The women’s basketball teams at Army and Navy will meet on the court for the first time in 2019 on Saturday at noon in West Point. Navy comes armed with a two-game winning streak and a stingy defense, while Army is led by one of the country’s double-double machines, Madison Hovren.
A win for Army would make it .500 in Patriot League play, while a win for Navy would put it near the top of the conference table.
No matter the outcome Saturday, the two teams will meet again in Annapolis on Feb. 16.
Navy (8-7; 3-2)
W — 62-49 at Colgate (Sophie Gatzounas: 14 points, 7 rebounds)
W — 54-47 vs. Holy Cross (Jennifer Coleman: 21 points, 12 rebounds)
Jan. 19 at Army
Jan. 23 at Lafayette
Stat blast: The Mids have the 13th best defense in the country, allowing opponents to scored just 55 points per-game. They’re also 39th in turnovers forced, making opponents cough up possession 20.47 times per-game.
#NavyWBB comes from behind to defeat Holy Cross, 54-47. The Mids took a 1-point lead right before halftime and held on over the final 20 minutes.— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) January 17, 2019
Navy's defense turned Holy Cross over 19 times. Jennifer Coleman leads w/21pts & 12 rebs
Air Force (5-11; 1-4)
L — 61-70 at San Diego State (Kaelin Immel: 15 points, 6 rebounds)
L — 56-66 at UNLV (Haley Jones: 13 points, 7 steals)
Jan. 19 vs. Nevada
Jan. 23 at Boise State
Stat blast: Despite its record, Air Force is one of the best in the country at defending the three-pointer, allowing teams to shoot just 26 percent from behind the arc, a mark that’s the 18th best in the country.
Army (7-9; 2-3)
L — 51-61 at American (Madison Hovren: 19 points, 14 rebounds)
W — 65-50 vs. Lafayette (Jess Lewis: 22 points, 7 assists)
Jan. 19 vs. Navy
Jan. 23 at Holy Cross
Stat blast: Madison Hovren is fifth in all of Division I women’s basketball in rebounding, averaging 12.8 boards per-game. Against Lafayette, she grabbed her 900th rebound, making her West Point’s third all-time leading rebounder.