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Mids fall to Rams in third-straight OT game

Taylor Dunham scored a career-high 28 points but her effort was not enough as Navy lost to Colorado State in double overtime.

Taylor Dunham scored a career-high 28 points but her effort was not enough as Navy lost to Colorado State in double overtime.

With time winding down and the Navy women’s basketball team trailing the Colorado State Rams, Taylor Dunham stole the ball from Hannah Tvrdy, passed the ball up to Sarita Condie and when the guard went for the game-tying shot she drew the foul. She made both attempts and forced overtime, but after two periods the Rams were able to pull away for the 82-73 victory.

“Really tough,” Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper said. “Just really proud of our players for continuing to compete and hitting big shots. We felt Colorado State was the most talented team on our schedule. Am just proud of going to double overtime against them, but it is hard to lose that one. We had our chances to win it.”

A layup but Jamie Patrick put Navy down by 11 points with 8:32 remaining in the fourth quarter but after their biggest deficit of the game the Mids were able to rally back to force overtime. Dunham and Sarah Reilly named back-to-back three’s and while Colorado State was still hitting their shots, Navy was heating up. Dunham hit another jumper to cut the Rams’s deficit to just seven points with 3:17 remaining.

Elin Gustavsson jot a free throw wit 55 seconds remaining to put the Rams back up by eight points. Things looks bleak for Navy but after a missed free throw by Justice Swett, Ashanti Kennedy grabbed the rebounds, got the layup and a few seconds later Dunham hit a three to make it a two-point game. After Condie hit the two free throws in the end regulation with a tie the Mids took their momentum into the first few minutes of the extra period, but Colorado State was able to get right back into the game. Kennedy and Dunham helped Navy go up by two points in the first 90 seconds but neither team got much time in the five-minute overtime.

Navy missed five shots after that as both teams scored only four points. The difference was that Navy continued to struggle in the second overtime period and Colorado State picked it up, out-scoring the Mids 15-6 to earn the win.

After Peri Curtis made one of two free throws at the start of the second overtime period, Colorado State scored six-straight points. Dunham cut the Rams lead in half with a three, but she would hit the only other shot for the Mids in that overtime period and the Rams finished the game on a 10-0 run.

It was Navy’s second overtime game in two days and third overtime game in a row. While they dropped the final of the Navy classic, they will stick at home to host LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday at 7 pm.

Dunham led the Mids with a career-high 28 points off 10-for-15 shooting with six made three’s. Condie scored 18 points and Kennedy scored 13.

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