Tribe Escapes American with 58-53 Victory

Feb. 4, 2001

Freshman forward Ornit Shwartz led a 12-0 William & Mary second half run with five points and two steals in a 2:32 minute span, lifting the Tribe to a 58-53 home win over American University, Sunday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action.

W&M broke a three-game losing streak at home with its first conference win improving to 8-12 and 4-5 in CAA play. The Eagles fell for the third consecutive game, dropping to 4-16 and 2-7 in the conference. The Tribe also sweeps the season series from the Eagles after defeating AU, 67-57 back on Jan. 4.

Shwartz scored a game-high 12 points and sophomore point-guard Jen Sobota added 11 points as the Tribe won its second straight contest. Freshman guard Megan Baier (Sylvania, OH) and junior captain Quintina Walker chipped in nine and eight points, respectively for the Tribe.

American, playing with only nine players were led by Jina Lewis' 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Kaitlin Schuyler's 11 points and five assists.

After the Tribe rallied with the 12-0 run, they slowly increased its advantage to eight points - its biggest lead of the game with 6:20 remaining (49-41). The visitors went on their own 7-2 run to make it 51-48 with 3:05 to play. The outcome remained in question with 1:46 on the clock when AU trimmed its deficit to 55-53 on a Schuyler lay-up.

However, Shwartz tallied one of her career-high five steals, and Sobota iced the game with 3-of-4 free throws for the five point victory.

"I was pleased with the effort with some of our subs off the bench," said William & Mary head coach Debbie Taylor. "I thought they played with a lot of heart. Anytime you get a win, you're happy. Two in a row and another conference win is a great thing. We learn every game and now we get ready to play Richmond on Wednesday."