Hot-shooting Navy routs E. Illinois, 88-62

Reese's 14 points, defense lift Coppin State, 59-56

State women

College Basketball

December 21, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Navy's women's basketball team shot 58 percent from the field, opened a 19-point halftime lead and defeated Eastern Illinois, 88-62, on the opening day of the Navy Classic yesterday at Alumni Hall.

The Midshipmen (4-5) will face Seton Hall, a 53-49 winner over Northeastern, in today's 3:15 p.m. championship game. The Panthers (3-5) will take on Northeastern at 1 p.m. in the consolation game.

Courtney Davidson scored a season-high 25 points and tied a career high with four steals. The senior shooting guard also passed Becky Dowling to move into fifth place in Navy history with 1,481 points.

Coppin State 59, St. Peter's 56: Antoinette Reese scored a team-high 14 points and came up with two big steals in the final moments to help the Lady Eagles (5-3) pull out the win over the Peahens (4-4) at the Coppin Center.

St. Peter's had a 56-55 lead and the ball with less than 20 seconds remaining when Reese intercepted a pass and streaked downcourt for an uncontested layup and a 57-56 Coppin lead.

On the ensuing inbounds, Reese got a hand on another pass and was fouled with 9.6 seconds left. She hit the first shot to make the margin 58-56 and missed the second.

Kristen Hood made a foul shot for the final score.

Georgetown 70, Loyola 53: The host Hoyas (5-2), led by Rebbekah Brunson's career-best 31 points and 21 rebounds, held off a second-half surge by the Greyhounds (3-5).

Lindsay Cobb led the Greyhounds with 14.

Virginia Commonwealth 63, Mount St. Mary's 50: Cindy Wilks had 20 points and 14 rebounds to power the visiting Rams (3-4) past the Mount (2-4).

The Mount's Myriam Baccouche led all scorers with 24 points.

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