WASHINGTON - As senior Lauren Crisler prepares to walk onto the court in Bender Arena for what could be the final time, she does so with one of the highest academic honors of the season after she was selected as the Corvias Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league office on Monday.
Crisler, along with teammate Emily Kinneston, were two of the five women recognized on the Academic All-League Team. They are joined by Claire DeBoer (Bucknell), Katie Doherty (Holy Cross) and Lisa Mirarchi (Loyola Maryland).
Crisler joins the ranks of four other American University women's basketball players who have received the honor since AU joined the league in 2001-02 - two-time honoree Liz Hayes (2007, 2008), three-time recipient Alexis Dobbs (2012-14) and Jen Dumiak (2015).
The North Wales, Pa., native has maintained a 3.92 GPA while pursuing a degree in finance and minor in economics. She was recognized on the 2016 CoSIDA Scholar-Athlete Team, the 2016 Academic All-Patriot League Team, and is a four-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member.
On the court, Crisler has been a consistent leader for the Eagles, guiding the team to an 11-7 season in the Patriot League. She is averaging 10.2 ppg off of 50.4 percent shooting from the field, 70.8 percent from the line, and brings down 5.7 rpg. Crisler crossed the century mark earlier this season with her 100th game and now ties with Dobbs (2010-14) and Talicia Jackson (2005-09) at No. 4 in program history for games played with 122, and counting.
Joining Crisler on the Academic All-League Team is junior Emily Kinneston, who earned her first Academic All-League honor only days after being recognized on the All-Patriot League Second Team and All-Defensive Team for the first time. The Shelburne, Vt., native is a biology major with a 3.74 GPA.
This continues what has been a record season for Kinneston, as she emerged as the Eagles' leading scorer, averaging 12.8 ppg, while also consistently ranking as one of the team's top rebounders with 4.9 rpg. Kinneston closed the regular season as one of the top guards in the league and the only player to rank in the top five for steals (2.1 per game) while also sitting in the top ten for scoring (12.8 ppg) and assists (3.1 apg).
The Eagles will continue their season on Monday, March 6, as they host Boston University in Bender Arena at 7 p.m. for the Patriot League Quarterfinal Round. Ticket prices for this game, set by the Patriot League, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth, and are on sale now via AUEagles.com\Tickets. Fans can also visit the Athletics Ticket Office in person, or call (202) 885-TIXX (8499) Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. AU students will be admitted free to this game with a valid AU ID.
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