Leopards Drop 53-44 Decision to Navy in Women's Basketball Action
Feb. 16, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Lafayette women's basketball team could not overcome a slow start and dropped a 53-44 decision to Navy on Saturday night in Annapolis. Senior Vanessa Van De Venter led the team with 20 points and junior Emily Garner pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for Lafayette, who fell to 13-12 on the season and 5-5 in league play.
The Leopards shot just 31 percent for the game, including a 29 percent showing in the first half, and were held without a three-point basket for the entire first half. They also committed 22 turnovers in the game, including 13 in the first half.
A K.C. Gordon three marked the first points of the game as Navy opened with five unanswered points. It took Lafayette over four minutes to get on the board before LaKeisha Wright scored with 15:56 on the clock. The Midshipmen led by five (9-4) after an Emily Cordle basket at 14:25. Cordle's three at 12:30 made the score 12-6 and her second three of the half upped the lead to eight (16-8). Van De Venter's third basket of the game made the score 18-10 with under nine minutes left.
An 8-2 Navy run followed to make the score 26-10 with just over eight minutes remaining in the half. Wright's free throw at 4:42 broke Lafayette's scoring drought and Van De Venter's eighth points of the half made the score 26-13. The Leopards struggled close the gap as the Mids led 32-15 with just over two minutes to play and took a 32-17 lead into halftime.
Lafayette opened the second half with five-straight points to cut Navy's lead to 10 (32-22). Two Garner free throws made the score 26-25 with 13:38 remaining and back-to-back treys by Van De Venter and junior Cristin Zavocki cut Navy's lead to five (38-33) with just under 12 minutes to play.
The Leopards trailed by eight (42-34) after Gordon's basket at the 8:15 mark. Van De Venter's layup at 5:42 kept Lafayette within single digits (42-36) until Cassie Consedine drained a three to make the score 47-36 with under four minutes to play. Zavocki's second basket from beyond the arc made it a six-point game (47-41) with 2:35 remaining. The Mids held on to a six point lead (49-43) and three free throws in the final minute secured the nine-point win.
The Leopards return home to host Bucknell on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
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