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Navy Holds off Lafayette's Comeback Bid

Jan. 5, 2014

10-3, 2-0

  1 2 F
Navy 35 32 67
Lafayette 25 28 53

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6-7, 0-2

 Stat Comparison Navy LC
 Points 67 53
 FG Made-Attempted 24-54 18-56
 FG Percentage 44.4 32.1
 3P Made/Attempted 9-20 7-21
 3P Percentage 45.0 33.3
 FT Made-Attempted 10-18 10-14
 FT Percentage 55.6 71.4
 Rebounds 43 32
 Turnovers 11 9

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - Macklin
 Navy - Pollinger
 LC - Fiacco 7
 Navy - Geif 13
 LC - Fahan, Peabody 4
 Navy - Membreno 3
 LC - Four players 1
 Navy - Geif 2
 LC - Fiacco 3
 Navy - Membreno, Terry 1

Easton, Pa. - Navy was able to hold off Lafayette's comeback bid in the second half and improved to 2-0 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fell to 0-2 in the league and below .500 for the first time this season (6-7 overall). Linnel Macklin and Madeline Fahan powered the Leopards scoring 12 and 10 points respectively.

The Mids outrebounded the Leopards, 43-32, including a 14-11 edge on the offensive glass. Navy also knocked down 44.4 percent of its field goals compared to Lafayette's 32.1 percent. Kara Pollinger led four Mids in double figures with 15 points including three triples. Jade Geif was a force inside for Navy finishing with a double-double, 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Macklin opened the scoring with a triple from the top of the key. Navy answered with a 9-0 spurt to take a 9-3 lead into the first media timeout. The Mids pushed its lead to nine before  an 8-0 run from the Leopards pulled the Leopards back to within a point, 13-12, with 12 and a half minutes to play in the opening half.

Navy's Pollinger knocked down threes on consecutive possessions to increase the Mids' lead to eight, 20-12, midway through the first half. Danielle Fiacco took a feed from Maddie Peabody converted the layup and completed the three-point play from the free throw line.

Ashley Lutz buried a three from the corner to trim the Navy lead to two, 20-18, with nine minutes to play in the opening frame. The Mids rattled off the next five points to take a seven point lead with seven minutes on the clock.

Peabody knocked down the Leopards third three of the afternoon to cut the lead to five, 30-25, with three minutes to pay in the half. Navy went into the half with a 10-point cushion, 35-25.

Macklin started the second half with another three for Lafayette, but Navy was able to push its lead to 13, 41-28, early in the half. Madeline Fahan slowed the run momentarily with a baseline jumper at the 17:06 mark, but the Mids answered with a 5-0 spurt to take a commanding 46-30 lead at the under 16 media timeout.

Annette Snow knocked down a three from the corner to trim the deficit to 15, 48-33, with 14 minutes to play. After a Navy bucket at the other end, Fahan buried a baseline jumper with 12 minutes on the clock. Snow hit a two more from beyond the arc for the Leopards on their next two possessions, but the Mids still held a 14-point lead, 55-41, at the 10 minute mark.

Peabody found Brya Freeland on the fast break for two to make it a 12-point game with under eight minutes to play. Peabody converted a pair from the free throw line to pull Lafayette within 10, 55-45, with 7:11 on the clock.

Macklin made it a nine-point game after converting 1-of-2 from the line, with less than six minutes to play. A driving layup from Fahan with 4:15 on the clock trimmed the lead to eight, but a three on Navy's next possession extended its lead to 11, 59-48, at the under four media timeout.

Navy's Alix Membreno hit her second three of the game with 2:37 left to push the Mids advantage to 13, 62-39. On Lafayette's next possession, Macklin cut the lead to 11, with 1:49 to play, but Navy closed out the game and beat the Leopards, 67-53.

The Leopards return to action on Wednesday at 5 p.m. when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell.