Poor shooting and defensive woes doomed the top-seeded Navy women in their Patriot League tournament semifinal at home Monday night against No. 5 seed Holy Cross, as the Midshipmen lost, 75-56.
The Midshipmen (24-7) allowed five Crusaders (20-11) to score in double digits and shot 33.8 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from 3-point range.
Forward Jade Geif's 20 points paced Navy on offense, but her team-high performance wasn't enough. Audrey Bauer had 14 points and Alix Membreno added 10 points, but no other Midshipman recorded more than five points.
Navy entered the second half leading 28-27 but relinquished its slight edge when Holy Cross went on a 16-2 run over a five-minute span to take a 50-38 lead with 11:02 left.
The Midshipmen never trailed by fewer than nine points for the rest of the game, and the Crusaders went on to outscore Navy 48-28 in the second half.
The Midshipmen scored their lowest point total of the tournament and tied their fourth-lowest scoring total of the season, a 56-55 victory at Towson in the first game of the season.
Brisje Malone scored a game-high 23 points for the Crusaders, and Raquel Scott added a doubledouble with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Holy Cross' Molly Hourigan scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, and Alex Smith and Lisa Mifsud each recorded 11 points.
Coming off a dominant victory over Lehigh in the first round of the conference tournament, in which Navy held the Mountain HAwks to 34.5 percent shooting from the field and 14.3 percent from 3-point range en route to a 84-54 win, the Midshipmen allowed Holy Cross to shoot 50.9 percent from the field.
The Midshipmen ended their season with the loss.
Savannah State 82, Morgan State 71: Guard Tracey Carrington's (Dundalk) game-high 28 points weren't enough for the 12th-seeded Bears in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament first-round loss to the No. 5 seed Tigers in Norfolk, Va. Morgan State (5-25) allowed Savannah State (18-13) guards Ezinne Kalu, Bria Dorsey and Jasmine Norman each to score at least 19 points to combine for 61 total points in the loss. The Bears shot 35.6 percent from the field and went 11-for-32 in the second half, in which the Tigers led by as much as 25. Morgan State ended its season with the loss.
UMES 70, Norfolk State 66: The No. 11 seed Hawks (9-20) converted five last-minute free throws to upset the seventh-seeded Spartans (12-16) in a come-from-behind victory in the first round of the MEAC tournament in Norfolk. After trailing by as many as 13 points in the second half, UMES trimmed its deficit to 64-63 with only 1:44 remaining in regulation. Alexis Udoji scored on a layup to give the Hawks a one-point lead with 54 seconds left, and the team then made five of six foul shots to secure the win. TeAmber Brooks scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to spark the comeback. UMES will face third-seeded Coppin State on Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals.
Norfolk State 78, UMES 74: The 13th-seeded Hawks' second-half comeback fell short against the No. 4 seed Spartans in the first round of the MEAC tournament in Norfolk. UMES entered the second half trailing 43-26 but outscored Norfolk State 48-35 in the period. Troy Snyder made two free throws with one minute, 49 seconds remaining to tie the score at 74-74, but the Spartans scored on four free throws to hand the Hawks the loss. Hakeem Baxter scored a team-high 21 points for UMES (6-24), and Devon Walker and Mark Blackmon added 16 points and 13 points, respectively. Pendarvis Williams recorded a game-high 22 points for Norfolk State (18-13), and Rashid Gaston and Malcom Hawkins added 17 points each. UMES ended its season with the loss.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun