Jan. 23, 2005
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team ended a two-game winning streak with a 67-48 loss to Holy Cross Saturday in Bender Arena.
Holy Cross, the preseason pick by the Patriot League's coaches and sports information directors to win the league, held the host Eagles to just 33 percent shooting and forced 20 Eagle turnovers to run away with the game. With the win, the Crusaders remain tied atop the Patriot League with Lehigh, which defeated Bucknell earlier today, at 5-0. Meanwhile, AU falls to 7-10 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League. The Eagles are now tied with Navy for fourth place in the PL with a 2-3 league record.
Both teams' offenses struggled in the opening period, with AU shooting 34 percent compared to Holy Cross' 31 percent. However, American failed to capitalize on its free throw attempts, going zero-for-eight, and trailed at the half, 30-22.
Holy Cross took control of the game early in the second half. The Crusaders scored the first six points of the period to take a 14-point advantage, 36-22. American chipped away at the lead, eventually cutting it down to seven (38-31) on a pair of free throws by Tara Williams (Newport News, Va./Heritage). However, the Eagles turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions and the Crusaders took advantage, going on a 7-0 run to regain a 14-point lead with 11:00 left. AU got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Joanna Barnes (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) led the Eagles with 19 points on eight-of-17 shooting, but foul trouble limited her to just 28 minutes of action. Abby Lipskis (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Collegiate) added a career-high 11 points as well as six boards, five on the offensive end.
Lisa Andrews and Maggie Fontana scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the visitors. The Crusaders outrebounded American 50-38 in the game and shot 43 percent in the second stanza to outrun the Eagles. American falls to 1-10 on the season when its opponent shoots at a higher percentage.
AU hits the road next weekend for a pair of Patriot League contests at Bucknell and Colgate. The Bucknell game is Jan. 28 beginning at 7 p.m.