Feb. 14, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y. - American University's women's basketball team fell to Army, 73-49 Tuesday night at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y.
The Patriot League's top team held the Eagles scoreless for almost nine minutes in the second half to take a five point halftime lead and stretch it to 16. With the win the Black Knights move to 15-9 overall and 9-2 in the Patriot League, while AU drops to 6-18 overall and 3-8 in conference play.
Back by five to start the second frame, American hung with the Black Knights finding themselves down by six before freshman Talicia Jackson (Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle) hit a three pointer to cut the home lead to 40-37. Army then launched an 8-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to command a 48-37 lead with 11:33 left in regulation.
Army continued to pile on points as the AU offense sputtered, with freshman Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) finally breaking the eight and a half minute scoreless streak with a layup at 7:34. The Army lead proved to be insurmountable as the Black Knights cruised to a 24 point victory.
The Eagles started the game off strong, hitting the boards while forcing Army to take rushed shots which resulted in numerous offensive possessions for the Eagles. American's offense struggled early on in the game but after eight minutes of play, the Eagles trailed the Patriot League's top team by just one point, 12-11. The team's played even over the next five minutes with Army holding a slight 22-18 after a Cara Enright three pointer. AU stayed with the Black Knights for the rest of the half, with Army holding a 33-28 lead through 20 minutes of play.
Nusseibeh led the Eagles with a double-double comprised of 13 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Tish Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Woodrow Wilson) had nine boards and eight points in the contest for American.
Enright, the PL's leading scorer, led all players with 18 points, with Alex McGuire finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. Ashley Mangini had 12 points and nine boards for Army on the night.
The Black Knights shot 46 percent for the game, compared to the Eagles' 30 percent. American was outrebounded by a 50-36 margin in the game
AU started four freshman for the second straight game as the Eagles were without leading scorer Tala Hadavi (Uppsala, Sweden/Vasalundskolan) who missed the game with a knee injury.
American returns home for the next tilt, a Saturday matchup with defending PL champion Holy Cross. Tip-off at Bender Arena is set for 4:30 p.m.