American (14-14, 11-6 PL) at Navy (20-8, 13-4 PL)
Wednesday, March 1
7 p.m. in Annapolis, Md. (Alumni Hall)
Series Record: American leads, 29-21
Last Meeting: February 22, 2017 at American - American 50, Navy 48
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is set to close its 2017 regular season campaign on Wednesday, March 1, with a trip to Annapolis for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Navy.
The Eagles, who are locked in as the No. 4 seed heading into the Patriot League Championships next week, are 14-14 overall for the season and 11-6 in the PL. The Midshipmen will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed with their 20-8 overall record, 13-4 in the Patriot League.
The Eagles came away with the win in their first matchup with Navy, who were then tied with Bucknell for the No. 1 slot in the league, on Feb. 22, 50-48. AU leads the overall series, 29-21, but trails Navy in Annapolis, 15-9.
American is 4-2 in postseason play against Navy with the last win coming during the 2015 Patriot League title run, when the Eagles overcame the Midshipmen, 60-53, during the semifinal round. AU went on to win the program's first PL title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
THEIR LAST MEETING
Sophomore Elina Koskimies had a career night on Feb. 22, smashing through her scoring record to lead AU to a clutch victory over Navy in Bender Arena, 50-48.
Koskimies drove the Eagles' scoring efforts, coming off the bench to put up 17 points, surpassing her previous career-high by six. Kinneston joined Koskimies in the double-figures, putting up 14 points and seven rebounds. Senior Lauren Crisler led the team on the boards with eight rebounds and, for the first time this season, put up a team-high in assists with three for the night.
The Midshipmen were led by Sarita Condie's 15-point effort. Hannah Fenske added another 11 points while also leading the team with eight rebounds.
American held Navy, who averaged 41.2 percent heading into the game, to 32.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from the free throw line.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU was able to hold off a fourth quarter surge by Loyola Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 25, to close its regular season home schedule with a 66-59 win.
The Eagles were led by sophomore Cecily Carl, who made her return to the court after sitting out the three games prior. She came off the bench to shoot a perfect 4-of-4 from the perimeter, 5-for-7 from the floor, to put up 14 points for the day.
Sophomore Elina Koskimies had another exciting performance from 3-point range, shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to add another nine points. Koskimies had led the Eagles during their win over Navy on Feb. 22 with a career-high 17 points off of 5-of-6 from the perimeter.
Senior Lauren Crisler and junior Maria Liddane both landed at 12 points each to close out the double-figure scoring for the Eagles. Crisler helped lead the team on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds along with junior Michael Harris. Liddane put up a team-high six assists, followed by Kinneston with five.
The Eagles are second in the Patriot League with their 42.8 percent shooting from the field, and continue to hold a top-three spot in the league for field goal defense (.381). AU also ranks second in the PL for assists (15.29 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.02). They average 61.7 ppg and 34.3 rpg.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy is coming off its first set of back-to-back conference losses this season, first falling to American, 50-48, then Bucknell on Feb. 25, 63-54.
The Midshipmen put two players in double figures against the Bison, starting with Ashanti Kennedy's 15-point effort, followed by Taylor Dunham with 14 points. Justice Swett led the team on the boards with eight rebounds.
Sarita Condie, who has led Navy's scoring efforts in 13 games this year and currently averages 13.3 ppg, was held to only eight points on Saturday.
Navy leads the Patriot League in scoring offense (67.8 ppg), 3-point percentage (.357) and sits just above AU in assists (16.18 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.22). They average 37.2 rebounds per game.
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PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL TICKET INFORMATION
The No. 4-seed American University women's basketball team will host No. 5 Boston University at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6, for the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal round.
Ticket prices for this game, set by the Patriot League, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth, and are on sale now via AUEagles.com\Tickets. Fans can also visit the Athletics Ticket Office in person, or call (202) 885-TIXX (8499) Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. AU students will be admitted free to this game with a valid AU ID.