HONOLULU - Turnovers and sharp perimeter shooting proved to be the downfall for the American University women's basketball team, as the Eagles closed the three-game Rainbow Wahine Showdown with a 90-71 loss to Florida Gulf Coast.
The Eagles return home with a 3-3 overall record while FGCU continues on with a 4-2 record.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Consistently one of the top mid-majors in NCAA Division I, FGCU was ranked 12th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll. The Eagles, who landed at No. 19 last week, dropped out of the rankings after the loss to Denver on Monday.
- The matinee match-up closed out what has been a tough week for the Eagles, as they opened on Monday at Denver before traveling to Honolulu for three games in three days with the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi was back as the team's leading scorer for the first time since the win over George Mason last week. She fell just shy of her career-high with 21 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the field and a perfect 2-2 from the perimeter.
- Senior Elina Koskimies continues to be a consistent scorer for the Eagles as she put up 14 points for her sixth-consecutive game in double-figures.
- Freshman Jade Edwards offered a late spark off the bench with a career-high 10 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.
- Marenyi and senior Cecily Carl shared responsibilities on the boards with a team-high six rebounds each. Carl added a block while Marenyi pitched in a team-high six assists.
- The Eagles shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field (23-45), including a season-high 52.9 percent (9-17) from the perimeter.
- FGCU was led by a pair of +20-point efforts from Nasrin Ulel (28) and Keri Jewett-Giles (22). Tytionia Adderly pitched in another 11 points for the Eagles while leading the team on the boards with six rebounds alongside Ulel.
- Lisa Zderadicka tied with Marenyi for a game-high six assists.
- FGCU closed the game with 34 of 67 from the field, including a season-high 16-for-41 from three-point range.
- AU struggled to keep pace with FGCU's high-tempo style, giving up 25 turnovers for FGCU to convert into 38 points.
- FGCU also dominated in the paint with 36 points to AU's 28.
- The Eagles outworked FGCU on the boards, 32-26.
- American matched up well against FGCU in the opening minutes, gaining an early four-point lead after three's from Carl and sophomore Indeya Sanders, and a layup by Marenyi.
- But a pair of late runs changed the momentum as FGCU built an 11-point lead to close the first quarter.
- American battled well in the second, going back-and-forth with FGCU behind a six-point effort from senior Kaitlyn Lewis and another five from Marenyi.
- A steal and fastbreak basket from Marenyi brought the Eagles back within nine, but a pair of scoreless possessions but AU back at a 15-point deficit.
- By the end of the half, the Eagles had cut FGCU's lead back down to 11 points after a series of free throws from Koskimies in the final two minutes.
- American struggled to find its footing in the third quarter, as FGCU went on a 28-16 run to build a 23-point cushion heading into the final 10 minutes of play at 77-54.
- The Eagles responded in the final stanza, though, as a pair of freshmen stepped in to chip away at the lead with Edwards and Maddie Doring.
- FGCU struggled to land a shot, hitting only five of its 19 attempts while the Eagles put up a series of short runs to cut into the spread.
- For the second time this season, it was the five freshmen who closed out the game for the Eagles as Edwards, Doring, Emily Fisher, Taylor Brown and Laura Graytok held off FGCU for the final 1:43.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, to face UMBC at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.
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