American Women Tripped Up By Tribe

Eagles fall against former conference foe William & Mary, 87-70

Hollie Steinman was one of three Eagles to score in double-digits in the team's loss to William & Mary.
Gameday Central
American 70
Wm. & Mary 87
Box Score
Points: Lange (W&M) 19
Rebounds: Walker (W&M) 10

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- American University let a seven-point halftime lead slip away as it fell to former Colonial Athletic Association rival William & Mary, 87-70, on Thursday in women's basketball action.

The Eagles (5-7) took an early lead in its final non-conference game of the season but the Tribe (6-4) came back to tie it a 16-16 with 9:31 to go in the first on a three-point play by Jami Lange. American then went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead, capped by a three-pointer by junior Maria Werries, who scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the first half. Sophomore Kaitlin Schuyler hit a three of her own to put the Eagles up by eight with 3:26 to go and the team held a 45-38 advantage at the break.

The second half belonged to the Tribe as Jen Sobota scored five consecutive points to tie the contest at 45-45 and helped spark a 21-4 William & Mary spurt from which American would never recover.

Hollie Steinman led the Eagles on the boards with nine rebounds to go along with her 10 points. Chanel Spriggs also finished with 14 in the loss.

William & Mary was led by Lange's 19 points while Quintina Walker racked up a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 boards.

William & Mary has won the last three meetings between the two programs but American holds a 24-12 edge in the all-time series.

The Eagles open their inaugural Patriot League slate on Jan. 9 at Colgate University for a 5:30 tip-off.