NEVADA OVERWHELMS AMERICAN, 82-59, IN IOWA TOURNEY OPENER

Nov. 25, 2000

Washington, D.C. - The American University Women's Basketball team, despite a season-high 21 points from Jina Lewis (Sr., F, New Castle, DE/William Penn), could not contain a hot-shooting Nevada-Reno team falling, 82-59, in their first round game at the Iowa Gazette Tournament on Saturday.

Nevada (1-1) shot 50 percent from the floor in the game, including 59 percent in the second half. The Wolfpack hit seven-of-ten treys in the second half to top the Eagles. Nevada was led by center Kate Smith, who finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. AU trailed by 18 points with 14:23 to play in the game, but went on a 12-2 run to cut the Wolfpack lead to eight with 11:22 remaining. The Eagles could get no closer as they were outscored 27-12 down the stretch.

American (0-3) was able to stay in the game thanks to a tenacious defense that forced the Wolfpack to commit 20 turnovers. AU shot 41 percent from the floor, but was out rebounded 45-26. Aside from Lewis, Maria Werries (So., Pittsburgh, PA/Oakland Catholic) chipped in 10 points on the afternoon for the Eagles.

American will play Western Illinois in the consolation game of the Iowa Tournament on Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. central time. Nevada-Reno advances to play host Iowa in the Championship game.

-AUEAGLES.com-