Dec. 2, 2000
Washington, D.C. - The American University Women's Basketball team defeated the Terriers of St. Francis College of New York, 66-60, for their second consecutive win this afternoon to advance to the Championship Game of the AU Tip-off Classic and defend their 1999 Championship title.
American (2-4) took their largest lead of the game, 64-54 with 2:06 remaining and would hang on as the Terriers went on a 6-2 run to close out the game and give the Eagles scare in the final minutes. The Eagles were led by senior Jina Lewis (F, New Castle, DE/William Penn) who tallied 14 points to lead five in double-figures. Junior Hollie Steinman (F, Pittsfield, MA/Taconic) added 13 points, seven steals and a team-high nine boards as the Eagles out-rebounded the Terriors, 36-35. Maria Werries (F, So., Pittsburgh, PA./Oakland Catholic) and Danielle Johnson (G, Jr., Pittsburgh, PA/Woodland Hills) each chipped in 12 points, while Erin Brady (G, So., Weatherly, PA/Marian Catholic) added 10 points as the Eagles attempt to defend their 1999 AU Tip-off Classic title.
St. Francis (0-5) was led by Jazmine Rhodes who tallied 15 points and Colleen Carbon who added 13 points for the Terriors. Plagued by 31 turnovers and 25 fouls, the Terriers shot 44% for the game.
The Eagles took their largest lead of the half, 13-6 with 14:17 remaining before the Terriers went on a 6-0 run to tie the game for the first time at 13-13. The two teams would tie five more times before finishing the half deadlocked at 28-28. The Eagles were paced by Werries' 12 points including 2-for-3 from the arc, while St. Francis was backed by Caitlin O'Malley's six points.
Women's Basketball action continues tomorrow, Sunday, December 3, 2000, on Day 2 of the AU Tip-off Classic beginning with the Consolation Game at 1:00 p.m. followed by the Championship game at 3:00 p.m. in Bender Arena The consolation will feature Delaware State and St. Francis (NY), while the Crusaders of Holy Cross will take on AU for the 2000 AU Tip-off Classic title.