Game 6 · American (3-2) vs. Villanova (4-0)
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 · 7 p.m. ET · Burlington, Vt.. (Patrick Gymnasium)
All-Time Record: Villanova leads, 2-0
Game Notes: American | Villanova
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 (3-2) will face undefeated Villanova (4-0) in the championship game after a thrilling 64-62 win over host Vermont on Friday. Villanova also won by a narrow margin, outlasting James Madison, 60-57, to advance to the title game.
This will be only the third time that the Eagles and Wildcats have faced each other on the basketball court. Villanova currently leads the series, 2-0, with both wins coming out of the WNIT First Round in 2008 (52-53) and 2012 (58-39).
THE LAST TIME OUT
Although junior Cecily Carl led the team with her first double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 21 points and bringing down 10 rebounds, it was senior Emily Kinneston who came away with the game-winner. A native of nearby Shelburne, Vt., Kinneston recorded 16 points in front of a home-state crowd, including the final second basket that secured the game for the Eagles.
Junior Kaitlyn Lewis was the only other AU player to score in the double-figures with 13 points, while sophomore Katie Marenyi contributed a team-high four steals and junior Elina Koskimies added a career-high three blocks.
The Catamounts also had three players score in the double-figures, starting with Cassidy Derda who had 17 points and 12 assists for the double-double. Hannah Crymble added another 15 points while Sydney Smith put up another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the floor, 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from 3-point range, and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the foul line. They were outdone by Vermont under the basket, bringing down 27 rebounds to the Catamounts' 50.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Villanova continued its undefeated season on Friday with a 60-57 win over James Madison. Three players closed in double-figures for the Wildcats, starting with the 15 points from Adrianna Hahn. Alex Louin added the double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Kelly Jekot added another 10 to the final tally.
Villanova shot 40.7 percent from the field, 20.7 percent from long-range, and 42.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Hahn now leads the overall scoring efforts for the Wildcats with 13.8 ppg, followed closely by Kelly Jekot with 13.0 ppg. Louin leads the team on the boards with 7.0 rpg.
Villanova averages 64.2 ppg to their opponents' 51.8 ppg off of 38.9 percent from the field, 27.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 68.3 percent from the line. The Wildcats average 38.2 rpg and 14.0 assists per game.
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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