American (9-11, 6-3 PL) vs. Bucknell (17-3, 9-0 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 1
7 p.m. in Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
Series Record: American leads, 23-16
Last Meeting: January 4, 2017 at Bucknell - Bucknell 73, American 67
WASHINGTON – The American University women's basketball team returns home this week to host undefeated Bucknell at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as part of the Eagles' annual Play4Kay Pink Out event.
The Eagles are 9-11 for the season and 6-3 in the Patriot League after running away with a 73-62 victory over Colgate on Saturday, Jan. 28. Bucknell remains at the top of the PL standings with its undefeated league record. The Bison are 17-3 overall for the season and 9-0 in conference play.
This will be the 40th contest between AU and Bucknell since 1983, when the Eagles edged the Bison in a 1-point game at Lewisburg, 77-72. American currently leads the series overall, 23-16, and holds an 11-7 record at home.
THEIR LAST MEETING
The Eagles staged a near-upset against the Bison on Jan. 5, pushing the game into overtime before falling, 73-67. Junior Emily Kinneston put up her second consecutive career game against Bucknell, hitting 26 points to lead the team in scoring. Senior Lauren Crisler put up a team-high nine rebounds while facing some tough post defense. She was the only other Eagle to score in the double-digits with 13 points.
AU shot 38 percent overall from the field and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Bison went 41.4 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the free throw line.
Wednesday night's contest against Bucknell is being promoted as the Eagles' annual Play4Kay game. The Play4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play4Kay initiative has raised over $3.8 million to support women's cancer research.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American extended its winning streak to 22-0 over Colgate on Saturday after bouncing back from a slow first quarter to clinch a 73-62 victory over the Raiders.
Sophomore Cecily Carl tallied her third double-double of the season, the fifth of her career, with 13 points and 10 rebounds. It was senior Lauren Crisler, though, who led the scoring efforts with 15 points, followed by sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis and junior Emily Kinneston with 14 points each, and Carl and junior Maria Liddane with 13 points to put all five starters in double-figures. Liddane also contributed a team-high five assists.
AU outshot Colgate, 48.4 percent to 41.5 percent, off of 30-of-62 shooting from the floor. The Eagles gave up a season-low 10 turnovers while forcing 22 from Colgate.
American leads the Patriot League in field goal percentage (.437) and remains one of the top defensive teams in the league with a third-place for scoring defense after allowing 60.6 ppg, and second for 3-point defense (.284). They are second in the conference in assists, averaging 15.85 per game behind Maria Liddane's league-leading 5.0 average.
Three Eagles average in the double-figures for scoring starting with the 12.3 ppg from Kinneston. Crisler averages another 10.6 ppg while Carl holds 10.4 ppg. Carl also leads the team on the boards with 6.1 rpg, followed by Crisler's 5.5 rpg and Kinneston's 4.9 rpg.
SCOUTING THE BISON
Bucknell continues to lead the league standings, averaging a 9.8 point margin over its opponents. The Bison are coming off of a 68-62 win over defending-PL Champs Army on Saturday, Jan. 28, led by a set of double figure efforts from Kaitlyn Slagus, Claire DeBoer and Sune Swart.
For the second time this season, both Slagus and DeBoer put up double-double performances. Slagus led the team with her eighth of the season, hitting 22 points and 13 rebounds, while DeBoer tallied her fifth this year with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Swart added another 19 points to round out the 56-point effort from the three starters.
Bucknell ranks second behind AU in the league for field goal percentage with 43.4 percent from the field but lead the conference on the defensive end, holding their opponents to only 35.8 percent from the floor. The Bison also put up big numbers on the board, outrebounding their opponents by an average of 8.4 per game.
The Bison are shooting 43.4 percent from the field so far this season and 77.7 percent from the line. They average 67.0 ppg and 40.3 rpg.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Wednesday's game in support of the Play4Kay Pink Out. Tickets for this and all AU Basketball home games can be purchased on AUEagles.com by clicking here. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.