Bucknell women oust Navy, 72-57

Another early exit for Mids in Patriot League tourney

March 02, 2002|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

UPPER MARLBORO - For the third straight year, the Navy women's basketball team bowed out of postseason play quietly.

Hampered by 28 percent shooting and 15 turnovers over the first 20 minutes, the Midshipmen scored only 16 first-half points and never threatened second-seeded Bucknell in losing a 72-57 decision yesterday in the Patriot League quarterfinals at Show Place Arena.

Bucknell (19-9) advances to the semifinals tomorrow against Army, a 71-66 winner over Lehigh last night. Navy finished the season at 13-15.

After playing in the 1999 championship game, Navy lost in the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.

The Midshipmen entered the game with three post players in the lineup, intending to pound the ball inside and establish command on the backboards against a quicker, more athletic opponent.

But the strategy backfired when 6-foot-2 sophomore Kate Maslowski slammed into the floor after the first three minutes, suffering a broken collarbone.

The Midshipmen had seized an 8-3 lead before the injury, then Bucknell scored 19 of the next 21 points to take total control while Navy committed 11 turnovers and six missed shots.

"We wanted to go big and work a triple post," said Navy coach Joe Sanchez. "You have to control the boards against Bucknell because they're so good in transition. Maslowski was going to be our passing post."

Sanchez said many of the errors were unforced, as his team tried to force passes into the paint and the Bison scored in transition simply "because we didn't get back."

The sophomore-dominated Midshipmen trailed by as many as 20 before using three-pointers to make a run. They hit six long-range shots down the stretch and pulled to within 62-54 at one point before the rally faltered.

All-league guard Courtney Davidson led all scorers with 20 points, but was restricted to nine shots by a combination of Navy's emphasis on the inside game and Bucknell's defense.

Patriot League Player of the Year Molly Creamer scored a team-high 18 points and collected seven assists for the Bison, who shot 65 percent in the second half and 55.3 percent overall.

NAVY-Herring 2-5 2-4 6, Roseti 2-9 0-1 5, Maslowski 0-0 0-0 0, Shimoda 5-13 3-5 16, Davidson 6-9 6-6 20, Kavanaugh 0-1 0-0 0, Dunn 0-0 0-0 0, Placke 0-0 0-0 0, Steinmetz 0-0 1-2 1, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Zapf 0-2 0-0 0, Luchsinger 3-7 2-2 9, Jensen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 14-20 57.

BUCKNELL-Quimby 7-9 2-2 16, Almind 3-7 4-4 11, Creamer 7-15 2-2 18, LeBlanc 3-4 1-1 7, Franks 3-6 4-5 12, May 0-0 0-0 0, Hatalsky 0-2 0-0 0, Valdner 0-0 0-0 0, Rounsley 3-4 2-3 8. Totals 26-47 15-17 72. Halftime-Bucknell 34-16. 3-point goals-Navy 7-18 (Davidson 2-3, Shimoda 3-8, Luchsinger 1-2, Roseti 1-3, Kavanaugh 0-1, Zapf 0-1), Bucknell 5-10 (Almind 1-1, Franks 2-3, Creamer 2-5, Hatalsky 0-1). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-Navy 22 (Roseti, Davidson 6), Bucknell 31 (Franks 8). Assists-Navy 7 (Davidson 3), Bucknell 17 (Creamer 7). Total fouls-Navy 16, Bucknell 19.

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