Alix Membreno scored a game-high 16 points and hauled in six rebounds to lead the visiting Navy women past Holy Cross, 60-47, in basketball Wednesday night.
The Mids improve to 9-8 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League, while the Crusaders slip to 8-9 and 0-2.
Navy jumped out to an early 15-4 lead at the 14:27 mark of the first half as the Mids made three 3-pointers during the spurt. The Mids pushed the lead to as many as 15 on two occasions, as they held a 24-9 advantage with 10:27 on the clock.
Holy Cross went on an 11-2 run over the next seven minutes and trailed 26-20 with 3:25 left in the first. Alex Smith of Holy Cross scored five points during the rally. But Navy then scored six straight points, including a buzzer-beater by Kara Pollinger from midcourt, to give the Mids a 32-20 lead at the half.
The Crusaders came out strong, beginning the second half with an 11-3 rally to cut the deficit to 35-31 with 15:21 on the clock. Holy Cross kept the score close over the next two minutes before Navy began to pull away.
Hartford 51, UMBC 44: Brittany Crowell scored 17 of her game-high 18 points in the second half and Dana Lewis had her first career double double, but the host Hawks (12-6, 3-2 America East) outscored the Retrievers 20-7 over the final seven minutes to hang on for the victory in Wednesday afternoon's America East contest at Chase Arena.
UMBC (5-13, 1-4) got 40 of its 44 points from three players.
Salisbury 68, Wesley 58: Anna Hackett scored 28 points to propel the host Sea Gulls (8-7, 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference) past the Wolverines (2-13, 0-6).
Salisbury took a 19-5 advantage eight minutes into the game. Julia McLaughlin hit a jumper. Maggie King assisted on the play after picking off a pass from Heather Fuller. McLaughlin had 15 points on the night, with six rebounds and two assists.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun