Jan. 16, 2009
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will look to extend its league win streak to two on Saturday when they host Colgate in its Patriot League home opener. This marks the 20th meeting in the all-time series between American and Colgate. Last season, the Eagles beat Raiders twice in the regular season, winning by an average of 28.5 points. The Eagles then beat the Raiders in the Patriot League Quarterfinal, 70-46. American enters the contest with an 11-6 overall record and has gone 1-1 in the conference, while Colgate comes to Washington with a 4-14 overall record and has yet to record a win in the league (0-2).
• The Eagles are coming off of a 61-55 win at Bucknell on Wednesday. Liz Leer led the Eagles with 16 points while Talicia Jackson added a game-high 11 rebounds. The win gave American its first in the Patriot League on the season. • Michelle Kirk and Leer are leading the squad in points per game, scoring at a 12.8 and 12.1 clip, respectively. Leer also leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 boards per game and blocks (37), while maintaining the top field goal percentage in the Patriot League (59.5 percent).
• Several Eagles are steadily climbing up the all-time records charts. Talicia Jackson (142) and Nicole Ryan (116) currently rank third and fourth in career three-point baskets made and are chasing down Kari Gaskins' (1995-99) record of 147. Jackson also needs to play in just six more games to become the all-time leader in games played for the Eagles.
• Pam Stanfield's 332 career assists is good for fourth all-time as she just surpassed Kaitlyn Schuyler (2000-04). She needs nine more to move into the third spot.
• Liz Leer has rapidly moved up the all-time leaders in blocks in just her second season. The sophomore has 77 swats to date and is fifth all-time, needing six more to move to the fourth position.
• Tricia Oakes recorded her second consecutive double-double as the Colgate University women's basketball team dropped a 64-52 decision to Lafayette in the fi nal minutes of play at Cotterell Court in its last meeting.
• Oakes was honored with her fourth Rookie of the Week award it was announced by the Patriot League offi ce on Monday, Jan. 12. The freshman is averaging 9.4 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per contest.
• Tayler Wejnert leads the Raider offense 17 games into the season. The sophomore is averaging 12.7 points per game, while classmate Sami Kozlowski is close behind, recording 10.1 points per game.