WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball fell just five points shy of a fourth-quarter comeback against Villanova during Saturday's TD Bank Classic championship game, but the Eagles fell to the Wildcats, 65-60.
The Eagles land at 3-3 overall after splitting the two games this weekend while Villanova, who received votes in both the AP and Coaches Polls last week, remains undefeated at 5-0 this season.
Junior Cecily Carl was back atop the scoresheet for the Eagles with her second consecutive double-double, hitting a team-high 11 points and bringing down 14 rebounds. Senior Emily Kinneston, who scored the game-winner during Friday's 64-62 win over Vermont, was the only other Eagle to hit double-figures with 10 points.
The Wildcats were led by four double-figure efforts starting with the 16 points from Adrianna Hahn. Kelly Jekot added another 14 and Megan Quinn scored 12 while also bringing down a team-high seven rebounds alongside Alex Louin. Mary Gedaka came off the bench to add 10 points to the final tally.
The Eagles found themselves at a deficit early on after Villanova went 5-for-10 from 3-point range in the first quarter, 3-for-8 in the second, to close the half with a 39-24 lead.
AU struggled from the floor the first half, registering only six points in the first 10 minutes off of 3-of-13 from the floor before improving to 18 points in the second quarter after going 7-of-16.
The Eagles saw contributions across the board during the second quarter, as four players came off the bench to add to the team's point tally. Leading the way for the bench players was freshman Maddie Royle, who put up a quick five points in her six minutes of play.
American's scoring woes returned in the third quarter, as the Eagles were held to only 10 points while Villanova hit 16.
AU made a resurgence, though, in the fourth quarter, holding Villanova to 0-of-9 from the floor, 10-of-18 from the foul line, while the Eagles scored 26 off of 11-of-23 from the floor. Kinneston and Carl led the way for the team, hitting eight points and seven points, respectively, along with seven rebounds from Carl.
Of those 26 points, 16 came in the final 10 minutes of play as the Eagles raced the clock to close what had been a 21-point lead for the Wildcats at the start of the final quarter. AU fell just short, though, after a set of late misses from long-range, and they closed the game five points behind at 65-60.
AU shot 35.4 percent from the field, 26.9 percent from long-range, and 87.5 percent from the charity stripe while bringing down a season-high 43 rebounds.
The Wildcats went 33.3 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from 3-point range, and 65.2 percent from the line.
The Eagles will be back on the road on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tipoff at UMBC before returning home on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game against Youngstown State. Tickets for this and all AU basketball home games can be purchased by clicking here.
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