YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A double-double from senior Lauren Crisler lifted the Eagles to a 77-64 victory over Youngstown State on Friday to tally the team's first win in a season opener since 2013.
Crisler had a career-best season opener, putting up her third career double-double with 13 points and a team-high ten rebounds. It was junior Emily Kinneston, though, who led the team with 16 points, tying her career-high from the 2015 match-up against Wake Forest. Kinneston shot 6-10 from the floor, and also led the team with eight assists. Junior Michael Harris also had a good showing, scoring 12 points off the bench, tying her career-high from 2015.
American held a tight lead over Youngstown State during the first period, ending with only a two-point lead over the Penguins, 20-18. A 19-8 tally during the second period lifted the Eagles to a 39-26 lead heading into halftime. Consistency was the key for AU in the second half, as the team held a 54.5 shooting percentage from the floor, just off of their 54.8 in the first half.
The Eagles shot 54.7 percent overall from the floor (29-53), and 50 percent from behind the three-point line (8-16). The Penguins went 18-64 from the floor, and only hit three of their 24 shots from 3-point range.
Sarah Cash led Youngstown State with 16 points, followed by Kelley Wright with 13 points. Alison Smolinksi led with six rebounds, and Wright and Indiya Benjamin both contributed a team-high four assists.
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