Women's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Schedule with Loss at Michigan

Women's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Schedule with Loss at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The American University women's basketball team faced its toughest competition yet on Thursday, closing the non-conference portion of the regular season schedule with a loss against Michigan, 82-33.

The Eagles now fall to 3-8 for the season as they approach the first Patriot League contest, while Michigan rises to an 11-3 record. 

Senior Lauren Crisler and junior Emily Kinneston led the team in scoring with six points each, while Kinneston also contributed a team-high five rebounds.  Junior Briana DuBose was the No. 3 scorer for the Eagles, coming off the bench in the fourth period to put up a quick five points.

The Wolverines had four players in the double-figures, starting with freshman Kysre Gondrezick's 19-point effort.  Sophomore Hallie Thome and junior Katelynn Flaherty each contributed 17 points, while senior Siera Thompson added another ten.

Michigan shot 56.7 percent from the field, going 34-for-60 and 8-of-14 from the free throw line.

From the start, Michigan presented the Eagles with one of the toughest defensive efforts they've seen yet this season.  An unrelenting full-court press during the first period held AU to a six-point tally, while a 12-0 run by the Wolverines during the final few minutes gave them a 14-point edge heading into the first break.

Although the press would let up during the second period, the Eagles were unable to respond to Michigan's strong inside shooting.  Of Michigan's 82 points, 48 came from inside the paint, as the Eagles held the Wolverines to a 6-of-16 performance from 3-point range.

American will kick off Patriot League action on Friday, Jan. 30, with a 7 p.m. tipoff at Loyola Maryland.  They will return home after the New Year to host Colgate on Monday, Jan. 2, with a 2 p.m. start.  For the latest on your Eagles, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball. 

* The game against Colgate was rescheduled to a 2 p.m. tipoff.  It originally appeared on the schedule with a 5 p.m. start.