American Opens Conference Play with a 60-45 Win Over Loyola

American Opens Conference Play with a 60-45 Win Over Loyola

BALTIMORE, Md. - The American University women's basketball team opened up conference play on Friday, Dec. 30, with a 60-45 victory over Loyola Maryland.

The Eagles are now 4-8 for the season and 1-0 in the Patriot League.  Loyola falls to 4-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Although senior Lauren Crisler would put up key points for the Eagles early in the game, it was sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis who led the scoring efforts by the final buzzer.  Lewis put up a team-high 13 points, followed closely by Crisler who added another 12 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Cecily Carl led the team on the boards, pulling down ten rebounds to accompany her nine point contribution.  Junior Emily Kinneston also put up a solid game with six points and nine rebounds.

The Eagles dominated from the field, shooting 48 percent overall while holding Loyola to only 29 percent.  

Molly Taylor and Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with a pair of double-figure efforts.  Taylor put up 11 points while Betz-White added another ten.  Lauren Daugherty pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

American dominated from the start, holding Loyola to under ten points in each of the first two periods.  Senior Lauren Crisler got the scoring started for the Eagles, going on a 6-2 solo run in the first few minutes of the first period.  

Although the Greyhounds would gain a brief lead in the final minute of the period, a layup from freshman Katie Marenyi would push the Eagles back into the lead that they held during the rest of the game.

It was much the same story in the second period, as a pair of early layups from junior Michael Harris continued building American's lead.  The Eagles closed the half with a 29-18 lead, shooting 63.6 percent from the field while holding the Greyhounds to 18.2 percent shooting for the period. 

American extended its lead to 20 during the third period after a layup from Carl put them up 43-23.  A late push from the Greyhounds during the fourth period would put them within ten of the Eagles, but a nine point drive from Lewis in the midst of AU's 14-2 run gave the team a sizeable cushion heading into the final minutes of regulation.

AU will return home on Monday, Jan. 2, to host Colgate at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena.  For the latest on the 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 as a 5 p.m. start.