Feb. 13, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The American University women's basketball team held off Bucknell to claim a 50-46 Patriot League win at Sojka Pavilion on Wednesday. The win marks the fifth straight for the Eagles, the first such winning streak since the 2002-03 season, and the first-ever five game unbeaten streak in the PL.
With American up 50-46 with 30 seconds left, Bucknell's Lauren Schober forced up a desperation three but could not connect. After retrieving her own missed shot, Schober missed a 20 foot jumper that found AU's Talicia Jackson on the rebound. A foul sent Jackson to shoot one-and-one, but the junior guard could not connect. Time expired as Bucknell reeled in the loose rebound, as American grabbed a 50-46 win.
Bucknell (10-13, 5-4 PL) went on a 6-0 run coming out of the locker room to knot the score at 25-25, but AU responded with a 10-3 run sparked by a Liz Hayes' third three-point basket of the game to take a 35-28 lead with 12:18 to play. The Bison were down two, 38-36, after a Hope Foster three from the top of the arc, but the Eagles responded, and extended its lead back to five, 48-43, on a Liz Leer hoop.
American (12-12, 6-3 PL) jumped out to an 11-3 run courtesy of two Hayes treys and five Pam Stanfield points, marking the second straight game the Eagles came out of the gate hot. AU held a 21-13 advantage on a pair of Sahar Nusseibeh lay-ins at the 8:55 mark before Foster made a free-throw to break a three minute scoring draught for both sides. The Bison used a 6-2 run to get within four, down 23-19, but Hayes hit a basket as time expired to give American a 25-19 halftime lead.
For the second straight game, the freshman Leer led the Eagle offense, tying a career-high in points with 18 and adding five rebounds and four blocks. Hayes finished with 13 points, hitting 3-5 from beyond the arc, and Stephanie N'Garsanet grabbed a team-high 11 boards in the AU win.
Foster led Bucknell with 17 points while Joyce Novacek picked up a game-high 13 rebounds for the Bison.
The win over Bucknell ends a six game winning streak over AU and puts the Eagles at the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 22.
American will look to extend its winning streak to six games when it hosts Colgate at Bender Arena on Saturday at noon.