Winthrop's Lady Eagles brought the defense to the court Saturday afternoon. Tiffany Rodd brought the offense.
Together, that enabled the Lady Eagles to down Navy 47-33 in the adidas Classic at the Winthrop Coliseum.
Winthrop closes out the three-day event at 3 p.m. today against Rice, also 2-0 after its 69-65 win over North Texas. The Mean Green meets Navy at 1 p.m.
"Boy, our defense was buzzing all over the court, and every once and a while you're going to have to grind it out and get a defensive win," Childers said. "Today, that's where it was.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
"If we don't play defense like we did today, this game could have gone the other way in a heartbeat."
The Lady Eagles' defense stepped up big time, forcing the Midshipmen to 21 turnovers, 21 percent shooting from the field and 15 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
"We didn't play our best basketball game today, but we continue to play great defense," Childers said. "If you do that on a consistent basis, you're going to win games when you don't bring your offensive game. That's kind of what happened today."
Winthrop needed the defense performance because the offense shot just 30 percent from the field.
Rodd, a 6-foot junior guard, was Winthrop's only offensive threat, scoring 21 points on 8-of-12 shots. Two of her three 3-pointers came in the second half when the Midshipmen (0-2) mounted a charge that cut a 15-point deficit to three with 10:48 left.
Sixteen seconds later, Rodd nailed a big trey to make it 29-23. That basket started a run that saw the Lady Eagles outscore Navy 11-2. Rodd had seven in the run.
"Tiffany gave us enough offense," Childers said. "She made a couple of big shots in the second half that gave us a little bit of breathing room. Our players look for her and she's capable of making big shots."
Childers was expecting more from his inside game, calling getting the ball inside the main focus in preparation.
"We got it inside, but just didn't finish. I look down through the box score and see 3-for-13 (Ashley Fann), 0-for-5 (Ashley Haugtvedt) and 1-for-6 (Jennifer Walker) and that's 4-for-24 for our top three post players, and they're better scorers than that."
Cassie Considine led the Midshipmen with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
3-point goals -- Navy 3-19 (Davidson1-3; Cordle 1-2; Lyren, 1-4; Myers 0-1; Gordon 0-3; Consedine 0-6), Winthrop 3-14 (Rodd 3-6; Fann 0-1; Van Daalen 0-1; Hankins 0-2; Fansler 0-2; Haugtvedt 0-1; Ryska 0-1). Fouled out -- Navy-Hill; Winthrop-Walker. Rebounds -- Navy 39 (Consedine 12), Winthrop 39 (Hankins 8). Assists -- Navy 9 (Kropa 5), Winthrop 10 (Hankins 4). Total fouls -- Navy 19, Winthrop 14. Technical fouls -- None; A-375