HAMILTON, N.Y. - Senior Cecily Carl set a new program-record with 37 points to lead the American University women's basketball team over Colgate on Saturday, 71-66.
The Eagles bump up to 13-8 overall, 9-1 in the Patriot League, heading into the bye week while the Raiders fall to 9-11 overall and 5-5 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Cecily Carl went off with one of the best individual single-game performances in program history, scoring a record 37 points off 10 of 20 from the field, 4 of 9 from three-point range, and 13 of 14 from the free throw line.
- With the effort, she surpasses Kirsten Keller's 36 points on Dec. 8, 1993, for a new single-game program record.
- Carl smashed through her previous career-high of 27 points from last season and brought down a game-high 11 rebounds to complete her second consecutive double-double. She filled out the rest of the scoresheet with two steals, one block, and one assist while giving up only two turnovers in her 37 minutes of play.
- Her 13 made free throws also ties with classmate Elina Koskimies for No. 5 in the single-game record books.
- Senior Kaitlyn Lewis was next on the scoresheet with nine points followed by freshman Jade Edwards with six off the bench.
- Lewis also added a team-high six assists while junior Kaitlyn Marenyi led the team with three steals alongside Carl.
- The Eagles shot 42.6 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 85.0 percent from the line.
- The Raiders also put only one player in double-figures with Rachel Thompson (20 points). Mylah Chandler and Keelah Dixon followed with nine each.
- Thompson also led the team on the boards with eight rebounds while Chandler pitched in a team-high five assists.
- Colgate closed shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from the perimeter, and 44.4 percent from the charity stripe.
- The Eagles led in points off turnovers (14-10) and second-chance points (13-12), but Colgate controlled the paint (32-26) and just barely held the edge in fast break points (5-4).
- The Raiders just edged out the Eagles on the boards, 35-34.
- American fell to an early deficit after a 7-0 Colgate run in the opening minutes. The Raiders maintained at least a five-advantage through most of the first quarter until a late 5-0 run from Carl and freshman Emily Fisher cut Colgate's lead down to 17-13 at the end of the stanza.
- An early trey from Carl tied the game at 18-18 in the first minutes of the second quarter, but another 9-2 Colgate run rebuilt the seven-point margin midway through the stanza. The Eagles chipped away at the lead through the remainder of the half and entered the break trailing 34-30.
- American continued to close in on the Raiders during the third quarter behind an 11-point effort from Carl who shot 3-for-6 from the field and a near-perfect 5-for-6 from the line. By the end of the stanza, the Eagles picked up a three-point lead after a 7-2 closing run.
- The fourth quarter opened as a back-and-forth battle before a pair of treys from senior Elina Koskimies and Carl opened the AU lead to six at 56-53 with 4:51 remaining.
- Late free throws continued to widen the gap as Carl closed with a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
The Eagles will be back on the road to face Army (Feb. 9) and Loyola Maryland (Feb. 13) before returning home on Saturday, Feb. 16 to face Lehigh.
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