Consedine, Myers lead Navy women into Patriot League final

State college basketball

March 09, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

Three years ago as freshmen, Cassie Consedine and Angela Myers were part of a Navy squad that won just seven of the team's 30 games. This Saturday night, the two seniors will lead their Navy teammates onto the Alumni Hall court in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament. The Mids will be playing for an NCAA Tournament berth after beating Bucknell, 55-41, Wednesday at Alumni Hall in the semifinal round.

The Mids (19-11), seeded first in this year's tournament, will face third-seeded American Saturday in a 6 p.m. game that will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports. The Eagles advanced to the championship game by recording a 69-64 overtime victory over No. 2 seed Lehigh, the two-time defending league champion, Wednesday night in Bethlehem, Pa.

Navy is making its first appearance in the title game since 1999 and just its third in its 19 years in the league. The Mids lost to Holy Cross in both of their previous championship games.

Navy beat American twice this season, 57-46 in Washington and 63-56 in Annapolis. Navy, Lehigh and American all posted 10-4 records this season to share the league's regular-season title.

Morgan State 43, UMES 39: Morgan State's Brittany Dodson made a pair of free throws for the lead with 1:32 to play as the second-seeded Bears held off the hard-charging Hawks in the quarterfinals of the MEAC tournament Wednesday at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The seventh-seeded Hawks, who battled back from a 12-point halftime deficit to take a 37-34 edge with 5:01 left, ended their season 12-19. Morgan (17-13) advances to the semifinals Friday at 2:30 p.m. to play the winner of today's game between North Carolina A&T and Howard.

Casey Morton, playing her final game for UMES, made a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Hawks their first lead of the game, 33-32, with 6:37 to play. On the next possession, Theresa Davis converted a layup to give control of the game back to the Bears.

Caitlyn Dillard then stripped Dodson and was fouled at the 5:49 mark. She hit two free throws and Amber Cook hit a floater in the lane for the three-point advantage.

Davis then notched a jumper and a free throw with 3:47 left to tie the game at 37-37. Cook followed with a jumper in the paint at the 2:47 mark to take the Hawks' final lead of the day as Dodson responded with a jumper to tie the game at 39 before she hit the free throws that put her team ahead to stay.

For the game, UMES shot 26.8 percent (15-for-56) and MSU was 29.1 percent from the field (29.1 percent).

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