Feb. 24, 2006
American University's women's basketball team travels to Easton, Pa., to take on Lafayette on Saturday in the team's final regular season game of the season.
Matchup: American (7-19, 4-9 PL)
at Lafayette (7-19, 2-11 PL)
Tip: 4 p.m.
Site: Kirby Sports Center
Series: AU leads 14-1
Notes on the matchup:
AU at Lafayette Notes
Inside the Series: American owns a 14-1 record all-time against Lafayette. AU topped the Leopards 75-74 earlier this year at Bender. The Eagles' lone loss came at the Kirby Sports Center on 2/28/04, a loss that cost AU home-court advantage for the PL Tournament.
The Coaching Matchup: American is headed up by Melissa McFerrin, who is in her second season with the Eagles. McFerrin's squad owns a 7-19 record, 4-9 in the Patriot League defeating Navy at home in their last outing, 89-81 in overtime. Tammy Smith is in her fifth season at the helm of the Leopards. Smith has compiled a 19-118 record while in Easton and a 7-19 record in 2005-06.p>
The Story: American enters into today's contest with a 7-19 overall record and in seventh place in the Patriot League with a 4-9 mark. AU won a thrilling overtime victory against Navy at home, 89-81 on Tuesday. The Eagles have secured seventh place for the next week's Patriot League Tournament, meaning they will play either Bucknell or Holy Cross on the road, depending on whether or not the Crusaders win this weekends matchup with Lehigh. AU's freshman stole the limelight on Senior Night against Navy, with Tish Curry and Pam Stanfield climbing into the AU-single game record books in rebounding and assists, respectively. Four Eagle rookies scored in double digits in that game, with three out of the four setting or tying career highs in the contest. Today's game will be the close of the regular season for AU. The Eagles are 2-10 on the road this year, including 2-4 in the PL.
Scouting Lafayette: The Leopards come into today's game with a 7-19 record overall and a 2-11 conference record. Lafayette is 5-5 at home this season, including a 2-4 PL record. The Leopards are on a five-game losing streak, dropping their last game to Army, the PL's best team, at home by a 71-52 margin. Lafayette has three players scoring in double digits, led by guard Kara Stetler, who scorched the Eagles for 26 points including 6-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc in their first meeting. Stetler averages 10.3 ppg, but Lindsay Myers and Vanessa Van De Venter are close behind, each with 10.2 ppg this season. Myers leads the team in assists and steals with 87 and 54, respectively. The Leopards have four players averaging 5.1 rebounds per game or better. Today's game will be televised on the Lafayette Sports Network, marking the third time that the Leopards have faced a PL opponent on TV at Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards are 2-0 this season, beating Holy Cross and Navy.PL.
Freshman Enjoys Career Day... AU forward Tish Curry lit up the Mids on Tuesday, scoring a career high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. More impressive was her work on the glass to the tune of 18 rebounds (5O-13D),the first time since 1996, which ranks fourth all-time on the AU single game rebounding list.
Helping Hand... American rookie guard Pam Stanfield dished out a career-high 11 assists against Navy on Tuesday. The 11 helpers was good enough to put her five way tie for second all-time for assists in a game.
Overtime Success... Tuesday's 89-81 overtime win against Navy marked the third overtime win of the season for the Eagles, keeping them 3-0. Under second year head coach Melissa McFerrin American is 5-1 in matches that going into extra frames.
AU vs The Patriot League... American owns an 63-42 record all-time against the Patriot League and a 40-35 record in their four seasons of league play. AU is 4-9 this season, downing Navy on Tuesday at home.
Eagle Snap Shots:
Weekday Vindication: Tuesday's win over Navy marked two firsts for this year's team, the first weekday win and the first win in a night game. Prior to Tuesday the Eagles were 0-13 at night and 0-14 during the week.
Not to be Forgotton: American freshman guard Talicia Jackson tied a career-high in points against the Midshipmen with 15, hitting three treys in 39 minutes.
Off the Bench: AU's bench outscored Navy's by a 44-5 margin on Tuesday. Included in that figured was Jackson's 15 and Curry's 21 points.
89 Point Mark: American's 89 points against Navy was the most put up by an AU team since posting 92 points against Lafayette at home on 1/16/02.
An AU Win Would: Give AU a two-game win streak for the second time this season ... keep coach McFerrin undefeated against Lafayette ... will be just AU's second win on the final game of the season since joining the PL.