BOSTON – The American University women's basketball team was unable to break through the tough inside defense of Boston University on Wednesday, as the Eagles fell to the Terriers, 71-62.
Sophomore Cecily Carl led AU with 19 points and seven rebounds. She was the only Eagle to hit double figures, with classmate Elina Koskimies coming off the bench as the No. 2 scorer for the night with nine points.
The Eagles shot 35.0 percent from the field off of 21-for-60, and 78.9 percent from the line.
The Terriers were led by a trio of double-figure performances, starting with the 24-point tally from senior Sarah Hope. Junior Corrine Williams was next with 14 points, followed by junior Sophie Beaudry at 12 points. Senior Courtney Latham led the team on the boards with nine rebounds.
BU went 49 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from the arc, hitting 6-of-13 perimeter shots.
American was held to only 24 points in the paint, while Boston put up 34 from inside and another 14 off turnovers.
American was the first to put points up on the board, with a pair of free throws from Carl and a three-pointer by sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis giving the Eagles an early five-point lead. A 10-0 response from BU, though, put American on its heels, and the Eagles worked to regain the momentum for the remainder of the game.
Key shots from Kinneston, Carl and Koskimies kept the Eagles within striking distance down the stretch, but a series of late free throws pulled the Terriers to their largest lead of the game with the nine-point margin at the buzzer.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Feb. 11, to host Army at 2 p.m. The game will also serve as the American University Athletics and Recreation Department's 31st-annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), and will feature a postgame autograph session and clinics with all seven AU varsity women's teams, as well as the dance and cheer programs. The event is open to kids of all ages, and admission is free with a game ticket.
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