Eagles Battle Back for Win Over Lehigh

Eagles Battle Back for Win Over Lehigh

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The American University women's basketball team put up another battle on the road on Saturday, fighting back from an early deficit to outlast Lehigh, 70-58.

The Eagles now rise to 11-11 for the season and 8-3 in the Patriot League while the Mountain Hawks fall to 7-15 and 2-9 in the PL. 

Junior Emily Kinneston and senior Lauren Crisler came up just short of a pair of 20-point performances, with Kinneston closing with a team-high 19 points and Crisler following at 18 points.  Sophomore Elina Koskimies was the only other Eagle to tally in the double-figures after a pair of fourth quarter three's pushed her up to 11 points for the day.

Crisler led the team with seven rebounds, followed closely by sophomore Cecily Carl with six boards.  Junior Maria Liddane contributed a team-high six assists alongside her six-point effort.

AU shot 48.1 percent from the field and 86.7 percent from the line to lead Lehigh's 42.3 percent performance from the floor, 75.0 percent from the charity stripe.

The Mountain Hawks were led by Quinci Mann, who put up 15 points off of 6-of-15 shooting from the floor, 3-for-7 from behind the arc.  Gena Grundhoffer and Camryn Buhr added 14 points and 12 points, respectively, while Hannah Hedstrom led the team with nine rebounds.

AU trailed Lehigh early in the first half after a pair of back-to-back three's from Quinci Mann gave the Mountain Hawks an 8-4 edge.  From there it was a game of catch-up for the Eagles, who tied the game up twice in the first quarter and gained a brief lead in the second off of a pair of jump shots from Kinneston.

The Eagles trailed Lehigh by one at the half, 31-30, and fell to a brief four-point deficit early in the second before a 14-2 AU run midway through the third period sent them into the final break with an 11-point lead.  

Junior Michael Harris got the scoring going for AU in the fourth period, hitting a layup and free throw to put American up 55-41 for the team's largest lead of the game.  It was a back-and-forth scoring battle for the remainder of the game, with the Eagles maintaining an 11-point lead for the majority of the period.  A quick series of three-point makes from sophomore Elina Koskimies and some free throws down the stretch by Kaitlyn Lewis secured the Eagles' 12-point win.

AU will be back on the road next week with a Wednesday evening tipoff at Boston University.  The team will then return home to host Army on Saturday, Feb. 11, for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.  For the latest on AU Women's basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.

Lehigh Postgame with Megan Gebbia