Women's Basketball Wins Season Opener at Youngstown State

Women's Basketball Wins Season Opener at Youngstown State

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.

"This was a great team win for us," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "I was happy everyone contributed tonight and we were able to do it on the road.  So proud of Emily Kinneston in leading the charge for us with 16 points and eight assists, and Lauren Crisler controlled the boards while having a double-double.  I was also pleased with our freshman point guard, Katie Marenyi, who handled the pressure in her first college game."

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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