Dec. 30, 2006
WASHINGTON - Despite three players scoring in double-digits for American University and Abby Lipskis shooting 66.7% from the floor, AU wasn't able to overcome the early 14-0 run by Drexel, eventually losing 61-58 at Bender Arena on Saturday afternoon.
American entered the second half down 30-28 and with 10:19 remaining on the clock, Lipskis tied it at 44 on a lay-up. This was not the first time, nor the last, Lipskis would step up for her squad in Saturday's game. Lipskis went on to match her career-high of 16 points, netting 8-12 on the day.
Just over a minute later, Nicole Ryan dropped one of nine free-throws to give American University its first lead of the half. With several lead changes in the next five minutes, the final moments of the game proved to be crucial. With 3:20 remaining, Andrea Peterson netted a foul shot for the Dragons, giving her squad a five-point advantage. Liz Hayes was there to answer for the Eagles, dropping her third three of the game to bring the Red, Blue and White within two. Hayes ended with a game-high 19 points, marking the sixth consecutive game she has led the Eagles offensively.
With less than two minutes remaining in the game, AU forced three turnovers and was able to get themselves on the foul line for six shots. Although the Eagles went 17-21 from the charity stripe, caused 20 turnovers and outrebounded Drexel 33-25, their slow start came back to them in the end, losing 61-58 to the Dragons.
At the start of the first, both teams were locked at four, with just under four minutes underway. Drexel than went on a 14-0 run in the next four minutes, with the points split between Narissa Suber and Gabriela Marginean. With the Eagles looking down, Head Coach Melissa McFerrin made changes and Lipskis sparked for AU within minutes, ending the first half with 14 points. Besides netting a career high 16 points, Lipskis led her squad in rebounding, grabbing nine boards, and in blocks, tallying three.
Drexel shot 47.7% from the field, opposed to American's 36.5 %. The Dragons also shot over 50% better than the Eagles from three-point territory, holding a 42.1%-18.8% advantage over AU. With the loss, American is now 0-4 against the CAA in 2006-07.
American University will return to action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., when the Eagles head to Lynchburg, Va. to face Liberty.