Game 23 · American (14-8, 10-1 PL) at Loyola Maryland (3-19, 2-9 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 · 6 p.m. · Baltimore, Md. (Reitz Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 20-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (14-8, 10-1 PL) will look to earn its 11th consecutive victory on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. tip at Loyola Maryland (3-19, 2-9 PL).
- The 26-game series against Loyola Maryland dates back to the 1976-77 season when the Greyhounds opened with a 107-60 win over the Eagles in Baltimore. Since then, AU has taken a 20-6 lead in the series, including a 9-0 run from 1977-85.
- AU won four consecutive games during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons before Loyola swept the Eagles in 2015-16, including the first and only American loss to the Greyhounds in Bender Arena on Feb. 27, 2016 (55-50).
- American returned the favor over the last two seasons and enter Saturday's contest on a 5-0 run after the 44-point victory in Bender Arena on Jan. 16.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 8-2 against the Greyhounds since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- Cecily Carl put up her third consecutive double-double and third consecutive +20-pt. performance to lead AU past Army, 75-62.
- The Eagles are now on a 10-0 run and have not lost a PL game since the opener at Bucknell.
- Carl broke the single-game record with 37 pts. against Colgate before returning to top what would have been her career-high with 28 against the Black Knights.
- Two other Eagles are averaging double-figures with Kaitlyn Marenyi (12.4 ppg) and Elina Koskimies (12.3 ppg).
- Koskimies continues to rank in the top-10 of Division I for free throw percentage (8th), followed by Carl in 25th.
- AU leads the league in assists (15.4 per game), and ranks second in both FG percentage (.419) and 3FG percentage (.363).
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
- Loyola broke a three-game skid with a 70-51 win over Army on Feb. 2 before falling to Holy Cross on Feb. 9, 58-48.
- The Greyhounds' only other Patriot League victory came during the 62-50 win over Lafayette on Jan. 20.
- Isabella Therien continues to lead the team in scoring with 14.3 ppg while Stephanie Karcz remains one of the top defensive players in the league with 10.2 rpg and 4.5 steals per game.
- Karcz leads the league in steals and ranks second in Division I for steals per game, and third for total steals (90). She is also one of 20 players in the NCAA to have earned a triple-double this year after finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals against Monmouth.
- Bri-Betz White is second on the team in scoring with 8.8 ppg while Delaney Connolly is next on the boards (4.3 rpg).
LAST TIME OUT
- Senior Cecily Carl put up her third consecutive double-double and +20-point performance with 28 points and 10 rebounds during the win over Army West Point.
- The 28-point finish would have been a career-high for Carl had it not been for the program-record 37 points she scored during the win over Colgate a week prior.
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi and senior Kaitlyn Lewis also landed in double-figures with 14 points and 13 points, respectively. Senior Elina Koskimies fell just shy of double-figures with nine points, all from three-point range as she extended her run to 28 consecutive games with at least one trey.
- The Eagles tied the 2002 squad with a program-record 13 made three-pointers. The last time an AU team hit this mark was at Navy on Jan. 29, 2002.
- The Eagles struggled against Army's hot hand to open the game, falling to an early deficit before tying the game at 19-19 heading into the break.
- It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the second quarter before a late 7-3 run from Army gave the Black Knights a 36-32 lead at the half.
- Army retained the advantage through most of the third quarter before AU regained the lead in the final 2:00 of the stanza. American closed with a 24-14 run in the fourth to come away with the win.
MID-MAJOR TOP 25
- American was back in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 on Feb. 5 after dropping out of the rankings since Nov. 20.
- The Eagles landed at No. 25 on Feb. 5 and bumped up to No. 21 on Tuesday (Feb. 12).
- The team opened the season at No. 24 and landed as high as 19th before the loss to Denver knocked them out.
5 ON 5
- AU is one of only 18 schools in Division I to have had at least seven players lead in scoring for at least one game this season. Lehigh is the only other PL team to make the list with eight players.
- Four Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Indeya Sanders, Jade Edwards, Emily Fisher, and Morgan Bartner.
- Three of the eight starters this season have put up double-doubles with Cecily Carl (3), Sanders (1), and Edwards (1).
- AU has had only four different starting lineups throughout the season so far with Sanders, Carl and Elina Koskimies being the only mainstays. Edwards and Fisher both stepped into the lineup after injuries sidelined Kaitlyn Marenyi and Kaitlyn Lewis, respectively, while Bartner moved in for Fisher to add size against Lehigh.
- The threesome of Sanders, Carl and Koskimies has accounted for 52.0 percent of the team's scoring with 34.0 ppg, and 43.9 percent of AU's rebounding with 14.8 rpg.
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.
- That performance tied for No. 21 in the then-NCAA rankings for single-game scoring, and was one of only nine players to rank in the top-25 for scoring while also pulling down a double-double (11 rebounds).
- Carl now sits in No. 9 in AU history for career scoring at 1,270 career points.
- Army was her fifth +20-point performance of the season (14th career) and third double-double (16th career).
- She has earned back-to-back PL Player of the Week nods on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.
- Carl continues to average in double-figures for scoring with 14.6 ppg after being held to single-digits in only five of her 21 games so far this season.
- Colgate and Navy have been the only two Patriot League teams to hold her under 10 points.
The Eagles will return home for a pair of conference games, starting with a noon showdown against Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 16, and followed by an 11:30 a.m. tip against Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Wednesday contest against BU will also serve as the team's annual Pink Day and Elementary School Day.
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