@AU_WBasketball Opens New Year at Colgate

Team huddle before La Salle (11/13/17)

Game 13 ·  American (8-4, 1-0 PL) at Colgate (4-8, 0-1 PL)
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018  ·  2 p.m. ET  ·  Hamilton, N.Y. (Cotterell Court)
All-Time Record: 
American leads, 31-6
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Game Notes:  American | Colgate

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is opening 2018 with its first conference road game of the season, as the Eagles travel to Colgate for a 2 p.m. tipoff on Tuesday.

AU is 8-4 overall, 1-0 in the Patriot League, after topping 2017 PL Champion, Bucknell, on Friday, 68-58. The Raiders (4-8, 0-1 PL), on the other hand, enter the midweek matinee after four consecutive losses, including their conference opener against Holy Cross, 71-64.

AU and Colgate met for the first time during the 2001-02 season when the Eagles joined the Patriot League. Since then, the two teams have met 37 times with the Eagles leading the series, 31-6.

American claimed the series debut on January 9, 2002, 79-77, and are currently on a 22-game winning streak against the Raiders that began on March 4, 2007 (68-45).

The two teams last met on January 28, 2017 at Colgate, when the Eagles picked up their sixth conference win of the season with a 73-62 victory over the Raiders.

The Eagles and Raiders have met in the Patriot League tournament five times throughout their history. AU currently leads Colgate in the postseason, 3-2.

Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 8-0 against Colgate since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.

American overpowered the defending Patriot League champs, Bucknell, in the conference opener on Friday, 68-58.

The Eagles shot a season-high 46.2 percent (24-for-52) from the field and had one of their best performances from long-range this season with 42.9 percent (6-for-14). The top team in the PL for free throw percentage (73.5 percent overall), AU struggled against Bucknell, shooting a season-low 58.3 percent.

The team is averaging 63.6 ppg with a 40.0 percent shooting from the field while holding its opponents to 61.9 ppg and 36.6 percent shooting.

AU continues to lead the PL with a league-low 13.8 turnovers per game, and rank second with a 0.94 assist/turnover ratio.

Senior Emily Kinneston continues to lead the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), followed by junior Cecily Carl (10.8 ppg).

Carl also leads the team on the boards (8.1 rpg), while Kinneston leads in assists (3.8 apg).

Colgate enters the midweek matinee off of four consecutive losses, dating back to Dec. 6 against Syracuse (79-39).

The Raiders last win was against UMass Lowell on Dec. 2 (84-64).

Colgate opened its conference campaign with a 71-64 loss at home against Holy Cross.

Colgate had its best defensive performance of the season, holding Holy Cross to only 29 percent from the field, but was unable to keep up with the Crusaders' 77.8 percent (28-for-36) from the free throw line.

Summer King and Kateri Stone both led the Raiders' scoring efforts with 12 points each, while Mylah Chandler and Abby Schubiger both brought down a team-high seven rebounds.

Colgate is 3rd in the PL with 41.7 percent shooting from the field and is averaging 62.0 ppg. The Raiders' opponents are averaging 71.1 ppg with 39.2 percent shooting.

American opened its 2017-18 Patriot League campaign with a 68-58 win over defending PL champ, Bucknell, in Bender Arena on Friday, Dec. 29.

Junior Cecily Carl led the team with 16 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Classmate Elina Koskimies joined her in the double-figures with 10 points along with a team-high eight rebounds.

Carl contributed another six rebounds alongside senior Michael Harris, while senior Emily Kinneston added a team-high three assists and two steals.

The Eagles shot a season-high 46.2 percent (24-for-52) from the field and had one of their best performances from long-range with 42.9 percent (6-for-14). They struggled from the free throw line, though, hitting only 14 of 24 for a season-low 58.3 percent.

Late fouls threatened AU in the fourth quarter, as Kinneston fouled out of the game with three minutes left on the clock, and Carl picked up her fourth. The Bison also landed in some foul trouble after Abby Kapp fouled out in the final minute and Kyi English and Kate Walker both reached four.

Both teams struggled to capitalize from the line, though, as Bucknell shot 63.6 percent (7-for-11) and AU hit 33.3 percent (3 of 12) in the final 10 minutes. By the final whistle, it came down to key treys from Carl and Koskimes as the Eagles maintained a 10-point spread.

The Eagles hold a 205-115 overall record (.640) against Patriot League teams and are 156-84 (.650) since joining the league in 2001-02.

Holy Cross is the only team that holds an advantage over AU with a series record of 22-15.

Opponent Record Last Game
Army West Point
Boston Univ.
Holy Cross
Loyola (Md.)
L, 57-68
W, 57-51
W, 68-58
W, 73-52
L, 46-51
W, 75-45
W, 70-58
W, 66-59
L, 44-60

Colgate will mark the 99th game of senior Emily Kinneston's AU career. The Shelburne, Vt., native is also staring at the 800-point mark with 798 after the win over Bucknell.

Junior Cecily Carl is also nearing a milestone. After moving up to the No. 5 spot in the program record book for career blocks (85), Carl is also just one rebound shy of hitting 400.

The Eagles are 7-4 at the conclusion of the regular season non-conference schedule. This ties with the 2013-14 season for the best non-conference record for Coach Gebbia and her staff.

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