Navy Draws ACC Champion Maryland in NCAA Tournament

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Senior Erin Edwards has Navy in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
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Senior Erin Edwards has Navy in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
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March 12, 2012

2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - 2012 Patriot League champion Navy (18-13) learned its NCAA Tournament destination Monday night during the selection show televised live on ESPN. The Mids, seeded 15th in the Raleigh region, will head to nearby College Park, Md., to take on No. 2 seed Maryland at the Comcast Center Saturday at 11:15 a.m. in the tournament's first round. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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Though separated by only about 30 miles, Saturday will be the first meeting between Navy and Maryland. The Terrapins won the ACC Tournament title and bring a 28-4 record into the NCAA Tournament.

Navy captured its second straight Patriot League championship with a 57-48 victory over Holy Cross Saturday evening in a game televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Saturday will mark the fifth time the Patriot League champion has met a member of the ACC in the NCAA Tournament, with League members going 1-3 in the previous four meetings. Holy Cross upended Maryland 81-74 in the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament, which is also the last time a League team won a game in the postseason bracket.

The three losses came in 1999 (Holy Cross to Duke), 2007 (Holy Cross to Duke) and 2008 (Bucknell to North Carolina).

The winner between Navy and Maryland will face the winner between No. 7 seed Louisville and No. 10 Michigan State in the second round on Monday.

Patriot League NCAA and Postseason Notebook

NAVY DOES IT AGAIN
Navy’s appearance in the Patriot League title game Saturday marked the 13th time in which the defending League champion successfully made it back to the championship contest the following year. Thanks to their 57-48 win over Holy Cross, the Mids became the sixth champion to successfully defend their crown after advancing to the finals.
Champion, Year - Next Year - Result (Opponent)
Fordham, 1992 - 1993 - Lost, 82-63 (Holy Cross)
Holy Cross, 1993 - 1994 - Lost, 64-60 (Fordham)
Fordham, 1994 - 1995 - Lost, 58-51 (Holy Cross)
Holy Cross, 1995 - 1996 - Won, 77-55 (Colgate)
Holy Cross, 1998 - 1999 - Won, 72-58 (Navy)
Holy Cross, 1999 - 2000 - Won, 87-63 (Bucknell)
Holy Cross, 2000 - 2001 - Won, 94-68 (Lehigh)
Holy Cross, 2001 - 2002 - Lost, 88-74 (Bucknell)
Colgate, 2004 - 2005 - Lost, 79-70 (Holy Cross)
Holy Cross, 2005 - 2006 - Lost, 69-68 (Army)
Holy Cross, 2007 - 2008 - Lost, 57-45 (Bucknell)
Lehigh, 2009 - 2010 - Won, 58-42 (American)
Navy, 2011 - 2012 - Won, 57-48 (Holy Cross)

JUST THE THIRD NO. 3
Navy became the eighth No. 3 seed in Patriot League Tournament history to make it to the title game and the third to capture the trophy. Coincidentally, when Navy won the 2011 crown, it defeated No. 3 seed American in the finals. Overall the No. 3 seed is 3-5 in the League title game, with all victories coming at home. Below is a list of the eight appearances in the Patriot League championship game for the third seed:
Year - No. 3 Seed - Opponent - Result
1991 - Army - at No. 1 Holy Cross - L, 65-52
1993 - Fordham - at No. 1 Holy Cross - L, 82-63
1997 - Lehigh - vs. No. 5 Lafayette - W, 65-63 (OT)
1999 - Navy - at No. 1 Holy Cross - L, 72-58
2001 - Lehigh - at No. 1 Holy Cross - L, 94-68
2007 - Holy Cross - vs. No. 4 American - W, 56-48
2011 - American - at No. 1 Navy - L, 47-40
2012 - Navy - vs. No. 5 Holy Cross - W, 57-48

WHAT A WAY TO MEET
Navy and Maryland, though separated by only about 30 miles of asphalt and concrete, have never met on the hardwood. That changes Saturday, when the Mids visit the Terrapins in the No. 2-vs.-No. 15 matchup in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Raleigh Regional. The winner takes on the victor of the contest between No. 7 seed Louisville and 10th-seeded Michigan State in the second round Monday.

PEMPER DRAWS ON EXPERIENCE
There’s been only one time in which a No. 14, 15 or 16 seed has won a first-round game in the NCAA Tournament. It happened in 1998, when 16th-seeded Harvard upended the No. 1 Standford Cardinal. Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper was an assistant on that Crimson staff that pulled off the upset, which still stands as the only 1-vs.-16 upset in either the NCAA men’s or women’s tournaments.

VERSUS THE ACC IN THE NCAA
Navy’s matchup Saturday against Maryland will be the fifth time the Patriot League champion faces a squad from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, with League teams entering the game with a 1-3 record. The first such matchup occurred in the 1991 tournament, when 11th-seeded Holy Cross upended No. 6 Maryland 81-74. That stands as the only victory for a League squad in the tournament. Since then, Holy Cross has lost to Duke twice (1999 and 2007), while Bucknell fell in 2008 to North Carolina.

A NEW YEAR, A DIFFERENT OUTCOME?
When Navy takes the floor at the Comcast Center Saturday morning, it will look to exceed the result achieved last season, when the Mids held a second-half lead and were within a few points of third-seeded DePaul before falling 56-43 at University Park in their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. Jade Geif, coming off her performance in the Patriot League Tournament for which she was named Most Valuable Player, logged a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and shot 6 of 9 from the field in 32 minutes.

