Game 3 · American (2-0) at Delaware (1-1)
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 · 7 p.m. ET · Newark, Del. (Bob Carpenter Center)
All-Time Record: Delaware leads, 12-5
TV: NBC Sports Washington+, NBC Sports Philadelphia+, COZI TV, SNY
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball will embark on a five-game road series on Thursday as the Eagles travel to Delaware for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
AU is 2-0 after the first weekend of the season, registering wins over Tulsa, 72-67, and La Salle, 66-48. The Blue Hens split their first two games of 2017-18, falling to Buffalo, 87-73, before surging to a late win over Hartford, 72-63.
For the second consecutive game, the Eagles enter a matchup at a disadvantage in terms of series record. Delaware currently leads AU, 12-5, since the two teams first met in 1979. The most recent of these losses came during the 2016-17 season when Delaware handed American its first loss of the season after an overtime battle in Bender Arena, 56-55.
The Eagles' last victory over the Blue Hens was in 1991 when they defended their home court in another tight race, 63-62.
THE LAST TIME OUT
American powered to a late 66-48 win over La Salle on Monday to open the 2017-18 home slate. Three Eagles led the team's scoring efforts with double-figure tallies, starting with junior Cecily Carl's 17 points. Sophomore Katie Marenyi followed with a career-high 12 points while senior Emily Kinneston returned after a team-high 25 points against Tulsa to put up 10 against the Explorers.
Carl, along with senior Michael Harris, led the team on the boards with seven rebounds, while Kinneston distributed a team-high six assists.
AU shot 45.3 percent from the field while holding La Salle to 28.0 percent, and brought down 38 rebounds to the Explorers' 30.
The two teams were in a deadlock for much of the first half with eight ties and seven lead changes. A last-second trey from Carl sent the Eagles into the half with a one-point advantage.
The Eagles took control of the game after a quick five points from freshman Maddie Royle sent the team on a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter. AU continued to build that lead throughout the fourth, eventually closing with an 18-point advantage.
#AUWBB vs. THE CAA
American is 91-99 against Colonial Athletic Conference teams. Delaware is the only guaranteed CAA contest on the Eagles' 2017-18 slate. AU may also face James Madison during the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vt., on Nov. 24-25. American currently holds a 10-42 record against the Dukes.
EARLY SEASON SUCCESS
The last time American opened the season with consecutive wins was in 2013-14, when head coach Megan Gebbia opened her AU career with a 3-0 run against Maryland Eastern Shore, Massachusetts, and UMBC before falling to Quinnipiac.
GETTING RIGHT TO WORK
Freshman Maddie Royle has already established herself as a momentum-changer after only two games as an Eagle. She packed a lot into her three minutes of play during the second quarter against Tulsa, bringing down four rebounds and converting a block to a 3-point make on the other end of the floor to tie the game at 33-33 heading into halftime.
Royle put in more big minutes during the third quarter against La Salle, putting five points within 30 seconds with a trey and jumper to send the Eagles on a 9-0 run to gap the Explorers. AU continued to build off that lead throughout the fourth quarter to claim the final 18-point win.
MARENYI ON THE RISE
Sophomore Katie Marenyi had a career-high performance during Monday's win over La Salle, putting in 21 minutes for the Eagles. She helped propel AU to its late victory, putting up an early three in the third quarter to tie the game back up before leading the team down its final stretch with five points late in the fourth quarter. Her 12-point tally against La Salle was a new career-best.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS
Delaware overcame a four-point halftime deficit during Monday's game against Hartford during a dominating third quarter, 29-13. Although junior forward Nicole Enabosi who led the team with 22 points during the game, it was sophomore guard Bailey Kargo who came on strong during that third quarter run with 11 points.
Enabosi leads the team across the board with 20.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg and 3.0 apg. Senior Makeda Nicholas (15.0 ppg) and sophomore Samone DeFreese (10.0 ppg) are the only other two players averaging in double-figures after the first two games.
Delaware is shooting .439 from the field, but only .188 from beyond the arc, and .796 from the line. They average 72.5 points, 46.0 rebounds, and 28.5 turnovers per game.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Dec. 2, to host Youngstown State at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena. Tickets for this and all AU basketball home games can be purchased by clicking here. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.