Jan. 24, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - American University dropped a 70-60 decision at Navy on Tuesday after the Mids outscored the Eagles 48-30 in the second half.
Seniors Tala Hadavi (Uppsala, Sweden/Vasalundsskolan) and Ashley Pelzek put on a three-point scoring display for their teams with Hadavi going 5-10 from beyond the arc and her Navy rival shooting 7-12 from three point land.
American started the second half with an eight point lead, which they held for the first seven minutes until Navy closed to within four, 39-35, with 11:24 showing on the clock. Five straight points gave American an nine point lead but Navy would not quit, scoring 10 unanswered points to give the Mids their first lead since the opening minutes, 45-44.
American's perimeter defense continue to fail, as the Mids' Pelzek and Emily Cordle hit a trio three pointers down the stretch to give Navy a 57-46 lead with just over five minutes to play. A Tara Williams (Newport News, Va./Heritage) trey sliced into the Navy lead eight.
AU senior Tala Hadavi hit two consecutive three pointers put Ameircan back 63-57 at the 2:21 mark but a wide open Pelzek shot from beyond the arc, her sixth of the game, put it out of reach for American.
Each team struggled to score in the opening minutes of the first half with AU's Williams breaking the 0-0 tie at the 17:05 mark with a layup. The two teams went back and forth trading the lead for the next five minutes until AU went on a 14-2 run to grab a 20-8 lead with just over six minutes to play. Navy clawed at the Eagle lead cutting it down to eight (30-22) at the end of regulation after getting 11 points out of senior Ashley Pelzek.
During the AU run, the Eagles scored nine consecutive points from the free throw line. AU's defense forced the Mids into 28 percent shooting and 16 turnovers through the first 20 minutes of play.
American shot 36 percent from the floor while the Mids upped their field goal percentage to 47 percent after the second half was complete.
Hadavi finished with 24 points on 9-16 shooting, a career high. Williams scored 12 points while freshman Tish Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Woodrow Wilson) had a career-high 10 points, all in the first half.
Pelzek finished with 25 points for the Mids, with Becky Burnett scoring 11.
With the loss, American falls to 4-15 on the season and 1-5 in the Patriot League, while Navy moves to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in league play.
American will return home on Saturday, Jan. 28, when they host Patriot League opponent Lafayette at 4:30 p.m.