Game 20 · American (11-8, 7-1 PL) vs. Holy Cross (11-8, 3-5 PL)
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 · 7:00 p.m. · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: Holy Cross leads, 22-17
Game Notes: American | Holy Cross
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will set out to win its eighth consecutive Patriot League game of the season on Wednesday as the Eagles (11-8, 7-1 PL) host Holy Cross (11-8, 3-5 PL) at 7 p.m on Wednesday in Bender Arena.
- Holy Cross remains the only Patriot League team to lead the series against AU with a 22-17 overall record. The Crusaders opened the series with an 11-1 run from 2000-06, starting with a one-point victory (61-60) on Jan. 22, 2000.
- The Eagles hit a run of their own from 2010-12, winning seven consecutive games before falling in the 2012 Patriot League semifinal, 67-52. Last season was the first sweep for AU against Holy Cross since 2012.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 4-6 against Holy Cross since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American fought back in a close race against Lafayette on Saturday to stretch to a seven-game win streak. The victory also marked the 20th consecutive conference win at home in a run that stretches back to the 2016-17 season.
- Cecily Carl's team-high 18 points was good for another record-book mark, as she became the No. 10 scorer in program history with 1,185 career points.
- Indeya Sanders added 12 points along with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block without giving up a turnover.
- The game also marked the return of two of AU's top scorers in Kaitlyn Marenyi (12.8 ppg) and Kaitlyn Lewis (10.1 ppg).
- AU is the top team defensively in the league, leading the conference in PL play for scoring defense (51.4), FG defense (.328), 3FG defense (.248), and scoring margin (13.4).
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
- Holy Cross fell just shy of completing the second-half comeback against Bucknell on Saturday and fell to the Bison, 75-71.
- The Crusaders opened PL play with losses to Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh before clinching their first win of the season against Loyola. Navy is their only other conference loss.
- Three players put up double-figures against Bucknell with Megan Swords (17 pts.), Lauren Manis (15 pts., 10 reb.), and Avery LaBarbera (15 pts.).
- Manis leads the PL in scoring (18.5 ppg) and ranks 2nd in rebounds (11.5 rpg). LaBarbera (11.8 ppg) and Swords (11.6 ppg) are the only other two players averaging double-figures. Swords also ranks 3rd in the league for FG percentage (.514).
- Holy Cross is 2nd in the PL for scoring (66.6 ppg), 2nd for rebounds (40.5 rpg), 3rd in FG percentage (.416), and 2nd in FG defense (.371).
LAST TIME OUT
- A strong fourth quarter pulled the AU women's basketball team to a 60-45 win over Lafayette on Saturday as the Eagles extend their win streak to seven games during Patriot League play.
- Senior Cecily Carl emerged as one of the highlights for the day as she added her name to yet another a program all-time top ten list as the No. 10 point-scorer in AU history.
- Carl led the team with 18 points to bring her total career tally to 1,185. She shot a nearly perfect 7-for-8 from the field, 2-for-3 from the perimeter, including a 6-for-6 performance from the floor in the first half.
- The game also marked the return of junior Kaitlyn Marenyi and senior Kaitlyn Lewis. Marenyi led the team with six assists alongside her seven points and three rebounds while Lewis pitched in five points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists.
- Sophomore Indeya Sanders was the only other Eagle to land in double-figures, scoring 12 points, nine of which came during the fourth quarter to help secure the win.
- Sanders and senior Elina Koskimies led the team on the boards with six rebounds each.
- AU picked up the early lead in the game, but the Leopards slowly chipped away at the margin throughout the first half before drawing even at halftime, 26-26, and gaining the lead early in the third quarter after an 8-2 run.
- The Eagles controlled the final 10 minutes after a layup from Lewis sparked a 13-1 run to regain the lead that would last through the remainder of the game.
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 10-1 in games where they led at halftime, and 11-0 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.
- AU has entered halftime with a tie in only two games this season - Penn State (L, 80-59), and Lafayette (W, 60-45).
- Lafayette was the first fourth-quarter win of the season for AU as the team entered the final stanza with a one-point deficit (35-34).
- 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 - eight of the Eagles' 11 wins came when they were shooting over 35.0 percent from 3-point range, and they are 9-1 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 is 20-0 at home against Patriot League opponents in a run that dates back to the 2016-17 season.
- Army was also the last PL team to topple AU in Bender Arena, 68-57 (Feb. 11, 2017).
CARL BACK IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- Senior Cecily Carl added her name to her sixth career all-time top ten list as she now totals 1,185 points after leading the team with 18 against Lafayette.
- She surpassed Jody Thornton ('87, 1,176) to land at No. 10 in the record books.
- Carl continues to average in double-figures for scoring with 12.5 ppg after being held to single-digits in only five of her 19 games so far this season.
- Carl reached her third major milestone in two years on Nov. 19 as she became the 19th player in program history to break the 1,000-point plateau during her season-high performance against Denver (26 points).
- With her 1,000 points, she sits in elite company as one of only three players in AU history to have earned over 100 blocks, 500 rebounds, and 1,000 points in her career. The other two are Liz Leer (2007-11) and Kirsten Keller (1991-95).
- But Carl remains on a level of her own as she is the first player in AU history to do all this while also scoring over 100 three's throughout her career.
The Eagles will hit the road for a three-game stretch against Colgate (Feb. 1), Army (Feb. 9) and Loyola Maryland (Feb. 13). AU's next home game is Saturday, Feb. 16 against Lehigh.
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