WASHINGTON - All five starters landed in double-figures to lead the American University women's basketball team to an 86-71 victory over local foe George Mason (2-1) on Wednesday as the Eagles rise to 2-0 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles' home win streak, already one of the top in NCAA Division I, now extends to 22-0 dating back to the 2016-17 season.
- For the first time since 2017, all five AU starters landed in double-figures, including four with over 15 points.
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi led the way with a career-high 24-point performance, shooting an impressive 4-for-5 from three-point range, 7-for-9 from the field, and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
- Sophomore Indeya Sanders also walked away with a new career-high in her second start as an Eagle, hitting 16 points in 33 minutes without a single turnover.
- Seniors Cecily Carl and Kaitlyn Lewis both notched 15 points each followed by classmate Elina Koskimies with 13 points. Lewis and Marenyi also led the team on the boards with six rebounds each followed by five from freshman Emily Fisher.
- Fisher was the only scorer for AU off the bench, hitting all three of her points from the free throw line while pitching in a team-high three assists alongside Marenyi.
- The Eagles capitalized well off the free throw line as four players shot perfect games with Marenyi (6-6), Koskimies (4-4), Carl (4-4) and Lewis (3-3). As a team, AU only missed two opportunities from the charity stripe and closed the game with an impressive 92.3 percent performance (24-26).
- American shot 43.3 percent from the field (26-60) and 34.5 percent from three-point range (10-29).
- Mason also had five players land in double-figures, starting with the 20-point performance of Nicole Cardano-Hillary. Jacy Bolton added a dozen points while Alexsis Grate, Sarah Kaminski, and Camarie Gatling earned 10 each. Bolton also brought down a game-high 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.
- The Patriots shot 41.1 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from the perimeter and 58.8 percent from the line.
- AU led in points off turnovers, 18-11, but Mason held the advantage in bench points (17-3), points in the paint (32-26) and second-chance opportunities (17-7). The Patriots also controlled the boards, 45-31.
- The Eagles fell to an early deficit after back-to-back layups gave Mason a 4-0 edge, but baskets from Carl, Sanders, and Koskimies skewed momentum back in AU's favor.
- A late run in the first quarter, propelled by a jumper from Lewis and perfect appearances at the line from Sanders, Carl, and Koskimies, gave the Eagles their largest lead yet at 20-12. The Patriots cut into that lead slightly in the final 20 seconds with a jumper from Cardano-Hillary as the teams entered the first break at 22-16.
- The second quarter was all about Marenyi as she came back after a 0-for-1 performance from the field to lead the team with 11 points, hitting three consecutive three-pointers to overcome a brief Mason lead and give the Eagles a 39-34 edge heading into halftime.
- American continued to build momentum in the third quarter starting with yet another three from Marenyi. The Patriots continued to keep pace, though, as baskets from Grate, Cardano-Hillary and Sarah Kaminski held the Eagles to within 10.
- Although a pair of three's from Carl and Koskimies, and a jumper from Sanders, spread the gap by double-figures, a late 5-0 run from Mason cut the Eagles' lead back down to seven points at 63-56 by the end of the stanza.
- Despite some late foul trouble for Carl, Lewis and junior TaeKenya Cleveland, AU dominated the fourth quarter, 23-15. A final made jumper from Marenyi with 4:00 left on the clock gave the Eagles their largest lead of the game at 81-63, but the Patriots fought back with an 8-0 run to bring them back to within 10 with less than a minute left to play.
- Cardano-Hillary fouled out with less than 30 seconds remaining to put Fisher on the line for her final two points of the game. Lewis followed up with a final pair of free throws with 12 seconds on the clock to close with the 86-71 spread.
The Eagles will embark on their longest road trip of the season next week, starting with a stop in Denver for a 3 p.m. tip on Monday before jetting down to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu. AU will open the tournament on Friday, Nov. 23, against Hawaii followed by games against Stanford (Nov. 24) and Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 25).
American's next home game will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, against UMBC.
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