WASHINGTON - A fourth-quarter run from sophomore Indeya Sanders pulled the American University women's basketball team to a 61-51 win over Army West Point on Saturday in front of an electric home crowd to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD).
The Eagles will continue Patriot League play at home on Wednesday against Loyola Maryland with a 7-8 overall record, 3-1 in the PL, while the Black Knights fall to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Elina Koskimies led the team with 17 points, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the line and 5-for-10 from the field.
- But it was sophomore Indeya Sanders who made the difference late, hitting 11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Eagles home after a late run by Army gave the Black Knights a brief lead.
- Senior Cecily Carl and freshman Jade Edwards rounded out the double-figure scoring with 14 points and 10 points, respectively. The pair also led the team on the boards with eight rebounds each.
- Sanders and freshman Emily Fisher led the team with two steals each while Edwards also added a team-high six assists and four blocks. Carl followed close behind with three blocks.
- The Eagles shot 41.5 percent from the field (22-53), 30.8 percent from 3-point range (4-13), and eclipsed 70 percent from the free throw line for the first time in seven games with 72.2 percent (13-18).
- Army was led by a double-double effort from Madison Hovren, who scored a game-high 19 points while bringing down 14 rebounds. Jess Lewis was the only other player in double-figures for the Black Knights with 10 points while also pitching in a team-high five assists.
- The Black Knights closed with a season-low 25.4 percent from the field (15-59) along with 31.6 percent from the perimeter (6-19) and 71.4 percent from the line (15-21).
- AU held the advantage in the paint, 28-14, off turnovers, 11-5, and in the fast break, 6-2, but Army led in second-chance points, 10-2, and in points off the bench, 12-2.
- Army also led the Eagles on the boards, 45-25.
- It was a back-and-forth battle in the first quarter, with Army taking the early lead as the Eagles struggled to get on the board.
- Edwards got the scoring going at the 7:31 mark, drawing a foul on the layup to earn the and one and tie the game at 3-3.
- AU closed the stanza with a 12-5 run, including a pair of treys from Sanders and Koskimies in the final two minutes to give the Eagles a 15-10 advantage heading into the break.
- A quick five points from Carl to open the second built that lead up to nine points at 20-11 before a 6-0 Army run cut the gap back down to three at 20-17.
- The Eagles didn't let the Black Knights any closer than that, though, as a late seven points from Carl and Koskimies gave American a 10-point edge at 33-23 with 1:30 left on the clock. A last-second layup from Army's Hovren cut that lead back down to eight as the teams entered the locker rooms.
- Army chipped away at that lead throughout the third quarter, landing within three at 41-38 with just over 3:00 left in the stanza. Both teams struggled to land a shot during the final minutes of the quarter before a pair of free throws with 0:02 left on the clock brought Army back within one at 41-40.
- An early jumper from Sanders in the fourth widened the gap back to three points, but four unanswered points from the Black Knights gave them their first lead since the first quarter at 44-43.
- Sanders took charge in the final minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-5 from the line to rebuild the AU lead.
- Koskimies also put up some key points down the stretch, hitting a layup after a pair of scoreless possession from Army to give AU a 3-point lead. One of the top free throw shooters in the country, she went 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute of play to bring the lead up to 59-51.
- Carl added a pair of blocks in the final minutes to hold the Black Knights at bay.
- Sanders and Edwards closed with free throws of their own to close with the final 10-point advantage, 61-51.
#ThankYou to these former #AUWBB players for joining us on Alumnae Day!— AU Womens Basketball (@AU_WBasketball) January 13, 2019
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The Eagles will be back in Bender Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to face Loyola Maryland at 7 p.m.
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