Alix Membreno had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Audrey Bauer had 13 points to lead Navy to a 60-48 win over Bucknell in the Patriot League women's basketball tournament semifinals Monday night.
The second-seeded Mids (20-11, 11-3 Patriot League) got off to a hot start, doubling up Bucknell (15-16, 5-9) at halftime 26-13. But Bucknell staged a comeback midway through the second half. The Bison pulled to within 39-35 with just under 10 minutes to play on a three-point play by Shelby Romine and back-to-back 3-pointers from Audry Dotson and Tyler Craig.
Navy responded, though, hitting three straight 3-pointers in the midst of a 15-4 run that ballooned its lead to 54-39 with four minutes to play.
The Mids will play Holy Cross in the tournament final Sunday.
Coppin State 44, North Carolina Central 41: Ashle Craig hit a driving layup with 54 seconds remaining in regulation to rally the Eagles (15-15, 10-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) over North Carolina Central (2-28, 2-14) in the opening round of the MEAC tournament. Craig, who was limited to seven minutes because of foul trouble, came off the bench to spark the Eagles' late comeback.
After a missed free throw by North Carolina Central's Tisha Dixon with 1:11 to play, Craig hit a driving layup that put Coppin State ahead 42-41 with 54 seconds left. Craig then notched a steal on North Carolina Central's next possession and Leola Spotwood made two free throws with 19 seconds to play to extend the lead to 44-41.
With the victory, Coppin State extended its season-best winning streak to six straight games. Coppin State advances to the quarterfinals on Thursday where it will meet South Carolina State (20-8) at 2:30 p.m.
Morgan State 56, UMES 49: Bianca Jarrett scored a game high 26 points as the Bears (13-17, 9-7 MEAC) survived a last-minute rally by the Hawks (8-20, 4-12) in the first round of the MEAC tournament.
With the Bears leading 50-39 with a minute remaining, UMES started a huge comeback. Shawnee Sweeney hit a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left, then after two missed free throws, hit a layup. On the next possession, the Hawks' Chalyse Taylor buried a corner 3-pointer to complete an 8-0 run that pulled UMES within 50-47.
Morgan State 61, South Carolina State 52: Senior guard Anthony Hubbard came off the bench to score 16 points, leading the fifth-seeded Bears (14-14, 10-6 MEAC) to a victory over No. 12 South Carolina State (6-23, 2-14) in the opening round of the MEAC tournament.
Senior forward DeWayne Jackson scored 12 points, and junior center Ian Chiles had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bears.
Junior forward Matthew Hezekiah had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Morgan State shot 43.8 percent while holding the Bulldogs to 34 percent shooting. The Bears advance to Thursday's semifinals to face fourth-seeded Savannah State (19-3, 11-5).
Savannah State 59, UMES 44: For the second straight game, Deven Williams set a career high in scoring as the Tigers (19-13, 11-5 MEAC) defeated the Hawks (2-26, 2-14) in MEAC tournament opening-round action.
Williams hit 10 of 13 shots from the field and knocked down a career-high six of seven 3-pointers en route to 26 points. The junior bested the 21 points he scored against UMES on Thursday in the teams' regular-season finale.
The Tigers shot 51.1 percent (23-of-45), though besides Williams, the rest of the team connected on just two of 10 3-point tries. Preston Blackman added 12 points and Rashad Hassan had 10.
Troy Snyder paced the Hawks (2-26) with nine points, five rebounds and four assists.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun