Game 1 · American (0-0, 0-0 PL) vs. Tulsa (1-0, 0-0 American)
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 · 7 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 1-0
WASHINGTON – The American University women's basketball team will begin its defense of the Patriot League title on Friday at home as the Eagles host Tulsa (1-0) at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.
WHERE TO WATCH
- The broadcast will be available, along with exclusive interviews and feature content, on Facebook on the Stadium College Basketball page here.
- The game will also be streamed live on the Patriot League Network on Stadium.
A BANNER DAY
- The 2017-18 AU women's basketball squad will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Friday as the staff and players receive their Patriot League Championship rings and reveal the championship banner.
- The first 300 AU students and fans to enter Bender Arena will receive a free commemorative 2018 Women's Basketball Patriot League Champions mini-banner.
- The Eagles earned a 72-67 victory over Tulsa to open up the series during their 2017-18 season opener.
- That win lifted American to a 17-34 record against American Athletic Conference teams.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American is looking to carry the momentum from the historic 2017-18 season which culminated in the program's second Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament berth.
- The Eagles return seven players from that record-breaking squad, including two starters with seniors Elina Koskimies and Cecily Carl, who was selected to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team last month.
- AU will also look to seniors Kaitlyn Lewis and Morgan Bartner, juniors Kaitlyn Marenyi and TaeKenya Cleveland, and sophomore Indeya Sanders to step up after graduating six from the historic 2017-18 squad, including three starters - Emily Kinneston (PL Player of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year), Maria Liddane (Third Team All-PL) and Michael Harris.
- Cecily Carl leads the returners as she looks to close in on the 1,000-career point mark with 948 coming into the season.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
- Tulsa opened its 2018-19 slate with a 55-54 win over Stetson on Tuesday.
- Crystal Polk led the Golden Hurricane off the bench with 15 points followed by eight points from Elin Hrafnkelsdottir, seven from KK Rodriguez and six from Shug Dickson.
- Kayla Moutry pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Alexis Gaulden pitched in four assists.
- Tulsa closed the 2017-18 regular season 12th in the American Conference with a 3-13 record (10-21 overall).
- The 10 returners make up 77 percent of scoring and 88 percent of rebounding from Tulsa's squad last year.
- Junior Shug Dickson leads the returners with 14.1 ppg last season after putting in nine games with over 20 points, including a career-high 33 against Saint Louis.
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
- The two home openers against Tulsa (11/9) and George Mason (11/14) will hold a little extra weight for the Eagles as they look to extend the home win streak that dates back to the 2016-17 season.
- AU currently holds the No. 8 home win streak in Division I at 20-0 behind only UConn (80), Lamar University (28), Notre Dame (25), Green Bay (23), Baylor (22), Mississippi State (20) and FGCU (20).
- The run dates back to the Feb. 15, 2017, victory over Lafayette, 75-45.
- The Eagles closed the 2016-17 with four consecutive wins at home, including a PL Quarterfinal victory over Boston University, 57-51.
- They continued the run in 2017-18 with a 16-0 record making that the first undefeated home season at home since the 1970s.
- The last loss in Bender Arena was to Army West Point on Feb. 11, 2017 (68-57).
- The last nonconference loss at home was on Dec. 3, 2016, against William & Mary (48-34).
CHASING THAT REPEAT
- Seniors Cecily Carl, Elina Koskimies, Kaitlyn Lewis and Morgan Bartner will look to lead the team to yet another historic season as they begin the hunt for the program's first consecutive Patriot League title.
- They are joined by three other returners from last season with juniors Kaitlyn Marenyi and TaeKenya Cleveland, and sophomore Indeya Sanders.
BACK IN THE RANKINGS
- After making an 11-week run in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 last season, the Eagles are back in the national preseason poll at No. 24.
- AU is joined by one other Patriot League opponent as Bucknell will open its season at No. 16 in the mid-major rankings.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is on the hunt for her 100th career win at the helm of the Eagles as she enters her sixth season with 95 since she arrived in 2013.
- Only three other coaches in program history have reached this milestone with Jeff Thatcher (150, 1989-00), Matt Corkery (123, 2008-13) and Linda Ziemke (120, 1978-88).
- Senior Cecily Carl is also closing in on a historic milestone as she enters her final year in the red, white and blue only 52 points away from the 1,000-point mark.
- Already only the fifth player in program history to reach both 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in her career, this new feat will put her in elite company beside only Liz Leer (2007-11) and Kirsten Keller (1991-95) to have reached milestones in all three categories.
LEAVING HER MARK
- Senior Cecily Carl has already left her mark in the AU women's basketball record books as she enters her final campaign in the red, white and blue.
- A three-time All-Patriot League selection, the 2018 Patriot League Tournament MVP, and a member of the 2018-19 Preseason All-League team, Carl is on her way to being one of the most prolific players in program history.
- She currently ranks No. 8 in career blocks (108), No. 6 in career 3-pointers made (107), No. 8 in 3-point percentage (.350) and No. 9 in free throw percentage (.780).
- She is only nine rebounds away from breaking into her fifth all-time top ten list and is 228 points away from becoming the No. 10 scorer in program history.
- Carl enters the season as the top returning scorer after averaging 13.2 ppg last season. She also led the Eagles on the boards (8.4 rpg), in free throw percentage (.877), 3-point percentage (.356), 3-pointers made (48), and blocks (36).
FINDING THAT RANGE
- Seniors Elina Koskimies and Kaitlyn Lewis have both been known for their dangerous perimeter shooting.
- Lewis spent some time in the national rankings as a sophomore with a five-week run in the top-five rankings for Division I in 3-point percentage. Her 61.1 percent shooting from long-range by the end of the regular season was good for a No. 2 ranking in the country.
- She currently has co-ownership of the program record for single-game 3-point percentage after going 5-for-5 against UMBC on Nov. 30, 2016.
- Lewis also ties at No. 10 for single-season 3-point percentage after shooting 39.6 percent (44-111) during her junior season.
- Joining Lewis in the single-game record book is Koskimies, who is tied for third after hitting a career-high 83.3 percent (5-for-6) for the second time in her career last season against Colgate (Jan. 2).
- Koskimies also tied a program record of her own after hitting a new single-game career-high with seven 3-pointers made against Boston University (Jan. 17).
- Both Koskimies and Cecily Carl currently fall into the all-time top ten for career 3-point percentage. Carl leads at No. 8 with 35.0 percent (107-306) while Koskimies is No. 10 with 34.1 percent (93-273).
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 14, for a 7 p.m. tipoff against George Mason.
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