AU Women's Basketball Hosts NGWSD Against Lehigh Saturday Live on ESPNU

AU Women's Basketball Hosts NGWSD Against Lehigh Saturday Live on ESPNU

Feb. 5, 2009

Media Information
Teams: American (15-7, 5-2) vs. Lehigh (15-5, 6-1)
Date & Location: Saturday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. - Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
TV: ESPNU - Bob Socci (play-by-play), Leah Secondo (analyst)
Game Notes

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team returns home to face Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the first game of a two-game homestand. Saturday's game will be broadcast to a national television audience on ESPNU. Tipoff from Bender Arena is schedule for 4 p.m.

This marks the 22nd meeting in the all-time series between American and Lehigh. The Eagles lead the all-time series 13-8 and have won four of the last eight meetings. Earlier this season the Eagles lost to the Mountain Hawks, 77-69, in Bethlehem.

The Eagles improved to 5-2 in the Patriot League with Saturday's win over Lafayette, 72-61. American is currently in second place in the PL, just one game behind Lehigh.

Saturday's Events

  • The Eagles will host National Girls and Women in Sports Day and Pink Zone, the WBCA's breast cancer initiative. Members from all of AU's women's teams will be in attendance and will conduct a youth clinic after the game.


  • In honor of Pink Zone, the Eagles will be warming up in pink t-shirts and the first 1,500 fans will receive pink shirts.


  • Saturday's game is the eighth stop on the Phil Bender World Tour. AU students will receive free pizza, Robeks smoothies, and Coke products for this special event. One AU student who correctly enters the secret password revealed during the game on the Phil Bender World Tour page by visiting will win a $100 gift card from Best Buy and a $20 gift card from Robeks of Tenleytown. All students who correctly enter the password will remain eligible for the end of the year drawing where two students will win free books for a semester or a free Apple Macbook Pro laptop.

Three-Point Threat

  • Senior guard Talicia Jackson is currently tied with Kari Gaskin for AU's all time career three-point record. Jackson has made 147 career three-pointers and needs one more to set a new record. Jackson has made 34 three-pointers this season.


  • Junior Nicole Ryan is currently fourth in the record books in three-point baskets. She has 119 made threes and has hit 44 this season.

PL Player of the Week

  • Sophomore Michelle Kirk was named the PL Player of the Week on Monday, her first time earning the honor. Kirk averaged 21.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg and helped the Eagles to a 1-1 record for the week.


  • In Wednesday's 68-61 loss to Navy, Kirk hit a career-high 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to mark her second double-double in as many games. She shot 12-of-22 from the floor, 2-of-4 from three-point range and was credited with two steals and one block.


  • Kirk returned to the court on Saturday and led the Eagles to a 72-61 victory over Lafayette. She scored 15 points against the Leopards with a 9-of-10 performance from the free-throw line. Kirk narrowly missed recording a third-consecutive double-double with nine rebounds. Kirk shot 50.0 percent (15-30) from the floor, 76.9 percent (10-13) from the line and tallied 1.5 spg.

Some New Faces

  • During his first season as head coach for the Eagles, Matt Corkey has brought the team to a new level. Under Corkey's lead, the Eagles recorded a 10-5 non-conference record, marking the most non-conference wins in program history.


  • Currently the Eagles are in second place in the Patriot League and with a win on Saturday will tie Lehigh for first.


  • Corkery joined AU in 2004 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before becoming assistant head coach in 2007. Corkery has enlisted a new staff along with six incoming freshman for 10 new faces on this year's roster.