Jan. 10, 2007
LEWISBURG - Despite a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds from Stephanie N'Garsanet (Adibjan, Ivory Coast/Voltaire), American fell to Bucknell 70-62 at Sojka Pavilion on Wednesday night. The series between the two foes is now tied at eight each.
Abby Lipskis (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) hit six straight points for American University, split between half time, and opened the second with a lay-up. After a Pam Stanfield (College Park, Md./Riverdale Baptist) steal and breakaway, Bucknell hit eight consecutive points to extend its lead to 20. Hope Foster netted four of these points, to combine for a game-high of 19 points. Foster went 9-9 from the free throw line.
American's N'Garsanet came off the bench early in the second and was an immediate impact for the Eagles. N'Garsanet hit five straight points to keep American in the game and on two free-throws cut the lead to 11 with just over 11 minutes remaining. The junior went 10-10 from the charity stripe, becoming the first Eagle to hit 10 free-throws in a game since the 2004 season. N'Garsanet ended with a career-high of 18 points on the night.
With 3:46 remaining, Anna Baran (Rzeszow, Poland/SMS PZKosz Warsaw) hit a bucket from beyond the arch to bring AU within 10. With the clock winding down, Nicole Ryan (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater) went for the three and was fouled. Ryan hit all three, going 5-5 on the night, and American was within eight with 25 seconds remaining. On a quick transition play, Hayes drew the foul to cut the lead to seven. Hayes was 3-4 on the night and hit 13 consecutive free-throws dating back to Monmouth, before missing her last of the night. With the visiting squad forced to foul, Bucknell held control of the lead with sharp shooting from the foul line. On a Bison turnover, N'Garsanet netted her last bucket of the night with just over six seconds remaining to bring the Eagles within six, but this as close as the squad would come, with Bucknell eventually winning by eight.
For the second time in five games and the third time this season, American University ended the first half with less than 20 points, with Bucknell holding a 33-17 advantage going into the locker rooms. Both Monmouth and George Mason held AU to 18 points at the end of the opening stanza, with both opponents going on to earn the win over the Eagles.
Maggie Smith-Davidson (Ontario, Ore./Ontario) opened up scoring for both squads on two free-throws, but Bucknell's Lindsey Hollobaugh started an 11-0 run, on both ends of a media timeout, for the Bison. Hollobaugh and Lauren Schober combined for nine of the points. Even with Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) hitting a short jumper to end the Eagle's drought, American was held to just four points in the first nine minutes.
With 10:33 remaining in the first, Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) hit a three to initiate a 7-0 run for American, bringing the Eagles within seven, Bucknell leading 18-11. With this three, Hayes owns seventh place in American's All-Time Record Book for three-point field goals made in a season. Before the end of the first 20, American finished with just three more buckets, with four of the six points coming from Lipskis.
American went 25-29 from the charity stripe, including 15-17 in the last five minutes. The Bison were also consistent from the free-throw line, netting 23-25. American held a 35-34 advantage in rebounds, with N'Garsanet leading the squad with seven.
American University is now 1-1 in conference play and 6-11 overall, while Bucknell improves to 2-0 in the Patriot League and 10-7 overall. AU hits the court again on Saturday when they face Colgate at home at 12 p.m. The game starts off a double-header with the men playing at 3 p.m. At halftime of the men's match, American will celebrate one of its all-time greatest basketball players, Willie Jones, by retiring his no. 11 jersey in a halftime ceremony.