Nov. 24, 2007
The hot outside shooting of the American University women's basketball team continued Saturday afternoon as the Eagles rode six three-point field goals to a 57-46 win over Brown in the consolation game of the University of Rhode Island Tournament. Liz Hayes and Talicia Jackson each scored in double-digits for AU and the Eagles out-rebounded the Bears 54-34.
American (3-3) finished the game shooting 46.2 percent (6-13) from downtown including three of six shooting from Jackson. Maggie Smith-Davidson grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles charge on the boards and was complimented by Stephanie N'Garsanet and Pam Stanfield who each grabbed nine rebounds of their own.
Brown's (0-6) only lead came on a Annesley O'Neal jumper for the game's first points. Two possessions later, Hayes found Jackson for an open three to take a 3-2 lead which AU would never relinquish. Brown remained within striking distance for the entire first half never trailing by more than eight, a margin which American took into the locker room at half, 30-22.
The second half was all AU as the Eagles opened on a 14-2 run. It began when Smith-Davidson snagged an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and Hayes nailed the ensuing jumper. 1:44 later Jackson scored five consecutive points for American, connecting from outside and finishing a fast break started by an N'Garsanet block to force Brown to call timeout with 15:03 left in the half down 40-24. American's largest lead in the game, 48-28, came with 6:53 remaining with Stanfield at the line. AU finished the game on the wrong end of an 18-9 run but still won comfortably, 57-46.
American was led by Jackson who scored 13 points on five of 10 shooting, assisted on three scores and picked the pocket of two Bears. Hayes scored in double-figures for the fourth game in a row with 12 points and dished out a team-high six assists. As a team, AU only shot 35.2 percent (19-54) but grabbed a season-high 54 rebounds including 18 on the offensive glass.
O'Neal was the high scorer for Brown and finished the game with nine points. Sadiea Williams totaled eight points in the loss and had a team-high eight rebounds. The Bears were held to 15 of 56 shooting (26.8%) for the game and shot just 17.1 percent in the second half (6-35).
American will return to action Saturday, Dec. 1, as it returns home to Bender Arena to host Western Michigan at 7 p.m.