WASHINGTON - Freshman Jade Edwards scored four of her five points in the final 30 seconds to secure the win for the American University women's basketball team over Boston University on a wintery Wednesday in Bender Arena. The 50-48 victory is the 13th straight for the Eagles as they rise to 17-8 overall and 13-1 in the Patriot League. The Terriers continue the season at 12-12 overall and 8-6 in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Cecily Carl put in her fifth game in the last six with 20+ points, pacing the team with 24 off 10 of 14 from the field, 4 of 6 from the perimeter.
- Edwards led the team on the boards with eight rebounds alongside her five points, including the game-winner with less than two seconds left on the clock.
- Senior Kaitlyn Lewis pitched in six assists along with a team-high four steals. She also helped lead the team with seven points, including her 100th career three-pointer midway through the second quarter. She now joins classmates Carl and Elina Koskimies as the only three active players to have scored at least 100 career three's.
- Eight of the nine Eagles who put in minutes contributed to the final score, including Koskimies who clinched her 31st consecutive game with a make from long range after opening the second quarter with her only trey of the day.
- The Eagles shot 41.9 percent from the field (18-43), 35.3 percent from beyond the arc (6-17) and 80 percent from the line (8-10).
- Boston put two players in double figures, starting with a 13-point effort from Lauren Spearman, followed by 11 from Riley Childs. Naiyah Thompson led the team with a game-high nine rebounds.
- BU shot 37.8 percent from the field (17-45), 30.8 percent from the perimeter (4-13) and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe (10-12).
- AU was held to a season-low 22 rebounds while the Terriers pulled down 31, including nine offensive boards for seven second-chance points.
- American held the advantage in points in the paint, 22-18, and barely edged BU in points off turnovers, 17-16, and fast break points, 4-3.
- One of the tightest games of the year for the Eagles, neither team was able to build over a seven-point advantage while the lead switched hands four times and tied on eight occasions.
- Early mistakes disrupted the tempo for both teams in the first quarter with the Eagles giving up a pair of turnovers while BU gave up one before AU was finally able to get the first basket of the day with a jumper from Carl.
- The Eagles picked up as much as a five-point lead behind a seven-point effort from Carl before a late five points from Boston tied the game at 12-12 heading into the second quarter.
- The AU defense shut down the hot hand of BU's Lauren Spearman after her 10 points in the first quarter, holding her to only three points for the remainder of the game.
- Koskimies hit an early trey to rebuild the AU lead in the opening minute of the second before back-to-back baskets from the Terriers gave Boston its first lead of the game at 16-15.
- Lewis' 100th career trey was also a timely one, as it sent the Eagles on a 7-0 run to pick up a 22-16 lead with 2:06 left in the half.
- BU had the final say of the stanza, though, cutting into AU's advantage with a jumper from Nia Irving to send the teams into the break at 22-18.
- For the second consecutive game, the Eagles hit their season-low for first-half scoring, tying their 22 points during the win over Lehigh on Saturday. This was the second time this season that BU was held to under 20 points in the first half by American - the Terriers scored only 15 points in the first 20 minutes during the Eagles' 64-51 win in Boston on Jan. 23.
- American picked the pace up offensively in the second half, bumping up from the 41.9 percent shooting in the first two quarters to an even 50 percent in the final two.
- Carl paced the Eagles through the early minutes of the second half, scoring eight of AU's first 10 points to hold off the Terriers as they hit a 14-10 run to tie the game for the fourth time at 32-32 with under 4:00 left in the stanza.
- A Lewis layup regained the Eagles' lead, but another pair of late BU baskets sent the teams into the break with another tie at 36-36.
- Boston began to pull away midway through the fourth quarter after a 9-0 run gave them the largest lead of the game at 47-40 with 2:10 left on the clock.
- For the second consecutive game, it came down to the final two minutes after a layup from freshman Emily Fisher sparked a 10-1 final run from the Eagles.
- A three-point make from Carl with 51 seconds left on the clock made it a one-possession game with the Eagles trailing by three at 48-45.
- A tight defensive play from Lewis and sophomore Indeya Sanders forced a BU turnover with 40 seconds remaining and sent Sanders down the court where she drew a foul on the fastbreak attempt. She went 1-for-2 from the line to make it a two-point game at 48-46 with 37 seconds left.
- The Terriers regained possession but a key steal from Edwards put her on the breakaway run where she hit the clutch layup to tie the game at 48-48.
- BU had one final chance to secure the win, but it was again the freshman who hit the difference-maker as Edwards came away with the defensive rebound after a missed three from the Terriers.
- A Boston foul on the AU inbound after a timeout put the ball on the baseline with four seconds left on the clock where Marenyi found Edwards on the inbound pass. Edwards spun away from the BU defender and hit the fadeaway jumper with 1.7 seconds on the clock to give the Eagles the 50-48 win.
- This was the first game all season that boiled down to the final five seconds - the last time an AU player hit a buzzer-beater for the win was Emily Kinneston during the game against Vermont last year.
The Eagles will be on the road for the next two games at Lafayette (Feb. 23) and Holy Cross (Feb. 27) before returning to Bender to close out the season against Bucknell (March 2) and Navy (March 6). The Bucknell game will also serve as the team's Senior Day celebration and is set up to have home-court advantage implications for the postseason.
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