Game 5 · American (2-2) at Vermont (2-3)
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 · 5 p.m. ET · Burlington, Vt.. (Patrick Gymnasium)
All-Time Record: American leads, 1-0
WASHINGTON – For the second consecutive year the American University women's basketball team will celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with their only nonconference tournament of the season, as the Eagles head up to Burlington, Vt., for the TD Bank Classic.
AU will open the weekend on Friday with a 5 p.m. tipoff against host Vermont, and will close the tournament on Saturday playing either James Madison or Villanova.
The Eagles are 2-2 for the season after falling in the last two contests to Delaware and George Mason. Vermont is 2-3 overall after falling to Columbia, 73-66, on Sunday. James Madison comes into the weekend at 1-3 while Villanova holds the best record of the four teams at 3-0 so far this season.
This will be only the second time that the Eagles and Catamounts have faced each other on the basketball court. AU won the series debut, 80-69, during the St. Pater's Tournament in Jersey City, N.J., on Dec. 30, 1983.
THE LAST TIME OUT
The Eagles registered their second consecutive loss of the season on Monday, falling to George Mason, 71-53, after a second-half run from the Patriots.
AU led the game, 34-32, at the half but struggled in the fourth quarter, scoring only six points to Mason's 18.
Senior Michael Harris led the team for the first time this season, third time in her career, with 15 points – only one point shy of her career-high 16 from Tulsa (11/10). Two other Eagles also put up double-figures against the Patriots with senior Emily Kinneston (14) and junior Kaitlyn Lewis (13).
As has been the story throughout the season, junior Cecily Carl led the team on the boards, bringing down five rebounds.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
Vermont fell just shy of a second-half comeback on Sunday, losing to Columbia, 73-66. The Catamounts were led by an 18-point effort from Hanna Crymble, 16 of which came during the second half run. Sydney Smith and Kristina White also landed in double-figures with 15 points and 10 points, respectively.
White also led the team with eight rebounds.
Crymble leads the team with 16.8 ppg an 6.0 rpg so far this season while Katie Lavelle ranks first with 3.6 assists per game.
The Catamounts average 66.8 ppg off of 37.8 percent shooting from the field, 27.9 percent from 3-point range, and 75.3 percent from the line. They average 44.0 rpg.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
James Madison is 1-3 so far this season after falling to Rutgers, 76-63, No. 13 Tennessee, 89-60, and Saint Joseph's, 73-66. The Dukes' only win this season was a 68-45 victory over Wagner on Nov. 12.
Three players average in double-figures for JMU, starting with the 14.5 ppg from Kamiah Smalls. Lexie Barrier has added 12.3 ppg while also leading the team in assists with 2.5 per game. Kelly Koshuta rounds out the top three scorers with 11.0 ppg.
Kayla Cooper-Williams leads the Dukes on the boards with 6.0 rpg.
JMU averages 64.3 ppg off of 38.0 percent from the field, 22.2 percent from long-range, and 67.2 percent from the line. The Dukes have brought down 37.5 rpg and average 9.0 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Villanova enters the weekend still undefeated with wins over Hartford, 71-53, Lehigh, 62-42, and No. 11/12 Duke, 64-55.
The Wildcats are led by Kelly Jekot, who has averaged 14.0 ppg. Adrianna Hahn is the only other player to average in double-figures with 13.3 ppg.
Mary Gedaka leads the Wildcats on the boards with 7.0 rpg while Hahn also leads the team's distribution with 3.6 assists per game.
Villanova averages 65.7 ppg to their opponents' 50.0 ppg off of 38.3 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 81.5 percent from the line. The Wildcats average 39.7 rpg and 15.3 assists per game.
#AUWBB vs. THE AMERICA EAST
American is 13-8 against teams from the America East. UMBC is by far the most common opponent for the Eagles out of the conference, and AU leads that series 11-6 after a 70-53 victory last season. AU will face the Terriers on the road next week (11/29).
This weekend is a homecoming for senior Emily Kinneston, who grew up in nearby Shelburne, Vt. (Champlain Valley Union). This is the first time Kinneston has played in her home state since graduating high school in 2014.
#AUWBB vs. TURKEY DAY TOURNEYS
American holds a record of 7-8 in the seven Thanksgiving weekend tournaments since 2005. The most recent of these was the 2016 San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the Eagles fell to VCU, 68-62, and Georgia State, 59-58 (OT).
The last win for AU in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament was in 2014, when the Eagles went 2-0 against Gonzaga (59-56) and Oregon (72-64) during the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev.
OWNING THE INSIDE
Prior to Monday's game at George Mason, the Eagles had outscored their opponents in the paint, 100-72, averaging a margin of +9.3 ppg (33.3 ppg to 24.0 ppg). The Eagles were outscored in the paint by Mason, 38-14, on Monday, but still maintain a 28.5 ppg average to their opponents' 27.5 ppg.
PUTTING IN THE TIME
Senior Emily Kinneston leads the Eagles in minutes played, currently averaging 30.8 per game. She is the only player to average over 30 minutes, while the rest of the starters currently average over 25 – junior Cecily Carl (28.5), junior Elina Koskimies (28.0), senior Maria Liddane (27.0) and senior Michael Harris (26.5).
Sophomore Katie Marenyi leads the bench after putting in a career-high 26 minutes against George Mason - she averages 18 minutes per game off the bench followed by junior Kaitlyn Lewis (17.3) and senior Io Chaney (12.0).
Sophomore Katie Marenyi has been a key aspect of the AU bench during the early season games. She put up a perfect scoreline during the Eagles' loss to Delaware, shooting 3-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point range, and 2-of-2 from the line in her 17 minutes of play. She also contributed three assists and a team-high two steals. She had a career-high performance during the win over La Salle, hitting 12 points during her 21 minutes of play, including a three early in the third quarter to tie the game before leading the team down the final stretch with five points late in the fourth. Marenyi is averaging 7.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 1.5 apg.
MAKING IT COUNT
Senior Michael Harris has continued to build off her breakout junior season. After making her first five starts last season, she is now a consistent starter for the Eagles. Harris started with a new career-high 16 points and two blocks against Tulsa. She has also broken personal records in rebounds, assists, field goals made, 3-point field goals made, and minutes. She led the team with seven rebounds against La Salle and 15 points against George Mason.
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