Nov. 28, 2006
WASHINGTON - Nicole Ryan (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater) put forth a 16-point effort, with Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) and Letitia Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Woodrow Wilson) chipping in 10 each, in American University's 61-60 win over regional rival UMBC at Bender Arena on Tuesday night.
With nine lead changes in the second half, the game went from wire to wire, with American gaining the last lead of the night with 3:08 remaining and holding onto it from there.
After Sharri Rohde hit a lay-up for the Retrievers, finishing with a game-high of 17 points and 9 rebounds, Hayes was there to answer, netting the three to take the final lead.
With the minutes winding down, UMBC was forced to foul AU, hoping to stop the clock. The Eagles stepped up and shot 15-18 from the charity stripe, with Curry and Hayes both shooting 4-4. Curry is now 20-25 from the line.
American led at the half 29-28. UMBC came right out in the second and took its first lead of the game, hitting a three in the opening minutes. Once again, the Eagles were there to answer, this time it was Ryan hitting it from downtown.
Ryan went 4-8 from three-point territory, starting the Eagles off with a 13-point first half. This marks the second time in the past three games that Ryan has recorded 16 points. Pam Stanfield (College Park, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the team with six assists. With Hayes' 10 points, she now hit the 100 point mark in seven games, tallying 105 thus far into her first season for American University.
This win breaks the five-game losing streak and American University is looking to stay on track when it hosts Georgetown on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena.