WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team powered to a 66-48 win over La Salle during its home opener on Monday, Nov. 13.
AU now enters a five-game road streak with a 2-0 overall record, while the Explorers fall to 1-1 overall.
Junior Cecily Carl was one of three Eagles to hit double-figures, putting up a season-high 17 points after going 8-from-14 from the floor. Sophomore Katie Marenyi followed with a career-high 12 points, shooting 3-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Senior Emily Kinneston hit double-figures for the second time this season with 10 points on the night.
Carl, along with senior Michael Harris, led the team on the boards with seven rebounds, while Kinneston distributed a team-high six assists.
The Explorers were led by a 20-point effort from Adreana Miller. Amy Griffin, who averaged 19.6 ppg last season, was held to only ten after shooting 2-of-14 from the field. Jeryn Reese led the team with seven rebounds off the bench and joined Shaquana Edwards with a team-high two assists.
AU shot 45.3 percent from the field while holding La Salle to 28.0 percent, and brought down 38 rebounds to the Explorers' 30.
The two teams were in a deadlock for much of the first half with eight ties and seven lead changes. A last-second trey from Carl sent the Eagles into the half with a one-point advantage at 27-26.
The tight race continued in the third quarter before a quick five points from freshman Maddie Royle sent the Eagles on a 9-0 run to close the quarter with the largest lead of the game yet at 47-42. This is the second time Royle has changed the momentum off the bench after she put up three points, four rebounds, and a block in only three minutes of play during the win over Tulsa on Friday.
AU closed the door on the game during the fourth quarter, outscoring La Salle 19-6. Of those 19 points, five were courtesy of sophomore Katie Marenyi, who helped lead the team's scoring efforts in the second half with eight points to earn a new career record.
The Eagles will open a five-game road swing on Thursday with a 7 p.m. tipoff at Delaware. For the latest on American Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.