Jan. 21, 2009
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will look to extend its league win streak to three on Wednesday when they travel to West Point to take on Patriot League foe Army at Christl Arena. This marks the 18th meeting in the all-time series between American and Army. Last season, the Eagles and Black Knights split the season series, with each team winning on the road. American enters the contest with an 12-6 overall record and has gone 2-1 in the conference, while Army is 11-6 overall record and is also 2-1 in the league.
• The Eagles are coming off of a 63-47 win against Colgate on Saturday. Nicole Ryan led all scorers with 17 points while Talicia Jackson added a game-high nine rebounds. The win gave American its second straight in Patriot League play. • Michelle Kirk and Leer are leading the squad in points per game, scoring at a 12.5 and 12.1 clip, respectively. Leer also leads the team in rebounding with 5.9 boards per game and blocks (37), while maintaining the top field goal percentage in the Patriot League (59.4 percent).
• Several Eagles are steadily climbing up the all-time records charts. Talicia Jackson (144) and Nicole Ryan (120) 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 five more games to become the all-time leader in games played for the Eagles.
• Pam Stanfield's 335 career assists is good for fourth all-time as she just surpassed Kaitlyn Schuyler (2000-04). She needs six 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.
• Army is coming off a huge win, ending Lehigh's hopes for an undefeated Patriot League season with a 54-52 win over the Mountain Hawks on Sunday. Alex McGuire scored in a career-high 24 points and Megan Evans hit the game-winner with two seconds on the clock to give the Black Knights the win.
• Alex McGuire moved into sole possession of sixth place on Army's all-time scoring list with 1,275 career points. She has more career points than any other active player in the Patriot League and needs just 57 points to crack Army's top-5.
• Army has won nine of its last 11 games since December. That stretch includes the team's longest win streak of the year - fi ve games - from Dec. 20 through Jan. 10.