ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Liz Hayes and Nicole Ryan combined to score 46 points, and American beat host Navy 68-55 in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament on Saturday.
Ryan hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for the fourth-seeded Eagles (12-18), who advanced to play Colgate in Saturday's semifinals. Hayes added 21 points for American, which had not won a tournament game since reaching the championship in 2004.Abby Lipskis added seven points, 10 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.Betsey Burnett scored 16 points and Kate Hobbs had 14 for the Midshipmen (12-17), who rallied from a seven-point deficit to take a 39-38 lead three minutes into the second half.American responded with an 18-4 run to take a 56-43 lead with 9:37 remaining. Navy rallied to within six on two occasions but got no closer.Ryan's defense neutralized Navy's Carly Meyer, a first-team All-Patriot League pick. Meyer scored just eight points on 4-for-17 shooting -- including 0-for-9 from 3-point range.