Feb. 26, 2005
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The American University women's basketball team went scoreless over the last 8:40 of the game Saturday at Navy, allowing the Midshipmen to come back from a seven-point deficit and win, 49-46.
American grabbed its largest lead of the game, 46-39, at the 8:41 mark on Damarah Rhymer's (Colorado Springs, Colo./Widefield) first career three-pointer. However, the Eagles would not score again for the rest of the game. AU went 0-for-8 from the floor during that stretch and committed four of its 20 total turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Mids went on an 8-0 run to grab a 47-46 lead with 2:11 left. The Eagles had three possessions to rip back the lead, but missed two shots and turned it over once. Navy's point guard Lauren Skrel grabbed the rebound on AU's last chance and was fouled. However, Navy hadn't yet reached the bonus, and American was forced to foul two more times, wasting precious seconds, before Skrel went to the line and hit a pair to ice the victory.
The Eagles were led by Rhymer, who finished with 11 points, and Joanna Barnes (Washington, D.C./Dunbar), who finished with 10 points.
The Eagles fall to 7-7 in Patriot League play. American will face Navy, who by virtue of their win earned the five seed, in the first round of the PL Tournament on March 3 in Worcester, Mass. This will be the sixth time in Patriot League history that two teams which finished the season against each other will play in the first round of the PL Tournament.