American Women Fall to Colgate in Patriot League Quarterfinals

American senior Hollie Steinman records double-double in final collegiate game

Senior Hollie Steinman posted her fifth double-double of the season and seventh of her career in her final collegiate game. Steinman also tied her career high with 13 rebounds.
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Colgate 77
American 68  
Box Score
Points: Spriggs (AU) 16; Burke (CU) 21
Rebounds: Steinman (AU) 13; Lagzdins (CU) 14
Assists: Spriggs (AU) 5; Briscoe (CU)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- The American University women's basketball team's season ended today as they fell to Colgate, 79-68 in Patriot League Tournament action.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead against Colgate, going on a 18-4 run to start the game. The letter of the run was "S" with Kaitlin Schuyler, Chanel Spriggs and Hollie Steinman scoring all of the points for American in the first six minutes of the game. Schuyler hit two three pointers on her way to an early 10 points as American shot eight-for-11 while the Raiders went one-for-11 to start the game.

Colgate got back into the game with an 11-0 run of their own behind five points by Malissa Burke as American women endured a cold stretch similar to ones that plagued them towards the end of the regular season. The Eagles went through a six minute stretch without a field goal before a Spriggs lay-up ended the drought.

The teams battled back and forth the rest of the half with Colgate grabbing its first lead with 3:19 remaining thanks to a Allison Lipinski three-pointer. Steinman ended the half with six consecutive points, but a Burke three-pointer gave the Raiders a 37-36 edge heading into intermission.

Colgate began the second half quickly, jumping out to a nine-point lead thanks to a 11-3 run. All-Patriot League Second Team member Katryn Costenbader helped to close the gap with three consecutive three-pointers, cutting the lead to five. Neither team could find the basket over the next three minutes until two lay-ups by Milaina Lagzdins and Emily Braseth stretched the Raider lead to 59-50 and forced an American timeout. The run continued for Colgate, bulding a 66-52 lead with under seven minutes to play.

American made a run, outscoring Colgate 12-3 over a four minute stretch to cut the lead to seven. A Costenbader three shaved another point off the Raider lead to bring the Eagles within six. Even though American's defense held Colgate without a field goal over the last 7:55 of the game, the Eagles could not get any closer as the Raiders hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

In her final collegiate game, Steinman lead the team with 13 rebounds which tied her career high. She also scored 14 points which gave her her seventh double-double of her career. Spriggs lead the team with 16 points and added five steals to add to her American University record for single season steals of 110. In addition to Steinman and Spriggs, Costenbader and Schuyler scored double figures with 14 and 13 respectively.

This concludes the season for American women's basketball. The Eagles finish 12-15 overall and were 7-7 in regular season Patriot League play, a remarkable improvement over the 4-23 season American had in 2000-01.