AU Women's Basketball Drops 62-59 Overtime Loss to UMES

AU Women's Basketball Drops 62-59 Overtime Loss to UMES

Feb. 2, 2005

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WASHINGTON - AU Women's Basketball Drops 62-59 Overtime Loss to UMES Tara Williams ties career high with 16 points

The AU women's basketball team fell to 8-12 overall with a 62-59 loss to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday night.

The Eagles found themselves down 55-53 in the opening minutes of the extra frame before senior Joanna Barnes (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) hit a jumper to tie the game again. A bucket by UMES' Ashley Chase put the visitors ahead once again but Barnes hit her second overtime shot to knot the game. The two teams traded baskets again but a successful three pointer by Chase with 19 seconds to go put UMES ahead 62-59. Barnes threw up a three that sailed out of bounds with 6.9 showing on the clock. The Eagles committed a turnover after two UMES missed free throws, ending any chance of a comeback.

UMES got off to a hot start in the second half, despite being down by seven to start it, closing the gap to three points but the Eagles turned it around and found themselves up 41-31 after the first media timeout. The Hawks went on a run to cut the Eagle lead to four points but AU responded on their home court with a Damarah Rhymer (Colorado Springs, Colo./Widefield) layup. After converting on a series of AU misses, UMES guard Toni Kennedy hit a three pointer to tie the game and the Hawks took a 48-45 lead two possessions later on an open Kristie Veltkam three.

Four straight points from Barnes recaptured the lead for American. With the score knotted at 49-49 for over two minutes, Chase hit a moving jumper to give the visiting Hawks a one basket edge with just under four to play. Barnes continued to hit clutch shots in the closing minutes, tying the score with a jumper before Rhymer hit a bucket to give AU the lead with 2:12 showing on the clock. Each team squandered offensive opportunities and the visiting Hawks found themselves with the ball and the game tied at 53-53 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation. A last-second layup by Veltkam sat on the iron deciding whether or not to go in but in the end it fell to the left side of the basket and Lipskis tore down the rebound, sending the game into overtime.

AU started the game by opening up a 10-5 lead in the first seven minutes and held a 12-7 advantage with 11:58 showing on the scoreboard. Two Hawk free throws cut the lead to three but senior Kim Salem (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) dropped a shot in to put the home team back up by five. UMES' Brittney Adkins converted a layup on which she was fouled and the free throw to get the Hawks within two. Joanna Barnes (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) came down on the next Eagle's trip and fired a three pointer that hit nothing but net to restore AU's five point margin.

American went on a 11-4 run that lasted almost five minutes late in the first half to open the Eagle lead to ten points. Angel Jordan (Glendale, Md./Newport School) came off the bench and minutes later hit an open three to give American a nine point advantage with less than three remaining in the half. Abby Lipskis had a solid first half coming off the bench, tallying two straight Eagle buckets from inside, making the score 33-26 at the break.

Barnes led all scorers with 19 points and added seven rebounds. Tara Williams (Newport News, Va./Heritage) tied a career high with 16 points on the night. Rhymer set a career high in assists with seven helpers on the night while Salem led all players on the glass with nine boards.

Chased led the Hawks with 17 points, with Veltkam and Qiana Cheatham each adding 13 points in the win. Adkins led UMES in rebounds with seven.

AU was disciplined from the free throw line, hitting 75 percent, compared to UMES 52 percent. The rebounds were as close as the game, with the Eagles holding a 35-34 advantage.

The Eagles get back to Patriot League play on Friday, Feb. 4, when they head to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army at 7 p.m.