WASHINGTON – Senior Michael Harris led with a career-high performance, but the American University women's basketball team was unable to gain momentum and the Eagles fell to George Washington, 61-44.
AU now sits at 6-4 overall heading into the final nonconference game of the season on Wednesday. The Colonials rise to 4-7 overall.
Harris led the Eagles with a game-high 17 points, besting her career-high from last season by one point. Junior Cecily Carl led the team on the boards with nine rebounds, followed by Harris who contributed seven.
Senior Emily Kinneston, who averaged 13.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg heading into the weekend, was held to only six points and three rebounds.
The Colonials were led by two double-figure efforts from Kelsi Mahoney (15 points) and Neila Luma (12 points). Mahoney dominated from the perimeter, shooting 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Brianna Cummings fell just short of the double-double with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Eagles bested GW on the boards with 34 rebounds but shot only 32.1 percent from the field while George Washington shot 41.2 percent. The Colonials also led with 62.5 percent from 3-point range and 90.0 percent from the charity stripe.
GW set the tempo early in the game, starting 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to take a 9-5 lead midway through the first quarter. The Eagles responded with a 6-0 run to take a two-point lead with less than two minutes in the quarter, but an 8-0 run from the Colonials put AU at a six-point disadvantage heading into the break.
George Washington continued to build its lead throughout the second quarter, gapping the Eagles by 14 points after holding AU to a scoreless four minutes. Carl, Kinneston, and freshman Indeya Sanders sent the Eagles on a 12-0 run to land back within six, but another last-second trey from GW's Mahoney put the Colonials up by nine heading into the locker room.
Although AU limited the Colonials' opportunities along the perimeter, holding them to only 3-for-5 during the second half, the Eagles' were held to only six points in the third while GW hit 18 points off 5-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line.
American chipped away at GW's 21-point lead throughout the fourth quarter, landing within 15 points midway through the quarter behind an eight-point effort from Harris. The Eagles were unable to break any closer, though, and closed the game with the second-largest deficit of the season at 17 points.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Dec. 20, for the final nonconference game of the season as they host Penn State at 1 p.m. Tickets for this and all AU basketball home games can be purchased by clicking here. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.