Game 29 · American (19-9, 15-2 PL) vs. Navy (10-17, 5-12 PL)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 · 7 p.m. · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 32-23
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (19-9, 15-2 PL) will look to bounce back from the heartbreaker against Bucknell on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tipoff against Navy (10-17, 5-12 PL) at home to close out the regular season.
- American pulled to a 32-23 lead in the 55-game series with Navy after beating the Midshipmen in Annapolis on Jan. 9, 58-45. This was the first AU win in Alumni Hall since Feb. 25, 2015 (41-29).
- The series dates back to Feb. 16, 1978, when AU beat Navy in Annapolis, 75-53.
- Both teams lead the series on their respective home courts - AU is 20-5 in Bender Arena while Navy holds a 17-10 advantage in Alumni Hall.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is 9-4 against Navy since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American's 15-game win streak was brought to a heartbreaking end on Saturday after AU fell to Bucknell at home, 65-64.
- That loss also ends the Eagles' 23-0 run in Bender Arena against PL opponents.
- The Eagles now tie with the Bison for No. 1 in the league at 15-2, but fall to the second seed in the tournament after being swept by Bucknell during the regular season.
- Cecily Carl continues to lead the second half of PL play, averaging 22.5 ppg over the last 8 games, including 14 against Bucknell.
- Indeya Sanders paced the Eagles against the Bison, filling the scoresheet with 15 pts., 6 reb., 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.
- AU leads the league with only 13.9 turnovers per game and ranks sixth with 15.4 caused turnovers per game.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
- Navy is on a three-game skid after dropping contests to Boston Univ., 66-55, Bucknell, 90-48, and Loyola (Md.), 55-50.
- Freshman Jennifer Coleman leads the Mids across the board and is the only player averaging in double-figures with 12.8 ppg.
- Navy led the Greyhounds, 50-49, with less than 4:00 on the clock but fell after late fouls put Loyola on the line where they shot 6-6 in the final 41 seconds.
- The Mids lead the league with 10.8 steals per game, 19.8 forced turnovers per game, and a 2.74 turnover margin.
- Navy also ranks second in scoring defense, allowing only 57.4 ppg.
- Bianca Roach ranks third in the league with 2.0 steals per game followed by Coleman in fourth (1.9) and Kolbi Green in sixth (1.7).
LAST TIME OUT
- It was the type of game you'd expect from the top two teams in the conference, but not the result that AU was looking for as the Eagles' 15-game win streak was brought to an end in a thrilling battle against Bucknell, 65-64.
- Indeya Sanders stepped up in a big way, leading with 15 points while filling the scoresheet with a team-high 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.
- Cecily Carl was the only other Eagle in double-figures with 14 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.
- Bucknell took advantage of the 15 American turnovers, scoring 22 points while the Eagles only picked up 15 off the Bison's 15 mishaps.
- AU was able to hold off the aggressive Bucknell offense through the opening minutes of the game, matching the Bison basket-for-basket until a 7-0 run midway through the stanza gave AU its first deficit of the day. The Eagles managed to close the quarter with a 21-18 lead, though, after a late jumper from Emily Fisher.
- A series of turnovers late in the second quarter put the Bison back in the lead by halftime, 36-34, and the Eagles spent much of the third quarter playing catch-up, but couldn't quite overcome that two-point gap and entered the final 10 minutes trailing 53-51.
- As has been the theme for much of the second half of PL play, the game boiled down to the final minute of play as the Eagles trailed by one with 51 seconds remaining. Elina Koskimies picked up the steal in the final seconds but was halted on her run by the officials, who stopped play to check the clock. AU had one final inbound with just under 2 seconds left, but Jade Edwards was unable to repeat her game-winner at the buzzer from just a few games ago.
THE HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
- American was 23-0 at home against PL opponents before the loss to Bucknell broke the run that began during the 2016-17 season.
- Before Bucknell, Army was the last PL team to topple AU in Bender Arena, 68-57 (Feb. 11, 2017).
- The Eagles are on a 36-6 run at home since the start of the 2016-17 season.
- In the Megan Gebbia era, the Eagles are 65-22 (.747) in Bender Arena, including 50-12 (.806) in Patriot League play. Among the highlights in her six seasons was the program's first undefeated season at home since the 1970s last year.
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 are currently ranked 17th, only three places behind PL rival Bucknell (No. 14).
- The team opened the season at No. 24 and landed as high as 19th before the loss to Denver knocked them out of the poll.
PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
The Eagles are locked in to host a Patriot League quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11. American is currently sitting as the No. 2 seed after Saturday's loss to Bucknell. With a Bucknell loss to Army on Wednesday, and an AU win over Navy, the Eagles could bump back up into the No. 1 seed and host the winner of the first round game between Navy and Loyola Maryland. If the standings remain unchanged, American will still host the winner of the first round contest between Army West Point and Lafayette.
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AU Women's Basketball to Host Patriot League Tournament on March 11th
The American University Eagles women's basketball team has earned the right to host a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal round game in Bender Arena on Monday, March 11th at 7pm. Ticket prices for the quarterfinal game, set by the Patriot League, are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (65+) and youth (under 13). Rates for groups with 10+ are $3 per person and must be purchased in advance through the box office. AU students with valid AU ID will be admitted free of charge. Tickets are now on sale via AUeagles.com/Tickets. Fans can also visit the Athletics Ticket Office in person, or call (202) 885-TIXX (8499) Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to secure their seats.