UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The American University women's basketball team put up a tough battle against Penn State on Sunday to kick off a two-game Big 10 series, but eventually fell to the Lady Lions, 70-65.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis led the Eagles for the second time this season, putting up 16 points on a 6-of-11 effort, including a 4-of-6 performance from behind the arc. Sophomore Cecily Carl and juniors Emily Kinneston and Michael Harris joined Kinneston in the double figures.
For the Lady Lions, it was Teniya Page who shouldered most of the workload with a 30-point effort. De'Janae Boykin was the only other player to reach into double figures for Penn State with ten points off the bench.
For the sixth time this season, the Eagles outshot their opponents from the field, shooting 45.5 percent to Penn State's 43.1 percent. However, while American only had nine opportunities from the free throw line, Penn State went 18-for-22 from the charity stripe.
The Eagles are now 3-7 for the season as they head into their final non-conference game at Michigan. Penn State bumps up to a 9-2 overall record.
AU came out with a strong first quarter, going on a 6-0 run before the Lady Lions put up their first points of the game. By the break, the Eagles had tallied a 13-6 lead, shooting 42.9 percent from the field to Penn State's 18.8 percent.
The tables turned during the second period, however, as Penn State went on a 12-2 run to close the half with a 24-20 lead over the Eagles.
Although a pair of free throws from Carl tied the game midway through the third period, the Eagles didn't regain the lead until the fourth period, when a 13-3 run gave them a three-point edge over Penn State.
The Lady Lions responded with a run of their own, putting up seven unanswered points to pull ahead for the final time. A 7-2 run by Penn State in the final minute gave them a five-point cushion, and they led AU 70-65 at the final whistle.
The Eagles will be back on the road for their final game before conference play, traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a Thursday matchup against Michigan. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.