HONOLULU – The American University women's basketball continues its Thanksgiving road trip this weekend with the three-game Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii, beginning on Friday.
The Eagles fell to 2-1 on the season after an 83-54 loss to Denver on Monday to open the weeklong road trip. AU will face host Hawaii (1-4) at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday to kick off the tournament, followed by No. 8/7 Stanford (3-0) at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday and FGCU (2-1) at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.
American vs. #8/7 Stanford – Saturday, Nov. 24 (5:00 p.m. ET)
American vs. FGCU – Sunday, Nov. 25 (5:00 p.m. ET)
LAST TIME OUT
- A season-high 26-point effort from senior Cecily Carl wasn't enough to pull the AU women's basketball team over Denver on Monday as the Eagles fell to the Pioneers, 83-54.
- Senior Elina Koskimies joined Carl in double-figures with 12 points off 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point range.
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi pitched in a team-high five assists while Carl and junior TaeKenya Cleveland contributed one block each.
- AU shot 28.2 percent (20-71) from the field, 27.8 percent (5-18) from long-range and 64.3 percent (9-14) at the line.
- Denver was led by strong performances from Courtney Smith and Lauren Loven. Smith brought down a game-high 16 rebounds while adding 14 points to complete the double-double. Loven added a game-high 27 points.
- AU trailed the Pioneers on the boards, 51-37.
- Denver shot 33 of 67 (.493) from the field, 10 of 21 (.476) from beyond the arc and went a perfect 7 of 7 from the charity stripe.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- Senior Cecily Carl and junior Kaitlyn Marenyi have shared scoring responsibilities with Carl putting up team-high numbers against Tulsa and Denver, and Marenyi leading the team past George Mason.
- Carl currently leads the team with 19.0 ppg after narrowly missing her career-high with 26 points against Denver on Monday.
- Marenyi hit a new career-high 24 points and six rebounds to lead the team over George Mason last week. She ranks second on the team with 14.0 ppg.
- Seniors Elina Koskimies and Kaitlyn Lewis round out the four scorers averaging in double-figures with 12.7 ppg and 11.0 ppg, respectively.
- Carl also leads the team on the boards with 5.0 rpg and is followed closely by Marenyi's 4.7 ppg.
SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE
- This will be the series debut between American and Hawaii.
- The Rainbow Wahine are coming off their first win of the season after they topped Seattle on Sunday to conclude the Bank of Hawai'i Classic.
- Four players closed the game in double-figures led by 13 points off the bench by Julissa Tago. Leah Salanoa was next with 12 points followed by 11 from Tia Kanoa and 10 from Savannah Reier.
- Hawaii led Seattle on the boards, 37-23, and shot 46.7 percent (21-45) from the field, 29.4 percent (5-17) from three-point range and 80.0 percent (20-25) from the line.
- Salanoa leads the team in overall scoring, averaging 12.8 ppg followed by Woodfolk who has averaged 10.8 ppg. Salanoa also leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 rpg.
- Tia Kanoa has worked as the team's top distributor, averaging 4.0 assists per game.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
- Stanford enters the weekend with a 3-0 record after clinching wins over UC Davis, Idaho and San Francisco to open the season.
- Three players put up double-figure efforts to lead the Cardinal over San Francisco on Thursday, 96-62. Kaina Williams led the way with 21 points followed by 18 from Alanna Smith and 10 by Maya Dodson who also failed to give up a turnover in 19 minutes of play.
- Stanford trailed San Francisco in rebounding, 39-34, behind the team-high seven boards from Smith. Dodson also pitched in a team-high six assists.
- The Cardinal shot 51.4 percent (36-70) from the floor, 46.9 percent (15-32) from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent (9-15) from the charity stripe.
- The Cardinal holds a 35.3 scoring margin, averaging 94.0 ppg to their opponents' 58.7 ppg. Stanford has also outworked opponents on the boards, averaging 44.3 rpg to 28.0 rpg.
- Four players are averaging in double-figures with Kiana Williams (18.0 ppg), Alanna Smith (17.7 ppg), Lexie Hull (10.7 ppg) and Maya Dodson (10.0 ppg).
- Hull also leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 rpg followed by 6.0 rpg from Smith.
- Williams has pitched in a team-high 5.0 assists per game while Dodson averages 2.7 blocks per game.
SCOUTING THE FGCU EAGLES
- FGCU claimed its second-consecutive win of the season on Friday with a 100-58 rout of Florida International.
- The Eagles shot an impressive 54.4 percent (37-68) from the field behind double-figure efforts from four players - Keri Jewett-Giles (18), Chandler Ryan (12), Nasrin Ulel (11) and Tanner Bryant (11).
- Ulel was the only starter to close with 10+ points. Jewett-Giles, Ryan and Bryant all came off the bench to hit double-figures.
- Jewett-Giles leads the Eagles' overall scoring efforts, averaging 13.7 ppg, followed by 12.3 ppg from Ryan.
- Adderly has led the team under the basket, averaging 8.7 rpg followed by 4.7 rpg from Washington and Kerstie Phills.
- The Eagles' only loss of the season was in the opener to South Dakota State, 80-62. Since then, FGCU has claimed a pair of 30+ point victories. They currently average a +18.3 scoring margin with 87.0 ppg and +7.3 rebounding margin with 42.3 rpg.
I WOULD FLY 5,000 MILES
- AU's nonconference schedule is highlighted by an eight-day road trip over Thanksgiving break.
- The Eagles will start with a stop at Denver on Nov. 19 before continuing on to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown from Nov. 23-25.
- The tournament features an impressive lineup with host Hawaii and 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Stanford and Florida Gulf Coast.
NICE TO MEET YOU
- Four of the 11 nonconference matchups will also be series debuts for the Eagles as they face Hawaii (Nov. 23), Stanford (Nov. 24), FGCU (Nov. 25) and Ohio (Dec. 29) for the first time in program history.
- Friday's game against Hawaii also marks the first time the Eagles have faced off against a Big West team.
- The Eagles were 2-1 in series openers last season after beating Tulsa, 72-67, and Denver, 66-53. UCLA delivered AU's only loss in a series debut during the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, 71-60.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, to face UMBC at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.
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