Jan. 2, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The United States Naval Academy shot an impressive 64-percent from three-point range, guiding the Midshipmen past Loyola University Maryland, 67-44, Thursday evening at Alumni Hall.
Junior Nai Brown led Loyola (3-9 overall, 0-1 Patriot League) with 12 points, recording her 13th double-digit score of the season. Senior Nicole Krusen and freshman Lisa Mirarchi added eight each, while sophomore Tiffany Padgett chipped in six, leading the rebounding effort with eight total boards.
The Greyhounds held the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year Jade Geif to only four points, two in each half, controlling Navy in the paint 14-8.
Navy (9-3, 1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, led by forward Audrey Bauer with 20 points. Bauer went 4-5 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes, 5-6 for the game.
Coming out of the locker room, Krusen sparked the offense with her own three-point basket to jump-start the second half. Brown connected on a jumper, 45-22, the closest deficit of the second half until the final basket of the contest.
With just over 11 minutes remaining in the game, Kara Pollinger gave Navy its largest lead of the contest, 33 points, on a three-point field goal, 59-26. Pollinger scored all 15 of her points from behind the arc, going 5-6 from downtown.
The freshman duo of Lisa Mirarchi and Lauren Daugherty put the Greyhounds' next four points on the board, all from the charity stripe. Following her success from the free-throw line, Daugherty capitalized on Loyola's next offensive possession with a layup, 62-32, with 7:52 remaining. The freshman forward scored a career-high four points in only 16 minutes of action.
In the final five minutes of regulation, Loyola outscored Navy 10-4, with four of those 10 points coming from the free-throw line. The Greyhounds matched their season-high free-throw percentage, shooting 80-percent from the charity stripe.
Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Sunday, Jan. 5, to host the United State Military Academy at 1 p.m. Prior to tipoff the Greyhounds will conduct a quick ball ceremony to commemorate Loyola's first home game in the Patriot League.