Eagles Fall to Holy Cross in Regular Season Finale

American's shooting woes continue as it falls, 63-50

Junior Maria Werries led all scorers with 16 points but it wasn't enough for American as the Eagles fell in their regular season finale.
Gameday Central
Holy Cross 63
American 50  
Box Score
Points: Werries (AU) 16
Rebounds: Zawadzkas (HC) 10

WASHINGTON -- The American University women's basketball team was unable to shake its poor shooting outing at Navy on Wednesday as the team fell, 60-53, to regular season Patriot League champion Holy Cross on Saturday. The Eagles shot just 30.3 percent (20-of-66) as they wrapped up their regular season at Bender Arena.

Holy Cross (21-6, 12-2 PL) dominated the first stanza as three players scored six points and the team held American (12-14, 7-7 PL) to 21.2 percent shooting. Senior Danielle Johnson notched six of her season-high 11 points in the first half, but the Crusaders carried a 33-20 advantage into the lockerrooms.

Holy Cross came out in a flurry after the break, shooting the lead to 18 points with 14:00 to play. The Eagles chipped the lead down to 13 with 9:00 remaining behind the athletic play of Maria Werries, but the four-time defending league champions answered back with a 6-0 run and went on to gain a 22-point margin they would hardly let loose.

Werries hit a game-high 16 points while Johnson led on the boards with eight in her final game at Bender Arena.

Amanda Abraham led Holy Cross with 12 points and Elisa Zawadzkas led all rebounders with 10 on the afternoon.

The Eagles head into next weekend's Patriot League Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 seed Colgate in the first round of play. The game is scheduled for Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.