WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team claimed its first victory at Navy since 2015 on Wednesday with a 58-45 victory over the Midshipmen.
American now bumps up to 6-8 overall, 2-1 in the Patriot League, while Navy falls to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Freshman Jade Edwards led the Eagles for the first time in her career, putting up a career-high 15 points off 6-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.
- Seniors Kaitlyn Lewis and Elina Koskimies also landed in double-figures with 13 points each. Koskimies shot 3-for-6 from 3-point range and added a career-high five steals while Lewis pitched in four assists.
- Senior Cecily Carl and sophomore Indeya Sanders led the team on the boards with seven rebounds each. Sanders also contributed a team-high five assists to tie her career-high.
- The Eagles closed shooting 47.9 percent from the field (23-48), their highest shooting percentage since Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 25 (.511). They also went 43.8 percent from the perimeter (7-16) and 55.6 percent (5-9) from the free throw line.
- The Mids were led by a 14-point effort from Jennifer Coleman. Morgan Taylor led Navy on the boards with a game-high 10 rebounds.
- Navy shot 35.1 percent from the field (20-57), 19.0 percent from 3-point range (4-21), and was held to a season-low 33.3 percent from the charity stripe (1-3).
- It was a tight battle throughout the first quarter with Navy taking an early three-point lead before a seven-point run from Carl, Koskimies, and Lewis gave the Eagles their first lead at 9-5.
- Navy retook its second and final lead with just over 2:00 in the stanza after a pair of baskets from Coleman and Sophie Gatzounas put the Mids up by one at 13-12. But Koskimies had the last say of the quarter, throwing up her second trey of the night and a layup in the final 1:20 to give the Eagles a four-point edge heading into the break, 16-12.
- AU maintained that lead throughout the remainder of the half, building up to an eight-point lead after another 7-0 run from Edwards, Carl, and freshman Maddie Doring. But a late foul put Navy's Bianca Roach on the line where she landed 1 of 2 to cut the lead down to seven at 28-21 heading into halftime.
- The Eagles struggled to keep pace with an early Navy push in the second half, giving up consecutive turnovers as the Mids went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 28-28.
- A key trey from Sanders rebuilt AU's lead, but a quick five points from Navy knotted the score one final time before a quick three points from freshman Emily Fisher sent the Eagles on an 8-0 run to establish the cushion that would last until the end of the game.
- The Eagles continued to push throughout the fourth quarter after a pair of jumpers from Lewis, including a drive into the paint that put her on the line for the three-point play, sent AU on a 10-4 run to close the game.
- Edwards also got in on the action in the final 2:00, picking up the three-point play after some contact under the basket, then finishing with another pair of free throws to close the scoring at 58-45.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Jan. 12, for a 1 p.m. showdown against Army West Point. Saturday's game will also serve as the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), and kids of all ages will be invited to join student-athletes from all of AU's varsity women's teams after the game for an autograph session and skills clinics. The event is free for all with a game ticket, and children are asked to wear athletic shoes for the clinic.
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