WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team struggled in scoring, shooting only 31 percent from the floor, as they fell to William & Mary in Bender Arena on Saturday, 48-34.
The Eagles are now 2-5 as they approach the final four games of non-conference play. This win brings William & Mary up to 6-1.
Sophomore Cecily Carl led AU in scoring for the second time this season, putting up 14 points while also contributing a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Emily Kinneston was the only other Eagle to score in double digits, hitting ten points and leading the team with four assists.
The Tribe was led by senior Alexandra Masaquel, who contributed 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Bianca Boggs and freshman Victoria Reynolds each added eight points, and Boggs had a team-high four assists.
Both teams struggled with shooting from the start, combining for only 14 points in the first period. The Eagles shot 25 percent from the floor to score four while William & Mary shot 26 percent to hit ten points by the break.
The second period was the same story, with each team tallying only eight points heading into halftime. A 6-2 run by AU in the first minutes of the period put them within four points of the Tribe, but some late free throws widened the gap back to six and the Eagles trailed 18-12 heading into the locker room.
The Eagles found their tempo in the early minutes of the third period, going on a 10-1 run to take over the lead, 23-21. But a 9-0 response from the Tribe put the Eagles back on their heels as they trailed by five heading into the fourth, 30-25.
A drought early in the fourth period put the Tribe out of reach, as they went 10-0 run in the first five minutes against AU. A late scramble by the Eagles proved to be too little too late, as they trailed William & Mary, 48-34, at the final buzzer.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. to host George Washington in their final home game of 2016.
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