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American, Navy make early exits from PL tourney

Two-time Patriot League Player-of-the-Year Jade Geif
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Navy choose to take the night off against Holy Cross in its first Patriot League tournamet and and it turned into the Mids last tournament game as the Crusaders pulled a 75-56 rout in Annapolis March 10. Navy gave up 51 percent shooting from the field including eight-of-16 three-pointers. On the year, the Mids only allowed opponents to shoot 37 percent from the floor and 29 percent from long range.

Only one of the Academy’s cannons was on target. Jade Geif had 20 points and eight rebounds. Audrey Bauer added 14 points, but only she two-for-eight from long range. Alix Membreno scored 10 points but only shot four-of-13. Kara Polinger was held scoreless, including zero-for-eight from three-point range.

Crusader guard Brisje Malone tied a career-high with 23 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds to lead the No. 5 seeded Crusaders. With the win, Holy Cross improved to 20-11 overall, while the Mids fell to 24-7 on the season. Holy Cross will take on No. 2 seed Army in the Patriot League Tournament championship game on March 15 at 6 pm at Christl Arena.

Holy Cross shot 29-of-57 from the field, while Navy connected on 33.8 percent of its shots from the floor. The Mids canned only 17.9 percent from downtown. Holy Cross held advantages in assists (22-16), rebounds (40-36), points in the paint (31-26) and points off turnovers (14-8).

Eagles grounded

American University also dropped its Patriot League semifinal, 68-55, at Army on Monday night.

Geleisa George and Michelle Holmes scored 12 points apiece for American and Alexis Dobbs added 11 points and a team-high five assists. Sarah Kiely also chipped in 10 points in the game. Arron Zimmerman matched her career mark with 12 rebounds as the Eagles held a 34-33 edge on the glass.

Army had four players reached double figures. The Black Knights were led by Jen Hazlett with 19 points and 10 rebounds.