Women's Basketball Hosts Army for NGWSD

Women's Basketball Hosts Army for NGWSD

American (11-12, 8-4 PL) vs. Army (17-6, 8-4 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 11
2 p.m. in Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
Series Record:
American leads, 18-17
Last Meeting: January 15, 2017 at Army - Army 53, American 51

American Game Notes
Army Games Notes

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team returns home this weekend for a two-game stretch, hosting Army in Bender Arena at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Eagles come into the game with an 11-12 record for the season, 8-4 in the Patriot League, after falling to Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  The Black Knights also hold an 8-4 PL record, and are 17-6 overall.

The game will also serve as AU's 31st-annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), and will feature a postgame autograph session and clinics with all seven AU varsity women's teams, as well as the dance and cheer programs.  The event is open to kids of all ages, and admission is free with a game ticket.

American continues to lead the 35-game series against Army, 18-17, after dropping the first contest this season in West Point on Jan. 15, 53-51.  The Eagles won the matchup debut on New Years Eve, 1996, with a 79-39 final tally against the Black Knights on their home court in West Point.

AU has only met Army twice in Patriot League Tournament play since the Eagles entered the conference in 2001.  American lost both postseason contests by 13-point margins.

A late scramble by American fell just short of overcoming a second quarter surge by Army, as the Eagles dropped the Jan. 15 contest in West Point, 53-51.

Junior Maria Liddane was one of three Eagles to close the game in double figures, leading the team with a season-high 14 points.  Senior Lauren Crisler and sophomore Cecily Carl followed with 12 points and 10 points, respectively.  Carl also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds.

The AU defense stepped up well in the face of one of the top combination players in the league with sophomore Madison Hovren.  The Eagles held Hovren, who averages 21.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg, to a season-low seven points and seven rebounds.  Instead, it was junior Destinee Morris who led the scoring efforts for Army with 16 points.  Junior Aliyah Murray added another 11 points and led the team with eight rebounds.

The Eagles outshot the Black Knights from the field, 34.9 percent (22-63) to 28.6 percent (14-49).  

American enters the weekend after a 71-62 loss at Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  The Eagles struggled against the Terriers' height under the basket, shooting 35 percent from the field off of 21-of-60 and tallying only 24 points in the paint.  BU shot 49 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from three-point range.

Sophomore Cecily Carl led AU with 19 points and seven rebounds.  She was the only Eagle to hit double figures, with classmate Elina Koskimies coming off the bench as the No. 2 scorer for the night with nine points.

Junior Emily Kinneston continues to lead the overall scoring effort for AU, averaging 12.4 ppg off of 43.6 percent shooting from the field, 83 percent from the line.  Sophomore Cecily Carl and senior Lauren Crisler also average above ten points with 10.6 ppg and 10.4 ppg, respectively.

Carl leads the team on the boards with 6.0 rpg, followed by Crisler with 5.3 rpg and Kinneston with 4.9 rpg.  Junior Maria Liddane continues to hold the No. 1 slot in the PL for assists, averaging 5 per game.

AU is averaging 62.3 ppg off of 43.5 percent from the field and 71.2 percent from the free throw line.  

Army comes into the game on a three-game winning streak with the latest win coming against Colgate on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 57-47.

Three Black Knights hit double-doubles against the Raiders, starting with junior Janae McNeal's 17 points and 11 rebounds.  Sophomore Madison Hovren contributed another 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Aliyah Murray closed with 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.  

Army is led by one of the best combination players in the league with sophomore Madison Hovren.  Hovren averages 19.5 ppg off of 47.4 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the free throw line, and brings down a team-high 10.6 rpg.  She is the only Army player to average over ten points with the next top-scorer being McNeal at 9.1 ppg.

McNeal leads the team in assists, averaging 3.5 per game.

Army is averaging 67.1 ppg shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 71.8 percent from the free throw line.

The Eagles will return to Bender Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a 7 p.m. tipoff against Lafayette.  Tickets for this and all AU Basketball home games can be purchased on AUEagles.com by clicking here.  For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.