Costenbader Named Patriot League Player of the Week for Women’s Basketball

Sophomore forward/guard notched 45 points at annual AU Tip-Off Classic


Sophomore Katryn Costenbader was named the Patriot League Player of the Week.

WASHINGTON -- Katryn Costenbader (Silver Spring, Md./Einstein) added another honor to her growing list as the Patriot League named her its Player of the Week following an impressive run at the 2001 AU Tip-Off Classic this weekend. She was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player after recording 45 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in two contests.

In the Eagles' semifinal overtime win against Marshall, the 5-10 sophomore netted 21 points, including 10 in the extra period as American shot .667 compared to .500 by the Thundering Herd. She also added five rebounds, a block and a steal. In the championship game versus Southern, Costenbader contributed 24 points and nine rebounds as the Eagles took first place in their season-opening tournament.

Costenbader is a recent transfer from St. Mary's College, where she averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. A Silver Spring, Md., native, Costenbader was a four-year MVP selection and Academic Scholar while attending Einstein High School.

The American women's basketball team currently sits at 2-0 on the season. They will play at Towson on Tues., Nov. 20, in their first non-tournament game of 2001.

American University, which is in its inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League, officially joined the conference on July 1. The University, founded in 1893, fields a 19-sport Division I athletics program, featuring 10 women's sports and nine for men.