American (13-14, 10-6 PL) vs. Loyola Maryland (9-18, 5-11 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 25
2 p.m. in Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
Series Record: American leads, 13-6
Last Meeting: December 30, 2016 at Loyola (Md.) - American 60, Loyola (Md.) 45
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is closing out its regular season home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 25, with a 2 p.m. tipoff against Loyola Maryland. The afternoon matchup will also serve as Senior Day for the Eagles, with Lauren Crisler and Jordan Light set to be recognized in a ceremony prior to tipoff.
American enters the weekend after an important victory against Navy on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to rise to 13-14 overall and 10-6 in the Patriot League. Loyola currently sits at 9-18 for the season and 5-11 in the PL.
A FOND FAREWELL
Two seniors will walk onto the court at Bender Arena for one final time on Saturday, as Lauren Crisler and Jordan Light approach the final weeks of their AU careers. Both leave American after historical careers, including helping guide the team to the WNIT in 2014 and its first NCAA Tournament in 2015.
Crisler will graduate with a degree in finance, minor in economics. A 2015-16 All-Patriot League Third Team selection and 2016-17 All-Patriot League Preseason Team member, she will close her career with over 632 points and 403 rebounds.
Light will earn her degree in business administration. She was a two-time Patriot League Honor Roll member, and tallied 221 points and 129 rebounds in her 96 games wearing the red, white and blue.
American leads the series against the Greyhounds, 13-6, after claiming a 60-45 win to open up the conference schedule on Dec. 30.
This will be the 20th meeting between the two programs since the 1979-80 season, when the Eagles won the series debut, 73-61.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American currently sits in fourth in the Patriot League behind Bucknell (14-2), Navy (13-3) and Army (11-5). A win on Saturday, or a loss from Boston University during its game against crosstown rival, Holy Cross, would guarantee a March 6 home contest for the Eagles in the Patriot League quarterfinals.
The Eagles are riding some momentum heading into the final two games of the regular season, after beating Navy in Bender Arena on Wednesday, 50-48. The Midshipmen came into the midweek game tied with Bucknell as the No. 1 seed in the league, but the Eagles were able to shut down their scoring offense, holding them to two of their lowest-scoring quarters of the season.
Sophomore Elina Koskimies certainly emerged as one of the highlights for the game, hitting her previous career-high of 11 points in the first half alone before closing with 17 for the night. The No. 2 shooter from the perimeter came off the bench to hit 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and 6-of-7 overall from the floor while also pulling down six rebounds.
Junior Emily Kinneston also put up big numbers for the Eagles, shooting a career-high 8-of-8 from the line to close with 14 points and seven rebounds for the night.
Senior Lauren Crisler led on the boards with eight rebounds, and distributed a team-high three assists.
The Eagles are currently averaging 61.5 ppg off of 43.0 percent shooting from the field, 70.4 percent from the free throw line. They hold a positive point margin of 2.2 after limiting their opponents to only 38.1 percent from the field.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola is currently in a seven-game skid, having not won a game since the Jan. 22 win over Colgate, 87-77. Most recently, the Greyhounds dropped a heartbreaker to Holy Cross, falling by one point in the final seconds of the game, 59-58.
Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with a milestone performance, hitting her 1,000th career point in the midst of her 23-point tally. Molly Taylor followed with 12 for the night, and Lauren Daugherty brought down a team-high 12 rebounds.
Betz-White currently averages 15.7 ppg as the team's only consistent double figure shooter. Stephanie Karcz is next with 9.7 ppg and leads the team with 6.2 rpg.
The Greyhounds are averaging 59.0 ppg to their opponents' 62.9 ppg, and are shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 67.4 percent from the line.
The Eagles will close out the regular season schedule on Wednesday, March 1, with a 7 p.m. tipoff at Navy.
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