WASHINGTON - Perimeter shooting haunted the American University women's basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 11, as they fell to Army at home, 68-57.
The Eagles and Black Knights entered the matinee matchup tied for third in the Patriot League. Army now moves into that spot outright with a 9-4 conference record, 18-6 overall. The Eagles drop to 11-13 for the season and 8-5 in the PL.
The Eagles were held to 41.1 percent from the field and 30 percent from behind the arc, and tallied only two second chance points off of their six offensive rebounds. Army put up one of their top performances of the season from long-range, shooting 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from three-point range and 45.3 percent overall from the floor.
Junior Emily Kinneston led the Eagles, breaking into 20-point range for the third time this season. Sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis was the only other Eagle to hit double figures with her 12 point contribution. Sophomore Cecily Carl added a team-high five rebounds and junior Maria Liddane led with seven assists.
A trio of double-figure performances led the way for the Black Knights, starting with sophomore Madison Hovren and junior Daizjah Morris' 15 point contributions. Freshman Libby Tacka added another 11 points while junior Aliyah Murray brought down a team-high 11 rebounds.
Army took control of the perimeter early on, with Morris putting up a three-point shot within the first two minutes to start the scoring for the day. The Eagles were slow to get on the board, putting up only four points in the first five minutes of the game and shot only 40 percent from the field in the first quarter while the Black Knights went 50 percent from the field and 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
AU stayed within striking distance of Army for the remainder of the first half behind the 13-point contribution of Kinneston, not allowing the Black Knights to build over a ten-point lead, and entered halftime with a five-point deficit at 33-28.
The Eagles looked to have regained momentum coming out of the locker room, as Lewis and Kinneston sent the team on a 7-2 run to start the second half. American drew up alongside the Black Knights four times throughout the third quarter, and gained a brief one-point lead off of a set of points from Liddane and senior Lauren Crisler.
Army pulled away during the fourth quarter, though, holding AU to only ten points in the final period to close the game with an 11-point lead, 68-57.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to host Lafayette at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena. Tickets for this and all AU Basketball home games can be purchased on AUEagles.com by clicking here. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.