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State hoops: Navy women starts cold, lose to Loyola Maryland, 55-49

In the Patriot League opener for both women's squads, Navy stumbled Wednesday as host Loyola Maryland ran away with the game.

The Midshipmen (6-6, 0-1) committed 16 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play, helping the Greyhounds (3-9, 1-0) win, 55-49.

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Navy's 16 turnovers translated into 17 of Loyola's 21 points in the first half. The Greyhounds made four of their six 3-pointers for a 21-7 lead at the break, the fewest points Navy has scored in a half this season.

Loyola's defense dominated the first half, as the Greyhounds kept Navy off the board for nearly seven minutes following the team's first two field goals.

But the Mids regrouped in the second half and held a one-point lead going into the under-eight-minute timeout. Loyola went on a 7-2 run over the final two minutes to hold them off.

Colleen Marshall paced the Greyhounds with 13 points, and Nai Brown had 10 points. Taylor Dunham had a game-high 15 points for Navy.

Loyola's Steph Smith led all players with seven rebounds, and Lisa Mirarchi finished with a game-high five assists and four steals.

George Washington 82, Towson 48: The visiting Colonials (11-2) shot 54 percent from the field against the the overmatched Tigers (4-8).

Redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen led the Tigers with 16 points. The Colonials, led by Caira Washington (game-high 21 points), opened up with a 19-4 run in the first quarter and cruised from there.

Towson could not stop the Colonials' run in the second half. George Washington shot 51.7 percent from the field and outscored the Tigers 34-27. Markell Smith gave the Tigers a lift defensively as she pulled down seven of her game-high nine rebounds in the second half.

The Tigers' freshman class accounted for 12 of the team's 27 second-half points. That group was led by center Daijha Thomas, who had five points.

George Washington dominated Towson inside, outscoring the Tigers 50-16 in the paint and outrebounding them 47-32, the 13th straight time it has finished with more boards. The Colonials also held an 18-9 advantage on second-chance points and a 29-11 margin in points off turnovers.

Towson's 48 points were the third fewest by a George Washington opponent this season and marked the third time in the past four games the Colonials have held an opponent below 50 points.

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