Morgan rolls on at home

Navy's shooting woes help Lady Bears' cause, 80-61

January 19, 2000|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

A young Navy women's team that has had trouble finding the basket and a Morgan State team that finds home an inspiration met last night at Hill Field House and the result was predictable.

The Lady Bears parlayed solid first-half defense, Navy's shooting woes and five players in double figures into an 80-61 victory that was their fourth straight at Hill and seventh in a row overall the past two seasons.

Navy's Erica Hayes went to the foul line 22 times and hit 19-- both school records -- to pace all scorers, but suffered from the same problem that afflicted her teammates, an inability to convert easy opportunities. She suffered through a 3-for-15 night from the field; her team went 16-for-61.

"We missed 28 shots in the paint," said Joe Sanchez, the Midshipmen's coach after his 2-12 squad dropped its eighth straight game.

"You can't beat anybody doing that. They were all around the basket, within two or three feet. We got what we deserved."

Navy almost erased a terrible first half (25 percent shooting and 16 turnovers) with one spurt that shaved a 17-point deficit to six on two occasions, the last at 48-42, then reverted to its old ways, missing six of its next seven attempts, most of them easy ones.

But a gifted freshman, Angela Creek (Meade), commandered the next four minutes with two baskets, two free throws and two nifty assists to spur the Lady Bears (7-7) into a 57-44 edge and Navy never recovered.

"[Creek] has the ability to get out on the break and be very creative," said Morgan coach Gerard Garlic. "She, and then our two young inside players [Calibra Alston and Chanelle Scott] just kind of opened up the game."

With Hayes nursing four personal fouls, Alston and Scott had a picnic on the offensive boards in the final seven minutes, getting eight baskets between them, with Creek doing most of the distributing.

Monique Liddell led the Lady Bears with 17 points and eight rebounds.

"Actually, I kind of looked for overtime," said Garlic. "Nothing has come easy for us. But we play tough in front of a home crowd."

Navy is now 0-9 away from Annapolis.

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