American (11-13, 8-5 PL) vs. Lafayette (2-23, 1-12 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 15
7 p.m. in Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
Series Record: American leads, 35-7
Last Meeting: January 18, 2017 at Lafayette - American 76, Lafayette 52
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball is set to conclude on of its last home series of the 2017 season on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as the Eagles host Lafayette in Bender Arena at 7 p.m.
AU enters the evening contest at 11-13 for the season, 8-5 in the Patriot League, after registering a pair of losses against Boston University (Feb. 8) and Army (Feb. 11). The Leopards currently hold a 2-23 overall record and are 1-12 in the PL.
American leads the 42-game series with Lafayette, 35-7, after claiming a 24-point victory over the Leopards on Jan .18, 76-52. AU will look to gain a little redemption out of Wednesday's game, after they were swept by Lafayette during the 2015-16 season.
The Eagles won the first 11 games of the series, starting with a 62-53 victory in Washington on Jan. 19, 1982.
Junior Michael Harris came off the bench to help the Eagles deliver one of their best games of the season on the boards, bringing down seven rebounds out of the team's 41 for the evening. Junior Maria Liddane once again put up a team-high in assists with eight, while freshman Katie Marenyi came off the bench to distribute four of her own.
Lafayette put three players in the double-figures, starting with junior Sammy Stipa's 17-point game. Seniors Maia Hood and Harriett Ottewill-Soulsby added another 12 points and 10 points, respectively. Hood and sophomore Alex Cantwell led the Leopards on the boards with seven rebounds each.
Although the Eagles dominated the overall shooting percentage, hitting 49.2 percent from the field off of 31-of-63 to Lafayette's 33.3 percent (20-of-60), the Leopards outperformed the Eagles beyond the arc with 41.7 percent shooting (5-of-12).
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American is coming off a pair of losses against Boston University, 71-62, and Army, 68-57. For the first time this season, the Eagles struggled with their perimeter defense, as BU went 46.2 percent and Army 66.7 percent from 3-point range against an AU team that has held opponents to only 30 percent on average.
Kinneston continues to build her season scoring average, and now leads with 12.7 ppg. Carl and junior Maria Liddane both hold consistent with their average after last week, with Carl leading the team with 6.0 rpg and Liddane leading both the team and the league in assists with 5.1 per game.
The Eagles remain the conference leader in field goal percentage, shooting 43.4 percent for the season. The team also holds it's No. 3 ranking for field goal defense (0.388), but have fallen to No. 5 in 3-point field goal goal defense (0.301).
AU holds a +1.4 scoring margin over its opponents with 62.1 ppg, and averages 33.3 rpg.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
Lafayette enters the evening game after a close loss against Navy on Saturay, Feb. 11, falling to the Midshipmen, 68-65. The Leopards tallied their only win of the season against Holy Cross on Feb. 8 with a final score of 85-70.
Lafayette outshot Navy, 53.2 percent to 42.6 percent, on Saturday, but lost their edge after giving up 21 turnovers and, consequently, 14 points to the Midshipmen.
Senior Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby led the Leopards' scoring efforts with 19 points while freshman Olivia Gumbs led on the boards with seven rebounds.
Junior guard Sammy Stipa has been the only consistent starter for the Leopards, leading off in all 25 games. She currently leads the team with 2.6 apg while Gumbs holds a team-high 8.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg.
The Leopards are averaging 53.1 ppg off of 34.4 percent from the field, 26.4 percent from 3-point range. They currently hold a -15.7 scoring margin.
The Eagles will be back on the road this weekend, heading to Holy Cross on Saturday, Feb. 18, for a 1:05 p.m. tipoff. The team will then return to Bender Arena for the last two home games of the regular season, hosting Navy on Feb. 22 and Loyola Maryland for Senior Day on Feb. 25.
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