HAMILTON, N.Y. - A dominating first quarter helped carry the American University women's basketball team to its second consecutive conference win of the season on Tuesday as the Eagles topped Colgate, 77-55.
AU now rises to 2-0 in the Patriot League, 9-4 overall, while the Raiders fall to 0-2 in the conference and 4-9 overall.
Four of AU's starters came away with double-figure performances, starting with 18 points from junior Cecily Carl. Junior Elina Koskimies followed with 17 points to tie her single-game career-high while senior Emily Kinneston had 14 points and senior Michael Harris 10.
Carl also led the team on the boards with six rebounds, while Kinneston led the team with eight assists and four steals.
The Raiders were led by a pair of nine-point efforts from Chelsey Koren and Haley Greer. Tegan Graham led the team with seven rebounds.
AU took control of the game from the start after a trey from Kinneston sent the Eagles on a 13-3 run through the first four minutes of the game. By the end of the quarter, Carl added another trey to the tally and Koskimies shot a perfect 3-for-3 as American shot 64.7 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from beyond the arc to take a 27-11 lead.
The matchup evened out during the second quarter as Colgate improved to 30 percent shooting from the field while holding AU to only 27.8 percent (5-for-18). The Eagles maintained a solid lead heading into halftime, though, with a score of 41-26 behind a nine-point effort from Koskimies, and seven points from Carl and Kinneston.
The Eagles struggled early in the third quarter, though, as Colgate went on a 10-3 run to cut AU's lead down to 10 points. A timeout from American with five minutes left in the quarter halted the run and the Eagles responded with a 9-2 run of their own to rebuild a 17-point lead at 55-38.
AU bumped that lead up to 18 points by the fourth quarter and never looked back, holding the Raiders to only 13 points with 4-for-11 from the field. The Eagles closed the game shooting 37.5 percent from the floor for 17 points in the final 10 minutes to close with one of its largest leads of the game at a 22-point advantage.
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