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Late turnovers cost Navy against LIU Brooklyn

Navy had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter but five turnovers aided LIU Brooklyn's comeback.

Navy had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter but five turnovers aided LIU Brooklyn’s comeback.

It was a fourth-straight overtime game for the Navy women’s basketball team and like their last one, they came up on the wrong end of the battle. LIU Brooklyn out-scored Navy, 5-0 in the final minute to come away with the 68-66 victory.

“We made a lot of mistakes down the stretch,” Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper said, “and they (LIU) made a lot of great plays. The fouls and turnovers by us … I was impressed by Long Island’s determination and never die attitude. I thought they pulled it out because if that. We just didn’t play well enough to win.”

Though Navy out-shot the Blackbirds in the game and out-rebounded them LIU Brooklyn hit their shots in the game and had a slight advantage from three-point range and from the foul line to get the win. Shanovia Dove hit five three’s to lead LIU Brooklyn with 27 points. Paris Jones made three three’s for 15 points.

Navy led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter after Bianca Roach hit a pair of free throws at the end of the third. But Navy turned the ball over five times in the fourth quarter and went just 4-for-14 from the floor in that period as the Blackbirds got back into the game and forced overtime.

A three by Jolanna Ford with 2:10 remaining in regulation followed by a missed jumper by Taylor Dunham and a successful and-one but Dove gave LIU Brooklyn a three-point lead with less than two minutes remaining. Navy quickly re-gained the lead with back-to-back layups by Justice Swett and Haley Hunger but the two teams traded baskets before Sarah Reilly hit a pair of free throws to put Navy up by three-points. However, with four seconds left Dove went up for the game-tying three with four seconds left, but Reilly fouled her and Dove made all three to force overtime.

Swett hit back-to-back jumpers to open overtime to give the Mids a four-point lead in overtime, but a layup by Shanice Vaughan put the Blackbirds up. Reilly missed the go-ahead 3-pointer on Navy’s next possession and Swett missed the follow-up jumper to seal their fate.

Reilly led the Mids with 20 points and nine rebounds in the game.

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