WASHINGTON - A collective team effort carried the American University women's basketball team to an 82-38 rout over Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
The Eagles now enter their first back-to-back road games of the conference slate with an 8-8 overall record, 4-1 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds are still in search of their first league win at 1-15 overall, 0-5 in the PL.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- This is one of the largest winning margins for AU since head coach Megan Gebbia took over the program in 2013-14 at 44 points. The only game that surpasses it is the 79-33 win over Boston University on Feb. 10, 2016.
- For the first time this season, each of the 10 active players for AU contributed points to the final scoresheet, led by double-figure efforts from five players, including three freshmen with Emily Fisher, Jade Edwards, and Maddie Doring.
- Fisher certainly took advantage of her first career start as she walked away with a career-high 14 points and seven assists from the day.
- Doring also clinched a pair of career-highs with a game-high seven rebounds and 12 points for her first game in double-figures.
- Edwards added 13 points for her third consecutive game in double-figures, fourth since she entered the starting lineup on Dec. 29.
- Senior Cecily Carl led the overall scoring efforts, though, earning 15 points along with her five rebounds.
- Senior Elina Koskimies rounded out the double-figure scoring with 12 points alongside a team-high four steals.
- AU put together its highest shooting percentage since Florida Gulf Coast (11/25) with 49.0 percent from the floor (25-51). The Eagles also went 40.9 percent from the perimeter (9-22) and 76.7 percent from the free throw line (23-30).
- American had one of its best games this season on the boards, bringing down 39 rebounds to Loyola's 34.
- The Greyhounds were led by a nine-point effort from Isabella Therien while Stephanie Karcz brought down a team-high six rebounds.
- Loyola shot 24.6 percent from the field (14-57), 12.5 percent from three-point range (3-24), and 77.8 percent from the line (7-9).
- The Eagles dominated play from the first possession as Edwards was fouled on a layup during the first possession to open with the three-point play. A set of consecutive 5-0 AU runs, broken up only by a pair of layups from Loyola's Therien and Karcz and a trey from Delaney Connolly, earned the Eagles an early nine-point advantage at 16-7 with under 5:00 left in the stanza.
- A pair of treys from Koskimies and five points from Doring to close the quarter sent AU into the break with a 13-point lead at 28-15.
- The Eagles struggled to connect with their shooting in the second quarter, going only 2-for-10 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line. But the Greyhounds suffered similar woes, connecting on only two attempts from the field and one free throw to close the stanza at a 9-6 deficit as AU widened its gap to 16 points at 37-21 heading into halftime.
- American was back to its first-quarter form in the third, though, shooting 64.3 percent from the field (9-14) behind a pair of seven-point efforts from Carl and Edwards, and six points from Fisher, who also dished out four of her seven assists.
- An early trey from Edwards opened a 15-0 run for the Eagles that lasted until the 4:34 mark as the Greyhounds went over 5:00 without a basket.
- Loyola put up a quick seven points before American hit another run, once again started by a basket from Edwards, to close the quarter with the largest lead yet at 64-30.
- For the fourth time this season, head coach Megan Gebbia let the freshman close out the game along with junior TaeKenya Cleveland who played all 10 minutes of the final quarter.
- The young group certainly didn't let off the gas, closing the game with an 18-8 run behind a seven-point performance from Doring. Freshman Laura Graytok also put in good minutes, scoring her first field goal while adding an assist, steal, and rebound.
The Eagles will be back on the road for the next two games with visits to Lehigh (Saturday, Jan. 19) and Boston University (Wednesday, Jan. 23) before coming back home to host Lafayette at noon on Saturday, Jan. 26.
For the latest on American University Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.
FREE ADMISSION TO FEDERAL WORKERS
Due to the current federal government shutdown, AU Athletics has announced that throughout the month of January, all federal government workers may receive two free tickets to home athletic events at American University - including upcoming men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling events in Bender Arena.
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