Davidson's 26 help Navy end Air Force's run, 73-60

Mids raise record to 5-6

Coppin goes cold, falls

State women

December 30, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Courtney Davidson scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Navy women's basketball team to a 73-60 victory over visiting Air Force at Alumni Hall last night.

The Falcons trailed by 16 points late in the game, but mounted a comeback to pull to within five of the lead, though that was as close as they would get.

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Air Force (3-7); Navy improved to 5-6.

The Falcons took a 5-3 lead at the start, but it would prove to be their only lead of the game. The Midshipmen led 36-26 at halftime.

After hitting back-to-back three-pointers midway through the second half, Navy held a 16-point advantage. Air Force then mounted its comeback, shaving 11 points off the lead, but couldn't overcome the large deficit.

LaSalle 71, Coppin State 57: Davinia Payne scored a game-high 16 points, six of them during a 22-0 run, to lead the Explorers past the Lady Eagles in the first round of the LaSalle Invitational in Philadelphia. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for Coppin.

Coppin (5-4) pulled within 31-28 early in the second period on a jumper by Antoinette Reese (11 points), but went scoreless for the next 7 1/2 minutes as LaSalle reeled off 22 straight points to take command of the game.

The Lady Eagles managed to pull within 12 late in the game, but it was too late as LaSalle hit nine of 13 foul shots over the final seven minutes to assure the outcome.

Courtni Strickland finished with a career-high 12 points for Coppin, which was outrebounded, 40-25.

Radford 64, UMBC 56: In overtime, the Highlanders (5-3) -- led by Anastasia Goncharova with 16 points -- took a 56-54 lead behind strong free throw shooting and were able to distance themselves in the final minutes at the Dedmon Center in Radford, Va.

Goncharova sent the game into overtime by converting a backdoor layup to tie the game at 50.

The Retrievers (0-8) had the better field-goal percentage, hitting 38.3 percent of their shots, compared to 32.1 percent for the Highlanders.

Liberty 70, Loyola 62: Despite a late second-half run by Greyhounds, including 18 points in the period from Lauren Troupe, the Lady Flames (5-5) held onto the win in the first round of Lafayette's Holiday Classic in Easton, Pa.

Loyola (3-6) was down by as many as 16 points in the second half before the Greyhounds went on a 12-2 run sparked by sophomore forward Troupe to get within 66-58.

Point guard Krystle Harrington helped the run, making one of two free throws at 5:17 and then grabbing a defensive rebound and sending the ball down court to Brittany Dunn for a layup at 4:55. Dunn was fouled and converted the three-point play to make it 64-52.

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