Stefanie Pemper Becomes All-Time Winningest Coach In School History
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ---- A first-half closing 19-0 run secured an eventual 73-49 victory for the Navy women's basketball team over Monmouth Thursday night at Alumni Hall in Annapolis. The win was the seventh in as many games for the Mids this season (the program's first 7-0 start since beginning the 1996-97 season 8-0) while the loss dropped Monmouth's record to 2-5.
The victory also was a record breaking one for Stefanie Pemper as her now 179 wins in 10 seasons establishes a new record for the most games won by a Navy women's basketball head coach. She bettered the mark of 178 set by Dave Smalley who coached the Mids during the first 11 seasons in program history.
"There has been good consistency with the teams," said Pemper. "Camaraderie, unselfishness, and effort. The women at the school have a lot of pride in wearing the Navy uniform. And we get good kids, we have good resources. I do want our program to be good, and what coach doesn't. We expect a lot of our staff and our team. It is exciting to be a Division I program, it is exciting to be in the Patriot League, it is exciting to represent the school, it is exciting to live up to the great resources we have. It is kind of, if you are going to be doing it, why not try to do it at the highest level and ask a lot of them (the players). And they seem to like that."
Navy, which never trailed, slowly edged its way out to an 11-7 lead late in the first quarter, then closed the frame and started the second on a 9-0 run that gave the Mids a 20-7 lead. The Navy advantage would soon be 22-14 before the Mids closed the half on their 19-0 run to build a 41-14 cushion at intermission.
The Mids shot 48.6 percent (17-35) from the field in the first half, which included a 4-7 effort (57.1%) from three-point range, and committed eight turnovers. Defensively, Navy held Monmouth to 15.5 percent shooting (5-27), which included just a 1-9 (11.1%) effort from three-point land, and forced the Hawks into 15 turnovers. Additionally, Navy scored 14 first half points after the turnovers it forced while Monmouth did not score any points after the Hawks turned over the Mids.
Navy would go on to lead by as many as 38 points in the second half.
The Mids ended the game shooting 46.3 percent from the field (31-67) and held the Hawks to 31.6 percent shooting (18-57). Navy also was 7-13 (53.8%) from three-point range while Monmouth was 5-19 (26.3%).
Monmouth's Kayla Shaw entered the game averaging 17.7 points a game and shooting over 48 percent from three-point land. She ended tonight 0-5 from three-point range and 0-7 from the field in all. Her only three points of the game were on free throws which gave the Hawks their initial three points of the night.
"That's (defense) is where I see Bianca Roach (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) having such an important role in our starting lineup," said Pemper. "She has a great role and is taking pride in it. That's important. And Kaila Clark (So., Hughesville, Md.) kind of on the backside gives us some confidence up front. But Hannah Fenske (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) takes a lot of pride in her defense, too, and so does Taylor Dunham (Sr., Fort Belvoir, Va.). I think Taylor is having her best defensive year, and that's exciting."
Dunham led the Mids with 15 points, Morgan Taylor (So., Evans, Ga.) totaled 13 points and seven boards and Fenske added nine points, six assists and three steals.
Navy will close out its seven-game homestand Sunday at 3:15 p.m. when the Mids play host to Emory & Henry in the second game of a Navy basketball doubleheader. The Navy men will play host to Morgan State at 1 p.m.