Navy wins, gains Patriot semifinals

Mids rout American, 62-40, for 1st playoff win since '99

Women's College Basketball

March 04, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Navy's women's basketball team broke open a one-point game early in the second half, then connected on its final 12 free throws to seal a 62-40 victory over American in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament last night at the Hart Center.

The playoff victory was the first for the Navy program since the semifinals of the 1999 tournament.

The Mids will face host Holy Cross tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the semifinals.

Navy, the No. 5 seed, defeated fourth-seeded American for the second time in five days and became the first team to defeat the Eagles three times in one season since American joined the Patriot League four years ago.

"This game was another example of what I have been saying all year," said Navy coach Tom Marryott. "We have great senior leadership on this team. They, and the entire team, have a lot of pride and they really wanted to accomplish something this year."

Abi Campbell and Lauren Skrel each finished with 14 points for the Mids (11-17). Chanel Hunt had 17 for the Eagles (12-16).

NAVY--Campbell 5-13 1-2 14, Curtis 5-12 3-4 13, Hobbs 3-6 0-0 6, Skrel 2-3 10-10 14, Pelzek 2-4 3-5 8, Ford 0-0 0-0 0, Currier 0-0 0-0 0, Meyer 3-7 0-0 7, Burnett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-45 17-21 62.

AMERICAN -- Barnes 2-19 0-0 4, Hunt 7-21 2-3 17, Salem 3-6 2-4 8, Rhymer 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 1-3 2-2 4, Jordan 0-5 0-0 0, Hirschler 0-0 0-0 0, Lipskis 2-6 1-1 5. Totals 16-63 7-10 40.

Halftime -- Navy, 22-19. 3-point goals -- N 5-17 (Campbell 3-10, Skrel 0-1, Pelzek 1-3, Meyer 1-3); A 1-14 (Barnes 0-5, Hunt 1-6, Ryhmer 0-1, Jordan 0-2). Fouled out -- Rhymer. Rebounds -- N 38 (Curtis 10); A 38 (Barnes, Hunt, Lipskis 7); Assists -- N 15 (Skrel 11); A 8 (Rhymer 5). Total fouls -- N 13; A 18.

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