Game 21 · American (16-4, 9-0 PL) vs. Colgate (4-16, 0-9 PL)
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 · 2 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 32-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is making the turn into the second half of Patriot League play on Saturday, as the Eagles host Colgate in Bender Arena at 2 p.m.
AU was undefeated during the first half of the conference slate, closing with a 9-0 PL record, 16-4 overall. The Raiders, on the other hand, are still in search of their first league victory at 0-9 in the conference and 4-16 overall.
American stretched to a 23-game winning streak against the Raiders on Jan. 2 after picking up a 77-55 victory at Colgate. The 37-game series dates back to the Eagles' first season in the Patriot League (2001-02). AU picked up a 79-77 win during the two teams' first meeting on Jan. 9, 2002.
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 9-0 against Colgate since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU battled to its third overtime victory of the season on Saturday, holding Holy Cross off by five points, 68-63. Senior Emily Kinneston led the Eagles for the fifth time this season with 18 points, followed by junior Cecily Carl's sixth double-double of the year with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore Katie Marenyi also stepped up with a career- and team-high six assists and three steals.
The Crusaders were the only Patriot League team to outscore the Eagles in the second half, 27-26, and join Bucknell as the only PL opponent to put up more points in the final 10 minutes, 17-10. In fact, only five teams have outperformed the Eagles in the final stanza - Tulsa, George Mason, Youngstown State, Bucknell and Holy Cross. Of those five, only George Mason walked away with the final victory.
AU leads the Patriot League in conference-play in scoring (68.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.430), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.276), and scoring margin (12.7). The Eagles bumped down to third in the PL rankings for scoring defense (55.8 ppg) and trail Navy in field goal defense (.347).
Despite being held to only two treys against Holy Cross, junior Elina Koskimies continues to lead the league in overall 3-point percentage (.467) and league-only 3-point percentage (.531).
Carl continues to lead the team on the boards with 8.3 rpg overall this season, and ranks fourth in the league stats for conference play in both rebounding (8.4 rpg) and scoring (15.8 ppg).
Despite putting up team-high numbers in only five games so far this year, Kinneston continues to lead the team's overall scoring efforts with 14.3 ppg.
Kinneston and senior Maria Liddane are among the top distributors in the league. Kinneston ranks first in overall assists with 4.1 per game while Liddane ties for fourth with 3.4 per game. The pairing rank first and second in assist/turnover ratio, though, with Liddane leading (1.9) followed closely by Kinneston (1.8).
As a team, American ranks second in the league with 14.4 assists per game and leads the PL with a 1.1 assist/turnover ratio.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate is currently on a 12-game losing streak that dates back to its Dec. 6 loss to No. 24 Syracuse. The Raiders are coming off a 62-54 loss to Army West Point on Wednesday.
Summer King led Colgate with 12 points and eight rebounds, followed by 11 points from Tegan Graham. Chelsey Koren added a team-high five assists.
King leads the League's overall rankings with 50.0 percent shooting from the field, and ranks eighth in PL play after being held to 47.9 percent from the floor in the first nine games.
King also ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 1.3 blocks per game after averaging at least one over the last four games.
Colgate is second in the league behind Navy for 3-point percentage defense (.305), and sits alongside AU with a -4.8 rebounding margin (35.3 rpg).
The Raiders are averaging 58.3 ppg to their opponents' 69.7 ppg, and are shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from the perimeter, and 69.4 percent from the free throw line.
EAGLES ON THE RUN
AU's current 10-0 run ranks among the best in program history, tying with the 1997-98 season for the fifth-longest winning streak in AU women's basketball history. If the Eagles extend to 11 straight on Saturday, this will tie as the second-longest run in program history.
Three other AU teams have hit 11 straight wins, including the historic 2014-15 team that closed the regular season with an 8-0 run before sweeping the three games in the Patriot League tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2014-15, the last two teams to snag 11-0 streaks was in 2010-11 and 2007-08. The current program record is 15 straight wins during the undefeated regular season run in 2011-12.
With their 10-game winning streak, the Eagles now rank fifth in the NCAA. AU is eighth in the NCAA for its 9-0 run in the Patriot League, 10th for its 12-0 record in Bender Arena, and 12th after winning five straight road games.
The Eagles jumped another couple slots in the Mid-Major Top 25, landing at No. 13 in this week's release from CollegeInsider.com.
American broke into the mid-major poll for the first time on Jan. 2, landing at No. 25 after the team's win over Colgate. The Eagles moved up to No. 18 on Jan. 9 and No. 15 on Jan. 16.
Navy is the only other PL school to hold a spot on the list at No. 20.
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