American Rallies for 49-47 Women's Basketball Win Over Lafayette
Jan. 15, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Joanna Barnes knocked down two free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining to lift American to a 49-47 win over Lafayette in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday.
Lafayette's Kristin Doherty had tied the game at 47 with two foul shots with 18 seconds left. Following the second, Barnes slipped up the sideline and beat Lafayette's full-court defense, forcing the Leopards to foul in the frontcourt. Barnes hit both ends of the one-and-one, and Lindsay Myers' jumper in traffic at the other end was off the mark.
The Leopards (2-13 overall, 0-3 Patriot League), who shot a season-best 48.6 percent from the floor, led by as many as six three times in the second half. After the margin had been cut to two, Doherty's third three-pointer of the stanza stretched the lead back to five, 40-35, with 11:05 left. From there, however, American (6-9, 1-2) out-scored the Leopards 10-0 over the next 5:05 to take a five-point lead of its own, 45-40.
Doherty's fourth triple ended the dry spell, and a lay-in by Brianne Welte on the next possession evened the game again at 45 with 4:46 left. Both teams went scoreless for nearly three minutes, with Chanel Hunt putting American back in front, 47-45, with 1:56 left. That score held until the teams traded foul shots in the closing seconds.
The lead changed hands eight times in a back-and-forth first half. Vanessa Van De Venter scored 10 of the Leopards' 25 first-half points.
Hunt finished with a game-high 17 points. Barnes added 13 for the Eagles.
Lafayette returns to action on Friday, hosting Bucknell at 7 p.m.
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