UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Four players closed in double-figures but the American University women's basketball team was unable to keep pace with a second half push from Penn State as the Eagles fell to the Lady Lions, 80-59.
American is now 4-5 heading into the final two nonconference games of the season while Penn State rises to 7-4 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi led the way for the Eagles with 15 points, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, followed by a dozen from senior Elina Koskimies and ten from seniors Cecily Carl and Kaitlyn Lewis.
- Carl and Koskimies also shared responsibilities on the boards with a team-high five rebounds each along with freshman Emily Fisher.
- Lewis and sophomore Indeya Sanders both dished out a team-high four assists.
- The Lady Lions also put four players in double-figures with Amari Carter (18 points), Teniya Page (17), Alisia Smith (14) and Kamaria McDaniel (13).
- Lauren Ebo pulled down 12 rebounds along with her nine points to just miss the double-double while Page and Carter both pitched in a game-high seven assists each.
- The Eagles opened the game with a 6-2 lead before Penn State found its rhythm midway through the first quarter.
- By the end of the stanza, the Lady Lions held an 18-14 edge after a 7-2 run in the final 1:15.
- PSU built up a 21-14 advantage in the first minute of the second quarter before a pair of bsck-to-back layups from freshman Emily Fisher sent the Eagles on a 10-0 run to regain the lead at 24-21.
- PSU spent the remainder of the half chipping away at AU's lead, tying the game twice before a three from Karisma Ortiz with less than a minute left on the clock knotted the game back up at 33-33 heading into the break.
- An early layup from Carl put American back ahead at 35-33 to open the half, but an 8-0 PSU run gave the Lady Lions back ahead for the remainder of the game.
- Carl fouled out of her third game this season with 3:05 remaining in regulation and Penn State hit a 10-0 run to close the game.
- American shot 43.8 percent from the field (14-32) in the first half but were held to only 39.3 percent (11-28) in the second while the Lady Lions picked up from a 37.5 percent (12-32) performance in the first 20 minutes to 48.8 percent (20-41) to close.
- The Eagles were held to only 4-for-6 from the free throw line and hit 5 of 14 from long range.
- The Lady Lions led AU on the boards, 42-35, including 14 offensive rebounds which they converted into 15 second-chance points while the Eagles were held to only nine. American trailed Penn State in fastbreak points, 14-2, and forced only five turnovers while giving up 12 to PSU.
- American shot 41.7 percent overall from the field and 35.7 percent from three-point range while Penn State closed with a .438 field goal percentage and .227 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.
- The Eagles tied their season-high with 17 assists.
American will be back on the road one final time before the holiday break with a trip to High Point on Dec. 20. The Eagles will return home to close out the nonconference schedule on Dec. 29 with a 2 p.m. contest in Bender Arena against Ohio.
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