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Defense sparks Mids offense against JHU

Peri Curtis was huge in Navy's defensive effort against Johns Hopkins.

Peri Curtis was huge in Navy’s defensive effort against Johns Hopkins.

When a Division I team plays a Division III team they want to see the major disparity in the game. That was what the Navy women’s basketball team saw when they played Johns Hopkins on Tuesday night. One the scoreboard, Navy saw three players scored in double-figures and a 22-point victory, 77-45. On the glass they saw a 48-39 advantage. Defensively they saw their team hold the Blue Jays to just 32.7-percent from the floor and offensively they saw themselves made 47.4-percent of their shots in the second half.

Ashanti Kennedy led Navy with 14 points while Taylor Dunham scored 13 with five assists and Peri Curtis scored 12 points. Justice Swett led the Mids with 11 rebounds and finished one point shy of a double-double with nine in the game to go with four steals.

“I was really happy,” Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper said. “I though Taylor (Dunham) was good, Ashanti (Kennedy) was good, Justice (Swett) was good, Peri (Curtis) defensively got us going and got us some easy baskets, Taylor hit a few shots in the second quarter after we had been missing.”

Navy suffered through a slow start with just one field goal in the last eight minutes of the first quarter but their defense ended up sparking their offense later in the game. The Blue Jays were held to just three field goals in the first quarter as Navy trailed only 8-7 after the first 10 minutes of the game, but Bianca Roach’s shot with 31 seconds left in the opening quarter sparked a 17-2 run that gave the Mids a 24-10 lead with 4:28 remaining in the half.

Navy led 32-19 at halftime and went on a 10-2 run to open the second half to take a 42-21 lead. The Mids led by at least 20 points for the rest of the game.

“Our three keys at the start of the game were play hard, play smart and take quality shots,” Swett said. “Once we started going that we got into a rhythm.”

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