Jan. 28, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Sophomore guard Tara Williams (Newport News, Va./Heritage) hit a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left and Joanna Barnes (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) nabbed a steal on the ensuing possession then hit a pair from the charity stripe herself to give American women's basketball a 56-53 win over Bucknell Friday in Sojka Pavilion.
American trailed Bucknell, 53-50, with 2:10 left after the Bison's Brooke Tomovich scored her 24th and 25th points on a layup. However, AU held the Bison scoreless for the remainder of the game, while the Eagles launched their comeback. Barnes hit a jumper at 1:56 to make it a one-point game, leading up to Williams' free throws. Williams was fouled on the floor by Emilie Barruet, and then calmly sank both the front- and back-end of the one-and-one.
The Eagles then keyed up their defense. Bucknell called a timeout with 25 ticks left and set up a play. However, the Eagles stifled any planned play, as Chanel Hunt (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) blocked a shot by Barruet and then Barnes ripped the ball out of the hands of Bison point guard Lindsey Geosits on the ensuing rebound.
Williams scored a career-high 16 points for the Eagles, including hitting six-of-eight from the line and corralling five boards, three on the offensive end. Barnes also tallied 16 points for AU and lead the Eagles with eight rebounds. American tied a season-low with just 12 team turnovers, while forcing the Bison into 20 turnovers.
With the win, AU moves to 8-10 overall, 3-3 in the Patriot League and into a tie for third with Army. Bucknell, which lost for the first time on its home court this season, falls to 7-12, 1-5 in the PL.
The Eagles return to action on Sunday, Jan. 30, when they visit Colgate. Game time is set for 2 p.m.