Dec. 19, 2008
WASHINGTON - Despite a Princeton surge late in the second half, the American University women's basketball team took a 59-44 win over the visiting Tigers in Bender Arena on Friday to improve to 7-3 and keep its perfect record at home intact. Liz Leer led the Eagles and all scorers with 17 points.
American (7-3) spotted Princeton a four-point lead to start the game before embarking on a 10-1 run to lead 10-5. Leer had the hot hand for the Eagles in the early minutes, scoring six points on 3-3 from the field. The Tigers fought back to knot the score at 10-all just under the 13 minute mark on a three by Krystal Hill but were not able to take advantage of an Eagle turnover, leaving the door open for a Kristin Coles hoop to give AU a 12-10 edge.
Princeton(4-6) reclaimed its first lead since the opening minutes of the half with just under nine minutes to go on back-to-back threes by Addie Micir, but Talicia Jackson answered with her first three of the contest soon after and Leer followed with a pair of jumpers to open up a 21-16 AU lead.
The Eagles outscored the Tigers 10-2 over the final two and a half minutes in the first half to take a 31-20 lead into the intermission. The American defense forced two shot clock violations and allowed just two points off of free throws during that stretch and built a double-digit lead despite shooting just 39.3 percent (11-28) from the field.
Both teams found it difficult to get good looks at the basket out of the break, but AU maintained a 12-point, 41-29 lead after Jackson and Princeton's Laura Johnson exchanged a pair of three-point baskets with just over 12 minutes to play. Micir and Johnson hit a pair of threes for the Tigers to cut the lead to four (41-37) with eight minutes to go putting the Eagles perfect home record to the test.
American went on to score the next 11 points and held Princeton to just seven over the final seven minutes to claim the 59-44 win.
Leer led all scorers with 17 points and picked up four blocks. Nicole Ryan finished with 10 points and three assists. Kirk picked up eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Pam Stanfield finished with six assists.
Micir led Princeton with 14 points and Julia Berger grabbed seven boards.
American will return to action on Sunday when they host cross-city opponent Georgetown at 2 p.m. at Bender Arena.