Game 19 · American (14-4, 7-0 PL) at Lafayette (7-10, 3-4 PL)
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 · 2:00 p.m. ET · Easton, Pa. (Kirby Sports Center)
All-Time Record: American leads, 36-7
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team opens a two-game road stretch on Saturday, as the Eagles travel to Easton, Pa., to take on Lafayette at 2 p.m.
American continues to lead the league with an undefeated 7-0 PL record, 14-4 overall. The Leopards enter the weekend match-up at 7-10 overall and 3-4 in the league.
The Eagles lead the 43-game series against Lafayette, 36-7. AU opened the series with an 11-0 run against the Leopards, starting with a 62-53 victory in Washington on Jan. 19, 1982.
The two teams have met in five Patriot League quarterfinal games since 2009. The Eagles are 4-1 against the Leopards in the postseason.
AU got some redemption against the Leopards last season, sweeping them in both regular season games after falling to them twice in 2016. Prior to 2016, the Eagles were on a 7-0 run against Lafayette, having not lost a game since 2013.
Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 8-2 against Lafayette since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU extended its run to 8-0 since the close of the nonconference slate, 7-0 in Patriot League play, after a 66-50 win over Boston University at home on Wednesday.
Junior Elina Koskimies put up her second-consecutive career performance, leading the team with 24 points after shooting 7-for-11 (.636) from the perimeter, 8-for-13 from the floor. She leads the league-only stats with 3.3 treys per game and a .606 shooting percentage from the perimeter in her first six games of the conference slate.
Senior Emily Kinneston also saw her fourth consecutive double-figure performance against the Terriers with 17 points.
American continues to be the top runner in the league-only standings, averaging 67.7 ppg (.430) and a +14.6 scoring margin during their 7-0 run. The Eagles have held their PL opponents thus far to a .321 field goal percentage and 53.1 ppg.
AU is averaging 64.9 ppg overall this season off of 40.8 percent shooting from the field. The Eagles have held their opponents to 34.9 percent from the floor and 58.7 ppg.
Kinneston continues to lead the team's overall scoring efforts, averaging a career-high 14.1 ppg, 14.3 ppg in conference play. Junior Cecily Carl leads the team on the boards with 8.5 rpg for the season and 8.8 rpg in the conference schedule.
Carl leads the league-only stats with a .571 shooting percentage from the floor. Senior Maria Liddane has also risen in the conference slate and ranks first in the PL with 4.6 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
Lafayette is 3-4 in the Patriot League under first-year head coach Kia Damon. The Leopards enter the weekend matinee off a 65-59 loss to Navy in Annapolis on Wednesday.
A second-half run came up just short for the Leopards against the Midshipmen. Lafayette entered halftime at a 40-21 deficit before closing just six points behind Navy after putting up a 15-6 third quarter and 23-19 fourth.
Anna Ptasinski led the Leopards with 15 points and seven rebounds, followed by Alexis Santarelli who tallied a dozen. Natalie Kucowski led the team with five assists and two blocks while bringing down six boards.
Although Kucowski ranks second in the PL overall this season with 10.7 rpg, she has been held to only 8.7 rpg since the start of conference play.
The Leopards are averaging 55.6 ppg and .371 shooting from the field while their opponents have averaged 59.9 ppg and 36.3 percent shooting. Since the start of conference play, Lafayette has averaged 59.1 ppg and 38.2 percent from the floor.
The Eagles moved up to No. 15 on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 this week after they extended to eight straight wins, including seven 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. The Eagles moved up to No. 18 on Jan. 9 after extending their win streak to four with wins over Navy and Army West Point.
Navy is the only other PL school to hold a spot on the list at No. 22.
EAGLES ON THE RUN
American is among the top-20 teams in the NCAA with its current eight-game win streak. The Eagles haven't lost a game since George Washington on Dec. 17.
AU currently ranks ninth in NCAA Division I for the 8-0 run that started on Dec. 20 with the overtime upset over Penn State, 75-66. The team also ranks 11th with its 7-0 conference run, and 14th for its 12-0 streak in Bender Arena.
If this holds through the next three games, this will be the first time in program history that the Eagles have gone undefeated in January. Until now, the closest has been an 8-1 run in 2010 and a 7-1 record in 2012. In both those years, AU opened the month with the lone loss.
This season ties with the historic 2014-15 season as the strongest conference start since the 2011-12 season when the Eagles went undefeated during the regular season conference slate.
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