American (11-11, 8-3 PL) at Boston University (8-14, 6-5 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 8
7 p.m. in Boston, Mass. (Case Gymnasium)
Series Record: American leads, 8-3
Last Meeting: January 11, 2017 at American - American 73, Boston U. 62
WASHINGTON - The American Univeristy women's basketball team will look to build on its current three-game winning streak on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a trip to Boston University for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
The Eagles evened out their overall record on Saturday, Jan. 4, during a 70-58 win over Lehigh, bringing them up to 11-11 for the season and 8-3 in the Patriot League. Boston enters the game with an 8-14 overall record and 6-5 in the PL.
American currently leads the young, 11-game series with Boston University, 8-3. The Eagles fell in the first matchup against the Terriers during the 1981 Hoya Invitationa, 78-68.
AU will look to take its third Patriot League sweep of the season, having already beat BU on Jan. 11, 73-62. The Eagles won both regular season games against Colgate and Lehigh.
THEIR LAST MEETING
Junior Michael Harris led AU to its 73-62 victory over Boston on Jan. 11 with a career-high 13 points.
This was the fourth double figure performance for Harris this season, as she took over as the leading scorer after Boston's tight defense limited opportunities for junior Emily Kinneston. Harris had a pair of career-highs by the end of the game, contributing 13 points and five rebounds. Four of the Eagles' starters joined her in the double-figures with sophomore Cecily Carl (12), sophomore Kaitlyn Lewis (11), senior Lauren Crisler (10) and junior Emily Kinneston (10).
Kinneston also led the team on the boards with seven rebounds, while junior Maria Liddane led with seven assists.
For the first and only time so far this season, the Eagles were outshot by their opponents during a win as the Terriers went 50.0 percent from the field (25-50) while AU shot 42.2 percent (27-64).
Junior Sophie Beaudry dominated scoring for Boston, putting up 27 points on 11-of-15 from the field. Fellow-junior Corrine Williams and senior Sarah Hope were the only other two Terriers to put up double digit tallies with 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Williams also led the team with eight rebounds.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU is coming off of a third consecutive win after beating Lehigh on Saturday. Junior Emily Kinneston led the team with 19 points, making it her ninth game this season as AU's top scorer. Senior Lauren Crisler led the team on the boards for the seventh time this year with seven rebounds.
Junior Maria Liddane continues to top the conference in assists, dishing out 5.0 per game.
Junior Michael Harris and sophomore Elina Koskimies currently lead the reserves, averaging 14.9 and 16.3 minutes per game, respectively. Harris the team in a pair of key victories this year, starting with the first matchup against Boston on Jan. 11. She also put up a team-high, and new career-high, when the Eagles served Bucknell its first conference loss of the season, 59-47.
The Eagles currently lead the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 43.9 percent from the floor for the year, and rank second in field goal defense, holding their opponents to only 38.1 percent. They average 62.3 ppg and 33.4 rpg while holding their opponents to 59.9 ppg.
AU will look to continue improving on the boards, with all but three of the losses this season coming out of games in which the Eagles were outdone in rebounds. The team currently ranks fourth in the conference with their -1.4 rebounding margin.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Boston completed a two-game road series on Saturday with its sixth conference victory of the season, beating Lafayette with a 75-58 final score.
The Terriers were led by a set of five double figure efforts, starting with Naiyah Thomas' 17 points to tie her career-high. Corrine Williams led the team on the boards with six rebounds.
Boston shot 48.2 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from long range to beat the Leopards.
BU ranks third in the league behind AU for field goal defense, holding their opponents to only 38.2 percent. The team averages 58.8 ppg off of 40.2 percent from the floor and 62.3 percent from the line.
Junior Sophie Beaudry, who leads the team with 13.0 ppg, also leads teh conference from behind the arc, shooting 49.6 percent for the season. Beaudry also leads the team with 6.0 rpg while Courtney Latham serves as the team's top distributer with 3.9 apg.
Senior Sarah Hope leads the PL with 3.1 three-point field goals per game.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Feb. 11, to host Army at 2 p.m. The game will also serve as the American University Athletics and Recreation Department's 31st-annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), and will feature a postgame autograph session and clinics with all seven AU varsity women's teams, as well as the dance and cheer programs. The event is open to kids of all ages, and admission is free with a game ticket.