Navy women roll to title in Navy Classic
La Salle was forced to reckon with a Sophie Gatzounas wearing a hard-hat on her head and a hammer in hand, already building an impressive season in which she’s set new season highs — and as Sunday showed — just as respectable numbers.
Gatzounas followed up Saturday’s showstopping performance with another double double Sunday of 15 points and 10 rebounds to boost the host Midshipmen to the crown in the Navy Classic championship game, 61-46, over the Explorers.
It was the third straight victory for Navy (5-3), which has just three nonconference games left before opening Patriot League play in January.
“This is huge for us. We feel really good as a team right now, coming off three wins,” Gatzounas said. “It gives us confidence going forward. We’ve got Patriot League on the radar, but we’ve got some non-conference games to take care of first.”
Kennesaw State 59, UMBC 44: Alexis Poole led all scorers with 21 points and13 rebounds and Amani Johnson added 15 points to lead the Owls (5-3) over the Retrievers at the Navy Classic.
Te’yJah Oliver led UMBC (2-6) with 18 points, while Janee’a Summers posted her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
George Washington 54, Coppin State 35: Kayla Mokwuah scored 10 points to help the host Colonials (4-3) over the Eagles (0-7).
Marley Grenway and Jalynda Salley each scored nine points for Coppin, which shot 28.9% from the field and was held to under 40 points for the second time this season.
Michigan 80, MorganState48: Akienreh Johnson and Michelle Sidor each scored 16 points to lift the host Wolverines (6-1) over the Bears (3-5).
Dahnye Redd scored 16 points and Chelsea Mitchell added 10 points and five rebounds for Morgan, which shot 32.7% from the field. Michigan shot 55.8% overall and 45.5% (5-for-11) from 3-point range.
Loyola Maryland 77, Binghamton 65: Andrew Kostecka finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals and the Greyhounds dominated the first half and breezed to a victory over the Bearcats.
Kostecka made just four of 13 shots from the field for Loyola (4-4), but he went 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. KaVaughn Scott finished with 14 points and six boards. Golden Dike came off the bench to score 12 on 5-of-7 shooting, while Came Spencer pitched in with 11 points and five assists.
Fordham 66, UMES45: Chuba Ohams tallied 18 points and11rebounds to lift the host Rams to a 66-45 win over the Hawks.
Jalen Cobb had nine points and six rebounds for Fordham (5-2), .
Towson at Cornell: The Big Red canceled its home game Sunday because of inclement weather. It has not been determined if the game will be made up.