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The game turned after Smith scored five straight points to put Holy Cross up by one. Geif made a layup, then sank two free throws before Membreno drilled a 3-pointer to put Navy ahead 43-37.

It was 43-40 before Geif made two foul shots and teammate Audrey Bauer sank a baseline jumper. A three-point play by Malone cut the gap to 49-45, but the Crusaders could not get closer.

Navy trailed for the final 19 minutes of the first half, but came out strong after the break. A jumper by Bauer, a 3-pointer by Erin Edwards and a three-point play by Geif turned a 27-20 deficit into a 28-27 lead.

A 3-pointer by Pollinger made it 36-32, but Smith scored five straight points to put Holy Cross back in front with 13 minutes to go.

It would be the Crusaders’ final lead.

Holy Cross limited the Midshipmen to 28 percent shooting in going up 25-18 at halftime. The Crusaders’ first two possessions ended with a turnover and an air ball, but they bounced back with a 9-0 run after Navy scored the game’s first basket.