HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The American University women's basketball team fell in an overtime nail-biter, dropping a 72-67 contest against Hofstra on Saturday. This was the fourth overtime matchup this season for the Eagles, who are now 1-3 in games that go into extra time.
AU was led by the scoring efforts of sophomores Cecily Carl and Kaitlyn Lewis, who both tallied career-highs against the Pride. Carl tied her career-best with a 21 point tally while contributing a team-high eight rebounds. Lewis surpassed her previous career-high by five points, shooting 4-of-4 from 3-point range to pull down 20 points. Lewis is now 56 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc for the season.
The Pride was led by the pairing of Ashunae Durant and Krystal Luciano, who combined for 37 points, 19 rebounds and 12 assists. Durant put up a total of 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Luciano contributed another 14 points, seven rebounds and matched Durant with another six assists.
Once again, it was the free throw line that became the deciding factor, as the Eagles led Hofstra from the field, 51.9 percent to 35.4 percent. From the charity stripe, however, the Pride dominated, shooting 81.8 percent while going 18-for-22.
The Eagles led heading out of the first period, after a jumper from Emily Kinneston and Lewis' first of four 3-pointers put AU on a 5-0 run to enter the break, 13-11.
AU led through most of the second period, with Hofstra gaining a one-point advantage briefly before a jumper from Carl put the Eagles back on top at the break, 25-24.
Momentum changed, however, coming out of the locker room, as Hofstra regained the lead from the tip with a pair of quick lay-ups. The Eagles bounced back after a 6-point deficit midway through the period, and a pair of baskets from senior Lauren Crisler and Lews, and a 3-point make from sophomore Elina Koskimies, put AU only one point behind heading into the fourth, 43-42.
The final quarter of regulation was a battle between both squads, with the lead switching three times and the teams tying up twice before a clutch layup by Carl with two seconds left evened the scores one final time, 59-59.
The Pride controlled most of the extra period, and led the Eagles, 72-67, by the final whistle.
The Eagles will continue their four-game road streak next weekend, with a Sunday matchup at Penn State on Dec. 18. For the latest on AU women's basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.