American (10-11, 7-3 PL) at Lehigh (7-14, 2-8)
Saturday, Feb. 4
2 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. (Stabler Arena)
Series Record: American leads, 27-13
Last Meeting: January 7, 2017 at American - American 68, Lehigh 51
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is set to take the court again after upsetting Bucknell, previously undefeated in the Patriot League, in Bender Arena on Wednesday, 59-47. The Eagles will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for a 2 p.m. tipoff against Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 4.
American rose to 10-11 overall, 7-3 in the PL after overpowering the Bison. Lehigh enters the weekend at 7-14 for the season and 2-8 in conference play after claiming its first pair of conference wins against Lafayette on Jan. 21 and Loyola (Md.) on Feb. 1.
American leads the 40-game series against Lehigh, 27-13. This weekend's contest will be 24 years to the day since the matchup first began with a 72-58 victory for Lehigh in 1983.
THEIR LAST MEETING
The Eagles overcame a slow start on Jan. 7 to clinch its third PL win of the season with a 68-51 victory over Lehigh.
Junior Emily Kinneston put up another big game for the Eagles, leading the team with a 20-point effort. This was the second consecutive game that Kinneston reached the 20-point mark after she set a new career-high with 26 against Bucknell on Thursday.
Sophomore Cecily Carl tied her career-best with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Lehigh put three players into double figures, starting with a 17-point effort from Gena Grundhoffer. AU was able to shut down the Mountain Hawk's leading scorer, Quinci Mann, holding her to only ten points.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American tallied a big win over Bucknell on Wednesday behind a career performance from junior Michael Harris, who put up a personal-best 16 points against the Bison. Harris tied her previous best from earlier season in the first half alone, coming off the bench to lead the Eagles' offensive charge and helping build the team's 11-point lead at the half.
The Eagles' defense held the Bison to one of their worst scoring performances of the season, keeping them to a season-low 20 points at halftime. Bucknell would close 20 points below their season average of 67 ppg with one of the lowest shooting percentages of the season at 39.1 percent. AU also forced 23 turnovers, the highest for the Bison since their 65-50 loss against North Carolina in November.
Three Eagles are currently averaging in the double-figures for scoring, starting with junior Emily Kinneston at 12.3 ppg. Sophomore Cecily Carl contributes another 10.4 ppg while leading the team with 5.9 rpg with senior Lauren Crisler trailing at 10.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
Junior Maria Liddane continues to lead the conference with 5.0 assists per game.
The Eagles continue to hold one of the top positions in the league for field goal percentages, topping the current ranking at 43.7 percent. They also lead for 3-point percentage defense (.276) and rank second in the conference for field goal defense (.379) and assists (15.7 per game).
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Lehigh went through a ten-game slump midway through the season before notching their first two PL wins against Lafayette (Jan. 21), 56-53, and Loyola (Feb. 1), 86-69. Quinci Mann continues to dominate the scoring efforts for the Mountain Hawks, hitting a career-high 26 points off of 4-of-12 from the field and 16-of-16 from the line. She is the only Lehigh player to average in the double-figures with 15.7 ppg.
Gena Grundhoffer leads the team on the boards, averaging 4.8 rpg.
Lehigh ranks third after AU and Holy Cross for 3-point defense, holding its opponents to only 28.6 percent from the perimeter while averaging 6.4 three's per game.
The Mountain Hawks average 63.6 ppg off of 36.0 percent shooting from the floor and 71.0 percent from the line. They lead American with 39.0 rpg. The Eagles currently average 33.7 rpg.
The Eagles will follow this up with a trip up to Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 8, before returning home to host Army on Feb. 11 for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.