Game 22 · American (13-8, 9-1 PL) at Army West Point (8-13, 3-7 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 · 1 p.m. · West Point, N.Y. (Christl Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 22-18
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (13-8, 9-1 PL) will look to earn its 10th consecutive win on Saturday as the Eagles travel to Army West Point (8-13, 3-7 PL) for a 1 p.m. contest.
- American is on a 4-0 run against Army after a 3-0 sweep over the Black Knights last season including a 60-49 win in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal in Bender Arena.
- The 64-46 regular-season win at Army last year 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 22-18 lead in the 40-game series.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is 5-8 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
- Cecily Carl set a single-game program record on Saturday as she led AU with a staggering 37 points in the 71-66 win over Colgate.
- That performances ties for 21st in the NCAA for single-game scoring this season.
- Carl added 11 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double of the season.
- The Eagles lead the PL with a nine-game win streak.
- Carl now leads the team with 14.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg, followed by Elina Koskimies (12.4 ppg), and Kaitlyn Marenyi (12.3).
- Since the start of conference play, Carl has been held to single-digit scoring only twice, and has averaged 15.6 ppg.
- Colgate was only the second single-digit win for AU since the start of PL play - the next closest margin of victory was Army (10 pts.).
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS
- Army is looking to snap a four-game skid after falling to 3-7 in the league with losses to Holy Cross, Lehigh, Colgate, and Loyola (Md.).
- Madison Hovren continues to be one of the top players in the league averaging a double-double with 18.1 ppg and 12.7 rpg.
- She is fourth in the Division I rankings in rebounds per game, No. 7 in total rebounds (267), and No. 11 in both defensive (8.5) and offensive (4.2) rebounds per game.
- Appropriately, Army is also the PL leader on the boards with 41.8 rpg and a 7.3 rebounding margin.
- Hovren is also ninth in Division I with her 14 double-doubles this season.
- Jess Lewis leads the PL in assists (4.9 apg), and is the No. 2 scorer for Army (8.6 ppg).
- The Black Knights have lost by an average margin of -18.3 pts. over the last four games.
LAST TIME OUT
- Senior Cecily Carl set a new program record with 37 points to lead AU over Colgate on Saturday, 71-66.
- Carl surpassed the previous AU single-game record of 36 points, held by Kirsten Keller since Dec. 8, 1993.
- She added a game-high 11 rebounds to complete her second consecutive double-double. She filled the rest of the scoresheet with two steals, one block, and one assist.
- Her 13 made free throws was also a career-high and ties with classmate Elina Koskimies for No. 5 in the single-game record books.
- Senior Kaitlyn Lewis was next in scoring with nine points followed by freshman Jade Edwards with six off the bench.
- Lewis also added a team-high six assists while junior Kaitlyn Marenyi led the team with three steals alongside Carl.
- The Eagles trailed throughout the first half and entered the locker room at a 34-30 deficit.
- For the third consecutive game, it took a late run from the Eagles to secure the win as Carl added 11 points to lead AU to a 47-44 lead heading into the final stanza.
- The fourth quarter opened as a back-and-forth battle before a pair of treys from senior Elina Koskimies and Carl opened the AU lead to six at 56-53 with 4:51 remaining. Late free throws continued to widen the gap as Carl closed with a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
CARL BACK IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- Senior Cecily Carl continues to make her case as one of the best players in AU women's basketball history.
- Less than a week after jumping into the all-time top ten in scoring, Carl added her name to another program record list with an AU women's basketball single-game record in scoring after leading the team with 37 points against Colgate.
- She ties for No. 21 in the current NCAA rankings for single-game scoring and is one of only nine players to rank in the top-25 for scoring while also pulling down a double-double (11 rebounds).
- Carl now moves into No. 9 in AU history for career scoring at 1,242 career points.
- Colgate was her fourth +20-point performance of the season (13th career) and second double-double (15th career).
#AUWBB vs. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
- American holds a 231-118 overall record (.662) against Patriot League teams, and are 182-87 (.677) since joining the league in 2001-02.
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 11-1 in games where they led at halftime, and remain undefeated at 13-0 when leading with 5:00 left.
- Colgate was the second team this season that fell to AU despite leading at halftime, 34-30.
- The Eagles overcame a 13-point deficit in the game prior against Holy Cross for the largest comeback victory of the season so far.
- 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.
- American has won three games despite ending with a lower field goal percentage than its opponent - Hawaii (.292 / .467), Holy Cross (.426 / .471), and Colgate (.426 / .459).
- Performance along the perimeter has also been key for AU - eight of the Eagles' 13 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), Lehigh (.333), Holy Cross (.300), and Colgate (.353) are the Eagles' only four wins against teams who shot at least 30 percent from three-point range.
The Eagles will be back on the road against Loyola Maryland on Feb. 13 before returning home to face Lehigh at noon on Feb. 16.
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