Navy Rallies for Win at Holy Cross
Feb. 17, 2010
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Four Mids scored in double figures to help the Navy women's basketball team overcome a late five-point deficit to post a 77-69 victory over Holy Cross Wednesday night at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.
"I think we really matured a lot tonight," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper. "We made a lot of plays that showed maturity. You have to give credit to Holy Cross; they played with great effort, have a strong senior class and we definitely have a lot of respect for them. Because of that, we knew the challenge would be great for us coming into the game."
The lead changed hands four times in the first half before Navy (14-12, 6-5 Patriot League) took a 33-29 lead at halftime over Holy Cross (8-18, 4-7). The Mids were able to expand their advantage to eight points eary in the second half at 44-36 following a pair of free throws by Kristin Bowen (Sr., Monroeville, N.J.). The advantage remained at six points at 50-44 after Bowen drilled a three-point field goal. It capped a stretch where Bowen scored 11 consecutive points, something she also accomplished this past Saturday against Lafayette.
Holy Cross slowly chipped away at the deficit and soon took a 54-53 lead at the 8:17 mark on a layup and free throw from Briana McFadden. After a Navy turnover, Tayana Carper hit a jumper for the Crusaders to make the margin three points, then a missed shot by the Mids resulted in Bethany O'Dell making a pair of free throws for Holy Cross. The two points from the charity stripe gave the Crusaders a 58-53 lead with seven minutes remaining.
Navy answered the 9-1 run by Holy Cross with a 10-2 run of its own that gave the Mids a 63-60 lead with four minutes left. Cassie Consedine (Jr., Bartlesville, Okla.) and K.C. Gordon (Sr., Vienna, Va.) started the stretch for the Mids with back-to-back field goals. McFadden converted two more attempts from the foul line to make it a three-point game, but a jumper from Bowen after a Holy Cross turnover and a layup from Angela Myers (Jr., San Antonio, Texas) gave the Mids a 61-60 lead with 4:48 showing on the clock. Another Holy Cross turnover was followed by Myers grabbing an errant offensive board and being fouled. Her two free throws made the score 63-60.
Both teams turned the ball over on their next possessions, then O'Dell made her fourth three-point field goal of the game to knot the score with 3:13 left to play.
Navy took its time on its next time down the court, and eventually Myers was fouled while driving to the hoop with two seconds showing on the shot clock. She made both attempts to give Navy a lead it would not relinquish.
Carper missed a turnaround jumper for Holy Cross on its next offensive possession. Bowen hauled in the rebound to give the ball back to Navy with 2:30 remaining in the game. The Mids soon put the ball into the hands of Consedine at the high post. As the Crusaders doubled her, she kicked the ball out to Gordon who drained a three-point field goal to make the score 68-63 with 2:13 left to play.
O'Dell was fouled on the next Holy Cross possession and she converted both free throw attempts to make it a three-point game with 1:59 showing on the clock.
Between good patience by the Navy offense and tight defense by the Holy Cross defense, the Mids let over 20 seconds of the 30-second shot clock run off before being able to attempt a shot. Gordon would miss a three-point attempt from the top of the key. However, Bowen raced down the lane and sliced in between two Holy Cross players to grab the errant rebound. She immediately went up for the shot and made it while being fouled. Her resulting old-fashioned three-point play made the score 71-65 with 1:27 left to play.
"Cassie made a great pass to find K.C. for the three-point shot," said Pemper. "That play and Kristin's three-point play were the plays of the game."
Holy Cross would make it a four-point game on a field goal from Meredith Ward with 1:19 showing on the clock.
After Navy managed to get the ball over halfcourt and set up in its halfcourt offense, Myers slipped down the free throw lane. The ball was lobbed to her for a wide-open layup, but she missed the shot. For the second possession in a row, however, the Mids grabbed a key offensive board. This time it was Gordon, who immediately brought the ball back out to the top of the key to run some additional time off the clock. The ball soon was returned to Gordon who was fouled while driving the lane with 35.1 seconds left to play. She converted both free throw attempts to return the Navy lead back to six points at 73-67.
The ensuing Holy Cross possession resulted in Jessica Pearson missing a field goal attempt. The loose ball was grabbed by a player from both teams to force a jump ball. The arrow pointed in the direction of Navy to give the Mids the ball with 18.0 seconds remaining.
The Crusaders quickly fouled Navy's Erin Edwards (So., Hockessin, Del.) after the inbounds pass by the Mids. She made both free throw attempts to boost the margin to eight points with 14.8 seconds left to play.
The Mids fouled McFadden on a three-point attempt with 7.0 seconds left. She made the latter two of the three attempts to make it a 75-69 game. As Bowen was preparing to inbound the ball for the Mids, she saw Myers slip free at halfcourt. Bowen threw the ball nearly three-quarters of the length of the court to Myers, who scored on an uncontested layup with three seconds remaining to close out the scoring.
Navy shot over 50 percent from the field in both halves and ended the game shooting 52.0 percent from the field. The Mids also made 7-of-17 attempts from beyond the three-point arc, as well as 18-of-21 attempts from the foul line. Navy was 12-of-13 from the charity stripe during the second half alone.
Holy Cross also shot the ball well throughout the game. The Crusaders made over 40 percent of their shots in both halves to end the game with a mark of 44.2 percent. Holy Cross made 9-of-19 three-point attempts and was 14-of-15 from the foul line.
Additionally, Navy held a 30-23 advantage in rebounding and turned the ball over 12 times while forcing 13 Holy Cross turnovers.
Bowen played just 23 minutes in the game, but drilled four three-point field goals and scored a game-high 21 points for the Mids. Myers scored 17 points, hauled in five rebounds, dished out seven assists and committed just one turnover. Meanwhile, Gordon contributed 14 points and five rebounds while Consedine posted a line of 12 points and seven caroms.
"What a great game for Kristin," said Pemper. "She is such a team player. To score 21 points in 23 minutes one game after scoring 28 points in 21 minutes is tremendous. She showed great leadership. And Angela also had a really good game for a point guard. She scored, she dished the ball and had only one turnover. It was a great night for her."
McFadden made 10-of-11 free throw attempts to help her score 20 points for the Crusaders. Whitney Fremeau scored 18 points for Holy Cross with O'Dell scoring 16 points in the game.
"We saw signs of the players really taking ownership of the game," said Pemper. "We saw great growth out of them. To score 77 points is terrific on offense, but we won when our three-point shooting wasn't what it has been. That's great to see. Limiting our turnovers was key for us. We also were able to come away with a victory on a night when Holy Cross was shooting lights out."
Multiple milestones were set during the course of the game for the Mids:
With a field goal early in the second half, Consedine became the 14th player in Navy history to record 1,000 career points. She has now tallied 1,005 points in 84 career games.
A three-point field goal by Gordon on Navy's last possession of the first half allowed the Mids to break the Patriot League record for the most treys made in a season. Navy entered the game with a school-record 194 triples on the year and needed a trio of three-pointers to break the league record of 196 set by American three seasons ago. The Mids ended the game with seven three-pointers on the night to boost their tally to 201 through 26 games.
The win marked the second consecutive season in which Navy has defeated Holy Cross at the Hart Center, giving Navy its first winning streak over the Crusaders in Worcester and just its third win in the series at the facility.
Navy also posted the program's first regular season sweep of the series with Holy Cross.
Navy will play the middle game of a stretch of three straight road games Saturday when the Mids play Army in West Point. The annual Star Game between the two service academies will tip at 11 a.m.