Feb. 12, 2006
WASHINGTON - American University's women's basketball team dropped a 72-63 game at home against Colgate on Sunday, dropping the Eagles' record to 6-17 on the year and 3-7 in the Patriot League.
Despite leading for a good portion of the first and parts of the second half AU's offense sputtered down the stretch as the Eagles were not able to overcome the Colgate lead late in the game.
The Eagles started the second half off strong, building on their four point lead but four consecutive three pointers, three by Colgate's Gretchen Polinski put the Raiders up 45-41 with just over four minutes expired. AU retook the lead 48-47 but Colgate would not go away, tying the game up on their next two possessions. Colgate grabbed a 55-51 lead with 10:37 showing on the clock.
Down by seven with 6:30 left in the game, AU closed the gap to five after a Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) layup. American closed to within two but a pair of consecutive Eagle turnovers resulted in easy fast break points for the Raiders who commanded a 66-60 lead with 3:46 to go in regulation.
Despite holding the Raiders to just two points over the next three minutes, American could not get their offense going when it counted, With Colgate eventually coming away with the 72-63 victory.
AU held a 7-5 advantage after the first four and a half minutes of play after converting Colgate turnovers into points. After the Raiders tied the game at 8-8 AU senior Alicia Zorzetto (Niagara Falls, Ontario/A.N. Myer) put American back up after hitting a four-footer. Sophomore Katie Hirschler (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) put the Eagles up 17-11 on a three pointer with time winding down on the shot clock. Colgate took a 18-17 with 6:25 remaining but the lead was short-lived as AU's Tish Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Woodrow Wilson) hit a layup to put the Eagles back up.
The team's went back and forth trading buckets over the next four minutes but a quick six-zero run for the home team gave American a 30-24 with 2:18 left in the first frame. Colgate came back to tie it up at 33 but the Eagles scored four points in under a minute to go into the lockeroom with a 37-33 advantage.
Nusseibeh led the Eagles with 13 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Tish Curry finished with a career-high 12 points and led all players in rebounds with eight. Freshman Pam Stanfield (College Park, Md./Riverdale Baptist) tied a career-high in points with 12.
Polinski led all scorers with 23 points, with Melanie Cargle finishing with 22 on the night.
The Eagles were without the aid of senior Tala Hadavi (Uppsala, Sweden/Vasalundsskolan), who sat out due to a knee injury.
American committed 23 turnovers in the contest, compared to Colgate's 20. The Eagles shot 44 percent from the floor in the game, despite shooting almost 52 percent in the first half.
The Eagles are back on the road on Tuesday, when they travel up to West Point, N.Y., to take on the second-place Army Black Knights. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.