Women's Basketball Set for Saturday Matinee at Holy Cross

Women's Basketball Set for Saturday Matinee at Holy Cross

American (12-13, 9-5 PL) at Holy Cross (6-19, 4-10 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 18
1:05 p.m. in Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center)
Series Record:
 Holy Cross leads, 21-15
Last Meeting: January 22, 2017 at American - Holy Cross 61, American 60

American Game Notes
Holy Cross Game Notes 

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is heading into the last big road trip of the regular season this weekend, heading up to Holy Cross for a 1:05 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Eagles enter the game with a 12-13 overall record, 9-5 in the Patriot League, while the Crusaders sit at 6-19 for the season and 4-10 in the PL.

THE SERIES
Holy Cross leads the series with American, 21-15, after claiming a one-point victory over the Eagles on Jan. 22, 61-60.

The match-up began with an 11-1 winning streak by the Crusaders from 2000-06 before the Eagles went on a run of their own, going 7-0 from 2010-12.  AU's last victory against Holy Cross was on Jan. 3, 2015, 73-63.

THEIR LAST MEETING
The Eagles fell just short of grabbling a late win over Holy Cross on Sunday, Jan. 22, dropping the home contest, 61-60. 

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

Holy Cross was led by freshman Lauren Manis, who hit her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds.  Juniors Tricia Byrne and Infiniti Thomas-Waheed also put up double-figure tallies for the Crusaders with 14 points and 10 points, respectively.

Although the Eagles outshot Holy Cross from the field, 70.6 percent to 34.8 percent, the Crusaders dominated on the boards with 42 rebounds to the 27 from American.  Holy Cross closed the game with 23 offensive rebounds and 22 second chance points, while the Eagles were held to five points off of offensive rebounds.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU is coming off its most dominant victory of the season on Wednesday, as they beat out Lafayette in Bender Arena with a 30-point margin, 75-45.  

Junior Emily Kinneston was one of ten Eagles to contribute to AU's third-highest point tally of the season as she broke the 20-point mark for the fourth time this year and fell only two points shy of tying her career-high with 24 for the night.  She tied with sophomore Elina Koskimies for a team-high four assists and contributed another five rebounds.

Koskimies led the squad on the boards for the first time this season, topping her career-high with ten rebounds.

Senior Lauren Crisler was the only other Eagle to tally in the double-figures with 11 points and six rebounds.  Junior Michael Harris also put up a good performance earning her first career start and contributing eight points and three rebounds out of her team-high 28 minutes of play.

The Eagles shot 46.8 percent from the field, hitting 29 of their 62 attempts, and brought down a season high 48 rebounds.

Kinneston is eighth in the current PL rankings for scoring, leading the Eagles with 13.2 ppg.  She also sits at fourth in the league, shooting 45.7 percent from the field.

Junior Maria Liddane continues to dominant the league rankings in assists, averaging 5.0 per game.  The next highest distributer in the PL is Boston's Courtney Latham, who averages 3.7 per game.

The Eagles lead the conference, shooting 43.6 percent from the field, and rank third in both field goal defense (.383) and 3-point field goal defense (.295).  

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross enters the weekend off of a three-game losing streak with the most recent loss coming against Army on Wednesday, 60-41.  Junior Tricia Byrne led the Crusaders' scoring efforts against the Black Knights, hitting 13 points off of 5-of-9 from the field.  Freshman Lauren Manis contributed another ten points while also leading the team on the boards with seven rebounds.

Junior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed leads the Crusaders, averaging 13.9 ppg after putting in 18 games in double-figures.

Manis continues to serve as the Crusaders' top rebounder, averaging 7.7 per game.

Holy Cross enters the weekend averaging 57.4 ppg off of 35.4 percent shooting from the field, 30.1 percent from beyond the arc.  

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