Game 18 · American (13-4, 6-0 PL) vs. Boston University (8-8, 3-3 PL)
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2018 · 7:00 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 9-4
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will look to extend one of the top winning streaks in the NCAA on Wednesday, as the Eagles host Boston University in Bender Arena at 7 p.m.
AU leads the Patriot League at 6-0 in conference play, 13-4 overall, while the Terriers come into the midweek contest at fifth in the league at 8-8 overall, 3-3 in the conference.
THE GUEST OF HONOR...
The Eagles are proud to welcome American University President Sylvia Burwell as the honorary coach for Wednesday's game. The 15th President of American University, and first female President, President Burwell will join the team and coaching staff on the bench and in the locker room throughout the evening.
President Burwell was a student-athlete in her own right, as she played basketball in high school and during her Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.
President Burwell was the 22nd Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Obama Administration from 2014-17. Prior to that, she was also the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) , the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Treasury, and Special Assistant to the Director of the National Economic Council.
The Eagles lead the 13-game series against Boston University, 9-4. BU opened the series with a 78-68 win over AU during the 1981 Hoya Invitational. AU went 2-1 against the Terriers last season, earning both wins in Bender Arena including the 57-51 victory on March 6 during the Patriot League Quarterfinal Round.
After meeting three times during the early-1980s, the Eagles and Terriers took a 32-year hiatus before meeting again in 2014 after BU joined the Patriot League. AU hit a 4-0 run against the Terriers in their first two years in the league before Boston broke the run with a 63-59 win on Jan. 13, 2016. Since then, AU's only loss to Boston was last season on BU's home court, 71-62.
Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 8-2 against Boston since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU had one of its highest-scoring games in recent history on Sunday, as the Eagles continued their win streak with an 82-64 win over Lehigh. That scoring output against the Mountain Hawks ties with the Nov. 17, 2013, win over UMass as the highest point tally for the Eagles since Head Coach Megan Gebbia and her staff took over the program.
Junior Cecily Carl led the Eagles with her fifth double-double of the season, scoring a career-high 27 points along with her 12 rebounds. She became only the second player since 2001 to notch three consecutive double-doubles and the first since 2015.
AU shot an impressive 63.2 percent (12-19) from the perimeter which ranks 14th in the current NCAA rankings for single-game three-point field goal percentage. This was the third time in program history that the Eagles have hit 12 treys in a single game - the last time was against No. 18 Iowa in the First Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
AU's 94.7 percent (18-19) from the free throw line also ranks among the top single-game performances in the NCAA so far this season, coming in at No. 22.
American leads the Patriot League in scoring with 68.0 ppg since the start of conference play. The Eagles also lead with 43.4 percent shooting from the field and a +14.3 scoring margin in the PL schedule.
AU continues to come in as one of the top defenses in the league, holding opponents to only 53.7 ppg and 31.6 percent shooting from the floor, 22.0 percent from the perimeter, in the conference schedule. Navy holds the next spot with a 52.0 ppg scoring defense after holding its opponents to 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 22.6 percent from long-range.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Boston is coming off its third Patriot League loss of the season on Saturday, as the Terriers fell to Holy Cross, 60-57. BU's only three conference victories so far this season came against Army, 60-59, Loyola (Md.), 75-56, and Colgate, 62-49.
Nia Irving led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds against the Crusaders, shooting 7-for-10 from the floor for her third 20-point performance in the last six games. Corrine Williams was the only other player to hit double-figures with 10 points, including six in the fourth quarter.
BU fell to a two-point deficit during the third quarter against Holy Cross after leading by six at the half. The fourth quarter saw five ties and eight lead changes.
In conference play, BU ranks second in the PL for field goal percentage (.433) and third for field goal defense (.356). The Terriers are also leading in blocks with 4.8 per game.
Payton Hauck (.520) and Irving (.493) rank first and second in the PL overall in scoring percentage. Katie Nelson leads the conference with 4.3 apg. Irving leads the team's overall scoring efforts with 11.8 ppg followed by Nelson with 10.7 ppg. Irving is also the Terriers' top performer on the boards with 6.9 rpg.
EAGLES ON THE RUN
American is among the top-20 teams in the NCAA with its current 7-game win streak. The Eagles haven't lost a game since George Washington on Dec. 17.
AU currently ranks 15th in NCAA Division I for the 7-0 run that started on Dec. 20 with the overtime upset over Penn State, 75-66. The team also ranks 15th with its 6-0 conference run, and 18th for its 11-0 streak in Bender Arena. This is also the strongest start to Patriot League play since the historic 2014-15 season when the Eagles opened at 7-0.
The Eagles moved up to No. 18 on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 last week after they extended to five straight wins, including four in Patriot League play. American broke into the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 for the first time on Jan. 2, 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. 23.
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