Jan. 21, 2005
WASHINGTON - American University's women's basketball team improved to 7-9 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League with a 71-64 overtime win at home against Army on Friday night.
AU center Kim Salem (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) was fouled on the opening overtime possession and followed up the successful layup with a foul shot that hit nothing but net to give American a 64-61 lead. Army hit a free throw on their next possession to put them within two but senior Joanna Barnes (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) nailed an open three pointer to give AU a 67-62 edge with 1:24 showing on the scoreboard. Barnes was fouled on two consecutive possessions and went two for four on those opportunities to put the Eagles up by five. Senior Chanel Hunt hit both of her free throws with just over seven seconds to play for to put the game out of reach.
American netted the first points of the half to slash the Army lead to 35-34 but a successful three point play on a layup and foul put the visitors back up by four. Barnes' three pointer got the Eagles to within one before she drove down on the next possession and hit an open shot to help AU take its first lead of the second half. Barnes dropped her eighth straight point on a three pointer but the Black Knights came right back with a three of their own to put the lead back down to one. Two straight buckets gave the home team a five point advantage but Army's long range shooters came to play, as another three pointer cut the lead to two with 9:52 remaining in regulation.
Senior Chanel Hunt (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) launched a three that took a shooter's bounce and landed in the net to expand the AU lead to five once again. After another successful Black Knight three, Abby Lipskis (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) hit one of two from the free throw line to put the AU lead at 54-51. After AU senior Tara Williams (Newport News, Va./Heritage) hit a pair from the free throw line, Army's Cara Enright hit a three to cut the AU lead to one with under seven minutes to play in the game. Erin Begonia's three pointer with 2:35 left in the game put Army within two. Shavonne Holden's drive to the net garnered a foul with the bucket counting and the Black Knights regained the lead on the successful free throw. Down by one with 35.6 showing on the clock American called a timeout to draw up a play on the ensuing inbound. Barnes started out right and passed left where Hunt drove to the net but couldn't get it to fall. Williams was fouled as she grabbed the rebound and sent to the line where she was two for two previously. After she missing the first shot, Williams sunk the second one to tie the game at 61-61. Army could not get off a shot on their final regulation possession as the AU defense buckled down to force the game into overtime.
Back to back three pointers by senior Chanel Hunt (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) gave AU an early 6-2 lead in front of the home crowd. Consecutive Eagle turnovers were converted by the Black Knights for scores as the AU lead was sliced to two. Micky Mallette's three at the 13:52 mark helped Army to capture its first lead since the opening tip. AU's Lipskis dropped two consecutive inside buckets to regain the lead but Army's Jen Hansen answered with a three to put the visitors ahead 14-13 with a half of basketball taken off the clock. Barnes hit an open jumpshot to give American a one point edge before Army went down the floor and hit from beyond the arc once again.
The two teams traded scores over the next three minutes and the Black Knights held a 21-20 advantage before senior Angel Jordan (Glendale, Md./Newport School) grabbed a pass and hit a 13 foot jumper to give AU their fifth lead of the half. Army went two-for-two on their next possessions, retaking and expanding their lead to four. Jordan cut the lead to one with a successful shot from 20 but Army once again answered with a three of their own. After another Jordan three, the Glendale, Md. native grabbed a defensive rebound and passed up the court where AU took a 30 second timeout with 4.4 left in the frame. Down by three, Hunts drive to the hoop was blocked and Army took a 33-30 lead into the break.
Barnes led all scorers with 22 points on the night while contributing four rebounds and two assists. Lipskis finished with a career-highs in points with seven and rebounds with eight. Hunt contributed 12 points and 13 boards on the night with Williams finished with 11 points.
Holden finished tops in scoring for the Black Knights with 18 points and six rebounds. Enright had 13 points and a team-leading 11 rebounds for Army in the loss.
American dominated on second chance points, outscoring the Black Knights 18-7 after offensive boards. Army finished 10-28 from beyond the arc, with the Eagles going 7-17 from long range.
American heads back to the hardwood on Sunday, Jan. 23 for a Patriot League bout against Holy Cross. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.