Dowling's 28 help Navy swamp Army 80-53 triumph is largest in tournament's 7 years

State women

March 01, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Becky Dowling scored 28 points as second-seeded Navy pounded seventh-seeded Army, 80-53, last night in Bethlehem, Pa., the biggest blowout in the seven-year history of the Patriot League women's tournament.

The Midshipmen advanced to the second round to play Lehigh tomorrow at noon.

Navy (22-5) slowly pulled away to a 30-18 lead, then ran off a 10-0 run near the close of the half to help build a 40-20 lead. The Cadets ended their season 1-25.

Loyola 74, Canisius 56: Mary Anne Kirsch tied a career high with 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Loyola defeated Canisius (9-18) in the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in Buffalo, N.Y.

The fifth-seeded Greyhounds (9-18) ended a three-game losing streak and will play top-seeded St. Peter's today at 5 p.m.

Kirsch scored Loyola's first 12 points of the second half, helping the Greyhounds stretch a four-point halftime lead to a 50-37 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Loyola is 10-2 in MAAC tournament play over the past five years.

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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