Navy women rout Lafayette, 68-44, in Patriot tourney

March 04, 1995|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Lafayette women's basketball coach Pat Fisher blamed the inexperience of freshman point guard Melly Sellers for the Lady Leopards' elimination from the Patriot League tournament yesterday

But first-year Navy coach Joe Sanchez credited his plebe backcourt starters, Joanne Groth and Jenny Thompson for turning a shaky 29-24 halftime lead into a 68-44 rout in the opening round.

The Midshipmen (16-11, 10-4) will play Fordham in tomorrow afternoon's semifinals. The Rams advanced by beating Army, 63-42.

Groth, with four steals, and Thompson led Navy's trapping defense in the second half, forcing the Lady Leopards into a series of ball-handling errors after Keri Hollister's layup had cut the deficit to 31-28.

Lafayette (3-24, 3-11) committed turnovers on seven straight possessions to trigger Navy's 11-0 run that resulted in a 42-28 cushion.

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