Again, Navy women exit quickly, 85-73

Davidson, Roseti total 47, but American bounces Navy in Patriot opener

March 06, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

UPPER MARLBORO - For the fifth straight season, the Patriot League women's basketball tournament was a short affair for Navy, which lost to American, 85-73, yesterday at Show Place Arena.

The Midshipmen (13-17) got a combined 47 points from seniors Courtney Davidson and Adrienne Roseti, but were outrebounded, 44-31, by an American team (15-13) that also had six players score in double figures in the first-round game.

Senior guard Chanel Spriggs - who went to the bench with two fouls seven minutes into the game - had 14 of her 16 points in the second half for the Eagles, who overcame Spriggs' early absence to bounce back from an 11-0 run by Navy in the first half.

"She does too many things for them, and it's almost too bad that she got in foul trouble - for us," said Navy coach Tom Marryott, "because she was so fresh and she's so athletic and plays so hard, she's tough for us to match up against."

Eight of Spriggs' points came in the final 7:32 of the game, just as the Midshipmen had cut a 10-point deficit to one after Davidson - who finished with 25 points - contributed five points in the space of eight seconds. By making a jumper and hitting three free throws - courtesy of a technical foul on the American bench - Navy made the score 56-55.

But in general, the Eagles emphasized covering Davidson, a three-time All-Patriot League first-team selection who holds the league record for three-pointers. They succeeded, limiting her to three threes in 11 attempts.

While Roseti finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, no other primary scoring sources emerged for Navy, which shot 33 percent from the field in the second half.

Beyond an early lapse, the Eagles played like a team chastened by a loss to previously winless Lafayette to end the regular season.

"That was definitely a wake-up call," said Spriggs, who was joined in double figures by Chanel Hunt, who had 15 points and eight rebounds; 14 from Angel McNatt; 13 points and nine rebounds from Kim Salem; 13 points from Joanna Barnes, and 10 from Kaitlin Schuyler (Mercy).

"We knew we had to practice extra hard because we knew that everyone was going to come out hard, and we couldn't take anybody for granted."

Nonetheless, American came out sluggish and Navy took advantage, going up 15-6 on a three-pointer by Davidson with 12:57 left in the first half.

But that edge would shrink, with the Eagles getting 12 first-half points from McNatt and using steals by Schuyler and Hunt on consecutive possessions that led to baskets to take a 36-35 lead with 1:30 left on the way to a halftime tie at 36.

"But once that wore off, there was a lapse of two or 2 1/2 minutes where we just turned the ball over two or three times in a row and gave up a few offensive rebounds," Davidson said. "It was too much, and it let them get back in the game."

NAVY - Roseti 8-21 5-8 22, Maslowski 2-3 1-2 5, Shimoda 1-6 3-4 5, Davidson 7-17 8-9 25, Campbell 0-3 0-0 0, Ford 0-1 1-2 1, Maeser 0-0 0-0 0, Gross 0-1 0-0 0, Pelzek 1-3 0-0 3, Curtis 1-4 3-6 5, Hobbs 3-5 1-1 7. Totals 23-64 21-32 73. AMERICAN - Hunt 2-5 11-13 15, Woodruff 1-3 0-0 2, Salem 4-6 5-8 13, Schuyler 5-9 0-0 10, Spriggs 4-6 8-8 16, Junkins 0-0 0-2 0, Rhymer 0-0 2-2 2, Barnes 5-13 2-2 13, McNatt 5-8 3-5 14. Totals 26-50 31-40 85. Half: 36-36. 3-point goals - Navy 6-19 (Roseti 1-3, Shimoda 0-2, Davidson 4-10, Campbell 0-2, Pelzek 1-2), American 2-4 (Schuyler 0-1, Barnes 1-2, McNatt 1-1). Fouled out - Maslowski, Curtis. Rebounds - Navy 31 (Roseti 12), American 44 (Woodruff, Salem 9). Assists - Navy 9 (Roseti, Shimoda 3), American 13 (Hunt, Schuyler 4). A - NA.

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