BOSTON, Mass. - Eight players scored, including four in double-figures to lead the American University women's basketball team to a sixth consecutive victory with a 64-51 win over Boston University on Wednesday.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday to play Lafayette with a 10-8 overall record, 6-1 in the PL, while the Terriers fall to 8-9 overall and 4-3 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Four of the five starters landed in double-figures starting with a 13-point effort from senior Elina Koskimies, who put in her 24th consecutive game with a three-pointer after shooting 2-for-8 from the perimeter and 5-for-12 from the field.
- Senior Cecily Carl and sophomore Indeya Sanders both earned a dozen each followed by 11 points from freshman Emily Fisher who rounded out her stat line with five assists and five rebounds.
- Freshman Jade Edwards pulled down a team-high six rebounds alongside her six points, three assists, and three steals.
- The Eagles shot 48.1 percent from the floor (25-52), 41.2 percent from three-point range (7-17), and 70 percent from the free throw line (7-10).
- Payton Hauck led the scoring for BU, putting up 12 points before fouling out with 3:00 remaining in the fourth quarter. Nia Irving was the only other player to land in double-figures with 10 points and nine rebounds to fall just shy of a double-double.
- The Terriers closed shooting 38.3 percent from the field (18-47), 16.7 percent from the perimeter (3-18), and 80 percent from the charity stripe (12-15).
- The Eagles bounced back after a scoreless opening 4:00, hitting a 15-0 run in the final 5:57 of the first quarter to take a 15-4 lead.
- The Terriers found their rhythm in the second quarter, nearly keeping pace with AU but a pair of three's from Koskimies and senior Morgan Barter extended the AU lead to 14 points at 29-15 heading into halftime.
- American seemed to carry the momentum into the third quarter, building the lead up to 17 points with an early three from Koskimies before a 12-2 BU run closed the gap to seven points at 34-27 with 4:24 left in the stanza.
- A couple of key turnovers paired with baskets from Fisher and Sanders rebuilt the Eagles' lead to 11 before a three from Boston's Katie Nelson brought the Terriers back within eight at 39-31 at the end of the quarter.
- The Eagles put up a strong fourth quarter push, though, with six points from Carl and five from both Sanders and freshman Maddie Doring to give AU one of its largest leads of the game at 60-43 with under three minutes left on the clock. By the final b buzzer, a pair of late baskets from the Terriers cut that margin back down to 13 points at 64-51.
- AU struggled on the boards, pulling down a season-low 24 rebounds to Boston's 36. The Terriers picked up a game-high 14 second-chance points but AU led on the fast break, 8-0, as well as in points off turnovers, 24-11, and points in the paint, 34-26.
- American gave up only nine turnovers while the Terriers tied their season-high with 21.
AU returns home on Saturday, Jan. 26, for a noon tipoff against Lafayette. This will be the first home doubleheader of the season for the Eagles as the men get ready to host Bucknell at 4 p.m.
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