ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The American University women's basketball team was unable to bounce back from an early ten-point deficit against Navy on Wednesday, and the Eagles fell to the Midshipmen, 60-44, in the final game of the regular season.
American now sits at 14-15 overall for the season, 11-7 in the Patriot League, as they head into the Patriot League Quarterfinal against Boston University in Bender Arena at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6. The Midshipmen stand at 21-8 overall, 14-4 in the PL, heading into their quarterfinal against either Lafayette or Holy Cross.
Senior Lauren Crisler tallied the only double figure effort of the game for AU, putting up a team-high ten points while also leading the Eagles on the boards with eight rebounds.
The Eagles shot 31 percent from the field to Navy's 44.9 percent, and went 25 percent from the perimeter while the Midshipmen shot 35.3 percent.
Sarita Condie led Navy from both ends of the floor, putting up a game-high 17 points along with her eight rebounds. Justice Swett contributed another eight rebounds, while Taylor Dunham put up another 11 points.
The Midshipmen started the game with a 10-0 run off of a pair of early treys from Kaila Clark. Although the Eagles were able to break back within four off of a layup and free throw from sophomore Elina Koskimies, a quick five points in the final 30 seconds of the quarter put Navy back up by nine heading into the break.
The tables turned in the second quarter, though, as the Eagles once again held Navy to one of their lowest scoring periods of the season with only nine points. AU dominated the paint, putting up ten of their 18 points in the period. A three-pointer from sophomore Cecily Carl and made layup by freshman Katie Marenyi cut the Midshipmen's lead down to one heading into the locker room at the half.
American outshot Navy from the field once again during the fourth quarter, shooting 42.9 percent from the field to the Midshipmen's 33.3 percent. But free throw opportunties gave Navy back their edge, as they went 8-of-10 from the line to AU's 0-for-2 to regain a four point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles continued to struggle during the final ten minutes of regulation, putting up only five points to Navy's 17 to close with a 16-point deficit, the largest margin of the game.
American will return home Monday, March 6, to host Boston University in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal. Tipoff in Bender Arena will be at 7 p.m. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.