GEIF SHINES IN BIG GAMES
Navy sophomore Jade Geif has built a reputation for playing her best when it matters most. She became the third back-to-back Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring a career-high 22 points in the Mids’ 57-48 win Saturday over Holy Cross in the 2012 title game. The sophomore totaled 49 points in this year’s tournament, bettering her 32 points scored in last year’s three games. Geif shot 7 of 15 from the field in Saturday’s victory over the Crusaders.

FUTURE SCHEDULES
Should any of the three Patriot League teams advance in the postseason, their next games will be right around the corner. If Navy upends Maryland, the Mids will play either No. 7 seed Louisville or No. 10 Michigan State Monday in College Park in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. The second round of the WNIT is scheduled for March 17-19, and the second round of the WBI is set for March 17-18.

NCAA Tournament First Round – Raleigh Regional

NO. 15 NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (18-13, 8-6 PL) AT NO. 2 MARYLAND TERRAPINS (28-4, 12-4 ACC)
Comcast Center; College Park, Md. • Saturday, 11:15 a.m.
Series: First Meeting TV: ESPN2

Navy in the NCAA Tournament
2011 First Round: DePaul 56, Navy 43

A year after capturing its first Patriot League title in its 20th season as a member of the conference, Navy became the sixth League champion to repeat with Saturday’s 57-48 victory over Holy Cross in the League finals in Annapolis, Md. ... The Mids are seeded No. 15 in the Raleigh Region and will visit the second-seeded Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., Saturday at 11:15 a.m. on ESPN2 ... Navy advanced to the Patriot League championship with a 66-54 win at home over Colgate before going on the road to defeat Lehigh 64-59 in the semifinals ... The Mids posted that victory against the Mountain Hawks after losing both regular-season meetings against them ... Navy’s win over Holy Cross was the first time either of the two had beaten the other at home in 2012 ... Each team won by 17 at the other’s home court during the regular season ... Saturday will mark the fifth time the Patriot League champion has met a member of the ACC in the NCAA Tournament, with League members going 1-3 in the previous four meetings ... Holy Cross upended Maryland 81-74 in the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament, which is also the last time a League team won a game in the postseason bracket ... The three losses came in 1999 (Holy Cross to Duke), 2007 (Holy Cross to Duke) and 2008 (Bucknell to North Carolina) ... The winner between Navy and Maryland will face the winner between No. 7 seed Louisville and No. 10 Michigan State in the second round on Monday ... Though separated by only about 30 miles, Saturday will be the first meeting between Navy and Maryland ... Patriot League are 1-19 overall in the NCAA Tournament ... Navy boasts the nation’s 12-best scoring defense, allowing just 52.3 points per game ... The Mids own the League’s best field goal percentage defense (35.7 percent), while sinking a League-best 6.5 3-pointers per game at a clip of 34.5 percent from beyond the arc ... Navy leads the nation in fewest personal fouls per game at 11.7 ... The Patriot League went 0-4 against teams from the ACC this season.

NAVY Jade Geif led all scorers with a career-high 22 points to lead Navy to a 57-48 victory over Holy Cross in the championship game of the 2012 Patriot League Women’s Basketball Tournament Saturday on CBS Sports Network ... The Mids captured their second consecutive League crown, and head off to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season ... Geif garnered Tournament MVP honors for the second straight season, as well, becoming the third back-to-back MVP in tournament history ... She joins Anna Kinne of Holy Cross (2000-01) and Alex Ross of Lehigh (2009-10) ... Geif was joined on the All-Tournament team from Navy by fellow sophomores Alix Membreno and Kara Pollinger ... Membreno was also an All-Tournament selection last season ... Membreno scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds with a game-high five steals, while Pollinger chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two thefts ... Navy became just the third No. 3 seed in history to capture the Patriot League championship ... The Mids improved the No. 3 seed’s record in the title game to 3-5 ... After Navy struck first with the opening bucket, Holy Cross rattled off nine straight points ... The Mids whittled the lead down multiple times but were unable to fully erase it before the break ... The Crusaders eventually took a 25-18 lead into halftime ... Navy was also trailing in the title game last season, as the Mids were behind American 30-18 at halftime ... Geif capped off an 8-0 run for Navy in the early stages of the second half with two straight field goals, the latter of which was part of a three-point play, to put the Mids up 28-27 ... Navy built a four-point lead shortly thereafter, but a 5-0 Holy Cross spurt put the Crusaders on top 37-36 with 13 minutes left in the contest ... Navy regained the lead on two free throws from Geif, and the advantage eventually ballooned to 43-37 just beyond the midway point of the second after a 3-pointer by Membreno ... Holy Cross trimmed the deficit to 45-40 with 8:05 left and 49-45 with 4:34 to go ... The Crusaders continued hanging around, with Lepley’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left bringing them within 53-48 ... Geif essentially sealed the game for the Mids on their next possession ... With the shot clock expiring, Geif heaved up an off-balance attempt from beyond the free throw line that rolled around the rim before falling ... Navy’s lead was 55-48 with 2:05 to go ... A big part of Navy’s ability to take the lead in the second half was because of its defense ... The Mids held Holy Cross without a field goal for a stretch of 8:34 ... After Smith’s layup at the 13:09 mark, the Crusaders couldn’t manage another successful attempt from the floor until Malone’s jumper at the 4:34 mark ... Including Lepley’s 3 ball, the Crusaders had only three field goals in the final 13:09 ... Navy outrebounded the Crusaders 40-30 ... After shooting 7 of 25 in the first half, the Mids bounced back to a 12-of-26 effort in the second to finish shooting 37.3 percent (19 of 51) for the game ... Holy Cross shot 17 of 50 from the field, going just 6 of 25 in the second half after an 11-of-25 showing in the first 20 minutes.