WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team fell to a second-half surge by George Mason on Monday, 71-53.
The Eagles are 2-2 overall as they look to enter the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vt., over Thanksgiving weekend. The Patriots now sit at 4-1 overall, having not lost a game since their season-opener against No. 24/23 Michigan.
The Eagles were led by three double-figure efforts, starting with 15 points from senior Michael Harris. Senior Emily Kinneston followed with 14 points, and junior Kaitlyn Lewis tallied 13 after shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
Junior Cecily Carl led the team on the boards with five rebounds, followed by Harris with four.
Natalie Butler led the Patriots with her second consecutive double-double, shooting 15 points and bringing down 12 rebounds. Jacy Bolton hit a team-high 18 points followed by 17 from Nicole Cardano-Hillary.
Tayler Dodson joined Butler with a team-high 12 rebounds.
The Eagles came out of the gate strong, leading the Patriots after the first quarter, 18-17, after a late three from Lewis.
The second quarter started much the same, with Lewis hitting her third three of the game to pull the Eagles up by four. AU held onto the lead for the majority of the second quarter, with the Patriots gaining a couple one-point advantages before three's from Harris and Lewis put the Eagles back ahead.
Once again, it was Lewis who closed the half with a trey, shooting a perfect 4-of-4 to give the Eagles a 34-32 lead heading into the break.
The Patriots came out strong in the second half, holding the Eagles to only 13 points while scoring 21 after hitting 7-of-12, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
AU's shooting troubles continued in the fourth quarter as they went 2-of-12 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line for six points while George Mason pulled away with 18 points.
The Eagles were held to only 14 points in the paint to Mason's 38, and shot 38.2 percent from the field to the Patriots' 44.1 percent.
AU will be back on the road over Thanksgiving weekend, heading to Burlington, Vt., for the TD Bank Classic. The Eagles will open against host Vermont at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by either James Madison or Villanova on Saturday.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Dec. 2, to host Youngstown State at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena. Tickets for this and all AU basketball home games can be purchased by clicking here. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.