Jan. 17, 2009
WASHINGTON - The American University basketball team grabbed its second straight Patriot League victory with a 63-47 win over visiting Colgate on Saturday at Bender Arena. Nicole Ryan scored a game-high 17 points in win for the Eagles, who improve to 12-6 (2-1 PL). Colgate falls to 4-14 (0-3 PL) in the loss.
American held a 13-6 lead seven and a half minutes into the game, led by three-point baskets from Talicia Jackson, Ryan and Lisa Strack. Ebony Edwards entered the game and hit a long jumper and Jackson hit her second three of the game at 11:17 to put the Eagles up 18-6 and forcing Colgate to call a timeout.
Candace Green scored a three-point basket for the Raiders, but Ryan immediately on the other end of the floor for the Eagles, to give American a 24-9 advantage. Ryan hit her third trey of the contest at 6:52 to extend the Eagles lead to 29-9.
Colgate embarked on an 8-2 run over the next two and a half minutes to pull within 14, as they trailed 31-17 following a Sami Kozlowski basket from beyond the arc. Michelle Kirk nailed a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Eagles a 36-21 lead going into the intermission. American found the majority of its offensive success shooting the three, hitting 46.2 percent (6-of-13) of its shots, while shooting 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from the field.
The Eagles opened the second half with a 9-5 run to pull away to a 45-26 margin. The Raiders responded with a 6-2 run of their own to close the deficit to 15, trailing 47-32. With American up 50-35, Kirk hit her first three-pointer of the afternoon with 8:51 left in regulation to build the Eagles lead to 18.
Colgate began to chip away at the deficit and pulled within 10, down 55-45, with 3:24 to play in the game. Back-to-back Ryan baskets put American back up 15, 60-45, with 1:17 left. The Eagles would lead by as many as 18 down the stretch and held cruised to a 63-47 win.
Ryan led all scorers with 17 points and added two assists and four rebounds. Leer recorded 11 points, two assists and two steals, while Jackson rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and chipped in a game-best nine rebounds. Kozlowski led the way for Colgate, scoring 13 points. Patricia Oakes scored 10 points in the defeat.
American will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to West Point to take on Patriot League foe Army at 7 p.m.