WEST POINT, N.Y. - Exactly a week after her record-breaking 37-point performance at Colgate, senior Cecily Carl was back atop the scoresheet as she led the team to a late victory over Army West Point, 75-62.
The Eagles now rise to 14-8 overall, 10-1 in the Patriot League, while the Black Knights fall to 8-14, 3-8 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Carl put up her third consecutive 20-point game with a game-high 28 along with 10 boards for her third double-double of the season. She closed the game shooting 78.6 percent from the field (11-14) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (4-7).
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi and senior Kaitlyn Lewis also landed in double-figures with 14 points and 13 points, respectively. Senior Elina Koskimies fell just shy of double-figures with nine points, all from three-point range as she extended her run to 28 consecutive games with at least one trey.
- The Eagles tied with the 2002 squad with a program-record 13 made three-pointers. The last time an AU team hit this mark was at Navy on Jan. 29, 2002.
- American closed shooting 46.4 percent from the perimeter (13-28) and 45.2 percent from the field (28-62).
- The Black Knights were led by a double-double effort of their own from Madison Hovren, who scored 21 points while bringing down a game-high 12 boards. Kate Murray rounded out the double-figure scoring with 14 points.
- Army closed the game shooting 42.0 percent from the floor (21-50), 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-16), and 83.3 percent from the line (15-18).
- The teams drew even with 24 points each from the paint while AU held the advantage in points off turnovers (13-8), second-chance points (11-9), and fast break points (6-0).
- The Eagles struggled against Army's hot hand to open the game, falling to an early 6-0 deficit before a jumper from Lewis finally put AU on the board.
- American battled back midway through the stanza, gaining a four-point lead after a pair of treys from Koskimies in the final four minutes.
- A closing 5-0 run from the Black Knights tied the game at 19-19 heading into the break.
- Both teams struggled to connect in the early minutes of the second quarter as the Eagles hit a two-minute dry spell while Army didn't make its first field goal until the 4:34 mark.
- It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the quarter, with the Eagles picking up brief three-point leads before baskets from Army tied the game back up. By the end of the half, the two teams had drawn even twice before the Black Knights picked up a late 7-3 run to lead at 36-32.
- Early foul trouble haunted the Eagles in the third quarter as Koskimies and freshman Jade Edwards picked up their third in the opening minutes of the half. Koskimies was called for her fourth midway through the stanza and she remained on the bench until the final 7:00 of the game.
- Army held the advantage throughout most of the third, gaining as much as a five-point lead before a 7-2 AU run put the Eagles back ahead at 47-46 with 1:52 remaining in the stanza.
- From there, American steadily pulled away, closing the quarter with a 51-48 lead before opening the fourth with a 5-2 run to gap the Black Knights by six.
- Back-to-back and one's from Marenyi and Lewis pulled the Eagles ahead by 10 with 5:03 left in the game before another trey from Koskimies widened the gap to 13 at 68-55.
- The Black Knights would pull back within eight briefly, but another late AU run rebuilt the final 13-point lead at 75-62.
- This is the third consecutive game that the Eagles had to bounce back from a halftime deficit but they continue to dominate in the final quarter with a 14-0 record when leading with 5:00 remaining on the clock.
The Eagles will be back on the road against Loyola Maryland on Feb. 13 before returning home to face Lehigh at noon on Feb. 16.
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