Road Win Gives Women’s Hoops 10-1 Record
BROOKLYN, N.Y. –– The Navy women’s basketball successfully closed its non-league slate as the Mids defeated Long Island University Brooklyn, 79-47, Wednesday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Mids posted a 10-1 record during non-league play, while the Blackbirds will enter their Northeast Conference opener with a 4-7 record.
“This was great,” said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper. “It was an eventful trip to New York, the 36 hours we were here. To ultimately play four quarters and have some different people contribute was really cool as was to have those players play well and extend the lead.
“It was a good non-league season. We are proud of it. But we are really looking forward to conference play.”
The Mids had a somewhat slow start to the game –– just one made field goal in the first three plus minutes –– but still tallied 30 points in the quarter to double the total produced by the Blackbirds through 10 minutes of play. That 30 points ranks second for the most points scored by the Mids in any quarter in the two-plus years women’s basketball has played four quarters.
“Our defense was good and created some fastbreak opportunities for us that we finished,” said Pemper of the first quarter by the Mids. “LIU had an answer for our defense coming out of a couple timeouts, so we went away from it for a bit, but our defense was a spark.”
Navy shot 61.1 percent from the field in the first quarter, but cooled down to a still respectable 43.8 percent in the second quarter. The Blackbirds shot 46 percent from the field in the second stanza to slowly whittle the margin down to as few as seven points before Navy closed the half on a 7-0 run to stretch the lead back to 14 points (45-31) at the break.
Hannah Fenske (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) accounted for five of Navy’s seven late points in the half. Those were her lone points of the second stanza but gave her 17 points for the evening at intermission.
“She (Hannah) was really good right out of the gate,” said Pemper. “She got us our lead and made big shots. Even when we were struggling a little she made some big shots. You could see her skill and her focus come out tonight, and we really needed it.”
The Mids quickly extended their lead at the start of the third quarter as they opened the frame on a 9-2 run to build a 54-33 advantage. The lead would be at least 15 points over the remainder of the game.
Taylor Dunham (Sr., Fort Belvoir, Va.) was 3-3 from three-point range in the fourth quarter, with her opening triple of the frame giving her career points Nos. 999, 1,000 and 1,001. She is the 21st player in Navy history to reach the milestone, and Navy has now won 10-straight games in which a Mid has scored their 1,000th career point.
Dunham ended the night with 16 points.
“I think everyone is really happy for Taylor (in reaching the milestone),” said Pemper. “She is a really good player and is having a big impact on our season. She is a good leader, too. It was cool for her reach it, and it was kind of nice to get it out of the way before the start of league play.”
Fenske totaled 21 points in the game, which is the second-highest scoring night of her career.
“Both of our seniors (Fenske and Dunham) had timely baskets when we needed to have them,” said Pemper. “It also was neat to receive some contributions from some new people.”
Navy as a team connected on 10 triples and shot 49.2 percent from the floor as a whole. The Mids limited LIU to 31.5 percent shooting from the field, with Navy also holding a 41-29 cushion on the glass.
Navy additionally held advantages over LIU in points scored in the paint, 32-18; points scored after turnovers, 20-14; second-chance points, 13-7; fastbreak points, 10-0; and bench points, 21-3.
The Mids will open Patriot League play December 29 when they play host to Loyola.