Dec. 22, 2006
MONMOUTH - Despite a career high 30 points from Liz Hayes, American University's two-game win streak was snapped on a 76-64 loss to Monmouth University on Friday night at the William T. Boylan Gymnasium.
Although there were flashes of AU basketball throughout the first, it wasn't until late in the second the red, blue and white came alive. Three-point plays by Talicia Jackson and Stephanie N'Garsanet started the momentum and Nicole Ryan and Liz Hayes took it from there.
Ryan hit three three-pointers in the second and went 5-5 from the charity stripe. Besides hitting three buckets from downtown, Hayes used her speed to step up for American. With strong drives through the lane, the Easton, Pa. native cut the lead to as little as seven with less than two minutes remaining. The late-half splurge wasn't enough as the Hawks went on to win by 12.
With both teams in foul trouble early into the second stanza, much of the night was spent on the charity stripe. American University went 20-28 from the foul line, with Hayes going 5-6 and Ryan sinking 8-9. Monmouth went 20-32, with both teams combining for a total of 55 fouls on the night.
At the end of the first half, American University was trailing 36-18. For just the second time this season, AU had less than 20 points in the books heading into the locker room. Against George Mason, American was down 26-18 when the first ended, eventually losing by seven.
Monmouth opened the first stanza with four quick points. Ryan put the Eagles on the board with 2:25 underway, going 1-2 in her first set of free-throw attempts.
The Hawks went on a 5-0 run in just over two minutes to extend their lead to nine before Hayes ended the drought for AU on a foul shot, followed by a bucket from downtown. Hayes led all-scorers at the half with 11 points which combined with 19 second-half points for a game-high of 30.
The win for Monmouth University is its first in the series with American. AU now holds a 3-1 advantage over the Hawks. Monmouth snapped the Eagles' two-game win streak and now improves to 6-4 on the season. American drops to 5-8 and returns home to Bender Arena on Dec. 30 to take on Drexel at 2 p.m.