Carl Hits 1,000 but @AU_WBasketball Falls in the Mile High City

Junior Cecily Carl vs. La Salle (11/13/2017)

DENVER – A 26-point effort from senior Cecily Carl wasn't enough to pull the American University women's basketball team over Denver on Monday as the Eagles fell to the Pioneers, 83-54. 

AU will continue its four-game road trip with a 2-1 record while Denver rises to 3-1 overall this season.


  • Senior Cecily Carl made history during her 26-point effort as she became the 19th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
  • With this, Carl joins elite company as one of only three players to hit 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in her career. Only Liz Leer (2007-11) and Kirsten Keller (1991-95) have reached such heights in all three categories. Carl separates herself from even that pairing, though, as she is the only player in program history to reach milestones in those categories while also scoring over 100 career three-pointers.


  • Carl paced the Eagles with 26 points, just one point shy of tying her career-high. She also led the team on the boards with seven rebounds.
  • Senior Elina Koskimies followed with 12 points off 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point range.
  • Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi pitched in a team-high five assists while Carl and junior TaeKenya Cleveland contributed one block each.
  • The Pioneers were led by a double-double effort from Courtney Smith who brought down a game-high 16 rebounds while adding 14 points and a team-high three assists. Lauren Loven pitched in a game-high 27 points.
  • AU shot 28.2 percent (20-71) from the field, 27.8 percent (5-18) from long-range and 64.3 percent (9-14) at the line.
  • Denver hit 33-for-67 from the field (.493), 10-for-21 from beyond the arc (.476) and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.
  • The Pioneers dominated under the basket with 51 boards to AU's 37 and led the Eagles in blocks, 8-2, and steals, 6-2.
  • Early fouls, including a technical for improper shot clocks, put the Eagles on the line early as they took a 4-0 lead to open the game.
  • A four-minute scoring drought through the middle of the first quarter put the Eagles at a 15-8 disadvantage with 4:30 remaining. Despite a late five points from senior Elina Koskimies, the Pioneers were able to push the gap to nine points by the end of the stanza with a score of 24-15.
  • The Eagles fought hard to close the gap in the second quarter as an early five points from Carl brought the gap back down to four. By the end of the half, AU had crept back within five after a pair of short runs put Denver up by 11 at 38-27.
  • The Pioneers controlled the tempo in the second half, leading the Eagles 24-13 in the third quarter and 19-6 in the fourth to take the eventual 83-54 win.

The Eagles will continue their longest road trip of the season as they travel down to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu. AU will open the tournament on Friday, Nov. 23, against Hawaii followed by games against Stanford (Nov. 24) and Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 25).

American's next home game will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, against UMBC.


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