Feb. 21, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Despite a career high 24 points from Nicole Ryan (Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater), including four second-half treys, American University women's basketball was defeated by Navy 65-58 on Wednesday night in Alumni Hall.
American University opened the second half down by 15, with Navy holding the 36-21 advantage. With Ryan netting back to back buckets from three-point territory, the Eagles were able to cut the lead to six with 4:30 remaining on the clock. Navy's Carly Meyer was there to answer for the Midshipmen, netting a three of her own to quickly extend the host's lead to nine. Meyer ended with a team-high 14 points.
With the ticks winding down, the Eagles were forced to foul, with Navy's last nine points coming from the charity stripe. Both teams spent a majority of the game on the free-throw line, with American shooting 75% going 21-28 and the Midshipmen shooting 21-29 for 72.4%. Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) went 9-11 in foul shots and Ryan shot 6-7. Hayes finished the night with 13 points. Along with Ryan and Hayes, Talicia Jackson (Minneapolis, Minn./DeLasalle) tallied double-digits in the loss, tying her season-high 13 points.
Navy held the 42-36 advantage in rebounds, with Meyer leading her squad with nine boards. American's Maggie Smith-Davidson (Ontario, Ore./Ontario) matched Meyer with nine rebounds of her own. Smith-Davidson registered four points and two steals in the loss.
With the loss, American falls to 5-8 in the Patriot League, with Navy improving to 5-8. The 2006-07 series is split between the two foes and the game marks AU's last regular season road trip, ending conference action 1-6 in away games. The Eagles return to action on Saturday when they host Lafayette at 2 p.m., celebrating seniors Abby Lipskis (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) and Jessica Tenuta (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford).