Feb. 7, 2006
Lewisburg, Pa. - Bucknell University cemented its first place hold on the Patriot League with a 73-38 home win against American University on Tuesday night.
AU found itself down by 15 to start the second half, which proved to be too much of a deficit to overcome as the PL's best team cruised to a 35 point win.
Bucknell held a 28-13 lead coming out of the break which it expanded upon after American managed just two points in the first four minutes. AU could do little to slow the Bison attack which built itself a 54-26 lead with 7:30 showing on the clock. The rest of the game played out in the same fashion, with the final score ending 73-38.
American began the game holding on to an 8-7 lead at the 14:44 mark. From there, the Eagles' offense hit a rut as the first-place Bison went on a 9-0 run to take a commanding 16-8 lead with just over nine minutes left in the first half. Tala Hadavi (Uppsala, Sweden/Vasalundsskolan) put an end AU's six-minute scoreless streak with a three pointer that put the Eagles back five. Bucknell strung together another 10-0 run to propel themselves to a 26-11 lead with 2:55 remaining. Each team managed a bucket in the final minutes, with the score resting at 28-13 after 20 minutes of play.
Bucknell showed why it owns the 12th best defense in the NCAA, forcing the Eagles to shoot just 27.7 percent from the floor. AU committed 30 turnovers in the game, compared to Bucknell's 20.
Hadavi led the Eagles with 12 points on the night. Freshman Tish Curry (Pennsauken, N.J./Woodrow Wilson) finished with a game-high nine rebounds.
Bucknell had three players score 13 points in the win, including Amanda Brown and Hope Foster. Foster finished with eight rebounds in the game.
American shot 19.2 percent in the first half, while committing 18 turnovers in the first frame. In the first meeting between the Bison and Eagles, AU committed 19 tunovers all game. Bucknell improves to 15-7 overall and 8-1 in the PL, while American falls to 6-16, 3-6 in league play.
The Eagles are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 11, when they host Colgate at noon. The game will be American's only televised home game, which will be broadcasted on College Sports Television.