Eagles Clinch Gritty Win Over Colgate

Eagles Clinch Gritty Win Over Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. - Sophomore Cecily Carl grabbed her third double-double of the season to help lead the American University women's basketball team to a 73-62 victory over Colgate on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Eagles are now 9-11 for the season, 6-3 in the Patriot League, while Colgate falls to 6-14 overall and 3-6 in the PL.

Carl was just one of five Eagles to tally double figure efforts in the team's 11-point win.  Senior Lauren Crisler led the team with 15 points, followed by sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis and junior Emily Kinneston with 14 points each, and Carl and junior Maria Liddane with 13 points.  Carl led the team on the boards with 10 rebounds, while Liddane contributed a team-high five assists.

AU outshot Colgate, 48.4 percent to 41.5 percent, off of 30-of-62 shooting from the floor.  

The Raiders were led by a 20-point effort from Katie Curtis, and 16 points from Mackenzie Carroll.  Rachel Thompson put up a team-high ten rebounds.

American fell behind early against the Raiders, as Colgate took off on a 10-2 run to start the game.  A nine-point effort from sophomore Cecily Carl kept the Eagles within ten for the remainder of the period and they trailed the Raiders, 24-18, heading into the first break.

The Eagles responded with a couple strong periods defensively, holding the Raiders to only nine points in the second to tie the game heading into halftime, then eight in the third to gain a 50-41 edge over the Raiders to start the fourth.

Carl and Liddane headed up the shift in momentum in the second period, putting up 13 of the team's points while Carl brought down five of her ten rebounds.  

The Eagles kept the energy rolling after halftime, with a three from Lewis sending the team on a 12-3 run to start the period.  Although Kateri Stone put Raiders within one of American midway through the period, AU continued building up their lead to nine by the break.

Both teams put up big points down the stretch with American scoring 23 points, and Colgate 21, in the final ten minutes.  But a few key runs by the Eagles midway through the period, including a 8-2 solo run from Lewis, kept AU out of reach for the Raiders.

By the final whistle, the Eagles had hit a season-high 42 points in the paint, and put up one of their best games of the season with 21 points off of turnovers.

AU will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to take on Bucknell during the Play 4 Kay Pink Out.  For the latest on the Eagles, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.