WASHINGTON STATE HOLDS OFF AMERICAN, 59-52, IN AU HOME OPENER

Nov. 21, 2000

Washington, D.C. - The American University Women's Basketball team staged a late rally, but clutch free throw shooting by the visiting Cougars propelled Washington State to a non-conference win tonight in Bender Arena.

Washington State (1-0) overcame an early stretch of cold shooting to take a 25-18 lead into half time. The Cougars used a 12-3 run early in the second half to take a 39-24 lead with 13:17 remaining. Washington State was led by Brittney Hawks with a game-high 18 points and team-high nine rebounds. Katie Nyeth added five assists for the Cougars. The Cougars out shot the Eagles 39 percent to 26 and out-rebounded AU 44-40.

The Eagles (0-2) jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first five points of the game, and led as late as 7:24 remaining in the first half. Jina Lewis (Sr., F, New Castle, DE/William Penn) led the Eagles with 13 points, including 9-of-13 free throw shooting. Hollie Steinman (Jr., F, Pittsfield, MA/Taconic) added 8 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

AU trailed by fifteen with 6:40 remaining when the Eagles went on an 18-7 run to cut the Cougars' lead to four with 1:31 remaining. The Eagles had multiple chances to cut the lead to two but came up empty. Washington State converted three of four free throws in the final thirty seconds to seal the game. The game was marred by 52 turnovers and 46 fouls.

The Eagles now take to the road for the Iowa Gazette Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa. The Eagles will face Nevada-Reno in the first round on November 25, 2000, at 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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