Feb. 13, 2005
WASHINGTON - American University's women's basketball team earned their fifth conference win of the season with a 73-59 victory at home over Colgate on Sunday.
The AU senior guard tandem of Joanna Barnes (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) and Angel Jordan (Glendale, Md./Newport) combined for 34 points, scoring at crucial points in the game to help the Eagles notch the Patriot League win.
AU's four point lead to start the second frame diminished over the first few minutes before American's Jordan rattled off six consecutive points to put the Eagles up 39-33. The Raiders closed the gap once again, slicing the AU lead to one, but senior Chanel Hunt (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) hit a jumper to give the Eagles a 45-42 advantage. AU rebuilt their lead, holding a 55-48 advantage before Colgate's Emily Braseth scored five straight Raider points to put the visitors within striking distance.
Barnes then tallied nine consecutive points for the Eagles, expanding their lead to 67-55 with under three minutes to play. Colgate attempted to climb back in the game, as they had three other times in the game, but the AU defense guarded its lead.
Colgate held a 5-4 lead after the first few minutes, but American took a 10-7 lead on a Jenyce Woodruff (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) layup. With the score knotted at 10-10, AU exploded on a 11-0 run that included two straight three-pointers by Jordan and a converted three-point play when Williams was fouled on a successful layup. Colgate mounted a comeback late in the half and the Eagles found themselves up 33-29 at the break.
Jordan led all scorers with 21 points, eclipsing her previous career high of 14, while grabbing seven rebounds. Barnes had 13 on the night and Woodruff set a career-high in rebounding with 13 (three offensive and 10 defensive). Damarah Rhymer (Colorado Springs, Colo./Widefield) fell one short of setting the AU all-time assist record with 11 helpers, the most assists in a game since Karen Jenkins had 11 against UNC-Wilmington in the 1991-92 season.
Colgate's Allison Lipinski finished with 17 points for the Raiders, with Braseth adding 11 points. Chigozie Ozor led Colgate in rebounding with nine while chipping in 10 points.
American, which now has a 10-14 overall record (5-6 PL), is tied with Colgate for fourth place in the Patriot League. AU will return to Bender Arena on Feb. 19 for a conference tilt with Lafayette. Game time between the Eagles and Leopards is set for 2 p.m.