Off bench, Gardiner propels Mount

Navy falls to Lehigh, 74-70, loses 11th straight game

State women

January 30, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Megan Gardiner scored 16 points off the bench to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 69-57 victory over Robert Morris in Northeast Conference women's basketball last night at the Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa.

Rookie Andrea Bogart netted a career-high 12 in the second start of her career, as the Mountaineers won for the eighth time in nine NEC games.

The Mount (13-5, 8-1) held a seven-point lead at the break as freshman Lauren Kokotajlo had 10 points in the opening half.

The Mount went on a quick 9-2 run, capped off by a Gardiner three, to go ahead, 53-46, with 7: 05 left. Robert Morris (8-10, 5-4) was not yet beaten, though, cutting the lead to three. But the Mount answered with six straight points, pushing the lead to 59-50 on a three-pointer by Vera Feldbusch with 3: 25 left.

Lehigh 74, Navy 70: Lehigh staved off several furious Navy rallies and handed the host Midshipmen (2-15 overall, 0-5 Patriot League) their 11th straight defeat.

Navy was ahead by 13 points early on, but fell behind 37-31 by halftime on turnovers. It then fought an uphill battle the rest of the game and closed to within 61-60 on a basket by Erica Hayes, who scored a game-high 25 points.

Lehigh (9-11, 2-3) began to pull away again, but Navy used a three-pointer by Hayes to get within 70-68 and a twisting layup by Hilary Goodrich (career-high 22 points) to draw to 72-70. Two free throws by Shelita Burks put it away when a forced three-pointer by Hayes bounded off the back rim.

Muhlenberg 61, Western Maryland 58: Junior forward Jill Ibex equaled her career high with 25 points, but she couldn't keep Western Maryland from falling short against visiting Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference action.

Ibex twice pulled the Green Terror (7-9, 3-4) to within two points in the closing moments, by driving the lane with 1: 12 remaining and again on two free throws with 12 seconds to go.

But sophomore guard Lindsay St. Lawrence, who had career highs in points (20) and assists (eight) for Muhlenberg (11-6, 6-1), iced the game by going 5-for-6 at the line in the final 72 seconds.

Loyola 53, Marist 39: Jennifer Mitchell, Desiree Peterkin and Laura Slater each scored 12 points to power the visiting Greyhounds (7-12, 4-6) past Marist (9-9, 2-7) in Metro Atlantic Athletic Association action.

Despite being out-rebounded 38-35, the Greyhounds used an 11-0 scoring run for a 21-point lead with seven minutes left. Mitchell added four rebounds as 10 of 13 Greyhounds scored.

UMES 74, Delaware State 64: Niocole Council scored a career-high 32 points and Shantwan Dowell pulled down 10 rebounds, as the Hawks (5-13, 4-7) tallied their third straight conference win over the visiting Hornets in MEAC action at Princess Anne.

The Lady Hawks went on a 4-0 scoring run to start the second half and went up by as much as 10 at the 10: 54 mark. Rashawnah French led Delaware State with 18.

St. Francis, Pa. 88, UMBC 70: Jess Zinobile scored a game-high 20 points and became the first woman at St. Francis College and in Northeast Conference history to score 2,000 career points, leading the Red Flash (13-5, 8-1) past the visiting Retrievers (5-14, 2-7) at DelGol Arena in Loretto, Pa.

The Red Flash shot 62 percent from the field and led 48-30 at the break. Shalayna Johnson led UMBC with 15.

Maine 51, Towson 45: Jamie Cassidy scored 13 points, propelling the Black Bears (12-7, 8-2) over the host Tigers (5-13, 3-7) in America East action.

The win marks Maine's 11th in a row against Towson.

Franklin & Marshall 68, Washington College 55: Brandy Burkett scored a team-high 17 points and dished out five assists to lead the host Diplomats (9-8, 5-2) past the Shorewomen (6-10, 1-6) in Centennial Conference action.

Amy Kreitz added 15 points, six rebounds and five steals to Franklin & Marshall's cause.

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