Feb. 27, 2008
WASHINGTON - Michelle Kirk scored a career-high 16 points to pace the American University women's basketball team to a 69-37 Patriot League win over Navy at Bender Arena on Wednesday. The victory extends the Eagles' winning streak to nine games and guarantees at least a share of the regular season conference championship.
American (16-12, 10-3 PL) was in control from the opening tip, as the Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead when Talicia Jackson hit a three-point basket at the 17:01 mark. Navy scored the next two baskets to cut the lead to 9-4, but the Eagles would begin to pull away. Liz Hayes scored five consecutive points, including a trey to extend the lead to 14-4. American would build its advantage to 16 points with just under two minutes remaining in the half when Stephanie N'Garsanet scored her tenth points of the half on a basket in the paint. The Eagles finished the first half with a commanding 31-15 lead.
AU opened the second half with a 7-2 run led by Kirk's five consecutive points to lead 38-17. Kirk went on to hit back-to-back threes with 12:10 left in the game to give the Eagles' a 47-23 margin and American would go on to lead by as many as 34 late in the second half as they held Navy to just 23.6 percent shooting from the floor, including 0-15 from behind the arc.
Kirk finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Hayes scored 11 points and added seven rebounds and remains 10 three-point baskets shy of the career record. N'Garsanet rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Eagles, recording her first-ever double-double, tallying 15 points and 11 rebounds. Maggie Smith-Davidson grabbed 10 boards, four steals and three assists in the win.
Navy (6-22, 2-11 PL) was led by Cassie Consedine, who scored 12 points and picked up seven rebounds. K.C. Gordon scored nine points for the Midshipmen.
American celebrated its three graduating seniors prior to the start of the game, as Hayes, N'Garsanet and Smith-Davidson all played their final regular season game at Bender Arena. The Eagles will conclude their regular season on Saturday at 12 noon at Lafayette. The game can be seen on RCN-TV local channel 8 in the DC Metro area.