WASHINGTON - Junior Michael Harris led the American University women's basketball team to its fourth conference win on Wednesday, with a career-high 13 points against Boston University. The Eagles outlasted the Terriers during the midweek matchup with a 73-62 final score.
AU is now 7-9 for the season, 4-1 in the Patriot League, while Boston falls to 5-11 and 3-2 in the PL.
Harris put in her fourth double figure performance of the season against the Terriers, taking over as AU's leading scorer after Boston's tight defense limited opportunities for Emily Kinneston. Harris had a pair of career-highs by the end of the game, contributing 13 points and five rebounds. Four of the Eagles starters joined Harris in the double-digits with Cecily Carl (12), sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis (11), senior Lauren Crisler (10), and junior Emily Kinneston (10).
Kinneston also led the team on the boards with seven rebounds, while junior Maria Liddane led with seven assists.
The Eagles shot 27-of-64 (.422) from the field and 5-of-15 (.333) from behind the arc.
Junior Sophie Beaudry dominated scoring for Boston, putting up 27 points on 11-of-15 from the field. Junior Corrine Williams and senior Sarah Hope were the only other two Terriers to put up double-digit tallies with 11 points and 10 points, respectively.
Williams also led the team with eight rebounds.
Boston shot 25-of-50 (.500) from the field, and 5-of-16 (.313) from three-point range.
The Eagles were met with a full court press from the get-go, and although they gave up nine turnovers in the first half to the Terrier's tight defense, they dropped down to only three in the second half.
AU gained an early lead in the game, going on a 10-2 run within the first five minutes. By the midway point in the first period, each of American's five starters had put points up on the board.
The Eagles closed the first ten minutes with a five-point edge over the Terriers, but a few short runs by BU in the second period put them within one heading into the locker room for halftime.
American lost the lead briefly in the opening minutes of the second half, after an early layup from Sophie Beaudry put Boston up, 35-34. But the Eagles quickly started rebuilding their lead after a layup from Lauren Crisler and 3-point make from Cecily Carl put AU on a 9-2 run.
The gap continued to grow throughout the fourth period, as Elina Koskimies sent American on a 12-1 run to kick off the final ten minutes of regulation. With Carl in foul trouble early in the period, and fouling out in the final four minutes, the Eagles looked to Michael Harris to help shut down Sophie Beaudry and put up some points in the paint. The junior did not disappoint, helping hold Beaudry to only five points and putting up some key baskets on transition.
The Eagles closed out the game with one of the strongest fourth period runs so far this season, putting up 21 points with only two turnovers to close the game with an 11-point lead.
AU women's basketball will be back on the road for a two-game stretch, starting with a trip to Army on Sunday, Jan. 15, for a 2 p.m. tipoff. For the latest on the Eagles, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.