ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Alix Membreno led three Navy players in double figures as two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy opened its title defense with a 62-44 victory over visiting Lafayette Sunday at Alumni Hall on CBS Sports Network.
Membreno had a great all-around performance with six rebounds and five assists. Chloe Stapleton added 13 points for the Mids (8-8, 1-0), while Audrey Bauer had 11. Jade Geif managed just six points but hauled in a game-high nine rebounds.
Freshman Jamie O'Hare continued to show flashes of brilliance for the Leopards (7-9, 0-1) with 19 points and five assists from the point. She was 8 of 14 from the floor and 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Emily Homan also hit double digits for Lafayette with 10 points.
It was all Navy early, as the Mids opened the game on an 11-5 spurt and led 23-6 with 8:11 remaining in the first half. Shortly later, O'Hare ignited a half-closing 10-1 Lafayette run with a 3-pointer, and the Leopards trailed 28-20 at the intermission.
Navy opened the second on an 8-0 run couched by a pair of 3-pointers by Audrey Bauer, followed shortly thereafter by a Stapleton trey and two foul shots from Geif to give the Mids a 44-24 lead at the 13:38 mark.
Navy's advantage hovered around 20 for the next several minutes. Lafayette had one final burst capped off by another O'Hare trey to cut the Mids' lead to 56-41 with 5:24 on the clock, but that's as close as the Leopards would get.
Navy shot 41.2 percent for the game, buoyed by hitting 11 of 23 (47.8 percent) of its attempts in the second half. The Mids were 13 of 20 from the line to Lafayette's 5 of 6.
The Mids hit seven treys on the afternoon to the Leopards' five.
Patriot League play resumes Wednesday with four contests, all at 7 p.m. American heads to Lehigh, Bucknell hosts Colgate, Lafayette welcomes Army and Navy goes to Holy Cross.