PHILADELPHIA – The American University women's basketball team registered its second loss of the 2016-17 season, as the Eagles fell to La Salle on Sunday, 63-59.
This is the second consecutive loss for the squad, after they dropped an overtime thriller to Delaware at home on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 56-55.
Senior Lauren Crisler led the Eagles' scoring efforts with 18 points, shooting 7-for-13 from the field. Junior Emily Kinneston brought down a team-high six rebounds while posting her second consecutive double-digit effort with 11 points.
A good defensive effort from the Eagles shut down La Salle's lead scorer, Amy Griffin, cutting her 21.7 ppg average down to 12 on Sunday. Senior Micahya Owens stepped up for the Explorers, going 5-for-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line for 17 points. Senior Jasmine Alston had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Eagles had a slow start, as La Salle went on a 9-2 run to close the first quarter, 19-12. AU picked up momentum during the latter part of the first half, outscoring the Explorers 17-14 in the second quarter to enter halftime trailing by four, 33-29.
Although AU led the second half from the field, going 11-for-27 while La Salle shot 8-for-19, fouls and free throws proved to be the difference. The Eagles put La Salle on the free-throw line eight times during the final 20 minutes, where the Explorers went 14-for-16.
American is set for a quick turnaround this week, as the team travels to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the San Juan Shootout. The Eagles will face VCU on Thursday, Nov. 24, and George State on Friday, Nov. 25.
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