Game 2 · American (1-0, 0-0 PL) vs. George Mason (2-0, 0-0 A-10)
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 · 7 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: George Mason leads, 30-23
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is back home on Wednesday, Nov. 14, for its second game of the season as the Eagles host nearby George Mason at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.
The Eagles are 1-0 on the season after claiming the opener over Tulsa on Friday, 68-52. The Patriots also have not suffered a loss yet this season at 2-0 overall after wins over Loyola Maryland and Air Force.
WHERE TO WATCH
- The game, featuring exclusive interviews and feature content, will be broadcast live on Facebook through the Stadium College Basketball page here.
- The broadcast will also be available on the Patriot League Network on Stadium.
- George Mason leads the 53-game series against the Eagles, 30-23.
- The two teams first met in 1974 when American opened the season at home against the Patriots with a 51-22 victory.
- The Eagles led the series 13-7 before Mason hit a 10-game win streak from 1988-92. George Mason has continued to lead AU since with a 13-10 record, including a 71-53 win in Fairfax last season. Prior to that, the Eagles had claimed the last two meetings in 2011, 55-51, and 2010, 46-43.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- The Eagles opened the 2018-19 slate with a decisive 68-52 victory over Tulsa at home on Friday, Nov. 9.
- Senior Cecily Carl, who was voted to the Preseason All-Patriot League team two weeks ago, led AU with 16 points.
- Three other Eagle starters landed in double-figures with seniors Elina Koskimies (13 pts.) and Kaitlyn Lewis (13) and junior Kaitlyn Marenyi (10).
- AU shot an impressive 50 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from 3-point range, and brought down 37 rebounds.
- All five freshman also put in minutes against the Golden Hurricane with Emily Fisher, Maddie Doring, and Taylor Brown all contributing to the final score.
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
- Mason opened its season with back-to-back wins starting with a 70-38 rout of Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 6 followed by a 78-71 victory over Air Force (Nov. 9).
- Nicole Cardano-Hillary, A-10 Rookie of the Year and Preseason All-Atlantic 10 First Team, led the Patriots in both games with 26 points against Loyola and 25 against Air Force.
- Cardano-Hillary shot 7-for-16 from the field against the Falcons and added a team-high six assists and three steals.
- Casey Davis leads the team on the boards with 7.0 rpg after bringing down six against the Greyhounds and eight against Air Force.
- Mason shot 48.1 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 60.6 percent from the free throw line against Air Force, and brought down 41 rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT
- American extended its home win streak to 21-0 on Friday with its 68-52 win over Tulsa, making this the third consecutive year that AU has come out on top in the season-opener.
- Senior Cecily Carl led the Eagles in scoring with her highest career tally in a season opener, 16 points.
- Four of the five starters finished with double-figures with Carl, senior Kaitlyn Lewis (13), senior Elina Koskimies (13) and junior Kaitlyn Marenyi (10).
- Sophomore Indeya Sanders earned her first career start and picked up four points along with a team-high four assists.
- Koskimies led the team on the boards with seven rebounds followed by Sanders and Marenyi who each brought down five.
- The Eagles shut down Tulsa's top returning scorer, Shug Dickson, holding her to only two rebounds and one assist on the day.
- None of Tulsa's starters were able to break into double-figures as freshman Maddie Bittle came off the bench to lead the team with 15 points.
- The Eagles took control of the game early, opening with a 9-0 run in the first quarter. By the end of the stanza, Koskimies led with seven points with a 3-for-3 effort from the perimeter, followed by another six from Carl, as AU took a 15-point lead at 23-8.
- Both teams struggled to sink a shot in the second quarter with Tulsa just barely edging AU, 7-5, but the Eagles picked up their momentum in the third quarter to keep pace with the Golden Hurricane before stretching to their final 16-point lead behind the second-half scoring efforts of nine players.
PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
- The Eagles were selected to finish second in the Patriot League Preseason Poll behind Bucknell.
- Senior Cecily Carl earned her first-career nod in the PL preseason rankings as one of the five selections to the Preseason All-League Team.
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
- The Eagles stretched to a 21-game undefeated run at home on Friday after overpowering Tulsa, 68-52.
- AU currently holds the No. 5 home win streak in Division I at 20-0 behind only UConn (81), Lamar University (29), Notre Dame (26) and Baylor (24).
- 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.
The Eagles will embark on their longest road trip of the season next week, starting with a stop in Denver for a 3 p.m. tip on Monday before jetting down to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu. AU will open the tournament on Friday, Nov. 23, against Hawaii followed by games against Stanford (Nov. 24) and Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 25).
American's next home game will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, against UMBC.
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