Teams: Colgate (9-14, 4-5 PL) vs. American (15-8, 8-1 PL)
Date & Time: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Web Broadcast: Patriot League All*Access
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The American University women's basketball team will host Colgate on Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. at Bender Arena as the Eagles celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Pink Zone, Phil Bender.
American (15-8, 8-1 Patriot League) has won nine of its last 10 games, including five straight contests at home. In their most recent outing on Wednesday night, the Eagles defeated Bucknell, 53-49, in Lewisburg, Pa. Junior Michelle Kirk led AU with 19 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Classmate Liz Leer chipped in 16 with 12 of her points coming prior to halftime. The Eagles forced 20 Bison turnovers while only committing 11, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Kirk currently leads the Patriot League in scoring with 18.7 points per game, and ranks in the top five in the conference in free throw percentage (82.6) and three-point percentage (37.9) and three-pointers made (47). Leer is tops in the PL in blocked shots with 55 and ranks in the top five in both scoring (12.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (46.7). Finally, sophomore guard Raven Harris leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.5, and ranks second in steals with 49 and third in assists (78).
Colgate (9-14, 4-5 PL) comes into Saturday's action after winning three straight games, its longest Patriot League winning streak since 2005. With the three-game run, the Raiders have jumped into a tie for third place in the conference. Tricia Oates leads Colgate in scoring and rebounding this season at 10.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg.
American defeated Colgate, 80-58, in the two teams' first matchup this season, which took place on January 16 in Hamilton, N.Y. The Eagles' 80 points scored set a new season-high, which came on 50 percent shooting from the field (31-62) and 47.1 percent from three-point range (8-17). Kirk led the Eagles with 26 points on 8-15 shooting from the floor, and matched a career-best with four steals. Leer was productive for the Eagles with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks, while sophomore Ebony Edwards recorded 10 points, a career-best eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Ohemaa Nyanin and Lisa Strack each chipped in nine points.
Saturday will be a special day in Bender Arena, as numerous community outreach celebrations are planned, including National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Pink Zone, Phil Bender and the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day BBQ.
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