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Women's NIT: Navy falls, 68-60, after late ODU run

National Invitation Tournament

The Navy women's basketball team had the lead with nine minutes to play but fell behind and lost, 68-60, to host Old Dominion in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night.

The Mids (24-8) were down 39-30 at the half and took a 49-48 lead with 12 minutes left on a 3-pointer by Chloe Stapleton. Jade Geif made a layup to push the lead to 51-48 with 10:50 left. After trailing by one, Navy took its final lead, 53-52, on a jumper by Audrey Bauer with 8:55 left. The closest Navy would get after that was 63-60 with 1:31 left. The Monarchs (18-15) closed out the game with an 8-0 run.

Shae Kelley scored a game-high 22 points, including 16 in the second half for Old Dominion.

Early in the second half, Kelley, who's playing in just her second season, became the fifth Monarchs women's player to score 1,000 career points.

Starting for the third time this season, Michelle Brandao tied her career high with eight points and had a career-best nine assists to help lead the way for the Monarchs. All eight of Brandao's points came in the first half.

Navy went on a 10-0 run to take the lead midway through the second half, but Kelley responded by scoring the next 11 points for Old Dominion as the Monarchs came back to go ahead 60-56.

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