WASHINGTON - Another career-record night from junior Elina Koskimies pulled the American University women's basketball team to its eighth-consecutive win, seventh in the Patriot League, on Wednesday. With American University President Sylvia Burwell looking on from the bench as the team's guest coach, the Eagles stretched their lead over the rest of the PL with a 66-50 win over Boston University.
American remains undefeated in the conference at 7-0 and holds a 14-4 overall record with a full month now separating the team from its last loss to George Washington (Dec. 17). The Terriers now fall to 3-4 in the league and 8-9 overall.
Elina Koskimies was back in the 20-point range for the second consecutive game, topping her career-record from Sunday's win over Lehigh (20 points) with a game-high 24-point performance. Koskimies tied the program record for most three's in a single game, shooting 7-for-11 (.636) from the perimeter. She went 8-for-13 overall from the floor and added four rebounds and assist.
Senior Emily Kinneston was the only other player to land in double-figures with 17 points. She shot 6-for-15 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line while pulling down four rebounds. She also led the team with four steals.
The Eagles shot 40.4 percent from the floor, 50 percent from the perimeter, and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.
Nia Irving led the Terriers with 18 points, shooting 10-for-11 from the line and 4-for-10 from the floor. Corrine Williams added another 15 points to Boston's final tally along with a team-high nine rebounds. The Eagles held Katie Nelson, who entered the game averaging 10.7 ppg, to only four points. AU also held off Sophie Beaudry, who put up 27 points in Bender Arena last season, limiting her to only two rebounds and 0-for-2 from the floor.
Boston shot 36.4 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range, and 86.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Terriers took their only lead of the night early in the game after Nelson opened the scoring with a jumper in the third minute. Koskimies responded with her first three of the game less than 20 seconds later to give the Eagles the lead that would last through the next three quarters.
By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles had built a six-point edge over the Terriers behind a 12-point effort from Koskimies and a buzzer-beating trey from Marenyi.
Sophomore TaeKenya Cleveland landed a quick five points early in the second quarter to put the Eagles up by 11 points with nine minutes left in the half. The Terriers chipped away at that lead down the stretch, holding the Eagles to a scoreless final four minutes while on an 8-0 run to close the half down by four, 30-26.
American tied its season-high third-quarter output with 23 points to rebuild a double-figure lead over the Terriers at 53-39 heading into the final stanza. Included in that run was a nine-point from Kinneston, who hit an early three to put the Eagles back out of reach after Boston edged to within two points. AU also saw another last-second three to close the quarter, this time from freshman Indeya Sanders who added five points on the night.
Koskimies added another pair of treys in the final 10 minutes as AU held Boston to only 11 points to close the game.
The Eagles will be back on the road for a two-game stretch, traveling to Lafayette on Saturday, Jan. 20, and Holy Cross on Wednesday, Jan. 24. American will return home on Saturday, Jan. 27, to take on Colgate at 2 p.m. Tickets for this and all AU home basketball games can be purchased here. AU students are admitted free to all home games with an AU ID.
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