Eagles Restart Conference Schedule with Trip to Colgate

Eagles Restart Conference Schedule with Trip to Colgate

American (8-11, 5-3 PL) at Colgate (6-13, 3-5 PL)
Saturday, Jan. 28
2 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y. (Cotterell Court)
Series Record:
 American leads, 30-6
Last Meeting: January 2, 2017 at American - American 68, Colgate 57

American Notes
Colgate Notes 

WASHINGTON – After a week-long break from competition, the American University women's basketball team is back on the road this weekend for a Saturday matchup at Colgate.  The Eagles will tipoff against the Raiders at 2 p.m. at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y. 

AU currently holds an 8-11 overall record for the season, 5-3 in the Patriot League, after they dropped a one-point contest against Holy Cross on Sunday, Jan. 22, 61-60.  Colgate currently stands at 6-13 for the season, 3-5 in the PL.

The Eagles and Raiders have met 36 times since AU's entrance into the Patriot League in 2001.  American currently leads the series, 30-6, and stretched its winning streak to 21-0 over Colgate earlier this season after they beat the Raiders, 68-57, on Jan. 2.  The Eagles have remained undefeated against Colgate since Feb. 10, 2007, when they lost in Hamilton, 66-53.

The two teams have met five times in the postseason since 2002.  American currently leads the Patriot League tournament series against Colgate, 3-2.  The last time the Eagles and Raiders met in a tournament setting was in 2008, when AU overcame Colgate, 70-46, in the PL Quarterfinals.

Sophomore Cecily Carl put up her first of two double-doubles this season, the third of her career, to help propel the Eagles over Colgate on Jan. 2, 68-57.

Carl was one of four Eagles to nab double figure tallies against the Raiders.  Junior Emily Kinneston led the scoring efforts for the squad with a career-high 17 points.  Carl was next with 15 points and tied her career-high with 12 rebounds.  Senior Lauren Crisler contributed another 11 points, and junior Michael Harris hit her third double figure game of the season with ten points.

The Eagles shot 37.7 percent overall from the floor, and 72.2 from the free throw line, while Colgate went 38.8 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe.  AU led the Raiders with 41 rebounds and 13 assists while only giving up 12 turnovers. 

American put up one of its best shooting percentages of the season against Holy Cross on Sunday, going 52.4 percent from the field, but still fell to the Crusaders, 61-60.  Second chance opportunities and rebounding hurt the Eagles, as Holy Cross closed the game with 23 offensive rebounds and 22 second chance points while AU was held to only five points off of four offensive boards.

Junior Emily Kinneston and senior Lauren Crisler led the Eagles with 18 points and 16 points, respectively.  Kinneston also led the team on the boards with six rebounds while junior Maria Liddane put up a team-high nine assists, good for a new season best. 

American is ranked second in the Patriot League with its overall 43.4 percent shooting from the field.  The Eagles also remain the top team in the league for 3-point defense, holding their opponents to only 27.2 percent from behind the arc.  They are averaging 61.5 points per game behind Kinneston's 12.2 ppg.  Crisler and sophomore Cecily Carl also average in the double figures with 10.3 ppg and 10.2 ppg, respectively. 

Those three also lead the team on the boards, starting with Carl's 5.8 rpg followed by 5.5 rpg from Crisler and 5.0 rpg from Kinneston.

Liddane continues to lead the conference in assists, averaging 4.9 per game.

Colgate is coming off an 87-77 loss against Loyola Maryland on Sunday, Jan. 22.  The Raiders shot 56.4 percent from the floor against the Greyhounds, their highest percentage yet this season, but were held to a season-low 22 rebounds.

Kateri Stone led the team with 19 points while Katie Curtis and Rachel Thompson added another 16 points and 10 points, respectively.  Curtis also put up a team-high seven rebounds and six assists.

Curtis leads the overall scoring efforts for Colgate, averaging 13.8 ppg while also dishing out a team-high 2.7 assists per game.  Thompson leads the team on the boards with 6.9 rpg. 

Colgate ranks third in the PL for scoring offense (67.3) and second for both free throw percentage (.741) and 3-point percentage (.360), averaging 6.3 treys per game.  The Raiders are averaging 67.3 points per game off of 40.0 percent shooting, and pull down 38.8 rebounds per game. 

AU will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to take on Bucknell during the Play 4 Kay Pink Out.  For the latest on the Eagles, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.