Dec. 5, 2006
WASHINGTON - With Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) posting a game-high 20 points and Nicole Ryan (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater) adding 14 of her own, the offensive threats led American University Women's Basketball to a 78-57 win over Furman on Tuesday night in Bender Arena.
The Eagles started the second stanza with a 16-point advantage, the greatest lead American has held at the half in the 2006-07 season. American University came out of the locker room and picked up where they left off, extending its lead to 20 off back to back lay-ups by Hayes and Letitia Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Woodrow Wilson).
With Furman University playing a zone defense in the first half, AU used this to its advantage to take an early lead. Shooting .391 from downtown and leading the Patriot League with 66 three-point field goals coming into tonight's game, American went 47.5% from the field, including 10 buckets from three-point territory. Ryan finished with 14 points, with 9 coming from downtown. Junior Rachel Brazell chipped in three three-point field goals for a career-high of nine points.
If the outside shot wasn't open, Hayes and Pam Stanfield(College Park, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the Eagles in penetration through the lane, with Hayes driving to the basket and Stanfield finding the open post player underneath. Stanfield finished the game with a season-high of seven assists.
With Hayes leading the Eagles offensively in tonight's game, it has been either her or Ryan posting team-highs in each of the nine games this season.
The Eagles forced the Paladins to commit 21 turnovers, with Talicia Jackson (Minneapolis, Minn./DeLaSalle) recording five steals. American University scored 30 points off of Furman's mistakes, while the Paladins only connected for 14.
With the win, AU improves to 3-6 on the season, while the Paladins drop to 4-4, not yet winning on the road in the 2006-07 season. American University returns home on Friday night when it hosts George Mason at 7 p.m. to finish off its four-game home stand.