ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy senior guard Alix Membreno recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the Midshipmen to a 64-57 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall. With the win, Navy improves to 22-5 overall and 13-3 in the conference, while the Crusaders slip to 17-10 on the season and 9-7 in the league.
Holy Cross jumped ahead, 8-4, early in the first half (16:52), as senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) tallied four points, but the Mids knotted the score at 11-11 with 14:34 on the clock. Navy then used a 7-2 spurt to gain the 18-13 advantage at the 8:28 mark, but the Crusaders responded with a 5-0 run to tie the game at 18-18 (5:26). Over the final 5:26 of the first half, there were six lead changes and a pair of tied scores, as the Mids would go into the locker room on top, 29-27.
In the second half, Navy used a 9-2 rally to push its lead to nine points (38-29) with 17:41 on the clock. The Mids kept the margin (42-33) at the 14:44 mark, but the Crusaders sliced the deficit to four points (44-40) with 11:12 on the clock. Navy then surged ahead on a 13-3 run to grab its largest lead of the contest, 57-43 (6:44). Holy Cross tried to mount a comeback, as it trailed by five points (62-57) with 39 seconds left, but it would not get any closer as Navy held on to claim the 64-57 victory.
Holy Cross was led by sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) who totaled 15 points and eight rebounds, while Malone tallied 15 points, five caroms and four assists. Senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored 10 points, while sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) chipped in with seven points. In addition to Membreno for Navy, Jade Geif posted 21 points and six rebounds, while Audrey Bauer recorded 15 points and eight boards.
The Crusaders shot 33.3 percent from the field (19 of 57), while Navy connected on 25 of its 54 shots from the floor (46.3 percent). Holy Cross canned 20.0 percent from behind the arc (4 of 20), while the Mids hit 27.3 percent from downtown (6 of 22). The Crusaders shot 75.0 percent from the charity stripe (15 of 20) in the contest. Holy Cross held advantages in points off turnovers (13-7) and fast break points (6-4), while it was outmatched in total rebounds (47-35), assists (18-15) and points in the paint (30-20).
During the contest, Smith moved into a tie for fifth place in school history with 1,578 career points. Malone now ranks eighth in Holy Cross history with 438 assists, while Scott recorded her 400th career rebound.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 26, when it will host Loyola Maryland at the Hart Center for a 7:00 p.m. contest.