Nov. 19, 2006
WASHINGTON - American University Women's Basketball falls to Towson 69-57 at Bender Arena on Sunday Afternoon.
American University started the second half down by 11 and came within five several times, but it still wasn't enough to overcome the Tiger's lead. Towson started the second with a another bucket, but within minutes Nicole Ryan (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater) ended the drought for the Eagles, answering with back to back field goals, including a three-pointer.
With 12:20 left, junior guard Liz Hayes (Easton, Pa./Easton) brought the lead down to five, sinking it from downtown. With Towson looking to extend the lead, Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) carried the momentum to defense, blocking a shot and regaining possession for American. Despite the effort, this was the closest AU would get to the win.
With Hayes and Rachel Brazell (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield Summit) hitting key three's as the minutes were winding down, a comeback looked good for the Eagles. The Tigers answered back and went on to win by 12.
Nusseibeh, Hayes and Ryan all scored in double-digits for American University, with Nusseibeh posting a double-double, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan added 12 points, while Hayes netted 11 in the loss.
American University was held to just 10 points for the first 14 minutes of the game, eventually leading to just 21 points in the first half, the lowest of the 2006-07 season.
Towson was able to get 22 points off of AU turnovers, while the Eagles added 16 off the Tigers mistakes. Towson also had a 39-33 advantage in rebounds.
AU is now 1-3 on the season, while the Tigers to improve to 3-0. The Eagles head west over the Thanksgiving holidays when they compete in the Loyola Marymount Tournament on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.