BALTIMORE – A second consecutive double-double from junior Cecily Carl led the American University women's basketball team to a 71-58 victory over Loyola Maryland on Thursday, extending the Eagles' winning streak to six games.
AU maintains its undefeated PL record at 5-0, 12-4 overall, while the Greyhounds fall to 3-13, 1-4 in the league.
Carl hit a new career-high with 15 rebounds and landed just off her career record with 20 points to tally her second consecutive double-double effort. This is the second time this season that Carl has put up back-to-back double-doubles after she led the team during the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vt., over Thanksgiving weekend.
Three AU starters joined Carl in double-figures with senior Emily Kinneston (14 points), senior Michael Harris (12 points) and junior Elina Koskimies (11 points). Kinneston led the team with four assists.
The Eagles put up their highest shooting percentage since the Dec. 2 game against Youngstown State, shooting 47.3 percent from the floor (26-for-55). AU struggled on the boards, pulling down a season-low three offensive rebounds to close with 34 total.
The Greyhounds were led by a 19-point effort from Izzy Therien. Stephanie Karcz was the only other Loyola player to land in double-figures with 12 points. Karcz added a game-high 21 rebounds and helped lead the team with four assists.
Loyola shot 32.4 percent from the field and led the Eagles on the boards with 43 rebounds.
The Greyhounds took the early lead in the first quarter, starting with a 6-0 run before a trey from Carl got the Eagles on the board in the third minute. AU gained a brief one-point lead midway through the quarter after a layup from Koskimies, but was held at bay until a final 6-1 run from the Eagles tied the game at 13-13 heading into the first break.
AU improved from its 38.5 percent shooting in the first quarter to 46.2 percent in the second to pick up the lead that would hold through the remainder of the game. After an early layup from Loyola's Therien in the first minute, the Eagles held Loyola to a scoreless 5:40 while baskets from Koskimies, Harris and sophomore Katie Marenyi sent AU on a 14-0 run.
Marenyi especially emerged as a primary driver for the Eagles as they separated themselves from the Greyhounds, putting up eight points in three minutes to give AU a 12-point lead at 27-15.
AU hit a dry spell of its own, though, to close the half, as Loyola hit seven unanswered points to cut the margin down to five heading into the locker room, 31-26.
The Eagles slowly rebuilt their lead in the third quarter with five points from Carl. A technical foul on Loyola's Alexis Grey put Carl on the line where she shot 2 of 2 and followed up with a quick jumper for four points to put the Eagles back up by 10 at 42-32.
A missed opportunity by Loyola on the other end of the floor landed Carl with her seventh rebound of the day and Koskimies capitalized with a trey on transition. Harris closed out the Eagles' 9-0 run with a layup, putting AU up by 15 with three minutes left in the quarter.
A late three from Loyola brought AU's advantage down to 12 heading into the fourth at 54-42.
The Eagles controlled the fourth quarter of the game, building up to a 19-point lead after a pair of baskets from Liddane and freshman Indeya Sanders. The Greyhounds had the final say of the day, though, putting up six unanswered points in the final minutes of play to close with a 13-point deficit at 71-58.
The Eagles will return home on Sunday, Jan. 14, to host Lehigh at 3 p.m. Tickets for this and all AU home basketball games can be purchased here.
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