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Women's Basketball Runs Past Colgate

Feb. 3, 2018

Final Stats

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Taylor Dunham (Sr., Fort Belvoir, Va.) made five three-point field goals and was one of four Navy women's basketball players to score in double figures in a methodical 69-42 victory by the Mids (18-4, 8-3 Patriot League) over Colgate (4-18, 0-11) Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y.

"I really liked our defensive intensity," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper. "I thought getting some steals, turning them over and scoring afterward were big keys to the game."

The Mids scored the last seven points of the first quarter to take an 18-11 lead through 10 minutes of play. The Raiders had a three-point attempt that had it gone in would have made it a three-point game early in the second quarter, after which Navy scored on the other end of the floor to start a 9-0 run that extended its lead out to 29-15 with just over four minutes left in the half.

Navy went into halftime holding a 34-21 lead, then scored on each of the first three possessions of the second half to quickly build a 42-21 advantage a little more than two minutes into the stanza.

"I feel like Colgate hit some timely three's in the second quarter," said Pemper. "I was so happy with the third quarter. We had a great play at the end of the first half to get a 16-point lead and we just missed it. It didn't hurt our momentum. We came out at the start of the third quarter and just scored, scored, scored. Just happy with how we played in the first half and also came out in the third quarter."

The Mids would lead by at least 20 points over the final 16 minutes of the game.

Navy's defense accounted for 15 steals and forced Colgate into 19 turnovers in the game. Conversely, the Raiders tallied nine steals and forced the Mids into just 10 turnovers.

Navy as a team shot 46.9 percent from the field and limited Colgate to a 32.7 percent shooting night. The Mids also made eight triples and held the Raiders to five makes from beyond the arc.



Dunham, who has now made at least five triples in a game four times this season, led the Mids with 17 points. She also swiped four of Navy's 15 steals. Hannah Fenske (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) made the team's remaining three treys and totaled 15 points, three assists and two steals. Bianca Roach (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) was 6-8 from the field in scoring 12 points to go along with three assists and two steals, and Laurel Jaunich (So., Charlotte, Vt.) contributed 12 points on 6-7 shooting.

"Taylor was really good on both ends, as was Bianca," said Pemper. "There was good leadership by both of them. Bianca was really dialed in defensively. She likes playing different defenses, and took her assignment really seriously when in man. I thought that really helped us. Her blocked shot was a big play. She got kind of beat, recovered and made a really athletic block. Plays like that are inspiring.

"We had good focus. Really balanced with four players in double figures. Really happy we outrebounded them in the second half after being down at halftime. With the lead, sometimes that doesn't happen. A lot of kids played well and contributed. Morgan Taylor (So., Evans, Ga.) had some good minutes on both ends of the floor."

Navy will be back home Wednesday night to play host to Holy Cross.

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