Schuyler tallies 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists in win
Kaitin Schuyler helped lead American to an 86-83 win over Navy on Tuesday with 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.
|Points: Shimoda, Davidson (Navy) 28|
Rebounds: Schuyler (AU)12
WASHINGTON -- After a one-hour delay due to a faulty playing surface, the American University women's basketball team used a hot-shooting performance to down Navy, 86-83, on Tuesday at Bender Arena. The Eagles (8-11, 3-4 PL) shot 56.4 percent from the floor, including 61.9 percent from three-point land, to end their three-game losing skid.
American jumped out to a 16-9 lead thanks to the hot hand of Katryn Costenbader (24 points), but Navy's Courtney Davidson scored 22 of her 28 points in the first half to help the Mids to a 45-42 advantage at the break.
The Eagles regrouped at halftime, starting the second half on a 21-5 run and extending their lead to 63-50 with 12:00 to play. Navy (10-10, 2-5 PL) wasn't finished, however, and chipped away at the lead until the final seconds. Maile Shimoda, who finished the game with 28 points, hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to bring the Mids within two points, 85-83. Chanel Spriggs hit one of two free throws with five seconds left to boost the lead to 86-83 and a desperation three by Davidson was short to seal the American victory.
Kaitlin Schuyler, playing in just her second game after suffering a fractured hand against Army on Jan. 12, scored 19 points, including six-of-nine from downtown, and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Schuyler's six threes ties the AU single-game record.
Spriggs had a record setting performance of her own, coming up with seven steals to tie Karen Jenkins' single-season record of 84.
American remains home to host Colgate on Saturday in the second game of a men's and women's doubleheader at Bender Arena. Tip-off will take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's game.