HIGH POINT, N.C. - Sophomore Indeya Sanders put up a career-high 22 points, but the American University women's basketball team couldn't overcome an 11-point first half deficit and fell to High Point, 66-61.
The Eagles enter their final nonconference game of the season with a 4-6 record while the Panthers rise to 6-4 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Sanders bounced back after a one-point performance against Penn State on Sunday to earn a career-high 22 points, including 20 during the second half surge. Seniors Cecily Carl and Elina Koskimies followed with 11 points each.
- Carl also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds to just miss the double-double and threw up a game-high three blocks.
- Senior Kaitlyn Lewis and Koskimies both led the team with three assists each.
- The Eagles shot 45.5 percent from the floor (25-55) but were held to a season-low 25.0 percent (5-20) from the perimeter.
- High Point put three players in double-figures starting with a 22-point effort from Emma Bockrath. Camryn Brown followed with 14 points while Shea Morgan contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for the game's only double-double.
- High Point closed with a .410 shooting percentage from the field (25-61) and 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18).
- The Eagles kept pace with High Point during the first quarter behind a seven-point effort from Koskimies who shot 3-for-4 from the field and 1-for-2 from the perimeter.
- AU trailed the Panthers by one heading into the second quarter, 15-14, before back-to-back baskets from Koskimies and Carl gave American its first lead since the 2:26 mark in the first stanza.
- A 12-2 HPU run during the final 5:15 of the half sent the Eagles into the locker room at a 33-22 deficit.
- The Eagles were held to less than 10 points for only the third time this season, and first since the loss to Denver (Nov. 19), with only eight points in the second quarter after hitting 14 of 29 from the field, 5 of 11 from the perimeter, in the first 20 minutes.
- AU came back swinging in the second half, leading the Panthers 19-17 in the third quarter and 20-16 in the fourth.
- Koskimies, who led the team with 11 points in the first half, found herself in foul trouble midway through the stanza after she picked up her fourth at the 5:31 mark.
- Sanders quickly stepped, though, and led the way for the Eagles with 20 of her 22 points coming out of the final 20 minutes as she shot 7-for-9 from the field and 1-for-2 from beyond the arc.
- High Point hit another run late in the third to pick up its largest lead of the game at 46-30 with 4:00 remaining in the stanza, but an 11-4 AU run to close the third cut the lead back down to 11 at 50-41.
- The Eagles' defense kicked it up a notch during the fourth quarter, holding High Point to two scoreless stretches before a jumper from Carl cut the gap down to one at 56-55 with 3:30 remaining on the clock.
- Another Carl layup pulled American back within one with less than a minute remaining, but a series of late free throws pulled High Point just out of reach as the clock wound down.
The Eagles will return home on Dec. 29 to close out the nonconference portion of the schedule with a 2 p.m. tip against Ohio in Bender Arena.
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