Nov. 12, 2006
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team was outscored 41-23 in the second half in its 66-59 loss to Longwood at Bender Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles started the half with a 36-25 lead and kept it throughout the majority of the remaining 20 minutes. With 3:57 remaining, the Lancers tied the game at 57 and took it from there, never giving American the chance to recover. Odessa Williams contributed a game-high 18 points in the win, scoring nine in each half. Williams scored back to back points for the Lancers to tie the game and to then give Longwood its first lead of the game.
American University dominated in the first half, leading by as much as 15 three different times in the first 20. Of its 36 points, AU scored 25 of them either on three pointers or free-throw attempts.
Sophomore Nicole Ryan (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater) led the Eagles with 11 points and three steals, including three three-pointers in her four buckets. Talicia Jackson followed right behind, netting three three's and recording nine points, nine rebounds and three assists on the afternoon.Forward Letitia Curry grabbed 12 rebounds in the game, tallying double-digits in rebounds for the second consecutive game in the 2006-07 season.
The Eagles outrebounded the Lancers 48-36 and also held the advantage in the 19-16 turnover margin. In the second half alone, Longwood shot 50% from the floor and 70 % from the free-throw line, while American shot just 23.8 % opposed to their 41.4% in the first half.
AU Women's hoops returns to the court on Nov. 17 when they face the Blue Hens at the University of Delaware at 7:30 p.m.