Game 27 · American (22-4, 15-0 PL) vs. Holy Cross (10-16, 5-10 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 · 11:30 a.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: Holy Cross leads, 22-16
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will enter its final stretch of regular season games on Wednesday, as the Eagles host Holy Cross at 11:30 a.m. in Bender Arena. This is the last regular-season home showing for the Eagles, who secured home court advantage for the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal round on Monday, March 5.
AU continues to sit atop the league standings with a perfect 15-0 record, 22-4 overall. The Crusaders enter the midweek matinee at ninth in the league standings with their 5-10 PL record, 10-16 overall.
Holy Cross remains the only Patriot League team to lead the series against AU with a 22-16 overall record. The series began with an 11-1 win streak by the Crusaders that spanned from 2000-2006 and started with a one-point victory by Holy Cross (61-60) on Jan. 22, 2000.
The Eagles hit a run of their own from 2010-12, winning seven consecutive games before falling to the Crusaders in the 2012 Patriot League semifinal, 67-52. Prior to this season, Holy Cross has led the Eagles, 7-3, with the last AU victory coming out of the 2014-15 season (Jan. 3, 75-63). AU broke that run on Jan. 24, though, with a thrilling 68-63 overtime victory in Worcester. American is now looking for its first sweep over the Crusaders since 2012.
Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 3-6 against Holy Cross since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU made history on Saturday as they secured a new program record with 16 consecutive wins after overcoming Lafayette, 74-66, during Senior Day. Junior Cecily Carl led the team with her second-consecutive 22-point performance, followed by senior Emily Kinneston who added another 20.
Carl became the 19th player in program history to reach 500 rebounds with her three collected boards against the Leopards. Kinneston, who was recognized during a pregame ceremony for reaching 1,000 career points, led the team with four rebounds, eight assists, and six steals.
Kinneston bumped up to No. 3 in the overall league standings with a career-high 15.2 ppg after hitting double-figures throughout the last 12 consecutive games. She also continues to lead the league in assists (4.3 per game) while Carl remains in the No. 1 spot for free throw percentage (.881).
Carl is the only other player averaging double-figures for the Eagles with 13.2 ppg, and leads the team in rebounds with 7.9 per game.
American ranks second in the PL with 65.9 ppg but is shooting a league-high 41.8 percent from the field. They also rank second in field goal percentage defense (.359), and third in scoring defense (58.2 ppg).
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross dropped its fifth consecutive game on Saturday with a 72-63 loss at Bucknell. Infiniti Thomas-Waheed led the Crusaders with 22 points and eight rebounds, followed by 19 points from Lauren Manis and 15 from Megan Swords. A 30-15 fourth quarter fell just short of closing the gap on the Bison after Holy Cross fell to an early 44-17 deficit in the first half.
Manis and Thomas-Waheed rank first and second in the Patriot League with their 18.2 ppg and 17.0 ppg averages, respectively. Manis also leads the team on the boards with 8.8 rpg while Madalyn Smith leads in assists with 2.5 per game.
Holy Cross ranks third behind the Eagles with 64.3 ppg and is shooting 38.7 percent from the field. The Crusaders are eighth in the league in scoring defense (65.3) and ninth in field goal percent defense (.406).
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