Dec. 2, 2006
WASHINGTON - Despite a career-high 18 points from Nicole Ryan (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater), including a 13-point run in just over two minutes, and ten-boards from junior Maggie Smith-Davidson, (Ontario, Ore./Ontario) Georgetown University earned its sixth consecutive win defeating AU 65-56 in Bender Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoyas came out of the locker room and started the second half on a 12-0 run, with Kieraah Marlow netting two lay-ups and a jumper to contribute to her game-high 24 points. With 14:55 remaining in the second stanza, Ryan stepped up for the Eagles and started a run of her own. The sophomore ended the Eagles' drought with a jumper, but didn't stop there. Ryan went on to hit another jumper and three consecutive three-pointers to tie the game at 41.
Georgetown called a time out to stop the adrenaline rush going through the American players and took an eight point lead after coming out of the huddle. AU cut the lead to two several times throughout the remaining minutes, but the Eagles were unable to come out with the win.
The Hoyas started the first half in a similar manner, leading by nine within the first ten minutes of the game. With good ball movement by the Eagles, AU was able to come within two before the first half ended.
Ryan's 18 point game marked a career high for the guard, passing the 16 point spot which she has reached four times as an Eagle. This was the second consecutive game Ryan was the high-scorer for American University, posting 16 points against UMBC.
AU outrebounded the Hoyas 36-28, with Smith-Davidson contributing a career-high of 10 boards. The Hoyas held a 30-21 advantage in turnovers and connected on them for 32 points off of the Eagles' mistakes.
Georgetown earned its sixth consecutive win today and improved to 6-2 on the season, while American University drops to 2-6. AU hits the court again when it hosts Furman on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. for the third game of the home stretch in Bender Arena.