Navy women eliminated, 83-79, by Holy Cross in last minute

March 06, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Second-seeded Holy Cross wasted a 14-point, second-half lead, but recovered in the final minute to eliminate No. 6 Navy, 83-79, yesterday in the Patriot League women's basketball semifinals at Alumni Hall.

Holy Cross (15-13) advanced to meet top-seeded Fordham (20-8) Saturday in the championship game. Fordham ousted No. 4 Army yesterday, 68-48.

The Midshipmen (10-18) trailed, 47-33, after the first 30 seconds of the second half, but rallied to tie at 60 on a three-pointer by Kate Wells. With 1:59 to play, Navy took a 76-73 lead on two free throws by Kim Jackson.

The Crusaders regained the lead, 79-77, on a driving layup by Lauren Maney (26 points), with 40 seconds left. Holy Cross finished off the victory with four free throws.

Navy had scored its first tourney victory Friday by upsetting third-seeded Lafayette, 64-63.

"We're very pleased with our first Division I postseason win," said Navy coach Debra Schlegel. "But I can't say that I am satisfied. I really believed that we were going to win this game, too."

Bill Gibbons, coach of defending titlist Holy Cross, said his team retained its composure after Navy "threw everything at us, coming back from 12 down at the half. But we played like the defending champs. We didn't get rattled."

Crusader freshman center Kathy Courtney had the first triple-double in women's tourney history . . . and did it the hard way with 11 blocked shots. She scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Maney topped Holy Cross with 26 points and forward Laurie Carson added 20. Carson set a tourney record with 33 points in an opening-round victory over Lehigh.

Jackson led Navy with 28 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Yolanda Ray, Kim Cowling and Jenna Hausvik combined for 32 points and 20 rebounds.

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