BALTIMORE, Md. - The American University women's basketball team picked up its 11th consecutive victory on Wednesday with a 67-56 win over Loyola Maryland.
The Eagles now sit at 15-8 overall and 11-1 in the Patriot League while the Greyhounds fall to 3-20, 2-10 in the league.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Cecily Carl put up another all-around effort, leading the team for the fifth consecutive game with 16 points alongside her team-high six rebounds and four assists.
- Freshman Jade Edwards matched Carl on the boards with six rebounds along with 12 points while sophomore Indeya Sanders added another four assists with her 11 points.
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi closed out the double-figure scoring with 14 points.
- The Eagles put up their highest shooting percentage from the field since Florida Gulf Coast with 24-for-48 (.500). They also went 35.3 percent from the perimeter (6-17) and 86.7 percent from the free throw line (13-15).
- Taleah Dixon led the way for Loyola with a 25-point effort followed by a dozen from Bri Betz-White. Stephanie Karcz pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds while pitching in nine assists.
- The Greyhounds shot 43.8 percent from the field (21-48), 35.3 percent from 3-point range (6-17), and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (8-12).
- Loyola led the Eagles on the boards, 26-24, and put up seven second-chance points to AU's two. AU led in points off turnovers (22-14), points in the paint (34-26), and bench points (14-0).
- It was a back-and-forth first quarter as the Eagles and Greyhounds switched leads four times throughout the stanza.
- AU opened with the early advantage after senior Kaitlyn Lewis and Carl hit back-to-back baskets to take a 4-0 lead.
- A four-minute drought midway through the quarter halted AU's momentum, though, as Loyola took advantage of the dry spell to pull ahead by four.
- A key three from Sanders and a late five points from Marenyi and senior Elina Koskimies, including Koskimies' lone trey of the night, put the Eagles back ahead at 17-16 heading into the first break.
- AU maintained the edge throughout the second quarter, gaining as much as a 10-point lead midway through the quarter after an 11-2 run. The Greyhounds responded in kind, though, putting up eight unanswered points to close the half back within two at 30-28.
- Edwards paced the Eagles in the third quarter with seven of her 12 points as AU raced to maintain its lead against a strong push from Loyola. The Greyhounds gained a brief lead with 2:25 left in the stanza after a 10-0 run before a pair of free throws from Sanders put American back up 41-40 heading into the fourth.
- American dominated the final quarter for the fifth consecutive game, hitting a 26-16 closing run behind 6-for-6 shooting from Koskimies on the line and six points from Marenyi and Carl.
The Eagles will return home for a pair of games, starting with a noon showdown against Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 16, and followed by an 11:30 a.m. tip against Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Wednesday contest against BU will also serve as the team's annual Pink Day and Elementary School Day.
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