Nov. 11, 2012
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Offensive struggles at the end of both the first and second half cost the Navy women's basketball team in a 44-40 loss to Stony Brook Sunday night at Pritchard Gym in Stony Brook, N.Y.
"We really didn't play well," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper. "We didn't rebound, we didn't take care of the ball, we didn't make shots, we didn't execute well and we didn't make free throws. We didn't have the mental toughness needed to win, and everyone isn't on the right page. I'm concerned; I don't remember ever being in this situation in my time at Navy."
Navy (0-2) took an early 10-5 lead over Stony Brook (1-1), but the Seawolves scored 12 of the next 15 points to take a 17-13 lead with 6:40 left in the half. The Navy defense was strong over the rest of the half as Stony Brook failed to tally an additional point before intermission. However, after a layup by Kara Pollinger (Jr., Fort Gay, W.Va.) at the 7:47 mark, the Mids missed each of their remaining four shots from the floor in the half and turned the ball over six times. Navy would sink a trio of free throws to go into the half trailing by the score of 17-16.
Alix Membreno (Jr., Loxahatchee, Fla.) sparked the Mids coming out of halftime as she quickly scored Navy's initial eight points of the half. Her last basket in that span gave Navy a 24-22 lead with 16:49 left to play.
Neither team held an advantage of more than three points over the next 10 minutes as the lead changed hands several times. One of those changes was when Membreno scored on another layup to give the Mids a 38-37 lead with 6:55 left to play.
That basket would prove to be Navy's final field goal of the game.
Stony Brook regained the lead -- 39-38 -- on a steal and layup from Brittany Snow with 3:42 left to play, then Membreno converted a pair of free throws to give Navy a 40-39 lead with 2:43 showing on the clock. The teams traded turnovers, then another Stony Brook miscue was followed by Peri Curtis (Fr., Coronado, Calif.) missing a three-point attempt for Navy. The Seawolves took the lead back on their trip down the floor when Sabre Proctor hit a shot with one minute left to play.
Navy's ensuing possession saw Pollinger miss a field goal attempt with 40 seconds left to play. Jessica Previlion first grabbed the rebound for Stony Brook, then was fouled while attempting a shot with 13 seconds remaining. She missed her first attempt from the free throw line but made the second to make the score 42-40.
Stony Brook's Gerda Gatling would steal the ball from Membreno with four seconds left on Navy's next possession, which led to an immediate timeout by the Seawolves. Not yet over the seven-foul limit, Navy quickly fouled twice in the next two seconds, with the latter foul sending Proctor to the foul line. She would make both attempts to close out the scoring.
Navy made just 13 of 40 (32.5%) field goal attempts, 3 of 17 (17.6%) three-point attempts and 11 of 20 (55.0%) shots from the free throw line. Stony Brook shot the ball only slightly better from the floor better as the Seawolves finished the game sinking 16 of 43 (37.2%) field goal attempts and 5 of 16 (31.3%) three-point attempts. The Seawolves would make 7 of their 10 (70.0%) attempts from the foul line and also hold a 36-26 advantage on the glass.
Neither team took good care of the ball. Navy turned the ball over 21 times, with only 8 of those miscues attributed to Stony Brook steals. Conversely, the Mids tallied 12 steals to help force the Seawolves into 24 turnovers.
Membreno led all players in the game with 17 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field and a 6 of 7 effort from the foul line. The remainder of the Navy team was 8 of 29 (27.8%) from the floor and 5 of 13 (38.5%) from the charity stripe. Membreno also led Navy with six rebounds.
Proctor scored 16 points to lead Stony Brook.
Navy will open the home portion of its season Saturday when the Midshipmen play host to Saint Peter's in an 8 p.m. game in Alumni Hall.