Junior guard Kate Miller scored 19 points and earned tournament most valuable player honors as American rallied for a 67-64 win over Murray State in the championship game of the AU Tip-Off Classic last night at Bender Arena. The Eagles improved to 2-0 and extended their nonconference home unbeaten streak to 18 games dating from the 1996-97 season.
Miller, who scored 31 points in the first-round game against Fairleigh Dickinson, hit 3 of 6 three-pointers. Junior forward Jina Lewis added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Down 30-13 midway through the first half, AU went on a 31-13 run that carried over to the second half. Hollie Steinman's jumper gave the Eagles the lead at 65-64 with 1 minute 30 seconds left.
Susan Tackett scored 17 points to lead the Racers, who fell to 1-1.
In the consolation game, Shakira Smith scored 17 points to lift Morgan State to a 78-75 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.
* MARYLAND 75, LOYOLA 62: Freshman guard Renneika Razor scored 14 points in her college debut as the Terrapins opened their season with a win at Cole Field House.
Sophomore forward Deedee Warley and senior guard Tiffany Brown each had 12 points for the Terrapins, who had lost their past two games to Loyola. Terri Daniels, Cara Ferris and Branka Bogunovic each had eight points.
* FRESNO ST. 57, GEORGETOWN 56: Junior guard Katie Smrcka-Duffy led the Hoyas with 15 points, but Georgetown surrendered a big lead in the second half and lost in the first round of the Regal Classic in Minneapolis.
The Hoyas led 51-36 with 7:43 remaining, but Fresno State went on a 21-3 run to take the lead with two minutes left. Georgetown (0-1) was hurt by 31 percent shooting in the second half. The Hoyas had the chance to take the lead twice during the final minute but came up empty.
Senior center Danielle Hurley added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Hoyas.
* PROVIDENCE 82, GEORGE MASON 70: Jen Gombotz scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Friars (1-0) in Providence. The Friars used an 11-2 run to break open the game with four minutes left in the first half and led by 15 points in the second. Trish Halpin led the Patriots (0-1) with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Jen Surlas added 16 points.