WASHINGTON - The No. 4 American University women's basketball team advanced through to the Patriot League Semifinal Round on Monday, March 6, after a strong fourth quarter pulled them past No. 5 Boston University, 57-51.
Junior Emily Kinneston landed just below the 20-point mark, leading the Eagles with 19 points for the night. Senior Lauren Crisler put up 13 points in her final game in Bender Arena, and sophomore Cecily Carl contributed another dozen.
Junior Maria Liddane also highlighted the score sheet, tying her career-high seven rebounds and hitting a new season-best with 11 assists to lead the team in both categories.
Boston was led by Sophie Beaudry's 14 points and nine rebounds. Naiyah Thompson tied her on the boards and contributed another eight points, while Kara Sheftic closed out the double-figure scoring for the Terriers with ten points.
The Eagles shot 39.6 percent from the field off of 19-for-48, including a 6-of-15 performance from beyond the arc. BU shot 35.7 percent with 20-of-56 and went 3-for-13 from three-point range.
Kinneston took control of the Eagles' scoring efforts early in the game, putting up seven of the team's 15 points in the first quarter off of a pair of treys and a free throw. Liddane joined with a strong presence out of the gate, assisting four of the Eagles' six baskets to help build a 15-10 lead over the Terriers heading into the break.
Although the Eagles struggled in the paint against BU in the second quarter, scoring two points to the Terriers' ten, strong outside shooting helped them maintain a four-point cushion heading into halftime, 29-25.
The Terriers opened the second half with a 9-0 run off of a trey from Sarah Hope and a series of jumpers from Beaudry, Meghan Green and Naiyah Thompson, giving BU their first lead since the opening seconds of the game. The Eagles maintained their composure, though, and a three-point play from Kinneston and a three from sophomore Elina Koskimies brought AU back up by one.
Although BU tied the game back up, 38-38, off of a layup from Corrine Williams, a three-point make from Carl sent the Eagles into the fourth quarter with a three-point cushion at 41-38.
American put up one of its strongest fourth quarters of the past few games, overcoming early foul trouble with Kinneston getting her fourth in the first five minutes to build up to a six-point lead by the final whistle. Boston tied the game up twice within the final five minutes off of a pair of free throws from Kara Sheftic and a three-pointer from Hope, but the Eagles had the final say after Carl's second three of the night send AU on an 8-2 run to close the game.
The Eagles will head to Lewisburg, Pa., next to face No. 1 Bucknell in the Patriot League Semifinal Round. Tipoff at Sojka Pavilion will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10th. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.
No. 4 American at No. 1 Bucknell in Patriot League Women's Basketball Semifinals
With their Quarterfinal Round win over Boston University Monday evening, the American University Eagles Women's Basketball team has advanced to play in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals this Friday, March 10th, at top-seeded Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Tipoff from Sojka Pavilion is set for 5 p.m.
AU fans and alumni planning to attend the road game at Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion are encouraged to purchase tickets in the American fan seating block by calling the AU Athletics Tickets office at (202) 885-TIXX or email firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information and a representative will return your call. All tickets in the AU fan section must be purchased by Thursday, March 9th at 10 a.m. Tickets prices, set by the Patriot League, are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Seating space is limited so reserve your tickets today!
The winners of Friday's two semifinal contests will play in the Patriot League Championship Game, Sunday morning at 11 a.m., also at Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion, televised live on CBS Sports Network.