Jan. 16, 2007
WEST POINT - American University was unable to overcome an 18 point deficit at half, going on to lose 60-47 to Army on Tuesday night at Christl Arena. American drops to 2-2 in the Patriot League, while the Black Knights improve to 4-0.
Army came out of the locker room with an 18 point advantage, led by Jen Hansen's 12-points in the first. With American opening up the second with nine quick points, a comeback looked promising. Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) netting seven of the points and Abby Lipskis (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) adding the other bucket. Hayes finished with a team-high 11 points, while Lipskis chipped in eight of her own.
After netting 11 points in the first four minutes of the second stanza, AU was held scoreless until the 12 minute mark, when Lipskis ended the drought with a lay-up from underneath. Army used this to its advantage, tallying six points during the Eagle drought. AU closed the lead to within 14 points, but the Eagles would just get one point closer, with Army ending with a 13-point margin.
American opened up the first with a strong start, going on a 7-0 run to lead 7-2. AU also caused six turnovers in the first five minutes, leaving the Black Knights baffled. Talicia Jackson (Minneapolis, Minn./DeLaSalle) took two charges on the night and forced Army to make mistakes with her defensive pressure. This would not last long, with Army answering with a 12-0 run of its own and Hansen going 3-3 from three point territory.
The Black Knights outrebounded the Eagles 46-41 and connected on second chances to keep American at a comfortable distance. American held the advantage in the turnover margin, 20-14 with five different players registering two steals.
With the win, Army continues to sit at the top of the Patriot League rankings. American University returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 20 when it hosts Holy Cross at 12 p.m. The men follow at 3 p.m. with the 2007 Stafford H. Cassell Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place at half time, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at 7 p.m. honoring the inductees, Dr. Robert Karch and Frank Ross.