@AU_WBasketball Claims Season Opener Over Tulsa

Elina Koskimies vs. Tulsa (Nov. 9, 2018)

WASHINGTON - The home win streak continues for the American University women's basketball team as the Eagles earned a decisive win over Tulsa to open the 2018-19 slate on Friday, 68-52.

AU now stretches its undefeated run at home to 21 consecutive games going back to the 2016-17 season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Senior Cecily Carl led the Eagles with a game-high 16 points, shooting 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Seniors Elina Koskimies and Kaitlyn Lewis added another 13 points each while Koskimies led with a team-high seven boards. Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi rounded out the double-figure scoring with 10 points.
  • Sophomore Indeya Sanders led with four assists for her first career start and picked up five rebounds along with Marenyi. 
  • Maddie Bittle led the way for Tulsa with 15 points with five three-pointers off seven attempts while Crystal Polk pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
  • The Eagles controlled momentum from the start, opening with a 9-0 run in the first three minutes behind baskets from Marenyi, Carl and Lewis.
  • Rebecca Lescay put the Golden Hurricane on the board with a jumper in the third minute of play, but AU responded with yet another run as Lewis, Koskimies and Carl all put up eight unanswered points to build the lead to 18-2.
  • By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles held a 15-point advantage over Tulsa, 23-8, behind the seven-point effort of Koskimies, who shot a perfect 3-for-3 from the field. Carl added another six points with 2-for-3 shooting from long range.
  • Tulsa was the first to get on the board in the second stanza but Carl responded in kind with her third trey of the night to bring the score up to 26-10. But from there, both teams struggled offensively with the Eagles hitting an eight-minute dry spell before freshman Emily Fisher put away her first career basket to maintain AU's 28-13 advantage.
  • Tulsa had the final say of the half with a layup from Tyjae' Scales as the teams entered the break at 28-15.
  • The two teams battled throughout the third quarter, but by the end of the stanza Tulsa was unable to cut into the Eagles' 13-point lead as the teams entered the fourth at 46-33.
  • Among the contributors to the Eagles' 18-point performance in the third quarter was freshman Taylor Brown who netted her first points in the AU uniform from the free throw line.
  • Fisher opened up the fourth quarter with her first career trey before Koskimies sent the Eagles on an 8-0 run that closed with a long three from Sanders to highlight her first career start.
  • Nine Eagles scored during the second half, including three freshmen with Fisher, Brown and Maddie Doring, as the AU closed with its final 68-52 advantage.
  • The five AU freshmen all took the floor in the final three minutes to bring the Eagles home.
  • American outpaced the Golden Hurricane in the paint, 26-18, but Tulsa held the advantage in points off turnovers, 16-10, and bench points, 31-15. The two teams drew even on the boards, 37-37,
  • AU shot 50 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from three-point range, and went 12-for-15 from the free throw line.
  • Tulsa was held to 27.1 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from beyond the arc, and hit 15-for-29 from the charity stripe.

NEXT UP

The Eagles will be back home on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to host George Mason at 7 p.m. 

For the latest on American University Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.