March 17, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Jade Geif paced Navy with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds, but the 2012 Patriot League champion Mids fell 59-44 at No. 2 seed Maryland Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in the Raleigh Regional.
The loss ends the 15th-seeded Mids’ season at 18-14 overall.
Alix Membreno added seven points and five rebounds for Navy, while Chloe Stapleton added six points off the bench. Audrey Bauer, Alix Membreno and Erin Edwards scored five apiece.
Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas posted game-highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds for the contest’s only double-double, while Laurin Mincy added 14 points. The Terps advance to the tournament’s second round, where they will face either seventh-seeded Louisville or No. 10 seed Michigan State on Monday.
The Terps' 59-point outing was their lowest offensive output of the season. Maryland had defeated two Patriot League teams earlier this season, posting a 76-42 win over American and an 84-36 decision against Lafayette.
The contest went back and forth in the first 13 minutes, with Geif’s jumper tying the game at 17 at the 6:31 mark.
Maryland replied with a 9-0 run to move ahead 26-17 with 4:44 left. The Terps scored 14 of the final 20 points in the first half to take a 31-23 lead into the break.
The Terps stretched their run into the second half, scoring four points in the first 1:55 to prompt a Navy timeout. Maryland led 35-23.
The Mids whittled the deficit to 37-30 with 15:02 to go thanks to an inside bucket from Geif and a Stapleton trey, one of her two on the day. But Maryland had a response again, as the Terps scored eight straight points over the next three minutes to move ahead 45-30 by the under-12 media timeout of the second.
Maryland extended the lead to as many as 21 points before cruising to the 15-point win.
Membreno sank a 3-pointer at the 17:39 mark to give Navy its first lead of the day at 5-4. Bauer followed up with a trey just over two minutes later and the Mids were in front 8-4.
The Terps rallied back with seven straight points to move ahead 11-10 before Pollinger sank a trey at the 9:59 mark to put Navy ahead 13-11.
Maryland took a 15-13 lead with 8:56 remaining before the teams traded buckets to set up the 17-all tie.
Navy shot 5 of 13 from deep in the first 20 minutes, but managed just a 1-of-12 showing from beyond the arc after halftime, aiding in Maryland's ability to pull away. Navy shot 9 of 29 overall in the first half and 9 of 30 in the second to finish 18 of 59 (30.5 percent) for the game.
The Terps’ size allowed them to score a 32-18 advantage in the paint, while their athleticism posted a 10-0 advantage in fast break points. Eight of those points came in the second half.
One Patriot League team remains alive in postseason play. Holy Cross (19-14) hosts a quarterfinal game in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) Sunday at 3 p.m. against Manhattan. The winner advances to the tournament’s semifinals. The Crusaders’ win Thursday over New Hampshire was the first postseason victory by a Patriot League team since the 1991 NCAA Tournament.