Game 7 · American (3-3, 0-0 PL) vs. UMBC (6-1, 0-0 America East)
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 · 7 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 12-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - After a four-game road trip in Denver and Honolulu last week, the American University women's basketball team returns home one final time before the holiday break to host UMBC at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Eagles are even at 3-3 overall this season while the Retrievers enter the midweek match-up at 6-1 overall.
- This will be the 19th meeting between the Eagles and Retrievers in a series that dates back to 1990.
- American claimed the first game of the series in Washington, 83-71.
- American has won six of the last seven meetings with the only loss coming out of the 2015-16 season when the Retrievers narrowly defended their home court, 47-46. AU was back on top in Baltimore last year with the 61-48 win.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American enters the midweek matchup after a tough four-game week over Thanksgiving, including the three-game Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.
- The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season to Denver before bouncing back to open the Rainbow Wahine Showdown with a 69-57 win over host Hawaii.
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi and senior Elina Koskimies led the team throughout the three games in Honolulu - Koskimies averaged 16.7 ppg and Marenyi 16.00, and both put up one +20-point game during the tournament.
- AU tied the program-record for single-game free throws, going 36-40 (.900) against Hawaii.
- Four of the five starters now average in double-figures with Marenyi (15.0 ppg), Koskimies (14.7), senior Cecily Carl (12.3) and senior Kaitlyn Lewis (10.3).
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
- UMBC is coming off its first loss of the season after falling to Towson, 71-62, on Tuesday despite a career-high performance from freshman O'lesheya Braxton who put up 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- Te'yJah Oliver added a team-high 16 points and Dominika Skrocka came off the bench to round out the double-figure performers with a dozen.
- The Retrievers opened their season with a 6-0 run, notching wins over Gettysburg, Eastern (Pa.), UTSA, Kennesaw State, Coppin State and Notre Dame (Md.).
- Two players are averaging double-figures to lead the team with Janee'a Summers (14.0 ppg) and Te'yJah Oliver (10.4 ppg).
- Summers also leads the team on the boards with 6.4 rpg followed by Lucrezia Costa with 3.9 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT
- Turnovers and sharp perimeter shooting proved to the downfall for the AU women's basketball team as the Eagles closed the three-game Rainbow Wahine Showdown with a 90-71 loss to Florida Gulf Coast.
- Kaitlyn Marenyi was back as the team's leading scorer for the first time since George Mason, she fell just shy of her career-high with 21 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the perimeter.
- Senior Elina Koskimies continued to be a consistent scorer for the Eagles as she put up 14 points for her sixth-consecutive game in double-figures.
- Freshman Jade Edwards offered a late spark off the bench with a career-high 10 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.
- Marenyi and senior Cecily Carl shared responsibilities on the boards with a team-high six rebounds each. Carl added a block while Marenyi pitched in a team-high six assists.
- The Eagles shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field (23-45), including a season-high 52.9 percent (9-17) from the perimeter.
- FGCU closed the game with 34 of 67 from the field (.507), including a season-high 16-for-41 (.390) from three-point range.
- AU struggled to keep pace with FGCU's high-tempo style, giving up 25 turnovers to FGCU's 10. FGCU also led with 38 points off turnovers.
CARL REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
- Senior Cecily Carl reached her third major milestone in two years on Monday, Nov. 19 as she became the 19th player in program history to break the 1,000-point plateau.
- As a junior, she became the fifth player in program history to reach both 500 career rebounds and 100 career blocks.
- This new milestone now puts her in elite company as one of only three players in AU women's basketball history to also add the 1k point mark to her resume along with Liz Leer (2007-11) and Kirsten Keller (1991-95). But even among those historic players, Carl remains on a level of her own as she is the first player in #AUWBB history to do all this while also scoring over 100 three-pointers throughout her career. She currently has 113 to sit at No. 6 in the career record books.
- Monday's game also placed Carl in her fifth all-time top ten list as she becomes the No. 10 player in program history for career rebounds with 576.
- She also ranks No. 8 in career blocks (112), No. 6 in career 3-pointers made (113), No. 8 in 3-point percentage (.352), No. 10 in free throw percentage (.785) and is 171 points away from becoming the No. 10 scorer in program history.
- Carl entered 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).
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
- The Eagles stretched to a 22-game undefeated run at home on Wednesday, Nov. 14 after outlasting George Mason, 86-71.
- AU currently holds the No. 7 home win streak in Division I at 22-0 behind only UConn (81), Lamar University (31), Notre Dame (27), Baylor (25), Mississippi State (25) and FGCU (22).
- 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).
STEPPING INTO NEW ROLES
- With the loss of three key starters from last year's team, junior Kaitlyn Marenyi and sophomore Indeya Sanders have been called up to contribute big minutes for the Eagles.
- Marenyi entered the season with a handful of starts already under her belt from last season. Among those was a career-high 12-point performance in her first career start to lead the team against Navy. She followed that up with another position in the starting lineup against Army where she put in 34 minutes without a single turnover.
- She has responded in similar fashion this year, averaging a team-high 15.0 ppg and earning double-figures in all but one game (Denver - 8).
- Marenyi's breakthrough performance came against George Mason as she led the team with 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, and four steals. She nearly tied that performance with a team-high 21 points against FGCU.
- Sanders has also risen to the occasion this season, earning a new career-high with 16 points against George Mason. She also led the team with a career-high eight rebounds during the win over Hawaii.
The Eagles will be back on the road for most of December, facing Virginia (12/5), Penn State (12/16) and High Point (12/20) before returning home just before the New Year to host Ohio (12/29).
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