A Navy defensive effort that limited host Colgate to 12 field goals coupled with a balanced offense led the Mids to a 59-43 victory Saturday night in women's basketball.
The win is Navy's second in a row and fourth in five games in the Patriot League. The Mids (11-9, 4-1) moved into a first-place tie with American, Army and Bucknell with one week remaining in the first half of the league season. The Raiders fell to 6-13, 0-5.
"I thought this was a really intense game," Navy coach Stefanie Pemper said. "I think Colgate competed really well, and so did we. They forced us into 18 turnovers, and they got to the foul line. They played hard, and we had a hard time at times with that."
Navy led from the opening possession when Kara Pollinger made a 3-pointer. The Navy advantage was 12-11 when the Mids quickly ran off eight straight points to take a 20-11 lead. Chloe Stapleton connected on a pair of 3-pointers over a span of three possessions to begin the run, then Jade Geif scored on an inside move.
Coppin State 53, North Carolina Central 38: Kyra Coleman scored 10 points and visiting Coppin State (8-12, 4-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) opened the second half with a 13-0 run on its way to victory.
Coppin State held a 24-17 lead at halftime, and the 13-0 run gave it a 37-17 lead with 13:48 to play. Coleman and Leola Spotwood sparked the run with four points each.
Boston University 63, UMBC 49: The visiting Terriers (17-4, 7-1 America East) used a 15-0 run in the second half to pull away from the Retrievers (6-14, 2-5).
Brittany Crowell led UMBC in scoring for a third straight game with 18 points, and Raven Harris added 15.
Rashidat Agboola, Chantell Alford and Mo Moran each scored 10 or more points as they combined for 50 of Boston University's 63 points.
Robert Morris 61, Mount St. Mary's 59: The host Colonials (4-14, 3-4 Northeast Conference) closed the game on a 14-2 run and scored the decisive basket with 1.9 seconds left.
Jacqueline Brewer paced the Mount (8-10, 4-3) with 19 points, and Selina Mann had 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Florida A&M 67, UMES 54: The host Rattlers (8-11, 5-1 MEAC) led for most of the game and held the Hawks (5-10, 1-3) to 17 points in the first half.
North Carolina A&T 90, Morgan State 73: The visiting Bears (5-14, 2-4 MEAC) have lost three straight.
Chowan 64, Bowie State 50: Jasmine Jacobs scored 17 points, but the Bulldogs (5-12, 2-7 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) were outscored 41-31 in the second half.
Johns Hopkins 52, Muhlenberg 42: The visiting Blue Jays (10-9, 8-6 Centennial Conference) used a 15-2 run to take a 14-point lead with seven minutes to play. Stacy Fairey had 13 points for Hopkins. The Mules fell to 11-7, 8-5.
Hood 59, Arcadia 53: Emily Maerz made a 3-pointer with 1:42 left to give the host Blazers (5-14, 3-9 Commonwealth Conference) the lead for good at 50-49.
The Scarlet Knights (9-10, 2-10) led for most of the game.
McDaniel 73, Bryn Mawr 44: Steph Perez scored 12 points and the host Green Terror (8-10, 5-8 Centennial) opened with an 11-0 run.
Mary Washington 53, Frostburg State 42: The host Bobcats (6-13, 1-6 Capital Athletic Conference) have lost five straight.
York 77, St. Mary's 54: Marche Pearson and Joanna Murray each scored 16 points in a losing effort for the visiting Seahawks (8-9, 2-5 CAC).
Moravian 77, Goucher 59: The visiting Gophers (5-13, 1-7 Landmark Conference) trailed by 17 at the half and never recovered.
Stevenson 69, Alvernia 66: A 3-pointer by freshman Stephanie Martinez gave the host Mustangs (7-10, 4-8 Middle Atlantic Conference) a two-point lead with 2:21 remaining, and they hung on to win.
Stevenson moved into sixth place in the league.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun