Eagles Set to Host Boston University in Patriot League Quarterfinal

Eagles Set to Host Boston University in Patriot League Quarterfinal

American (14-15, 11-7 PL) vs. Boston University (13-16, 11-7 PL)
Monday, March 6
7 p.m. in Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
Series Record:
 American leads, 8-4
Last Meeting: February 8, 2017 at Boston - Boston 71, American 62

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is set to face its first postseason contest of the 2016-17 campaign on Monday, as the Eagles host Boston University in the Patriot League Quarterfinal Round at 7 p.m.

AU closed the regular season with a 14-15 overall record, 11-7 in the Patriot League.  Boston also ended at 11-7 in the league and was 13-16 for the season.

This is only the second time that the Eagles have faced the Terriers in postseason play after BU joined the conference in 2013.  AU beat BU during the Patriot League First Round last year, 61-53, to advance on to the quarterfinals.

The Eagles are 8-4 against the Terriers since the two teams first played in 1981.  They split both games this season, with American winning at home on Jan. 11, 73-62, and Boston defending its home court on Feb. 8, 72-61.  AU is currently 6-0 against the Terriers in Bender Arena.

Since AU joined the Patriot League in 2001-02, the Eagles have held a 9-6 record in the Tournament Quarterfinal Round.  This is the fourth time the Eagles have entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed.  

The only time AU has won a quarterfinal game as a No. 4 seed was in 2007 when they beat Navy, 68-55, and eventually fell in the program's second Patriot League Championship game, 56-48 against Holy Cross.

The Eagles have a better record against No. 5 seeds at 2-4 since 2002.  The second of those two wins came during the historical championship run in 2015, when AU beat No. 5 Navy, 60-53, in the semifinal round.  The Eagles went on to beat Lehigh, 66-50, in the championship game, winning the first Patriot League title in program history and advancing to the program's first NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles were unable to break through the tough inside defense of Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and fell to the Terriers, 71-62.

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.

The Terriers were led by a trio of double-figure performances, starting with the 24-point tally from senior Sarah Hope.  Junior Corrine Williams was next with 14 points, followed by junior Sophie Beaudry at 12 points.  Senior Courtney Latham led the team on the boards with nine rebounds.

The Eagles shot 35 percent from the field (21-of-60) while BU hit 49 percent off of 25-of-51.  AU outperformed Boston from the line, though, shooting 78.9 percent to the Terrier's 60 percent, and brought down 40 rebounds to BU's 33.

American closed its regular season campaign at Navy on March 1, falling to the Midshipmen, 60-44, after an early ten-point deficit put the Eagles on their heels.

Senior Lauren Crisler led American with the team's only double-figure effort of the evening, putting up ten points along with a team-high eight rebounds.

Three Eagles currently average in the double figures, starting with junior Emily Kinneston's 12.8 ppg.  Sophomore Cecily Carl averages 10.3 ppg and Lauren Crisler 10.2 ppg.

Carl also leads the team on the boards with 5.8 rpg, followed closely by Crisler with 5.7 rpg.  Junior Maria Liddane continues to lead the conference in assists (4.8 apg).

The Eagles sit just ahead of Boston at second in the Patriot League for field goal percentage (.424) but trail the Terriers at No. 3 in the league for field goal percentage defense (.383).  AU is averaging 61.1 ppg, 34.2 rpg, and is shooting 71.0 percent from the line.

Boston is coming off a 66-62 win over No. 2-ranked Army on Wednesday, March 1.  Freshman Nia Irving and junior Kara Sheftic led the Terriers with 12 points each.  Irving joined Sarah Hope with a team-high seven rebounds while Hope contributed another 11 points to the final tally.

Although Sophie Beaudry was held to only eight points against the Black Knights, she continues to lead the team's overall scoring efforts with 12.9 ppg.  Hope is the only other Terrier to average in the double figures with 11.9 ppg.

Boston leads AU as No. 2 in the league for field goal percentage defense (.376) and sits just behind the Eagles at No. 3 for field goal percentage (.409).  The Terriers lead the conference in opponent free throw percentage (.739).

Ticket prices for this game, set by the Patriot League, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth, and are on sale now via AUEagles.com\Tickets.  Fans can also visit the Athletics Ticket Office in person, or call (202) 885-TIXX (8499) Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  AU students will be admitted free to this game with a valid AU ID.

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