Game 25 · American (20-4, 13-0 PL) at Boston University (10-13, 5-8 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 · 7 p.m. ET · Boston, Mass. (Case Gym)
All-Time Record: American leads, 10-4
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will look to celebrate Valentine's Day with its 14th Patriot League win of the season on Wednesday, as the Eagles visit Boston University for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
AU remained perfect in PL play after a 60-44 victory over Lehigh on Saturday (20-4, 13-0 PL) while the Terriers enter the game with a 5-8 record in the league (10-13 overall) after claiming the 64-58 win over Holy Cross.
The Eagles lead the 14-game series against Boston University, 10-4. BU opened the series with a 78-68 win over AU during the 1981 Hoya Invitational. AU came away with their 10th win in the series during their last meeting, 66-50.
American 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 9-2 against Boston since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American continued its undefeated run through the PL on Saturday with a 60-44 win over Lehigh. Emily Kinneston put up her first career double-double, leading AU with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Kinneston continues to lead the team with a career-high 14.9 ppg and 4.1 assists per game. Cecily Carl ranks second in scoring with 12.4 ppg and leads the team on the glass with 8.4 rpg.
Kinneston leads the PL in assists while Carl leads in FT percentage (.887) and Koskimies continues to hold the top spot in 3-point FG percentage (.416).
The Eagles remain at No. 1 in the PL in FG percentage (.415) and 3-point FG defense (.296).
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Boston comes into the midweek matchup off of a 64-58 win over Holy Cross. This was the second consecutive win for the Terriers after their six-game skid that started on Jan. 13. Nia Irving led with her fifth double-double of the season (24 points, 11 rebounds), followed by Naiyah Thompson's 11 points.
Irving leads the team with 12.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg while Katie Nelson works as the top distributor with 3.8 assists per game. Irving ranks first in the PL with her .493 FG percentage while Nelson sits behind AU's Koskimies in second for 3-point percentage (.405).
BU ranks just behind American in FG percentage (.409) and leads the league with 4.5 blocks per game.
The Terriers are No. 3 in the PL for offensive boards (12.2 rpg) and No. 9 on the defensive end (24.0).
Kinneston is only eight points from breaking the 1,000-point barrier after reaching a career tally of 992 points with her 18-point performance during the win over Lehigh. If achieved, Kinneston would become the 18th player in program history to reach the 1k milestone and the first since Jen Dumiak graduated with 1,399 points in 2015.
Carl is well on her way to becoming the fifth player in program history to break 500 rebounds and 100 blocks - she currently sits with 495 rebounds and 94 blocks and is averaging 8.4 rpg and 1.0 blocks per game with five games left in the regular season.
She is also on pace to break 1,000 points in the first half of next season, which would put her in the company of only Liz Leer (2007-11) and Kirsten Keller (1991-95) to have broken milestones in all three categories (scoring, rebounding, blocks).
EAGLES ON THE RUN
American is among the top-10 teams in the NCAA with its current 14-game win streak. The Eagles haven't lost a game since George Washington on Dec. 17.
AU currently ranks eighth in NCAA Division I for the 14-0 run that started on Dec. 20 with the overtime upset over Penn State, 75-66. The team is seventh in the country for its 13-0 conference run and eighth for its 15-0 streak in Bender Arena.
The Eagles are now one win away from tying its longest win streak in program history. The 2011-12 team went 15-0 to close the season with a second-place finish in the Patriot League Tournament, advancing to the WNIT where they lost to Villanova.
AU topped 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.
This season also marked the first time in program history that a team has gone the entire month of January 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.
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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