Davidson's 22 points, 17-0 run to end game propel Navy women past UMBC, 60-41

December 04, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Navy's offense struggled for much of last night's game with UMBC. But Courtney Davidson helped the Midshipmen wake up just in time, scoring eight of her game-high 22 points as Navy reeled off the game's final 17 en route to a 60-41 victory at Alumni Hall.

Davidson tied a career high with six three-pointers and scored 14 points as Navy (3-4) stayed in command throughout the first half. UMBC (0-4) then switched to a box-and-one defense designed to slow Davidson after the break, and Maria Brown helped limit the senior guard to one shot in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Navy held a 30-23 halftime lead but watched the Retrievers come back in the second half. They twice cut the lead to two and twice had chances to tie. But UMBC, which was 4-for-24 from three-point range, seemed to run out of gas after Sharri Rohde's jumper made it 43-41 with 6:43 remaining.

The Midshipmen scored on their final seven possessions. Davidson made two three-pointers as Navy finally began finding open shots.

"We set good screens for each other," Davidson said. "That opened stuff up."

Navy began finding several open shots. Adrienne Roseti scored four of her 14 points during the 17-point streak as the Midshipmen regained control. Roseti finished with 10 points for a double double.

Navy's defense also remained patient against the Retrievers' Princeton-style offense that controlled the tempo for the first 13 minutes of the second half.

"We just got a little frustrated," Navy coach Tom Marryott said. "And when we get a little frustrated, we tend to do some things 1-on-1, and that's not good for us."

Anastasia Goncharova and Mariana Santos both had 10 points for UMBC, but no other player scored in double figures as the Retrievers made just one basket in the final 11 minutes.

UMBC still found several open shots, but the Retrievers just couldn't hit them.

"The bottom line in our level of basketball is you've got to make the open shots," UMBC coach Phil Stern said. "We didn't tonight."

UMBC-Rohde 4-13 0-0 9, Santos 3-8 2-2 10, Brown 4-12 0-1 8, Goncharova 4-11 1-2 10, Luttrell 0-3 0-0 0, Pender 0-4 0-0 0, Voss 2-2 0-0 4.

Totals 17-53 3-5 41. NAVY-Roseti 7-15 0-0 14, Maslowski 3-6 1-2 7, Shimoda 1-8 0-0 3, Davidson 8-15 0-0 22, Campbell 1-8 0-0 2, Skrel 0-2 2-2 2, Pelzek 1-4 0-0 3, Curtis 1-1 1-2 3, Hobbs 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 24-62 4-6 60.

Half: Navy, 30-23. 3-point goals: UMBC 4-24 (Santos 2-5, Goncharova 1-5, Rohde 1-8, Luttrell 0-2, Brown 0-4); N 8-24 (Davidson 6-10, Pelzek 1-4, Shimoda 1-4, Skrel 0-1, Campbell 0-5). Rebounds: UMBC 35 (Rohde 8); N 41 (Roseti 10). Assists: UMBC 13 (Voss 4); N 18 (Campbell 4). Total fouls: UMBC 7, N 10. A: 311.

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