Jan. 30, 2009
Teams: American, (14-7, 4-2) at Lafayette (8-13, 2-4)
Date & Location: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 - 1 p.m. - Allan P. Kirby Sports Center, Easton, Pa.
TV: RCN Channel 8
Web: Eagle Vision All*Access
WASHINGTON - The American University Women's basketball team will start a quick one game road trip Saturday at Lafayette . This marks the 21st meeting in the all-time series between American and Lafayette. Last season, the Eagles beat the Leopards twice in two close regular season games including one in overtime. The Eagles lead the all time series 17-3 and have won six of the past eight meetings including three straight.
Three-Point Threat: The Eagles graduated one of the most prolific three-point shooters in AU history in Liz Hayes last season, but have two equally heralded shooters waiting in the wings. Senior guard Talicia Jackson is on pace to break the career three-point record that Hayes fell just three baskets short of a year ago. Jackson currently has 146 made treys in her career and ranks second all-time, needing just two more to set a new mark. Jackson hit 58 as a junior. Additionally, the Eagles regain the shooting threat of Nicole Ryan this season, who was forced to redshirt a year ago due to injury. Ryan is currently fourth in the record books in three-point baskets with two years of eligibility remaining. She has 119 made threes and hit 61 in her sophomore season.
Master of the Assist: Senior Pam Stanfield is steadily climbing up the charts in career assists. The Eagles point guard has amassed 342 assists to date, which ranks her fourth place all-time. Stanfield has had two 8-assist performances this season and has a personal best off 11 in a game, set on Feb. 21, 2006 against Navy.
Leer's Breakout Performances: Liz Leer had a career night with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks for the Eagles in a 57-54 loss to Morgan State on Nov. 29 at Hill Field House. Leer's six blocks tied the AU single-game record while her 14 rebounds stand as a career-high and the first 13+ rebound performance for an Eagle since Tish Curry recorded 18 against Navy in 2006. Leer currently ranks fifth all-time in career blocks in just her second season in the red, white and blue with 83. Leer tallied her second double-double of the season in the Eagles' 69-54 loss to Georgetown, in which she tallied 12 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
At the Half: The Eagles are a perfect 14-0 when entering the intermission ahead, but are 0-7 when trailing after the first 20 minutes of play.
Out of the Gate: The Eagles started the season with a perfect 3-0 record for the first time since the 2001-02 season their win against Howard. In that season, American opened up the campaign with three straight wins over Marshall (89-87 OT), Southern (77-66) and Towson (69-60).