Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals
Teams: No. 6 Holy Cross (10-19, 6-8 PL) vs. No. 3 American (20-8, 10-4 PL)
Date and Location: Saturday, March 5, 2:00 p.m. - Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Web Broadcast: Patriot League All*Access
The American University women's basketball team will begin play in the Patriot League Tournament when it hosts Holy Cross in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena.
American (20-8, 10-4 PL) earned a share of the Patriot League regular season title for the third time in the last four season with its victory over Lafayette last Saturday. The triumph was AU's 20th of the season, marking the second straight season and fifth time overall that the Eagles have reached the 20-win plateau.
The Eagles are slotted as the No. 3 seed in the PL Tournament as a result of the tiebreaking procedures with Lehigh and Navy to settle the top-three seeds. All three squads finished with identical 10-4 conference records.
Earlier this week, the Patriot League announced its women's basketball awards, where senior Liz Leer was honored on the All-PL First Team for the second straight season. She leads AU in both scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg) and ranks first in the conference in both field goal accuracy (51.8 percent) and three-point proficiency (45.3 percent).
Junior Lisa Strack was selected to the All-Patriot League Second Team for the first time in her career after finishing the regular season second on AU in scoring (11.7 ppg) and in the top five in the PL in both assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.9 spg). Additionally, freshman Alexis Dobbs earned All-Rookie Team honors after starting 24 games this season as AU's third-leading scorer at 6.9 ppg.
No. 6 Holy Cross (10-19, 6-8 PL) comes into Saturday's quarterfinal game with losses in four of its last five contests to end the regular season. This includes American's 73-62 come-from-behind victory in Worcester on February 19 in a game where the Eagles trailed by double digits in the first half. Leer led the way for AU with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Eagles put together a 50-point second half.
In the teams' first matchup this season – which took place on January 22 in Bender Arena – American controlled the action from the start to earn an 84-53 win. Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Strack's game-high 18 points, as AU earned its program-record 14th straight home win at the time.
With this year's two regular season victories, the Eagles have now won the last four matchups against the Crusaders and seven of the last eight. AU has been victorious in the last five meetings in Bender Arena dating back to 2007. Holy Cross leads the all-time series between the two programs, 14-9.
AU is 5-4 all-time in Patriot League Quarterfinal games with Holy Cross earning a victory in the two programs' only quarterfinal head-to-head matchup in 2006.
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