Game 15 · American (6-8, 2-1 PL) vs. Army West Point (6-8, 1-2 PL)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 · 1 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 21-18
TV: NBC Sports Washington +
Stream: Patriot League Network on Stadium
Talent: Dan Laing (pxp), Chloe Pavlech (Analyst), Hannah Wohlfahrt (Sideline)
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team returns home on Saturday to host Army West Point in its annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) event. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. in Bender Arena.
The Eagles rose to 6-8 on the season, 2-1 in the Patriot League, after the 58-45 win over Navy on Wednesday. The Black Knights enter the game at 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the league after dropping a 66-52 decision against Bucknell.
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
American is also proud to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), presented by official game sponsor CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, on Saturday. Following the game, each of American's seven varsity women's teams - basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, and volleyball - along with the cheer and dance squads, will lead skills clinics and sign autographs for kids of all ages in Bender Arena.
NGWSD is celebrated across the country with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympian volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports.
The clinic is free for all with a game ticket, and children are asked to wear athletic shoes for the clinic. Discounted tickets for the game and postgame clinic can be purchases here. For further inquiries call (202) 885-TIXX (8499) or e-mail email@example.com.
- American pulled ahead of Army West Point by three games last season after going 3-0 against the Black Knights, including a 60-49 win in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal in Bender Arena.
- Last season also marked the first AU win in West Point since Jan. 21, 2012.
- The two teams first met on New Years Eve, 1996, when the Eagles walked away with a 79-39 victory at Army. Since then, AU has picked up a 21-18 lead in the 39-game series.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is 4-8 against Army since she arrived at AU in 2013-14. Before the 2017-18 season, her only win against the Black Knights was on Feb. 21, 2015, in Bender Arena, 45-42.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU picked its second consecutive win, and first on the road since Hawaii (Nov. 23) with a 58-45 victory at Navy on Wednesday. That was also the first time the Eagles toppled the Mids in Annapolis since 2015.
- For the first time in her career, freshman Jade Edwards led the Eagles with a career-high 15 points.
- Seniors Kaitlyn Lewis and Elina Koskimies followed with 13 points each, and senior Cecily Carl and sophomore Indeya Sanders led the team on the boards with seven rebounds each.
- The Eagles had their highest percentage from the floor since FGCU (Nov. 25) at .479 (23-48).
- Three players continue to average in double-figures with Koskimies (12.4 ppg), Carl (11.9) and Lewis (11.0) while Sanders continues to lead on the boards with 5.2 rpg.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS
- Army dropped its second PL contest of the season on Wednesday with a 66-52 loss at home against Bucknell.
- The Black Knights were led by an 18-point performance from Madison Hovren, followed by a dozen from Morgan Yancey.
- Hovren also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds, just missing the double-double.
- Army has rotated through seven different starting lineups throughout the season with Jess Lewis and Hovren being the only mainstays.
- Army ranks among the top in the PL for rebounding, sitting at No. 3 with 41.5 rpg and leading the league in rebounding defense (34.4) and margin (7.1).
- Hovren is one of three players in the PL averaging a double-double with 18.1 ppg and 12.4 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT
- For the first time since 2015, the AU women's basketball team left Annapolis with a win after the Eagles defeated the Midshipmen 58-45 on Wednesday.
- Freshman Jade Edwards led the Eagles for the first time in her career, putting up a career-high 15 points off 6-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.
- Seniors Kaitlyn Lewis and Elina Koskimies also landed in double-figures with 13 points each. Koskimies shot 3-for-6 from 3-point range and added a career-high five steals while Lewis pitched in four assists.
- Senior Cecily Carl and sophomore Indeya Sanders shared responsibility on the boards with seven rebounds each. Sanders also contributed a team-high five assists to tie her career-high.
- The Eagles closed shooting 47.9 percent from the field (23-48) - their highest shooting percentage since Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 25 (.511). They also went 43.8 percent from the perimeter (7-16) and 55.6 percent from the free throw line (5-9).
