Women’s Basketball Closes Out Non-Conference Slate Versus UMES at Bender Arena on Monday Night

Women’s Basketball Closes Out Non-Conference Slate Versus UMES at Bender Arena on Monday Night

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Teams: Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-5) vs. American (6-7)
Date & Time: Monday, January 4, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Web Broadcast: Eagles Vision TV
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The American University women's basketball team will conclude the non-conference portion of its 2009-10 schedule on Monday night when it hosts Maryland-Eastern Shore at 7 p.m. at Bender Arena.

American (6-7) will try to get back on the winning track after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. In the Eagles' most recent contest on Saturday at Columbia, AU was defeated by a score of 66-56, although the game was much closer for a majority of the 40 minutes than the final score indicated. In fact, the Eagles led by four, 46-42, midway through the second half before a 19-3 Columbia run put the game out of reach for American.

Junior Liz Leer led AU in scoring on Saturday with 17 points on an efficient eight-of-16 shooting from the field. She also recorded team-highs with five rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and 40 minutes played. Leer's five assists were a new career-high, and additionally, her three steals matched a career-best. Leer is currently averaging 12.3 points per game this season, good for second on the squad, and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds per contest. For her career, Leer has 126 blocked shots, third most in school history. She sits only two blocks behind Hollie Steinman's 128, and 26 shy of the school's all-time record-holder, Kirsten Keller.

Fellow junior Michelle Kirk currently leads AU, as well as the Patriot League, in scoring at 19.0 points per game. She has led the Eagles in scoring in 11 of its 13 games this season, recording at least 18 points in nine contests in 2009-10.

Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-5) will be making the trip to Washington, D.C., after splitting a pair of games in the Georgia State Invitational on December 29-30. The Lady Hawks defeated Mississippi Valley State, 61-49, before falling to host Georgia State in the tournament's championship game by a final score of 76-49. UMES is led by April McBride, who averages 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Casey Morton and Chelsea Sanders also chip in 10.1 and 9.8 points, respectively, for the Lady Hawks.

Monday's matchup will be the 14th all-time meeting between the two programs with AU holding a 9-4 advantage. Last season on December 2, 2008, American and UMES met in Princess Anne, Md., with AU coming away with the 66-40 road victory. Leer led the Eagles with 14 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the field, while Kirk was also in double figures with 13 points for AU. UMES' last win in the series came two seasons ago on January 8, 2008, a 60-56 victory at Bender Arena.

Tickets are available for Monday's contest, and can be purchased by clicking here.

Fans unable to make it to the game can watch all of the action live on Eagles Vision TV, part of AUeagles.com. All Eagles Vision TV broadcasts feature multiple camera angles, a live scoreboard and analysis from a studio broadcast team. A year-long Eagles All-Access pass, available for only $49.95, gives you the ability to watch all live Eagles Vision TV games. Plus the year-long membership provides access to the archives of all broadcasts from this season anytime you want, including all 2009-10 men's and women's home non conference basketball games. Single-game subscriptions are also available for only $5.95 per contest. To signup for Eagles Vision TV, click here.     

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