Local college basketball (Nov. 30): Navy coach Stefanie Pemper hits milestone; Mids wins 7th straight

Stefanie Pemper became the Navy women's basketball coach with the most wins in school history Thursday night as the Mids continued their impressive start.

Host Navy used a strong first-half performance to carry it to a 73-49 victory over Monmouth. Pemper picked up her 179th victory with the Mids, eclipsing Dave Smalley (1978-1989), who had 178. She has been the Navy head coach since 2009.


The Mids improved to 7-0. The last time Navy was 7-0 was during an 8-0 start in the 1996-97 season.

The Mids opened with a 15-7 run in the first quarter and a 26-7 run in the second quarter. Navy coasted the rest of the way.

Taylor Dunham finished with a game-high 15 points and Morgan Taylor had 13 points for the Mids. Navy made seven 3-pointers.

Towson 64, Wagner 42: The host Tigers (2-4) opened with a 20-6 run and beat the Seahawks (1-7). Mary Cuevas had a game-high and career-high 23 points to lead Towson. She went 8-for-11, including 2-for-2 on 3-pointers, and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. She also had a team-high 10 rebounds.

Towson went on a 14-2 run to take a 20-6 lead after one quarter. After the Tigers outscored Wagner 11-8 in taking their biggest lead of the half at 31-14, Wagner responded with a 7-0 run to help trim the deficit to 33-21 at halftime.

Sierra Clark (Archbishop Spalding) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Seahawks.

Old Dominion 75, Coppin State 67: The visiting Eagles (1-7) rallied from 18 points down to take the lead, but fell to the Monarchs (1-7).

Genesis Lucas had a game-high 22 points for Coppin State.

Old Dominion led 38-20 with 1:08 remaining in the second quarter but the Eagles came back and outscored the Monarchs 21-9 in the third period and went into the fourth trailing 47-46.

Mia Crooms gave Coppin its first lead with 9:32 left. Chance Graham made a steal and scored followed by a jumper by Lucas, giving the Eagles their largest lead at 52-47 with 8:23 left to play.

Old Dominion made three 3-pointers to take a four-point lead. Lucas answered with a triple, but the Monarchs were able to extend the lead to nine with just over a minute left.

Three free throws by Lucas cut the deficit to six with 28 seconds left, but that was as close as the Eagles would get.