Jan. 24, 2007
WASHINGTON - American University used a 15-0 run at the end of the first half to overcome Navy 62-48 on Wednesday night at Bender Arena. With the win, AU improves to 9-12 overall and 4-2 in conference play, remaining undefeated at home in the Patriot League.
Down by two points at the start of the second, American University did not waste any time regaining control of the lead. With 17:00 left on the clock, senior center Abby Lipskis (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) netted a short jumper to give AU a 34-32 advantage. Stephanie N'Garsanet ( Adibjan, Ivory Coast/Voltaire) came off the bench determined to keep the lead, tallying four quick points to keep the hosts up four, 36-32. American took this lead and ran with it throughout the remaining 15 minutes.
With 11:09 remaining in the second, junior guard Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) nailed her third three of the night, extending the Eagles' lead within minutes. Combining the three from beyond the arch tonight, with Hayes' previous 52 buckets from three-point land, puts the Easton, Pa. native in fourth place in American University's All-Time Record Book for three-point field goals made in a season. Hayes needs just seven more baskets to clinch the first-place spot. The guard finished with a game-high 16 points against the Midshipmen.
Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) tallied nine points in the win, including a three-point play, followed by a lay-up, to give American a nine point lead with 5:40 left in the game. Kate Hobbs answered for Navy, quickly shortening the distance between the two foes. Hobbs finished with a team-high 14 points in the loss. With Talicia Jackson (Minneapolis, Minn./DeLaSalle) following with a three, this was as close as the Mids would get, eventually losing 62-48. Jackson finished with eight points on the night.
Similar to the last game against Holy Cross, American's all-around play made the difference. The Eagles outrebounded Navy 32-31, with Pam Stanfield (College Park, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Jackson each contributing six boards for the win. Led by Nicole Ryan's five steals, the Eagles' tenacious defense forced Navy to commit 24 turnovers, combining for 11 steals against the Midshipmen. For the second-straight game, American recorded a season-low 11 turnovers in the win.
"We were at our best when we were making defensive stops and using quick transition to turn them into offensive threats," said McFerrin. "Holding Navy to 18 second-half points and scoring 29 points off turnovers were big factors in the win."
With the "W," American University is on a two-game win streak over the Midshipmen and have already tied last year's win total in the Patriot League. AU plays Lafayette on Saturday at 6 p.m. to finish off the first half of conference play.