Feb. 3, 2007
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team was unable to recover from a first half in which they shot just 27.6 percent in a 67-60 loss to Lehigh Saturday in Bender Arena.
American hit just eight-of-29 shots in the opening stanza, while the visiting Mountain Hawks hit a respectable 43.3 percent from the field. As a result, the Eagles trailed at halftime, 37-19.
American made two comeback attempts in the second period. In its first attempt, the Eagles got to within nine points with 10:56 remaining on a layup by Nicole Ryan. However, Lehigh scored the next nine points over the next three minutes to regain an 18-point advantage. American again began whittling away at the Mountain Hawk lead and pulled within seven points on a Ryan three-pointer, but with just 56 ticks left in the game there was not enough time to complete the comeback.
Ryan led all scorers with 20 points, hitting three treys. Liz Hayes tallied 11-points and tied for game-high with seven assists.
Lehigh, which improved to 8-14 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League, had four scorers in double-digits, led by Sara Ellis, who had 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
American falls to 9-13 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League. The Eagles return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a home contest against Bucknell. For tickets, call (202) 885-TIXX or click here.