WASHINGTON - It was one of the most historic single-game performances in American University women's basketball history. A program-record 37 points alongside 11 rebounds, two steals, one block, and one assist once again placed senior Cecily Carl on a level all her own as she carried the Eagles to a late win over Colgate on Saturday, 71-66.
Now, days after the record-breaking performance, the buzz continues as Carl was selected as the GEICO Student-Athlete of the Week.
It is no small task defining the significance of Carl's achievement. Those 37 points not only surpassed one of the oldest records in AU history with Kirsten Keller's 36 against Liberty on Dec. 8, 1993, it also ties the Colgate's Cotterell Court record from 2003 (Molly Creamer, Bucknell), and ranks 24th in NCAA Division I for this season. Carl is also only the 11th player in program history to score over 31 points in a single game and the first to score over 30 since Jen Dumiak in 2015. The list could go on.
The performance is made even more impressive by the game three days before when Carl once again led the Eagles to a win, this time with 20 points and 10 rebounds against Holy Cross for her first double-double of the season.
Since the start of conference play, Carl has been held to single digits twice - during the PL home opener against Colgate, ironically, then the following game against Navy. Since then, she has averaged a staggering 18.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg while helping lead the team to what is now a nine-game win streak.
Carl and the rest of the team will look to continue this run on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Army West Point. For the latest on American University Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.