Nov. 19, 2013
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -
Kara Pollinger (Sr., Fort Gay, W.Va.) scored 13 first-half points while Jade Geif (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.) and Alix Membreno (Sr., Loxahatchee, Fla.) combined for 24 second-half points to pace the Navy women's basketball team to a 70-51 win over Saint Peter's Tuesday night at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.
"Tonight we were just trying to get better," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper, "specifically on offense. We really tried to make the defense work harder and not take the first open shot."
Pollinger helped the Mids (3-1) build some separation from the Peacocks (0-3) in the first four minutes of the game. She connected on three-point field goals within 90 seconds of each other to help Navy take a 12-4 advantage with 16:08 showing on the clock. Audrey Bauer (Sr., Lake Zurich, Ill.) soon followed with a trey of her own to give the Mids a 19-8 cushion with 12:17 left to play in the first half.
The Peacocks sliced the margin down to four points at 23-19 with 5:28 remaining, but a Chloe Stapleton (Jr., Cary, N.C.) three pointer followed a short while later by another one from Pollinger gave Navy a 29-21 lead with 3:43 left before halftime. Pollinger then hit a jumper just prior to the halftime buzzer to give the Mids a 33-22 lead at the break.
Pollinger connected on 5 of 6 field goal attempts in the first half, including all three of her three-point attempts. Her effort helped the Mids sink 45.2 percent of their field goal attempts in the frame.
The teams traded baskets in the early part of the second half before a layup by Geif followed by a triple and consecutive field goals by Membreno boosted the Navy lead out to 16 points at 45-29. The Mids would lead by at least 12 points and by as many as 20 points over the remainder of the game.
Membreno sank all but one of her six field goal attempts in the second half, including a 2 of 3 effort from three-point range, to tally 12 second-half points. Geif matched Membreno's second-half point tally on 4 of 7 shooting from the floor.
"I thought Kara was terrific," said Pemper. "She showed great leadership. We watched the film of the Iona loss and saw some things we need to do better. Kara led by example with that tonight.
"Jade also had a solid game, and Alix brought great focus."
Navy shot 50.9 percent from the field for the game, which included a 9 of 26 (34.6%) effort from three-point range. Defensively, the Mids held the Peacocks to 40.9 percent shooting from the field.
The Mids also held a 39-22 advantage on the glass, including a 13-4 lead in offensive caroms.
Pollinger tallied 21 points in the game, with Geif adding 16 points and Membreno 14.
Navy will remain on the road for its next two games, a Friday night game at Oral Roberts and a Sunday afternoon contest at Minnesota.