AU Off To Navy For Tuesday Night Conference Match

AU Off To Navy For Tuesday Night Conference Match

Jan. 24, 2006

American University's women's hoops squad heads to Annapolis, Md. on Tuesday night for a Patriot League conference tilt with Navy at 7:30 p.m.

Matchup: American (4-14, 1-4 PL) vs Navy (9-8, 2-2 PL) Tip: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Alumni Arena
Series: AU leads 13-10
Broadcast: N/A

Notes on the matchup:
AU at Navy Game Notes

Inside the Series: American owns a 13-10 series lead against Navy all-time. Navy does hold a 7-4 series advantage in Alumni Hall and have also won the last three meetings between the two teams. The last AU win came on 3/5/04 in the PL quarterfinals.

The Coaching Matchup: American is headed up by Melissa McFerrin, who is in her second season with the Eagles. McFerrin's squad owns a 4-14 record, 1-4 in the Patriot League after their comeback bid fell short against Holy Cross on Saturday, 59-55. Tom Marryott is in his third season at the helm of the Mids. Marryott led Navy to two straight 6-8 PL records and last season led the team to a 13-17 overall mark.

The Story: American enters into tonight's game with a 4-14 overall record and a 1-4 conference mark after losing a close 59-54 road game to Holy Cross last Saturday. The Eagles found themselves down by 13 at one point but battled back to close within three but were unable to pull off the upset. AU is currently on a two-game skid, losing to Army at Bender before the HC contest. AU has been led offensively by Tala Hadavi all year long, as the senior guard is averaging 13.4 points per game this season. Freshman forward Sahar Nusseibeh has stepped her game up in the past three weeks, bringing her ppg up to 6.7 and is fresh off of her first career double-double. Abby Lipskis leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. American's defense has kept them in conference games this season, with the Eagles' turnover margin still on the positive end. AU's three point field goal defense and overall field goal defense rank fourth among PL teams.

Scouting Navy: The Mids enter into today's game with an overall mark of 9-8 and a conference record of 2-2, good enough for fourth in the Patriot League. Navy lost to rival Army at home in their last outing by a score of 83-69 on Saturday. The Mids come into today's game with the league's best overall free throw shooting percentage (.750), three point shooting percentage (.382) and the second best field goal percentage (.413). Navy has been off to a slow start in the first half of this year's games, scoring 10 points first just twice in their last 10 games. Navy has three players averaging double digits this year, led by Ashley Pelzek, who's 13.8 ppg ranks her fourth in the PL. Carly Meyer averages 12.3 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game. Lauren Skrel, a senior, is averaging 10.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg this season. Navy owns a 4-5 record at Alumni Arena this season.

Eagles Try To Snap Navy Streak... Navy enters into today's game on a three-game win streak against American, with all three of those contests coming last year. The Mids won the two regular seasons games by a combined nine points before blowing out the Eagles 62-40 in the opening round of the 2005 Patriot League Tournament. The last time AU toppled Navy was in the quarterfinals of the 2004 PL Tournament, a 85-73 win in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Nusseibeh Grabs 1st D-D... If it wasn't enough that Sahar Nusseibeh has scored in double digits in five out of AU's last six games, the freshman forward recorded her first career double-double against Holy Cross on Saturday. Nusseibeh's 13 points and 12 rebounds against the Crusaders were also both career highs.

AU vs The Patriot League... American owns an 60-38 record all-time against the Patriot League and a 37-30 record in their four seasons of league play. AU is 1-4 this season, losing to Holy Cross on Saturday.

Eagle Snap Shots:
• Strong Out of the Gates: American has played solid basketball in the first half of games this season, despite being outscored 536-503. The Eagles have held the halftime lead in seven games this season and have been tied once. Four other times the Eagles have been within four points of their opponents.
• Scoring Struggles: American's 55.8 points per game in conference games this season is worst in the league. One of the reasons for AU's scoring drought has been American's shooting percent of 37% in those games, also a league low.
• An AU Win Would: Give American its first weekday win of the season ... give the Eagles their second road win of the season (Eagles are 1-7) ... give AU head Coach Melissa McFerrin her first win against Navy.