Nov. 10, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Chloe Stapleton (Jr., Cary, N.C.) connected on three-point field goals on each of the Navy women's basketball team's first two possessions to ignite the Mids to a 47-point first half and an eventual 72-54 victory over Stony Brook Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall in Annapolis.
Stapleton drilled a triple 20 seconds into the game, then snared a defensive carom on the other end of the floor. She then connected on a second three-point shot on Navy's ensuing trip down the court. Stapleton nearly made a third three-point shot in as many trips, but her third effort was halfway down before spinning out.
Navy (2-0) would score 13 of the game's first 14 points on its way to opening up a 25-9 advantage on Stony Brook (1-1) in the first 11 minutes of the game. The Mids built that advantage offensively by sinking 8 of 14 (57.1%) attempts from the field, including 5 of 9 (55.6%) three-point attempts. Defensively, Navy held Stony Brook without a field goal until a basket by Sabre Proctor with 8:52 remaining in the half. The Seawolves had missed each of their first 16 attempts from the floor prior to Proctor's bucket.
"It was great," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper of Navy's strong start to the game. "This doesn't happen very often. I think it is somewhat based on good ball movement and good players working together to get good shots. It was great to come out at home like this."
The Mids would go into halftime with a 47-24 lead over the Seawolves. Navy was 7 of 17 (41.2%) from three-point range and 13 of 28 (46.4%) from the floor overall in the first half, while Stony Brook was 0 of 6 from three-point land and just 6 of 30 (20.0%) from the field in all over the first 20 minutes of play.
The Mids led by double figures for the final 35:40 of the game and by at least 20 points for the final 26:53 of the contest.
Today's effort came 364 days since the Mids lost a 44-40 decision to Stony Brook. The Mids tallied their 40th point in today's game with 3:23 remaining in the first half.
Six different Mids would sink at least one three-point shot in the game, with Navy as a team making 10 of 26 (38.5%) three-point attempts on the afternoon. Navy would shoot 36.8 percent (21-57) from the floor while making 20 of its 30 (66.7%) free throw attempts. The Mids held the Seawolves to a 1 of 14 (7.1%) effort from three-point land and to 31.6 percent (18-57) shooting in all for the game. Stony Brook also made 17 of its 27 (63.0%) free throw attempts.
"They (the players) know it (defense) make such a difference," said Pemper. "We realize how important it is, especially with the new officiating rules. We are really trying to focus on it and play by the rules. So in addition to playing tough, typically we say, `be physical with people and play good D.' Now it is almost as if you say just, `play good D.' But of course the game is still physical, so you have to learn to play like that."
Along with six Mids making at least one three-point field goal, 10 players scored, four dished out multiple assists and seven players grabbed at least three rebounds.
Stapleton ended the game with four triples, which helped her tally a game-high 14 points.
Jade Geif (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.) just missed a double-double as she posted 12 points and nine rebounds, along with three assists. She has finished a game with nine rebounds in both of Navy's games this year and in 10 games since the start of the 2012-13 season (35 games in all).
Scoring a career high for Navy was Peri Curtis (So., Coronado, Calif.), who posted 12 points today. She connected on 5 of 11 attempts from the floor, including her lone three-point attempt of the game. Additionally, Kara Pollinger (Sr., Fort Gay, W.Va.) chipped in nine points, five assists and four rebounds.
The lone Stony Brook player to reach double figures in points was Proctor, who finished the afternoon with 11 points (and eight rebounds).
Navy won its first road game and first home game in a season for the second time (2009-10) in the last 10 years, and is 2-0 to start a season for the third time (2009-10, 2010-11) in Pemper's six seasons at Navy.
Navy will be back in Alumni Hall Nov. 17 when the Mids play host to Iona in a 2 p.m. game.