Jan. 2, 2007
LYNCHBURG - The American University women's basketball team could not weather multiple runs by Liberty University as they fell 73-42 at Liberty on Tuesday night. AU was led by Nicole Ryan's (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater) 15 points in its biggest loss of the season.
The Lady Flames started the second half with a 38-21 advantage and never lost it from there, eventually winning by 31 points. Liberty started the second similar to the way it ended the first, this time on a 6-0 run. Ryan was there with a short jumper for the Eagles, but Megan Frazee quickly answered for the home team, netting a bucket from three-point territory. Frazee ended with 13 points on the night.
Ryan continued stepping up for American, hitting three from downtown. This marked the sixth game in the 2006-07 season the sophomore led her squad offensively. Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) was held to just four points on the night, marking a season-low for the point guard.
Liberty University took a 4-0 advantage in the opening minute of the first half, but on a Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) jumper, American University was on the boards quick. Throughout the next ten minutes, the two foes would go basket for basket, with AU splitting the points amongst the squad. Seven different Eagles scored buckets for the Red, Blue and White.
With 10:33 remaining in the first stanza, Liberty's Rachel Hammond hit drained a three to break the tie and give the Lady Flames a three-point lead. Liberty broke through from there, going on an 11-0 run. Lipskis ended the five-minute drought for the Eagles on a lay-up.
American went into the locker room down by 17. This was the second time in three games that AU was down by more than 15 points at the end of the first and just the third time in the 2006-07 season.
With the win, Liberty has won four straight games against American University and snapped its four-game losing streak in the 2006-07 season. AU falls to 5-10 on the season. American opens up Patriot League play this Saturday at 5 p.m. at Lehigh University, followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.