Eagles Host Colgate on Sunday

Eagles Host Colgate on Sunday

Feb. 10, 2006

American University's women's basketball team will host Patriot League opponent Colgate in Bender Arena on Sunday, February 12. The game will start at 12 p.m. and will be televised on CSTV.

Matchup: American (6-16, 3-6 PL)
vs Colgate (6-16, 4-5 PL)
Tip: 12 p.m.
Site: Bender Arena
Series: AU leads 8-4
Broadcast: www.AUEagles.com, CSTV

Notes on the matchup:
AU vs Bucknell Notes

Inside the Series: American owns a 8-4 series edge with the Raiders. AU is 3-0 all-time at home against Colgate. American won the last time out, back on January 14, when the Eagles left Hamilton on the winning side of a 74-63 contest.

The Coaching Matchup: American is headed up by Melissa McFerrin, who is in her second season with the Eagles. McFerrin's squad owns a 6-16 record, 3-6 in the Patriot League after dropping a 73-38 road game on Tuesday to the first-place Bucknell Bison. Colgate is led by second-year head coach Kristin Hughes who has led the Raiders to a 6-16 record overall and a 4-5 mark in the Patriot League. Hughes is 0-1 all-time against the Eagles.

The Story: American enters into today's contest with a 6-16 overall record and a 3-6 conference mark after falling to the Patriot League's top team, Bucknell, 73-38 at Stojka Pavillion on Tuesday night. Before the Bucknell game, AU had moved up to fifth place in the Patriot League after winning games against Lafayette and Lehigh, their first back-to-back wins of the season. After today's game the Eagles will be back on the road against Army, marking the third time in the last four games that the Eagles will have played away from Bender. Tala Hadavi leads the Eagles in scoring with 14.9 ppg and leads the team in minutes, averaging 35 minutes per game. AU will be without the services of Abby Lipskis, who is still battling a back injury suffered earlier in the season. The freshman duo of Tish Curry and Sahar Nusseibeh will control the front court for the Eagles, with Curry leading the team in rebounds and Nusseibeh regularly scoring in double figures.

Scouting Colgate: Colgate enters into today's game just ahead of American in the standings, sporting a 4-5 conference mark after a 80-71 home win over Lafayette on Tuesday. The Raider offense features three players that averaged double-digit scoring, with Melanie Cargle leading the team with 12.4 points per game. Preseason First Team All-Patriot League selection Megan Ballard is averaging 11.9 ppg this season, with freshman Gretchen Polinski scoring 10.2 ppg and leading the team in rebounding with 6.8 rpg. Ballards' 86 steals this season is tops in the PL as she averages over three per contest. As a team the Raiders lead the PL in steals per game and in turnover margin. Colgate is one of three PL teams with a positive turnover margin, coming in at +.95 the best in the eight team conference. The Raiders .302 three point shooting percentage is second in the PL. Colgate is 1-10 on the read this season, including 1-3 in conference games.

Nusseibeh FG % Leader... American freshman forward Sahar Nusseibeh owns the PL's best FG% for rookies, shooting .504 from the field. The Uniontown, Ohio, native is third in the Patriot League in FG % and first among her teammates.

For Your Viewing... Today's game against Colgate will be televised on College Sports Television as part of the Patriot League's television contract. Last season the Eagles played Colgate at home on TV, a game in which the Eagels won 73-59.

Scoring Struggles... American's 57.8 scoring average this season is on pace to finish as the teams's second lowest output in team history. On top of that, the Eagles have failed to score more than 44 points in five games this season, the most since the 1994 season when the Eagles scored less than that on three occasions.

AU vs The Patriot League... American owns an 62-39 record all-time against the Patriot League and a 39-32 record in their four seasons of league play. AU is 3-6 this season, losing its last game on the road to Bucknell.

Eagle Snap Shots:
• Rare Sunday Game: Toaday's game will be AU's second Sunday game of the season. American played Delaware on Nov. 20, a 64-38 loss in Bender Arena.
• Tied for the Record: Tala Hadavi's 61 three pointers this season ties her for first all-time for made three-balls in a single season.
• 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 conference home victory of the season ... keep AU head coach Melissa McFerrin undefeated at home against the Raiders ... keep AU undefeated against Colgate at home.