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Navy Women’s Basketball Wins School Record Tying 16th-Straight Home Game as Mids knock off Boston, 59-48

Feb. 17, 2018

Final Stats

Senior guard Taylor Dunham scored 17 points, grabbed four rebounds, handed out four assists and came up with two steals to lead Navy (22-4, 12-3 in the Patriot League) to a 59-48 victory over Boston (10-15, 5-10) in front of 881 fans on Senior Night at Alumni Hall. The win was Navy’s 16th-straight at home, which ties the school record and is the sixth longest active streak in the country. 
“I’m really happy to get this win for the seniors,” said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper. “Our defense had to be pretty good to hold them to 48 points. I thought we forced a good number of their turnovers”
Navy’s defense was in fact outstanding. The Mids held BU to just 33% from the field (17-51) and 31% from behind the three-point arc (4-13).  The Navy defense forced 27 Boston turnovers, which turned into 34 Navy points.
Sophomores Kaila Clark and Morgan Taylor were key players for the Mids as the duo combined for 20 second half points.  Clark scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half and led the Mids in rebounds (seven) and blocked shots (3). 
Taylor played just three minutes in the first half and did not record a stat, but played 15 second half minutes scoring 10 points, grabbing three rebounds, handing out two assists and coming up with two steals.
“Morgan had a really good practice yesterday and that carried over to today,” said Pemper. “I thought she was good from the start.”
Freshman Sophie Gatzounas added nine points, six rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench, while sophomore forward Laurel Jaunich tied her career high with six assists.  Senior guard Hannah Fenske scored three points for the Mids.
Navy outscored BU 14-0 on fast break points and 14-4 on second chance points.  Navy’s bench contributed 27 points.
Dunham’s five three-point field goals gives her 222 in her career, which moved her past Chloe Stapleton into second place on Navy’s career list. She is just 23 three-pointers behind school record holder Courtney Davidson.
“I think we are a team that gets excited when the three-point shots start going down,” said Dunham. “It’s a big morale boost for everybody.  Anytime one of us gets hot it is good for us.”
Navy has now won six-straight games and 11 of its last 12. The only loss in that span was a 49-37 defeat at Bucknell.  Navy will get a chance to avenge that loss on Wednesday night when the Bison (18-8, 12-3 on the line) come to town with second place on the line.  American is currently in first place with a 15-0 record.



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