Teams: American (19-8, 12-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (6-21, 4-9 PL)
Date & Time: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Kirby Sports Center, Easton, Pa.
Web Broadcast: Patriot League All*Access
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The American University women's basketball team will close out the regular season on Saturday, February 27 when it travels to Easton, Pa., to take on Lafayette. The Eagles are looking for their 20th victory of the season, which would be only the fourth time AU has ever reached the 20-win plateau.
American (19-8, 12-1 Patriot League) has already surpassed its previous record for most conference victories in a season, and is aiming to finish Patriot League play at 13-1 for the first time ever. More importantly, with a win, the Eagles would earn at least a share of the regular season title for only the second time in program history. AU captured the PL regular season championship in 2008 with an 11-3 record.
Lehigh also sits at 12-1 in the Patriot League after AU and the Mountain Hawks split their two regular season matchups. Lehigh closes the regular season at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon.
In AU's last game on Wednesday evening, the Eagles rolled by Navy, 66-38. Patriot League leading-scorer Michelle Kirk put on another solid performance with a game-high 21 points on 8-13 from the floor, including 4-9 from beyond-the-arc. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Liz Leer added 14 points and nine rebounds for American.
It has already been a season of milestones for the Eagles, and they can add to it on Saturday, as Leer is currently one blocked shot shy of breaking her own single-season program record, which she set last season with 62. The junior is already the school's all-time blocks leader with 163, and is now only 85 points short of the 1,000-point mark for her career. Earlier this season, Kirk became the 12th AU women's basketball student-athlete to reach 1,000 career points. The junior now has an even 1,100 in her career, good for ninth all-time.
Lafayette (6-21, 4-9 PL) comes into Saturday's game following a 54-52 overtime victory over Army on Saturday. LeKeisha Wright led the Leopards with 17 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
American and Lafayette met earlier this season on January 30, as the Eagles recorded a 53-31 victory at Bender Arena. Lafayette's 31 points set an AU record for the fewest points allowed since 1978-79. The previous record was set on February 11, 1987, when AU held Cheyney State to 34 points in a 79-34 victory.
The Eagles hold a 20-4 all-time series lead against Lafayette, including an 8-3 record in Easton.
The Patriot League Tournament will be contested from March 6-13. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on March 6-7 at Holy Cross' Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The championship game be contested at the site of the highest-remaining seed on Saturday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Click here for postseason ticket information.