Feb. 7, 2006
AU women's basketball team travels to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on the Patriot League's best on Tuesday night. The Eagles and Bison tip-off at 7 p.m. Fans that cannot make it to Sojka Pavillion can listen live at www.BucknellBison.com.
Matchup: American (6-15, 3-5 PL)
At Bucknell (14-7, 7-1 PL)
Tip: 7 p.m.
Site: Sojka Pavillion
Series: AU leads 8-6
Notes on the matchup:
AU at Bucknell Notes
Inside the Series: American owns a 8-6 advantage in the series with Bucknell. The Eagles are 4-3 all time against the Bison in Sojka Pavillion. Bucknell took the last game, winning 66-43 at Bender Arena on Jan. 10, 2006. Bucknell is 6-4 at home this season.
The Coaching Matchup: American is headed up by Melissa McFerrin, who is in her second season with the Eagles. McFerrin's squad owns a 4-15 record, 1-5 in the Patriot League after Navy came back from an eight point halftime deficit to defeat the Eagles. Kathy Fedoraka is in her 13th year at the helm of the Bison. Fedoraka owns a 123-97 record, including a 14-7 record this season. Bucknell leads the Patriot League with a 7-1 record.
The Story: American enters into today's contest with a 6-15 overall record and a 3-5 conference mark after winning their last time out, an eight point road victory over Lehigh last Saturday night. The Eagles earned their first back-to-back win last time out as Tala Hadavi scored 30 points. Hadavi became the first player to score 30 points in almost three years, the last AU player to achieve that feat was Chanel Hunt, who scored 34 at Navy on February 11, 2003. Hadavi leads the team in scoring this season, scoring 15.0 ppg, good enough for third in the Patriot League. Tish Curry's 6.5 rebounds per game in 2005-06 ranks first among the Eagles and sixth overall in the Patriot League. American has started off the second half of the conference season on a strong note, earning their third conference win and sweeping the Patriot League Weekly awards for the first time this season. Hadavi earned PL Player of the Week while freshman Sahar Nusseibeh earned AU's second Rookie of the Week award.
Scouting Bucknell: The Bison come into today's game winners of their last 12 out of 15 games. Bucknell leads the Patriot League with a 7-1 record, with their only loss coming to Holy Cross in overtime (67-63). The Bison sport the third highest scoring offense in the league and they have put that offense to good work, averaging 17 points more than their opponents in league games. Bucknell also is tops on the defensive end of the ball, sporting the 12th best scoring defense in the NCAA, holding their opponents' field goal percentage to 34 percent. Last time against the Eagles, freshman Lauren Schober scored a career-high 22 points and Hope Foster recorded a double-double. Rookie Amanda Brown averages 11.1 ppg to lead Bucknell, with Schober and Lindsay Hollobaugh registering 10.6 and 10.4 ppg, respectively. Foster leads the Bison on the boards, averaging 8.8 rpg. Bucknell is 6-4 overall at home this season and 3-1 in the PL.
AU Sweeps PL Awards... Senior Tala Hadavi and freshman Sahar Nusseibeh were named Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in American's 75-68 win over Lehigh on Saturday. Hadavi scored 30 points, a career-high, on 8-of-12 shooting and dished out a career-best six assists in the game. Nusseibeh was second on the team in scoring with 18 points while snatching six rebounds. Nusseibeh showed composure on the line, shooting a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe against the Mountain Hawks. Tish Curry is the only other Eagle to take home a PL Rookie of the Week award, earning it back in November.
Welcom Back... American freshman guard Nicole Ryan played her first game in two months against Lehigh on Saturday. Ryan suffered a leg injury against Howard on Dec. 12. Ryan was 2-for-4 in 12 minutes of work against the Mountain Hawks.
AU vs The Patriot League... American owns an 62-38 record all-time against the Patriot League and a 39-31 record in their four seasons of league play. AU is 3-5 this season, winning its last game on the road against Lehigh.
Eagle Snap Shots:
Two For One: American moved from seventh to fifth in the PL standings with its win at Lehigh last time out.
Still Searching for Weekday Win: Tonight's game will be yet another chance for the Eagles to grab their first weekday win of the 2005-06 season. AU is 0-12 on games that fall Monday thru Friday.
Shoot for 70: AU is 6-0 this season when they score 70 points or more. AU scored 75 in each of its last two outings against Lafayette and Lehigh.
An AU Win Would: Give American its second straight conference road win of the season ... even up Melissa McFerrin's record against the Bison (2-2) ... give AU its longest win streak of the season at three consecutive victories.