Navy women handle Army 7th time in row Dowling's 24 points lead to 74-46 win over Cadets

January 08, 1998|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Army's women's basketball team has made great strides since last season when it finished 1-25. But the Cadets are not quite ready to compete with Navy, which overcame a shaky start yesterday to win easily, 74-46, in the Patriot League opener for both service academies.

It was Navy's seventh consecutive victory over Army.

Supported by a near capacity crowd at Alumni Hall, the #i Midshipmen (11-3) led 29-20 at halftime, but outscored Army 27-16 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach.

The Mids held the Cadets (4-8) scoreless for four minutes while boosting their advantage to 30 points at 68-38.

Senior forward Becky Dowling, who leads Navy in every major offensive statistic, managed only five points in the first half.

But Dowling scored 11 straight points in one second-half stretch and finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Three other Mids joined Dowling in double figures. Junior center Laurie Coffey contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore forward Erica Hayes came off the bench to score 13 points in 12 minutes and senior guard Joanne Groth chipped in with 10 points.

But it was Navy's tight defense that frustrated the Cadets, who shot only 30 percent from the field.

Almost all of Army's offense revolved around senior forward Jamie Arundell, who led the Cadets with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Most of Arundell's baskets came on offensive rebounds while Navy's front-liners were trying to trap on the outside. No other Cadet scored more than nine points.

It was the Mids' second straight lopsided win after consecutive losses to Towson University and host St. Francis, Pa., at the Red Flash Classic last week.

(Box score, 5C)

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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