- The Eagles controlled the majority of the game after the Mids picked up the early lead. Navy hit a couple brief runs to knot the score twice during the third quarter, but a much-needed spark of energy from Lewis, Fisher, Edwards, and junior TaeKenya Cleveland carried AU through the final stanza, 15-8.
- Lewis hit eight of her 14 points in the final 10 minutes while Edwards added five.
- Saturday also serves as the women's basketball alumnae day celebration, and among those being welcomed back to Bender Arena are two who will be sitting courtside for the game - Lisa Strack ('12) and Liz Leer ('11).
- Strack has served as served on the Army women's basketball staff since 2014, and just this past summer was promoted to associate head coach.
- Leer, on the other hand, will be joining the AU women's staff for a day as the game's guest coach.
- Both had storied careers at AU. Leer was one of two players to graduate with over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in her career. More recently, senior Cecily Carl joined her and Kiersten Keller ('95) with that distinction.
- Strack also landed amid the record books during her time at AU after she became the ninth player in program history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
- Strack was recognized as the 2012 Patriot League Player of the Year while Leer was selected to two All-Patriot League First Teams (2010, 2011). Both were selected as PL Rookie of the Year after their respective freshman seasons.
GEBBIA HITS 1-0-0
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia clinched her 100th career victory on Sunday with the Eagles' 76-57 win over Colgate.
- Since their arrival at AU in 2013, Gebbia and her staff of Tiffany Coll, Nikki Flores, and Emily Stallings have accumulated a record of 100-73 (.578), including 62-28 (.689) in the Patriot League.
- Included among those victories are two Patriot League titles, nine wins in the postseason, two NCAA Tournament berths and one WNIT berth.
- 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).
- Gebbia's .580 winning percentage (101-73) so far in her career at AU ranks behind only Matt Corkery (.661, 123-63).
STILL GOING STRONG AT HOME
- Although the Eagles' 23-game win streak at home was brought to an end on Dec. 29 with the loss to Ohio, AU's Patriot League home win streak is still alive after the 76-57 win over Colgate on Jan. 6.
- American hasn't lost to a Patriot League team in Bender Arena since Feb. 11, 2017, when the Eagles fell to Army, 68-57.
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 6-1 in games where they led at halftime, and 6-0 in games where they led with 5:00 left on the clock.
- Virginia has been the only team to bounce back from an early deficit against AU, making up the nine-point spread at halftime to win, 57-54.
- The Eagles led both High Point and Ohio in the second half but fell just shy of completing the comeback.
- Performance along the perimeter has also been key for AU - four of the Eagles' six wins came when they were shooting over 35.0 percent from 3-point range, and they are 6-0 in games where they held their opponents to under 30.0 percent from long-range.
5 ON 5
- The starting five of Indeya Sanders, Jade Edwards, Kaitlyn Lewis, Elina Koskimies and Cecily Carl has accounted for 73.1 percent of the team's scoring, averaging 46.6 ppg, and 59.0 percent of the Eagles' rebounding with 20.2 rpg.
- All five starters, including Kaitlyn Marenyi before she was sidelined by injury, led the team in points and rebounds for at least one game.
- Two Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Sanders and freshman Jade Edwards.
- Sanders and Edwards have put up the team's only double-doubles of the season - Edwards posted 12 points and 12 rebounds in her first career start against Ohio, and Sanders tabbed hers against Colgate with another 12-point, 12-rebound performance.
- Marenyi and Lewis also found themselves as mainstays in the starting five for the first time after the Eagles graduated three starters last season - Emily Kinneston, Maria Liddane, and Michael Harris.
For the latest on American University Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.
FREE ADMISSION TO FEDERAL WORKERS
Due to the current federal government shutdown, AU Athletics has announced that throughout the month of January, all federal government workers may receive two free tickets to home athletic events at American University - including upcoming men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling events in Bender Arena.
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