March 6, 2015
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sarita Condie (So., Lovelock, Nev.) scored a career-high 20 points and Taylor Dunham (Fr., Fort Belvoir, Va.) added 11 second-half points to help the Navy women’s basketball team post a 60-49 Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal round victory over Bucknell Friday night at Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pa. The two teams tied for fourth place in the league standings with 10-8 records, but the Bison defeated the Mids in both regular season games — by a total of three points — to garner the No. 4 seed while Navy was the No. 5 seed.
The win makes Navy the only league team to advance to the semifinal round of the tournament in each of the last seven seasons, a run that coincides with the arrival of head coach Stefanie Pemper. Additionally, Pemper has posted a 13-3 record in the tournament. Her 13 victories places her third among coaches in league history.
Navy moves on to face top-seeded American Monday night in Washington, D.C., in the semifinal round of the tournament. The other semifinal features No. 6 Lehigh (which defeated No. 3 Holy Cross this evening), playing at No. 2 Army (which defeated No. 7 Colgate in overtime).
It was a first half of swings as Navy endured a nearly nine-minute scoring drought, which allowed Bucknell to go from trailing 14-9 to holding a 20-14 lead. But then the Mids scored the final 11 points of the half to go into the break with a 28-22 advantage.
Condie was 5-10 from the floor with a trio of three-pointers to lead the Mids in scoring in the frame with 15 points. She then opened the scoring in the second half with another triple to boost Navy to a 31-22 lead.
Bucknell chipped away at the deficit and soon closed to within three points at 33-30, but Dunham hit a three-pointer to double the lead. After a Bucknell field goal made the score 36-32, Dunham again answered with another trey to again stretch the lead to seven points.
The Bison had another run in them and this time they winnowed the margin down to 39-37 with nine minutes remaining. Condie responded with a jumper on the next Navy possession then, after league rookie of the year Jacquie Klotz turned the ball over, Hannah Fenske (Fr., Albuquerque, N.M.) buried a three-point shot to give Navy a 44-37 advantage. Bucknell’s Carly Richardson made a triple on the next Bison trip down the court, but Fenske responded a few seconds later with a jumper to make the score 46-40 with 7:24 left to play.
Bucknell missed a pair of shots on its next possession before a Bison foul gave the ball back to Navy. Dunham made it four Navy possessions in a row with points as she made her third three-point shot of the half to give Navy a 49-40 lead with 6:32 remaining on the clock. Bucknell would commit another turnover, and that led to Marina Muenster (Fr., Coppell, Texas) sinking one of two free throws to expand the lead to 10 points. Audrey Dotson hit a jumper on the next Bucknell possession, but Justice Swett (So., Nashville, Tenn.) made Navy’s 10th triple of the game to give the Mids points on six-straight trips down the court and a 53-42 lead with just under five minutes remaining.
Navy would tally three points on free throws on its next two possessions to build a 56-42 lead with 3:25 left in the game.
Navy shot 40.4 percent from the field in the game, which included a 35.7 percent (10-28) effort from three-point land. The Mids held Bucknell to 34.6 percent shooting, with the Bison sinking just 21.1 percent (4-19) of their three-point attempts.
Navy also scored 23 points off of the 16 turnovers it forced the Bison into, while Bucknell tallied only six points after the eight turnovers recorded by the Mids. Also, even though Bucknell held a 14-8 advantage on the offensive glass, both teams scored only nine second-chance points.
In addition to Condie’s 20 points being a career high — as was her four triples — it also marked the first time all season a Mid had scored 20 points in a game (the previous high was 18). Dunham was 3-5 from behind the arc in the second half after missing her lone field goal attempts of the first half. She also contributed three assists and two steals in the game. Joining that duo in double figures was Fenske with 13.
Clair DeBoer led Bucknell with 15 points, while Dotson closed out her career with 13 points and seven rebounds.
This story will be updated Saturday morning with additional post-game quotes.