Game 15 · American (10-4, 3-0 PL) at Army West Point (8-6, 1-2 PL)
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 · 7 p.m. ET · West Point, N.Y. (Christl Arena)
All-Time Record: Tied, 18-18
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will look to continue its undefeated stretch on Monday, as the Eagles travel to West Point, N.Y., for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Army.
The Eagles are the only undefeated team left in the Patriot League at 3-0 in the league, 10-4 overall, after they battled to a late win over Navy, 46-41. The Black Knights are currently 1-2 in the league, 8-6 overall, after falling to Bucknell and Boston University.
The Eagles and Black Knights are tied at 18-18 in the 36-game series. The two teams first met on New Years Eve 1996 when the Eagles walked away with a 79-39 victory in West Point.
Since then, Army has claimed 11 wins on its home court, including six-consecutive victories over the last four years. The last time an AU team beat Army on its home court was the one-point victory, 40-39, on Jan. 21, 2012.
Army and Holy Cross were the only two Patriot League teams to sweep the Eagles last season.
The last time the two teams met was Feb. 11, 2017, when Army defeated AU in Bender Arena, 68-57.
Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 1-8 against Army since she arrived at AU in 2013-14. Her only win so far against the Black Knights was on Feb. 21, 2015 in Bender Arena, 45-42. That victory was in the midst of an 11-game winning streak that carried the Eagles to their Patriot League title and the program's first berth into the NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American remains the only undefeated team in conference play after battling to a 46-41 victory over Navy on Monday. The Eagles are currently on a four-game win streak with their last loss having come against George Washington, 61-44, on Dec. 17.
The Eagles continue to lead the PL with only 13.2 turnovers per game and rank second with a 1.04 assist/turnover ratio.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army West Point suffered its second conference loss of the season on Friday, falling to Bucknell, 60-36. Army's only PL win of the season was the 69-62 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Jan. 2.
For the third consecutive game, Aliyah Murray led the team in scoring with 16 points and closed out the double-double with another team-high 10 boards. The Black Knights started with a season-low four points and closed with only nine in both the third and fourth quarters against the Bison.
Madison Hovren continues to lead the team's overall scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). She ranks in the top three in the PL in both categories.
The Black Knights rank second in the league for rebounding (40.9 rpg) and rebounding defense (35.9 rpg).
American broke into the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 for the first time this season, landing at No. 25 in the national poll after the win over Colgate. Navy is the only other PL school to hold a spot on the list at No. 16. The Mids also appeared in the AP Poll after receiving a vote in the latest release.
THE LAST TIME OUT
The Eagles battled back from a tough first quarter to claim their third Patriot League win of the season, beating Navy 46-41 to remain undefeated in Patriot League play.
This was a key win for AU, as Navy was the only other Patriot League team ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 (No. 16). The Mids also entered the game with a vote in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Senior Michael Harris led the team's overall scoring efforts with 13 points while bringing down six rebounds. Senior Maria Liddane led on the boards with a career-high nine rebounds and contributed a team-high six assists and three steals.
Sophomore Katie Marenyi also came away with a big performance, tying her career-high with 12 points in her first start as an Eagle.
Both teams struggled with shooting, hitting new season-lows from the field. AU just edged Navy with 30.8 percent from the floor while the Mids were held to 29.6 percent.
The Eagles battled well on the boards, holding Navy, who entered the game leading the PL with 41.7 rpg, to only 39 rebounds. AU landed just above their 34.8 rpg average with 37 total boards.
Scoring woes haunted both teams early on, as the game remained scoreless until nearly five minutes in when a Navy jumper broke the stalemate. The Eagles continued to struggle until the final two minutes when freshman Indeya Sanders put up a jumper less than a minute after coming off the bench.
It was a footrace of a first quarter, though, as AU gave up six turnovers and Navy seven. By the end, both teams had put up their lowest first-quarter scores of the season with Navy leading, 7-2.
It was the third quarter that secured the game for AU, as the team shot 52.6 percent from the field, hitting 10 of 19 from the floor to lead the Mids, 23-15, and take a one-point lead heading into the fourth.
Scoring troubles haunted the teams once again in the fourth quarter, as the Mids shot 13.3 percent from the floor of 2 of 15 for only a four-point tally. The Eagles, on the other hand, failed to make a single shot from the floor. But 8-for-10 shooting from the free throw line proved to be the difference-maker, as AU came away with the final five-point victory.