LEWISBURG, Pa. - The American University women's basketball team fought back but couldn't overcome a 14-point first quarter deficit against Bucknell and fell to the Bison, 56-71.
The Eagles fall to 4-8 overall and 0-1 in Patriot League play after the conference opener while Bucknell moves on with a 10-3 overall record, 1-0 in the PL.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Cecily Carl led the Eagles with 16 points, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and 4-for-11 from the field.
- Senior Elina Koskimies and sophomore Indeya Sanders also hit double-figures with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.
- Freshman Emily Fisher opened up her first conference slate with a pair of career-highs, scoring seven points while adding 12 boards to lead the Eagles.
- Bucknell was led by a pair of double-figure efforts from Ellie Mack (14 points) and Abby Kapp (12 points).
- Kaitlyn Slagus added 10 boards to her nine points to just miss the double-double.
- The Eagles shot 21-for-56 from the floor (.375), 11-for-17 from the charity stripe (.647) and were held to a season-low 3-for-17 from the perimeter (.176).
- Bucknell closed the game shooting 25 of 54 from the field (.463), 8 of 18 from 3-point range (.444) and 13 of 19 from the free throw line (.684).
- The Bison took an early lead, hitting a 25-11 run in the first quarter behind a nine-point effort from Kapp.
- The Eagles found their rhythm in the second quarter, biting into Bucknell's lead behind five points from Fisher.
- By the break, American trailed Bucknell by 13 points - its largest halftime deficit yet this season.
- American opened the second half strong, narrowing the margin to nine points after a jumper from Lewis at the 3:38 mark.
- The Eagles struggled to keep that momentum going in final few minutes, though, as Bucknell built up a 19-point lead at 55-36 after a 10-0 run to close the stanza.
- Early baskets from Sanders and Carl to open the fourth quarter chipped away at Bucknell's lead until a 10-2 Bison run built up their largest lead of the game at 65-45.
- The Eagles found themselves in some foul trouble down the stretch after Sanders was called for her third and Koskimies picked up her fourth midway through the third quarter. Bucknell's Kapp also picked up her fourth foul early in the third quarter.
- A trey from senior Kaitlyn Lewis and a series of last-minute free throws put AU back on the offensive as the Eagles cut the gap down to 14 points before a late Bucknell basket brought the lead back up to 71-56 by the final whistle.
The Eagles will return home on Sunday, Jan. 6, to host Colgate at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena.
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