Jan. 17, 2006
WASHINGTON - The visiting Army Black Knights used a 21-6 run to start the second half to down American at home on Tuesday night, 75-66.
Down by two to start the final frame, Army went on a 12-1 run to sprint out to a 47-38 lead in the first three and a half minutes before Tala Hadavi (Uppsala, Sweden/Vasalunsskolan) stopped the bleeding with a three pointer. After a 21-6 Army run put the Eagles back 13, the Eagles gathered their composure coming back to close within six on a Pam Stanfield (College Park, Md./Riverdale Baptist) layup.
With Army holding on to a 61-54 lead, Stanfield completed a three-point play after hitting a free throw after a successful jumper to cut the Black Knight lead to three. Five consecutive points by Army put the visitors back up by eight with 3:39 to go in regulation. AU would never get closer than that as Army controlled the ball down the stretch to cruise to the 11 point win.
American earned their first lead of the game at the 15:22 on a Tara Williams (Newport News, Virginia/Heritage) shot but the lead was short lived as Army came down on their next two possessions to retake the lead at 14-10. AU fell behind 20-16 at the 10 minute mark but battled back to claim their second lead of the game on a Stanfield layup.
With a 27-26 lead and time winding down the Eagle defense forced their second shot clock violation of the game but were unable to expand their lead. The two teams traded buckets over the next until Hadavi hit her second three of the night to put AU up 34-33 with 46. seconds left. American closed out the first frame with a 37-35 lead.
Hadavi led the Eagles with 20 points, 13 of which came in the first half. Stanfield finished with a career-best 16 points, while dishing out six assists. Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) tied a career-high 12 points, also leading the Eagles in rebounding with seven.
Cara Enright led all scorers with 26 points, while Stephanie Stone finished with a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Alex McGuire ended the night with 17 points.
American edged Army in rebounds, 41-35 but committed 22 turnovers compared to the Black Knight's 13. With the loss American slips to 4-13 on the season and 1-3 in the Patriot League. Army improves to 9-8 and 3-1 in conference play.
American will hit the road for their longest conference road trip of the year, when they travel to Worchester, Mass. to play Holy Cross on Saturday. Tip is set for 1 p.m.