WEST POINT, N.Y. – The American University women's basketball team registered its fifth consecutive win on Monday, beating Army West Point, 64-46.
The Eagles remain undefeated in Patriot League play with a 4-0 conference record, 11-4 overall, while the Black Knights fall to 8-7 and 1-3 in the league.
Senior Emily Kinneston led AU's overall scoring efforts, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season with a game-high 24 points. Junior Cecily Carl added her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles shot 45.3 percent from the field (24-for-53) and 33.3 percent from the perimeter (5-for-15) while bringing down a season-high 48 rebounds. AU also picked up a season-high nine blocks behind a season-high four from Carl.
Army was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Aliyah Murray. Madison Hovren added another 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Eagles held Army to one of its lowest shooting percentages of the season at 27.5 percent from the floor (19-for-69). The Black Knights shot 21.4 percent from the perimeter and 41.7 percent from the line and brought down 37 rebounds.
This is the first AU win over Army since the 2014-15 season, and the first time the Eagles have beaten the Black Knights in West Point since 2012.
AU gained an early advantage over Army, shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 60 percent from long-range in the first quarter behind treys from Kinneston, Carl, and senior Maria Liddane.
By the close of the first 10 minutes, the Eagles had built up a five-point cushion at 21-16. A back-and-forth battle throughout the early minutes of the second quarter cut that lead down to three on several occasions, but a jumper from Kinneston sent AU on a 9-0 run to close the half.
The Eagles struggled to get on the board in the third quarter, as a scoreless five minutes and an 8-0 run from Army put the Black Knights back within three at 39-36. But another late run from Cleveland and Kinneston regained the Eagles' momentum and they entered the final 10 minutes with another five-point cushion at 45-40.
Once again, AU controlled the tempo in the fourth quarter, starting with an 11-0 run to build its largest lead of the game yet at 56-40. A late five points from Kinneston and four points from freshman Indeya Sanders led the Eagles to its final 18-point lead at 64-46.
AU will be back on the road on Thursday with an 11:30 a.m. tipoff at Loyola (Md.). The Eagles will return home on Sunday, Jan. 14, to host Lehigh at 3 p.m. Tickets for this and all AU home basketball games can be purchased here.
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