CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The American University women's basketball team led through three quarters but was unable to keep pace with Virginia in the final 10 minutes as the Eagles fell to the Cavaliers, 57-54.
AU continues its three-game road stretch at 4-4 overall while UVA rises to 4-5 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Cecily Carl led with 21 points followed by 15 from junior Kaitlyn Marenyi who also pitched in five assists. Sophomore Indeya Sanders pulled down a career-high nine boards along with her seven points and five assists.
- Jocelyn Willoughby led Virginia with 25 points while Lisa Jablonowski added a game-high 13 rebounds and nine points.
- The Eagles shot 36.2 percent from the field (21-58), 28.6 percent from three-point range (6-21), and hit 6 of 7 from the free throw line.
- Virginia went 36.4 percent from the field (20-55), 33.3 percent from the perimeter (7-21), and 10-for-13 from the line.
- The Cavaliers got off to an early 5-0 lead in the first quarter before AU's defense found its rhythm. A series of key stops on the defensive end paired with ack-to-back three's from senior Elina Koskimies, Sanders and Marenyi opened up a 15-0 run for the Eagles as they closed the stanza with an 18-12 advantage.
- AU continued to open its lead in the second quarter despite another early set of baskets from the Cavaliers.
- Five-point efforts from Carl and Marenyi, and another four from Sanders, built the AU lead to 34-25 heading into the locker room.
- Virginia chipped away at that lead throughout the second half, cutting it down to five by the end of the third quarter as the Eagles were held without a basket in the final five minutes of the stanza.
- Shooting woes continued for AU in the fourth as Virginia retook the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the game behind a 10-point run from Jocelyn Willoughby.
- Senior Kaitlyn Lewis finally ended the drought with a jumper in the paint with just over five minutes remaining in regulation, and a three from Marenyi with 1:32 left tied the game at 51-51.
- A three from Willoughby gave UVA back the advantage but a three-point play from Lewis, who was fouled on a layup in the paint with just under a minute remaining, tied the game back up at 54-54.
- The Cavaliers hit a pair of late baskets to retake the final three-point lead as AU was unable to capitalize on the final possession of the game.
- American led in the paint, 26-16, but trailed Virginia in points from turnovers, 18-13, and second-chance points, 11-5.
American will continue its road series at Penn State (Dec. 16) and High Point (Dec. 20). The Eagles' next home game is at 2 p.m. on Dec. 29 against Ohio.
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