DAYTONA BEACH, Fl. – The American University women's basketball team closed out the two-day San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach on Friday, Nov. 25, with a heartbreaking overtime loss to Georgia State, 59-58. The Eagles are now 1-4 as they head into the final month before the start of conference games.
For the third consecutive game, senior Lauren Crisler led the red, white and blue in scoring, going 4-for-6 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free throw line to tally 13 points.
Junior Emily Kinneston, who for the first time this season only scored in the single digits with nine points, tied with Crisler on the boards, bringing down a team-high eight rebounds.
The Eagles shot 38.9 percent from the floor and 64.7 percent from the free throw line.
Georgia State had three players score in the double-digits, starting with a 12-point effort from freshman Jada Lewis. Senior Tiffany Holston put up ten points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore Astaja Tyghter came off the bench to contribute another ten points.
The Panthers went shot 31.1 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the charity stripe.
The Eagles led at the half, 32-24, but struggled to put points on the board during the third quarter. The Panthers went on a 16-2 run to kick off the second half, pulling ahead by two heading into the fourth quarter, 45-43.
The Eagles fought back in the final period, with a pair of baskets from Crisler and sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis tying the game with six minutes left. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle, with the lead switching three times during the final five minutes.
American led with a minute left, 53-50, but a three-point shot by Georgia State's Jada Lewis tied the game at 53-53 with 20-seconds to go. The Eagles had one final chance to clinch the win in regulation, but a missed three-point effort from junior Maria Liddane sent the game into overtime.
The Panthers took an early lead in overtime, but a three-point basket from sophomore Elina Koskimies put AU up 58-56 with five seconds left. However, it would be Panthers' senior guard, Tiffany Holston, who would claim the game's final points, sinking a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to close the game and give Georgia State the 59-58 win.
American returns home for a three-game stretch, hosting UMBC on Nov. 30, William & Mary on Dec. 3, and George Washington on Dec. 7. Tickets for these and all home AU basketball games can be purchased at AUEagles.com by clicking here.
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