Game 21 · American (12-8, 8-1 PL) at Colgate (9-10, 5-4 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 · 4 p.m. · Hamilton, N.Y. (Cotterell Court)
All-Time Record: American leads, 34-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (12-8, 8-1 PL) is entering the second half of Patriot League play this weekend as the Eagles travel to Colgate (9-10, 5-4 PL) to open a three-game series on the road.
- American stretched to a 25-game win streak against the Raiders this season after earning a 76-57 victory at home on Jan. 6.
- The 40-game series dates back to the Eagles' first season in the Patriot League (2001-02). AU picked up the 79-77 win during the teams' first meeting on Jan. 9, 2002.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently undefeated at 11-0 against Colgate since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American stretched to an eight-game win streak on Wednesday after staging its biggest comeback of the season with a 70-58 win over Holy Cross.
- The Eagles trailed by as much as 13 before a gritty fourth quarter, spurred along by strong performances from Cecily Carl and Kaitlyn Marenyi, erased the deficit and gave them the 12-point victory.
- Of AU's last eight victories, only one has been by less than 10 points (Lehigh - 8).
- Carl led the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds - her first double-double of the season, 14th of her career.
- The Eagles continue to be a defensive force in league play, leading the PL in scoring defense (52.1), FG defense (.343), 3FG defense (.254), and ranking 2nd in scoring margin (13.2).
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
- Colgate picked up its second consecutive win with a 70-58 victory over Army West Point on Wednesday. The Raiders bumped up to 5-4 in the PL for its best conference record at this point in the season since 2005.
- Tegan Graham led the way for the Raiders with 17 points followed by Nia Ahart (15 pts.), Mylah Chandler (10) and Abby Schubiger (10).
- Chandler also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds to fall just shy of a double-double.
- Rachel Thompson continues to lead the team across the board while Chandler leads the league during conference play in field goal percentage (.636) after putting in 8 consecutive games with over .500.
- Colgate is third in conference play for scoring offense (64.1), assists (13.8), and turnover margin (2.6).
LAST TIME OUT
- For the second consecutive game, a gritty fourth quarter pulled the AU women's basketball team to victory after a 70-58 win over Holy Cross.
- The Eagles trailed by as much as 13 before staging their largest comeback of the year to clinch their eighth consecutive victory this season and extend the home win streak against PL opponents to 21-0.
- Senior Cecily Carl paced AU with 20 points and 10 rebounds - good for her first double-double of the season and 14th of her career.
- Senior Elina Koskimies and junior Kaitlyn Marenyi followed with 16 points and 15 points, respectively. Of those 16 points from Koskimies was a trey late in the fourth quarter to make the game her 26th consecutive with at least one three-point make.
- Carl and Marenyi both led the team down the stretch with some key plays on both ends of the floor. Carl scored 11 of her 20 points in the final 10 minutes while Marenyi added 12 of her 15.
- Holy Cross put up a strong first quarter, shooting 75 percent from the floor to take an early lead that would hold through the end of the third quarter.
- The Crusaders couldn't maintain that pace in the fourth, though, and AU took advantage of their fatigue and hit a 24-8 run to secure the win.
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 10-1 in games where they led at halftime, and 12-0 in games where they led with 5:00 left on the clock.
- Wednesday's win over Holy Cross was the first time AU was able to overcome a halftime deficit and also the largest comeback of the season for the Eagles after the Crusaders picked up as much as a 13-point lead.
- Performance along the perimeter has also been key for AU - eight of the Eagles' 12 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.
- American is 21-0 at home against PL 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).
5 ON 5
- Four Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Indeya Sanders, Jade Edwards, Emily Fisher, and Morgan Bartner.
- 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.
- AU has had four different starting lineups throughout the season so far with Sanders, Carl and Koskimies being the only mainstays. Edwards and Fisher both stepped into the lineup after injuries sidelined Marenyi and Lewis, respectively, while Bartner moved in for Fisher to add size against Lehigh.
- The threesome of Sanders, Carl and Koskimies has accounted for 51.5 percent of the team's scoring with 33.2 ppg, and 42.1 percent of AU's rebounding with 14.2 rpg.
- Not only does AU have one of the most consistent starting lineups in the league, but it's also one of the most productive with Kaitlyn Marenyi, Kaitlyn Lewis, Elina Koskimies, Indeya Sanders, and Jade Edwards having led the team in points, rebounds, and assists for at least one game each. Cecily Carl has also put in at least one game leading in points and rebounds, and Morgan Bartner has led the team in scoring once.
- Seven players have led the team in scoring and eight in rebounding for at least one game this season, including all eight starters along with freshman Maddie Doring (rebounds).
- Lehigh is the only team in the league to have more players put up team-high numbers in scoring with eight.
- Head coach Megan Gebbia has played all 12 players in five of its 20 games.
- She has played at least nine in 14 of the remaining 15 games. Lehigh was the only game she didn't go nine deep (8).
- Gebbia has also let all five freshmen close three games so far this season - Tulsa, FGCU, and UMBC.
- The five freshmen along with junior TaeKenya Cleveland brought the Eagles home in the final quarter against Loyola Maryland, outscoring the Greyhounds 18-8.
The Eagles will be back on the road to face Army (Feb. 9) and Loyola Maryland (Feb. 13) before returning home on Saturday, Feb. 16 to face Lehigh.
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