WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball suffered its first loss in Bender Arena since February 2017 as the Eagles dropped its final nonconference game of the season on Saturday to Ohio, 77-67.
AU will begin Patriot League play with a 4-7 overall record while the Bobcats continue their undefeated season at 11-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Kaitlyn Lewis led the team for the second time this season, putting up a career-high 24 points off 4-for-5 shooting from the perimeter, 6-for-11 from the field. She also added a game-high six assists to tie her career-best from 2016.
- Freshman Jade Edwards also came away with a breakout performance as she filled in for junior Kaitlyn Marenyi for her first career start. Edwards made the minutes count, putting together the team's first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and going 6-for-11 from the free throw line. She also put together some key plays on the defensive end, earning a pair of blocks and three steals.
- Senior Cecily Carl rounded out the double-figure efforts for AU, pitching in a dozen points and five boards.
- The Bobcats were led by a 27-point effort from Dominique Doseck who shot 9-for-17 from the field and 5-for-8 from three-point range. Gaby Burris added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double while Cierra Hooks pitched in 11 points and a game-high seven steals.
- The Eagles shot 44.9 percent from the field (22-49), 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15), and 65.4 percent from the free throw line (17-26).
- Ohio closed with 48.3 percent shooting from the field (29-60), 44.0 percent from long range (11-25) and 57.1 percent from the charity stripe (8-14).
- AU led in rebounds (36-28), and second-chance points (12-8) while the Bobcats held the advantage in turnovers (14-24), points off turnovers (32-19) and points in the paint (34-30). Neither team saw much production from the bench, with Ohio earning six points from their reserves while AU put up nine.
- For the second consecutive game, the Eagles trailed heading into halftime after a fast-paced first quarter gave Ohio an 11-point advantage at 42-31 heading into the locker room.
- American trailed by as much as 17 midway through the second quarter before a 3-pointer from senior Morgan Bartner sent the Eagles on a 9-3 run to end the stanza.
- The Bobcats remained in control during the third quarter as the Eagles struggled to find their footing offensively, shooting only 3-for-9 from the field as Ohio went on a 23-15 run behind the 11-point effort of Cierra Hooks.
- Both teams found themselves in foul trouble during the third quarter with Sanders picking up her fourth midway through the quarter followed by the third whistles on both Carl and Edwards. For the Bobcats, Hooks also entered the fourth quarter with four fouls while Deesh Beck fouled out in the final seconds of the stanza.
- Foul woes continued to build in the fourth quarter as Hooks and Amani Burke both picked up their fifth within the first three minutes. The Eagles weren't spared, though, with Carl fouling out in the final minutes and Edwards picking up her fourth.
- AU dominated the final 10 minutes, leading the Bobcats 21-12 to cut the 19-point lead after the third quarter down to 10 behind a pair of six-point efforts from Carl and Lewis, and five points from Edwards.
American will be back on the road next week as the Eagles open Patriot League play at Bucknell on Thursday, Jan. 3. AU will return home to host Colgate at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6.
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