Feb. 20, 2006
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Navy at American
Date / Time -- Tuesday, Feb. 21 / 7 p.m.
Site -- Bender Arena (4,500); Washington, D.C.
Navy Radio -- Live on WNAV-AM 1430 & www.wnav.com
The Series -- American leads, 13-11
Last Meeting -- Navy 70, American 60; Jan. 24, 2006, Annapolis, Md.
Colgate at Navy
Date / Time -- Saturday, Feb. 25 / 12 p.m.
Site -- Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md.
Navy Radio -- Live on WNAV-AM 1430 & www.wnav.com
The Series -- Navy leads, 18-13
Last Meeting -- Navy 80, Colgate 62; Feb. 18, 2006, Hamilton, N.Y.
The Navy women's basketball team will close its regular season this week with a pair of local games. The Mids will take to the road one last time Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at American, then will play host to Colgate Saturday at 12 noon in Alumni Hall in the final game of the season.
Navy, winners of three of its last four games, enters the week in fourth place in the Patriot League with a 6-6 record in league play and a 13-12 record on the season.
Both of Navy's game can be heard locally on WNAV-AM 1430 and over the internet at www.wnav.com(,) with the broadcast starting 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.
A Look Back
Navy scored the opening nine points and held Colgate without a field goal for the first 6:30 of the game in posting an 80-62 victory over the Raiders, Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y.
Carly Meyer tied a career high with 25 points and set a career best with 16 rebounds in the game (the second-highest total by a Mid in a league game in school history), while Betsy Burnett set a career high with 17 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Mids were Kate Hobbs with 15 points and Lauren Skrel with 12 points. Skrel also added eight assists, her most helpers in a league game this year.
Navy shot a season-high 54.4 percent from the field against the Raiders -- including 65.8 percent from inside the three-point arc -- the third-highest percentage record by a Navy team during a Patriot League regular season game.
The Eagles have dropped four-straight games to see their record fall to 3-9 in league play and 6-19 on the season. American is averaging 51.3 points a game during the four-game skid, with three of its losses coming to the top-three teams in the league -- Army, Bucknell and Holy Cross.
Leading scorer Tala Hadavi has missed the last three games with a knee injury. The senior was averaging 14.9 points and 3.7 rebounds a game and had made 61 three-pointers on the year prior to her injury.
Tara Williams ranks second on the team in scoring on the season at 9.2 points a game, with Sahar Nusseibeh ranking second on the team in league play with an average of 11.0 points per game.
The Eagles as a team are averaging 57 points a game both on the season and in league play, while shooting 36.2 percent from the field on the year and 37.6 percent in league games.
Navy vs. American -- History
Navy rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit to post a 70-60 victory over American Jan. 24 in Alumni Hall.
The Eagles jumped out to a 20-8 lead 14 minutes into the game, but Navy outscored American 62-40 over the remainder of the contest. After starting the game by converting on only 2-of-13 shots from the field and turning the ball over 14 times, the Mids connected on 58.3 percent of their shots and committed only seven turnovers during the final 26 minutes of the game.
Ashley Pelzek drilled seven three-point field goals and tallied 25 points in the game, both career highs, while Tala Hadavi connected on five triples and totaled 24 points for American.
The victory was the fourth straight in the series by the Mids, who still trail 13-11 in the all-time series with the Eagles. American also holds an 8-2 lead in games played in Washington, D.C., as well as a 5-1 advantage in games played in Bender Arena.
A Navy victory would give the Mids their second season sweep of the Eagles, while an American win would mark the third time in five years the teams have split the season series.
The Raiders, 7-18 on the year and 5-7 in league play, enter a Tuesday game against Holy Cross having dropped back-to-back games.
After averaging 59.6 points a game in non-league games, the Raiders are scoring 66.7 points a game during the league season. Colgate is shooting 39.3 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from behind the three-point line in Patriot League games.
Colgate's defense is allowing Patriot League foes to score 71.3 points a game and shoot 47.2 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from behind the three-point line.
Three Raiders in Melanie Cargle (14.2 ppg), Megan Ballard (13.8 ppg) and Gretchen Polinski (13.2 ppg) have accounted for 494 of Colgate's 800 points scored during the league season (61.2%).
Navy vs. Colgate -- History
Saturday's game will be the second of two meetings between the Mids and the Raiders in a span of one week. Navy jumped out to a 9-0 lead in posting an 80-62 victory over Colgate last Saturday in Hamilton.
Carly Meyer tied a career high with 25 points and hauled in a career-best 16 rebounds in the Navy victory, the first by the Mids in Hamilton in eight years.
Navy holds an 18-13 lead in the series with Colgate, including a 16-13 lead in Patriot League regular season games. The Mids are 12-3 against the Raiders in Annapolis.
A Navy victory would give the Mids their fourth season sweep of the Raiders, the first Navy sweep since 1998, while a Colgate win would mark the 10th time the teams would have split the two season meetings.
Navy will enter the 2006 Patriot League Tournament as either the No. 4 or No.5 seed.
Navy enters the week with a 6-6 record in league play, one game ahead of fifth-place Colgate and two in front of sixth-place Lehigh.
Navy receives the No. 4 seed if ...
* Navy wins at least one game AND Colgate losses at least one game this week.
* Navy losses two games, AND Colgate losses to Holy Cross and defeats Navy AND Lehigh defeats Bucknell and Holy Cross (three-way tie which Navy would win based on having a 3-1 record against Colgate and Lehigh)
If Navy and Colgate alone are tied in the standings, the Raiders will receive the No. 4 seed (Colgate holds tiebreaker by defeating Army) and the Mids would receive the No. 5 seed.