Terps charge to ECAC final, cruise past Harvard, 81-61 Chase's 25 lift Maryland

Navy, Towson, Coppin win

November 30, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Sonia Chase and Stephanie Cross combined for 46 points to lead Maryland to an 81-61 win over Harvard yesterday in the ECAC Holiday Women's Basketball Festival at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

The Terps advanced to today's championship game at 3:30 p.m. against Holy Cross, which defeated Mount St. Mary's.

Chase, who had a team-high 25 points and Cross, who had 21, led a second-half charge as the Terps (2-2) broke from a 39-31 halftime lead to move ahead by as many as 21. Maryland was helped by 26 Crimson turnovers, which resulted in 26 points.

Cross also led the Terps with 12 rebounds and Tiffany Brown had eight assists.

Maryland raced to a 16-7 lead early, but Harvard rallied to within eight points at halftime behind five-of-11 three-point shooting.

* Holy Cross 74, Mount St. Mary's 61: Amy O'Brien had 27 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Crusaders (3-1) past the Mountaineers (1-2) in the opening game of the ECAC Holiday Women's Basketball Festival.

Mount St. Mary's will play Harvard in the consolation game today at 1 p.m.

* Navy 66, Southwest Texas 55: Erica Hayes scored 18 points and Becky Dowling had 13 as the Mids (5-0) won a first-round game at the Dial Classic in Minnesota.

Navy led 35-30 at halftime but pulled away by holding the Bobcats (0-2) to 26 percent shooting in the second half. Navy will play Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the championship game today at 3:30 p.m.

* Towson 72, Charleston Southern 60: The Tigers (2-1) won the consolation of the Georgia Tech Tournament with their win over the Buccaneers (2-4). Shanice Perry had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Towson and was named to the all-tournament team.

* Coppin State 77, Norfolk State 59: Simone Adams scored 24 points and had 16 rebounds as the Eagles (2-0) blew by the visiting Spatans (0-1). Norfolk State shot 33 percent from the field.

* Rutgers 72, Loyola 41: Forward Usha Gilmore scored 16 points on 4-for-6 three-point shooting and Natasha Pointer added 12 assists as the Knights outscored the visiting Greyhounds, 34-18, in the second half. Jennifer Bongard and Corey Hewitt led the Greyhounds with nine points each.

* Hofstra 64, UMBC 54: Junior forward Nora Anderson had 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Flying Dutchmen (3-0) advanced to the championship of the UMBC Invitational. The Retrievers will face Cornell in the consolation game today at 3 p.m.

* Bowie State 70, Livingstone 33: Tarsha Wilson scored 12 as the host Bulldogs (4-0) rolled over the Bears (2-2) in a Division II game. Twelve Bowie State players scored, and the Bulldogs led 34-9 at halftime.

Pub Date: 11/30/97

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