Feb. 4, 2006
Bethlehem, Pa. - American University's women's basketball team improved to 6-16 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League with a 75-68 win over Lehigh on Saturday night.
AU retook the lead early in the second frame and fought off a late Lehigh come-back attempt to earn their first back-to-back win of the 2005-06 season in Stabler Arena.
Two straight three pointers by Tala Hadavi (Uppsala, Swedent/Vasalundsskolan) to start the second half gave the Eagles a 41-36 advantage at the 17:26 mark. AU opened their lead to 49-38 before Lehigh scored five straight to cut the margin to six points. American answered right back going on a run of their own to give the Eagles their largest lead of the game, 54-43. The Mountain Hawks clawed back into the game, slicing the AU lead to six before Hadavi hit her fifth three pointer of the evening.
Lehigh found themselves back 63-58 with 2:06 to go but four straight points by AU's Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) but two late three pointers by Lehigh put a scare in the Eagles. AU went 8-10 from the line inside the last two minutes of the game to seal the win.
American held a two point lead for the first four minutes but Lehigh came out of the media timeout outscoring the Eagles 12-4 over the next five minutes to grab a 19-13 lead with 11:30 showing on the clock. AU used a 10-5 run of their own to close to within one point with 3:53 left in the first half, holding the Mountain Hawks scoreless for a stretch of seven minutes. The Eagles tied the game at 26-26 and then took a three point lead when AU notched back-to-back three pointers care of Hadavi and Katie Hirschler (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights). A last second layup by AU's Tara Williams (Newport News, Va./Heritage) gave the Eagles a 33-32 lead going into the break.
Hadavi led all scorers with a career-best 30 points on 8 of12 shooting, including knocking down five three pointers. Nusseibeh dropped 18 on the night, while grabbing six rebounds. Williams ended the night with 10 points for the Eagles.
Sophomore Adrienne Blount finished with 26 points and a game-high 11 boards to lead the Mountain Hawks. Senior Jenny Callan had 15 points and eight rebounds in the game.
The Eagles shot 46 percent from the floor and 58 percent from beyond the arc in the win. Lehigh finished shooting 36 percent. Lehigh held a 44-34 edge in rebounds.
The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday, Feb. when they travel to Bucknell to face the second-place Bison in Lewisburg, Pa. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.