Game 23 · American (18-4, 11-0 PL) vs. Loyola Maryland (7-15, 5-6 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 · 7 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 18-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON – The American University women's basketball team is set to close its three-game home series on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tipoff against Loyola Maryland.
The Eagles remain undefeated in Patriot League play after a tough overtime battle against Army West Point on Saturday. The 71-63 win over the Black Knights put AU at 11-0 in the conference, 18-4 overall, while the Greyhounds enter the midweek contest with an overall record of 7-15, 5-6 in the PL.
The 24-game series against Loyola dates back to the 1976-77 season when the Greyhounds opened with a 107-60 win over the Eagles in Baltimore. Since then, AU has won 18 games while Loyola has been held to only six wins. The Eagles' longest win streak over the Greyhounds was a nine-game run from 1977-1985.
AU won four consecutive games during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons before Loyola swept the Eagles in 2015-16. American returned the favor last season, beating the Greyhounds twice during the regular season.
American notched its third consecutive victory over Loyola on Jan. 11, 71-58.
Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 7-2 against the Greyhounds since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American battled back from a 12-point deficit against Army on Saturday, pushing into the team's fourth overtime of the season before closing with the 71-63 victory.
Senior Emily Kinneston bounced back from a scoreless first half to lead the team with 19 points in the final 25 minutes of play. She also tied her career-high with eight assists and fell just short of her first career double-double with a team-high nine boards.
Junior Cecily Carl and sophomore Katie Marenyi also contributed double-figure efforts with 16 points and 15 points, respectively. Marenyi also added a pair of steals, both of which she transitioned into two of the key baskets in the third and fourth quarters.
Kinneston is averaging a career and team-high 14.6 ppg as she closes in on her 1,000th point (957). The senior is also leading the league with 4.2 assists per game.
Carl continues to lead the team on the glass with 8.0 rpg while classmate Elina Koskimies still ranks first in the league with 45 percent shooting from the perimeter, despite being held to only 3-for-14 (.214) in the last three games.
As a team, AU leads the league-only stats with 68.5 ppg and a +13.2-point scoring margin. The Eagles have shot a league-high 42.6 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent from the perimeter, since the start of conference play while holding their opponents to 35.2 percent from the field and 27 percent from long-range.
The Eagles average 65.9 ppg overall, a .411 field goal percentage, and have held their opponents to only 58.8 ppg.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola closed the season sweep over Holy Cross on Saturday, defeating the Crusaders in 65-58. Two Greyhounds closed with over 20 points, starting with the 21-point effort from Alexis Gray. Izzy Therien added another 20 points while Stephanie Karcz, who averages a team-high 14.7 ppg, was held to only eight while also leading the team on the boards with 14 rebounds.
Karcz ranks second in the league with 10.8 rpg and leads the PL with 3.6 steals per game, good for eighth in the current NCAA rankings.
The Greyhounds average 59.4 ppg, 60.8 ppg in conference play, while their opponents average 70.0 ppg, 65.2 ppg in the PL. They rank second in the league-only stats with 38.5 rpg.
The Eagles remained at No. 13 on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 last week after they extended to 11 straight wins, including 10 in Patriot League play.
American broke into the mid-major rankings 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 and No. 15 on Jan. 16.
Navy is the only other PL school to hold a spot on the list at No. 23.
EAGLES ON THE RUN
American is among the top-15 teams in the NCAA with its current 12-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 12-0 run that started on Dec. 20 with the overtime upset over Penn State, 75-66. The team is eighth in the country for both its 11-0 conference run and its 14-0 streak in Bender Arena.
This run now sits alone as the second-longest in program history. The Eagles were previously tied with three other AU teams with 11 straight victories, including the historic 2014-15 team that closed its regular season with an 8-0 run before sweeping the three games in the Patriot League Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
This season also marks the first time in program history that an AU women's bsaketball team has gone the entire month of February without a loss.
This season surpassed 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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