be at this point in the year and we wanted to take advantage of that. It was nice we were able to get Jade the ball and that she was able to finish."
Membreno added 11 points to the Navy effort, with Stapleton scoring 10 points, Pollinger seven points and Morrison seven points.
"I am so happy, again, with M.L.," said Pemper. "I thought she really relaxed and played well defensively, and hit a big three pointer for us."
Missy Repoli scored 15 points to lead Colgate.
Navy will next play Wednesday at Lehigh before facing Bucknell Feb. 2 in Alumni Hall.