Game 19 · American (10-8, 6-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (7-11, 2-5 PL)
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 · Noon · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 38-7
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - After a pair of games on the road, the American University women's basketball returns home to Bender Arena this weekend as the Eagles (10-8, 6-1 PL) host Lafayette (7-11, 2-5 PL) at noon on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The game opens a full day in Bender, as the AU men's basketball team will follow with a 4 p.m. tip against Bucknell.
- The Eagles lead the 46-game series against Lafayette, 39-7. AU opened the series with an 11-0 run against the Leopards, starting with a 62-53 victory in Washington on Jan. 19, 1982.
- AU has only lost to Lafayette in Bender Arena once throughout the two teams' 35-year history - on Jan. 20, 2016 with a final score of 60-51.
- American swept the Leopards during the regular season last year before earning a dominant 20-point win in Bender Arena during the Patriot League quarterfinal to open the Eagles' postseason run.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 10-2 against Lafayette since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU put up a dominant first quarter during the win over Boston University on Wednesday as the Eagles went on a 15-4 run to start the game before closing at 64-51.
- The Eagles are on a six-game win streak with Bucknell being the only PL loss so far this season, 56-71.
- Coming off arguably the hardest nonconference slate in the league, AU stepped it up in PL play and leads in scoring defense (52.3), FG defense (.332), 3pt. defense (.255), assists (16.4), and turnovers (13.4).
- Elina Koskimies was one of four Eagles to land in double-figures on Saturday with 13 points, including two from the perimeter to bring her run up to 24 consecutive games with at least one trey.
- Cecily Carl is looking at yet another milestone, as she is only 9 points away from becoming the No. 10 scorer in program history.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
- Lafayette snapped a four-game skid on Wednesday with a 55-42 win over Navy. Their only other PL win so far this season was against Holy Cross on Jan. 6, 73-63.
- Alex Cantwell led the Leopards with 15 points against the Mids as Lafayette had one of its best offensive efforts of the season with 43 percent shooting from the floor.
- Natalie Kucowski is one of three players in the league averaging a double-double with 14.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg along with a team-high 2.7 apg.
- Kucowski ranks third in the PL for scoring and rebounding and leads in blocked shots (2.0).
- One of the top teams in the league on the boards, Lafayette is averaging 40.9 rpg and a 4.5 rebounding margin.
- Olivia Martino is the only other player averaging in double-figures with 10.3 ppg.
LAST TIME OUT
- Eight players scored, including four in double-figures to lead the Eagles to its sixth consecutive victory with a 64-51 win over Boston University.
- Four the five starters broke 10 points, starting with a 13-point effort from Elina Koskimies who extended her run to 24 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer.
- Cecily Carl and Indeya Sanders both earned a dozen each followed by 11 points from Emily Fisher who rounded out her stat line with five assists and five rebounds.
- Jade Edwards was held to single-digits for the second consecutive game but still led the team on the boards with six rebounds.
- The Eagles bounced back after a scoreless opening 4:00 and went on a 15-0 run during the final 5:57 of the first quarter.
- The Terriers closed that gap to seven after a 12-2 run in the third quarter, but couldn't inch any closer after a fourth-quarter push rebuilt one of AU's largest leads of the game at 60-43.
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 10-1 in games where they led at halftime, and 10-0 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 - seven of the Eagles' eight wins came when they were shooting over 35.0 percent from 3-point range, and they are 8-1 in games where they held their opponents to under 30.0 percent from long-range.
- Army West Point (.316) and Lehigh (.333) are the Eagles' only two wins against teams who shot over 30 percent from three-point range.
- American still retains the conference home win streak though, which has now grown to 19 consecutive games with the win over Loyola Maryland.
- Army was also the last PL team to topple AU in Bender Arena, 68-57 (Feb. 11, 2017).
- The Eagles' 23-game win streak at home was brought to an end on Dec. 29 with the 77-67 loss to Ohio.
- Before that loss, AU ranked sixth in Division I for home win streaks behind UConn, Lamar, Mississippi State, Baylor, and Florida Gulf Coast.
- The run dated back to the Feb. 15, 2017, victory over Lafayette, 75-45.
PAIR OF FRESHMEN GET THE NOD
- For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Eagles have had two freshmen earn the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after Jade Edwards (1/14) and Emily Fisher (1/21) were selected in back-to-back weeks.
The Eagles will be back at home on Wednesday, Jan. 30, with a 7 p.m. tip against Holy Cross before hitting the road for a three-game stretch against Colgate (Feb. 1), Army (Feb. 9) and Loyola Maryland (Feb. 13).
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