Game 24 · American (19-4, 12-0 PL) at Lehigh (13-10, 7-5 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 · 4 p.m. ET · Bethlehem, Pa. (Stabler Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 29-13
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball is back on the road for the first time since Jan. 24 as the Eagles travel to Lehigh on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tipoff against the Mountain Hawks.
AU continues to hold a three-game advantage over the rest of the Patriot League after its 69-56 win over Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday. The Mountain Hawks enter the weekend matinee off of a 59-52 loss to Bucknell, they now sit at 13-10 overall and 7-5 in the league.
The Eagles lead the 42-game series against Lehigh, 29-13. Lehigh opened the series with a 72-58 win over AU in Bethlehem, Pa., on Feb. 4, 1983. The Eagles hit a seven-game win streak over the Mountain Hawks from 2014-2016 before Lehigh broke the run with a 61-51 win in Bender Arena on Feb. 6, 2016.
AU swept Lehigh in both games last season, winning 68-51 at home and 70-58 on the road in Bethlehem. The Eagles continued the run this season with an 82-64 victory in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14.
Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 9-1 against Army since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American continues to lead the Patriot League in several categories, including field goal percentage (.414), 3-point field goal defense (.301), free throw percentage (.759) and turnovers per game (12.9). Senior Emily Kinneston continues to lead AU's scoring efforts with her ninth consecutive game in double-figures during Wednesday's win over Loyola (Md.). She led the team with 17 points to land only 26 points below the 1,000 career mark (974).
Junior Cecily Carl led the team on the glass, tying her career-high from the first Loyola game this season with 15 boards. She also led the team in assists for the second time this year, hitting a new career-high with six. Carl leads the team with 8.4 rpg and now sits 14 rebounds out from her 500th.
Junior Elina Koskimies continues to lead the league from 3-point range, shooting 44.0 percent so far this season (37-84). Carl also took over as the leading free throw shooter in the league after bumping up to 88.2 percent with 45-for-51.
The Eagles are averaging 66.0 ppg off of 41.4 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc, and have brought down 34.8 rpg.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Lehigh fell just shy of a late comeback against Bucknell on Wednesday as the Mountain Hawks tallied their fifth PL loss of the season, 59-52. Camryn Buhr led Lehigh with 14 points and fell just short of a double-double with nine rebounds. Quinci Mann, who is averaging 14.0 ppg so far this season, was held to only three points.
Mann and ranks third in PL play with 15.4 ppg since the start of the conference schedule. She sits among the top 3-point shooters in the league at 44.6 percent. Buhr continues to work as Lehigh's top rebounder, averaging 7.0 rpg, while Hannah Hedstrom is the leading distributor with 3.5 assists per game.
The Mountain Hawks are averaging 62.9 ppg (.397), and are maintaining a +1.4-point scoring margin after holding their opponents to 61.5 ppg (.395). They are shooting 34.4 percent from the perimeter and 69.9 percent from the line, and average 37.0 rpg.
Lehigh bumped up to third in the PL-only rankings for scoring offense (61.5 ppg) and is second behind AU for 3-point percentage (.379).
The Eagles remained at No. 13 on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 this week after they extended to 13 straight wins, including 12 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. 19.
EAGLES ON THE RUN
American is among the top-10 teams in the NCAA with its current 13-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 13-0 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 12-0 conference run and seventh for its 15-0 streak in Bender Arena.
The 13-0 run now sits alone as the second-longest in program history. The Eagles were previously tied with three other AU WBB teams with 11 straight, including the historic 2014-15 team that closed its regular season with an 8-0 run before sweeping the three games in the PL Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
AU will return home on Feb. 17 for a 1 p.m. tipoff against Lafayette. That game will also be the Senior Day celebration for the six members of this year's graduating class - Kate Bond, Io Chaney, Michael Harris, Asha Henley, Emily Kinneston, and Maria Liddane.
For the latest on American Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.
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