Appalachian State staved off numerous Navy rallies in the second half and held on for an 83-74 victory over the Midshipmen yesterday in Annapolis.
Erica Hayes led the Midshipmen (2-7) with 26 points, and Lisa Steinmetz had a career-high nine assists. Noel Dolan paced Appalachian State (4-7) with 19 points.
Navy got within two points of the Mountaineers four times in the second half but could never take the lead. Appalachian State led 36-30 at halftime.
The Midshipmen cut the Mountaineers' lead to two points at 44-42 and 46-44, but Appalachian State scored on the ensuing possession both times. Navy again cut the lead to 51-49 with 12 minutes 21 seconds left and had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Kristen Kavanaugh missed a three-pointer and Appalachian State's Tiffany Chappell responded with a basket.
Hayes made two free throws to pull Navy within 53-51, but Chappell again scored on the next possession. The Mountaineers hit 7 of 12 free throws down the stretch.
"We need to continue working hard," Navy Coach Joe Sanchez said. "Offensively, we played a stronger transition game. Some of our young players are getting more experience, which will help us in conference play. This is a young team that needs to continue working and learning."
VIRGINIA TECH 66, RADFORD 42: The visiting Hokies used a 17-0 run in the first half to coast to victory.
The Highlanders (2-10) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead but then went nearly nine minutes without another field goal as Virginia Tech (8-4) pulled away.
Radford hit just 22 percent (13 of 59) of its shots, a team record. Tere Williams had a team-high 15 points for the Hokies, who had four players in double figures. Nicole Jones, Crystal Starling and Amy Wetzel each added 10 points. Jennifer Grant led Radford with 12 points.
SOUTH CAROLINA 62, GEORGE MASON 48: The Gamecocks rallied in the second half to overcome the Patriots in a nonconference game in Columbia, S.C.
Guard Jen Surlas had a team-high 16 points for George Mason (4-7), which led 31-25 at halftime. South Carolina (9-3) was led by forward Annie Lester (20 points).