HONOLULU - The American University women's basketball team couldn't keep pace with a fourth-quarter run by No. 8 Stanford as the Eagles fell to the Cardinal, 71-49, on Saturday.
American (3-2) will face off against Florida Gulf Coast in the third and final game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown while Stanford (5-0) will return to play host Hawaii.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Elina Koskimies returned after a season-high 23-point performance against Hawaii on Friday to put up her fifth consecutive game in double-figures with a team-high 13 points.
- Senior Kaitlyn Lewis added a dozen followed by junior Kaitlyn Marenyi who landed back in double-figures for the second consecutive game with 11 points.
- Senior Cecily Carl led the team on the boards with seven rebounds before fouling out of the game midway through the fourth quarter.
- The Cardinal was led by a 25-point effort from Alanna Smith who went 10-for-18 from the field and 3-for-6 from three-point range. DoJonai Carrington and Nadia Fingall were the only two players to land in double-figures for Stanford with 13 points and 10 points, respectively. Carrington closed with a near-perfect game from the field, shooting 6-for-7.
- Smith added a game-high eight rebounds while Carrington pitched in seven. Kianna Williams came away with a game-high seven assists.
- Stanford picked up an early lead after opening the game with an 11-2 run before AU was able to hit its first field goal with a jumper from Carl.
- By the end of the stanza, the Eagles cut the lead down seven as the teams headed into the break at 17-10.
- AU kept Stanford within reach over the next 20 minutes as the Cardinal struggled to build more than a 12-point lead during the second or third quarters.
- The Eagles kept pace with Stanford during the second quarter, 13-13, to enter halftime trailing 30-23.
- An unanswered pair of baskets from Koskimies and Marenyi midway through the third quarter put the Eagles within five of the Cardinal before a 6-0 Stanford run rebuilt the 11-point advantage.
- AU dominated the final two minutes of the third quarter, though, with four points from Koskimies and two from Carl landing the Eagles back within five before a late Stanford free throw sent the teams into the final stanza at 45-39.
- Fatigue plagued American in the final quarter as the Eagles struggled to regain momentum and Stanford widened the gap to the final 22-point spread at 71-49.
- The Eagles did well on the defensive end, holding the Cardinal to 41.9 percent shooting from the field, 31.8 percent from long-range. Stanford entered the game averaging 92.5 ppg, 50.2 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from the perimeter.
- American closed with 37.0 percent shooting from the field and 25.0 percent from three-point range. The Eagles hit 12-for-15 from the line less than 24 hours after tying the program record with 36-for-40 (.900) against Hawaii.
American will conclude the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Sunday with a 5 p.m. ET matchup against FGCU.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, to face UMBC at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.
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