Game 1 · American (0-0) at Tulsa (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 · 8 p.m. ET · Tulsa, Okla. (Donald W. Reynolds Center)
All-Time Record: First Meeting
WASHINGTON – The American University women's basketball team is making its season debut on the road with a cross-country trip to Tulsa on Friday evening.
Head coach Megan Gebbia, now in her fifth year with the Eagles, returns four of the five starters from last season with seniors Emily Kinneston and Maria Liddane, and juniors Cecily Carl and Kaitlyn Lewis.
EXPERIENCE LEADS THE WAY
The Eagles return an experienced group for the 2017-18 season, boasting a roster of six seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen.
LOOKING FOR THAT BOOKEND
This year's senior class will look to repeat their freshman season, which culminated in the program's first Patriot League Tournament title and berth into the NCAA Tournament. Kate Bond, Michael Harris, Asha Henley, Emily Kinneston, and Maria Liddane were all members of that historic 2014-15 squad that went 24-9 (16-2 PL) before beating Lehigh, 66-50, in the PL Championship to advance to the NCAA First Round where they fell to Iowa, 75-67.
KINNESTON CONTINUES TO BUILD
Senior Emily Kinneston returns after a breakout junior campaign, which closed with Second Team All-Patriot League and All-Defensive Team selections. After only averaging 2.8 ppg and 5.8 ppg her freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively, Kinneston exploded on the scene last season, putting up 12.9 ppg and totaling 399 for the season. She also ranked third on the team with 4.8 rpg.
HOLDING DOWN THE POST
Junior Cecily Carl returns as one of the Eagles' top post players after sharing board duties with Lauren Crisler last season, averaging 5.6 rpg by the end of the year. She enters her junior campaign as one of the top blockers in program history, ranking fifth in the record book for career blocks (72).
Senior Michael Harris will also be looked to this year to put up some big numbers on the boards. The 6-1 forward led the team in scoring during a couple of big games last season, putting up career-highs with 13 points against Boston University (1/11) and 16 points against Bucknell (2/1).
THE DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL
Senior Maria Liddane enters her final season as one of the top players in program history for assists with 301 throughout her career (No. 8 all time). She moved into the No. 5 slot in the AU record book for single-season assists after leading the team with 153 last year.
LOOKING FOR THAT RANGE
Junior Kaitlyn Lewis had an early-season run near the top of the NCAA rankings for three-point percentage. She spent five weeks within the top five in Division I, including two as the national leader, after shooting .590 during the nonconference schedule.
#AUWBB IN SEASON OPENERS
American is 11-6 in season openers since 2000, including the 77-64 victory over Youngstown State (11/11) last year.
#AUWBB vs. THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
American is 16-34 against American Athletic Conference schools. Tulsa is one of six American programs that the Eagles have never faced. The others are Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, and Wichita State.
The Eagles hold a 13-27 record against East Carolina and are 2-0 against UCF, 0-2 against Cincinnati, 1-3 against Temple, and 0-1 against both UConn and South Florida.
Tulsa is coming off a 61-58 loss to Arkansas-Fort Smith during an exhibition game on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The Hurricane went 10-21 (5-8 American) last season. The team returns leading scorer Erika Wakefield (11.6 ppg) and leading rebounder Kendrian Elliott (7.9 rpg). Wakefield also led the team in assists with 3.2 per game.
For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.