Jan. 27, 2007
EASTON, Pa.: - Liz Hayes' (Easton, Pa./Easton) 21-point second half wasn't enough to overcome the 24-10 margin at halftime as the American University Women's Basketball Team went on to lose 62-50 to Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Saturday night.
After American entered the lockerroom at halftime down 24-10, the Eagles came within six throughout the second stanza, but Lafayette was able to hold on to its early lead. With 16:29 remaining in the game, Hayes hit a three to bring AU within 10, the closest margin between the two foes since mid-way through the first. Following the bucket with two free-throws and steal, Hayes' quickly brought the Eagles back into the game, with Lafayette leading 28-22 with 15:17 remaining. The Leopards answered with back to back three-pointers from Kara Stetler and Cristin Zavocki, regaining a 13-point advantage.
With back and forth buckets for the next 10 minutes, Hayes stepped up again for the Eagles, nailing a three and two more free-throws to cut the lead to six with 1:44 left on the clock. With time winding down and the visitors forced to foul, Lafayette's solid free-throw shooting paid off, going on to win by 12.
Hayes led all scorers with 21-points, all part of American's 40 point second half. The Easton, Pa., native hit three from downtown and went 10-10 from the charity stripe. She is now tied for third in AU's All-Time Record Book for three-point field goals made in a season with 58. Anna Baran (Rzeszow, Poland/SMS PZKosz Warsaw) registered eight points for American and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Lafayette had three players score in double-digits in the win; Kara Stetler tallied a team-high 17 points with Jessica Spicer and Vanessa Van De Venter chipping in 12 each.
American is now 4-3 in the Patriot League, while Lafayette improves to 3-4 with the win. The Eagles return to action next Saturday when they host Lehigh at 2 p.m., beginning the second half of conference play. American University will also celebrate "National Women in Sports" day on the third, so be sure to keep up to date with this and all AU Athletics by visiting AUEagles.com.