WEST POINT, N.Y. - A late scramble by the American University women's basketball team fell just short of overcoming a second quarter surge by Army West Point, as the Eagles lost to the Black Knights, 53-51, on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Junior Maria Liddane was one of three Eagles in the double-figures, as she led the team with a season-high 14 points. Senior Lauren Crisler and sophomore Cecily Carl followed with 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Carl also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds.
Overall, the Eagles shot 34.9 percent from the field to Army's 26.6 percent. Once again, a lot of the damage came from the free throw line, where the Eagles' 6-of-6 shooting did little to stymie the 22-of-28 performance from the Black Knights.
The AU defense stepped up well in the face of one of the top combination players in the league with sophomore Madison Hovren. The Eagles held Hovren, who averages 21.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg, to a season-low seven points and seven rebounds. Instead, it was junior Destinee Morris who led the scoring efforts for Army with 16 points. Junior Aliyah Murray added another 11 points and led the team with eight rebounds, while sophoomre Jess Lewis put up a 10-point contribution.
The Eagles built an early lead, holding Army to only five points in the first period with a 13-2 run. The Black Knights responded with a run of their own, though, going 16-2 in the first few minutes of the second period. By halftime, Army led 28-21 and the Eagles spent the remainder of the game trying to overcome that deficit.
The Black Knights' lead grew to as many as nine points late in the third period. The Eagles made a late scramble in the fourth period, cutting Army's lead down to two points three times in the final minute. A few late foul shots by Army held AU at bay, though, and the clock ran out before the Eagles could overcome their final two-point deficit.
The Eagles will be back on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 18, for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Lafayette. For the latest on AU women's basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.