State basketball: Navy women trounce Lehigh, 84-54


Top-seeded Navy rolled to a 84-54 Patriot League quarterfinals victory over visiting No. 8 seed Lehigh on Thursday night, outscoring the Mountain Hawks 44-23 in the first half.

The Mids (24-6) shot 51.7 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range, while the Mountain Hawks (13-18) struggled, shooting 34.5 percent and 14.3 percent, respectively.

Kara Pollinger scored a game-high 17 points and Audrey Bauer and Jade Geif added 14 each to help pace Navy's offense.

The Mids held Mountain Hawks leading scorer Kerry Kinek, who was averaging 15.6 points entering the matchup, to seven points on 2-for-9 shooting.

Navy will face fifth-seeded Holy Cross on Monday in the conference tournament semifinals.

UMES 74, Delaware State 71, OT: Ashleigh Claybrooks scored six of the host Hawks' 15 points in overtime, and Shanyce Stewart converted two last-second free throws to preserve a second-half rally and eventual victory over the Hornets.

Mariah McCoy scored a game-high 21 points for UMES (8-19, 4-12 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which shot 34.7 percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers but had a 53-38 rebound advantage over Delaware State (8-21, 3-13).


UMES 84, Delaware State 70: Hakeem Baxter scored a game-high 30 points and Kendall Gray added a double double to lead the host Hawks past the Hornets.

UMES (6-23, 4-12 MEAC) outpaced Delaware State in the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 35-25 advantage into the break.

Both teams shot better than 52percent from the field and shot 33.3percent from 3-point range, but the Hawks converted on 22 of 25 free throws for a distinct advantage at the foul line.

Tyshawn Bell scored a team-high 18 points for Delaware State (9-20, 5-11).

Wednesday night

Mount St. Mary's 72, St. Francis (N.Y.) 71: Rashad Whack's 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left capped a rally to lift the fourth-seeded Mount (14-16) over the fifth-seeded Terriers (18-14) in a Northeast Conference tournament quarterfinal Wednesday night.

 The Mountaineers rallied from a 19-point deficit with 9:15 left in the game to earn the victory.

Whack led all scorers in the game with 28 points, while Norfleet finished with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The Mount's trio of seniors, Julian Norfleet, Whack and Sam Prescott, combined to score 54 of the team's points.

Lowell Ulmer led the Terriers with 18 points, and Ben Mockford and Amdy Fall chipped in 10 points each.

The Mount shot 33.3 percent (18-for-54) from the field but was 31-for-40 (77.5 percent) at the free-throw line. St. Francis committed 13 second-half turnovers.

Mount St. Mary's will travel to third-seeded Wagner for the NEC semifinals at noon Saturday.

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