@AU_WBasketball Set to Open Home Slate on Monday

Home crowd at Bender Arena

Game 2 ·  American (1-0, 0-0 PL) vs. La Salle (1-0, 0-0 A-10)
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017  ·  7 p.m. ET  ·  Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: 
La Salle leads, 6-2

Game Notes:  American  |  La Salle

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is making its home debut on Monday, Nov. 13, with a 7 p.m. tipoff against La Salle.

The Eagles are 1-0 (0-0 PL) after they powered to an exciting 72-67 win over Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 10. The Explorers are also 1-0 (0-0 A-10) on the season after they dismantled Lafayette, 74-47.

La Salle leads American, 6-2, in the series which dates back to 1980. The two teams last met on Nov. 20, 2016, at La Salle, when the Explorers came away with a 63-59 victory.

Experience is certainly going to play a major part in AU's season, as the team boasts a mature roster with six seniors and four juniors. Leading the way for the team is senior Emily Kinneston, who resumed her duties as the team's leading scorer during Friday's win over Tulsa with a 25-point effort - just one point shy of her career-best from last season. Joining her on the top of the scoreboard was classmate Michael Harris, who tied her career-best with 16 points on Friday.

Junior Cecily Carl also picked up where she left off last season, leading the team on the boards with 11 rebounds and putting up a game-high three blocks.

Senior Maria Liddane, one of the top distributors in program history with 4.9 assists per game, and juniors Elina Koskimies and Kaitlyn Lewis round out the key returners for AU.

Freshman Maddie Royle also put in minutes on Friday, making the most of her AU debut with four rebounds, one block and three points during her three minutes of action.

The Eagles went 22-of-60 (.367) from the floor, 8-of-21 (.381) from 3-point range, and 20-of-25 (.800) from the line against Tulsa.

#AUWBB vs. THE A-10
American is 66-95 against Atlantic 10 teams. The Eagles will have two more chances this season to improve on that record, as they travel to George Mason on Nov. 20 and cross-town rival George Washington on Dec. 17.

The Eagles were ranked third in the Patriot League heading into the 2017-18 season behind Army West Point (No. 1) and defending PL Champion, Bucknell (No. 2).

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.

La Salle enters Monday's game off a resounding victory against Lafayette, 74-47. Three players led the Explorers' scoring efforts with double-figure performances, starting with senior Amy Griffin's 30 points. Redshirt freshman Shaquana Edwards added another 17 followed by sophomore Shalina Miller with 16.

Griffin also led the team on the boards with eight rebounds, and contributed a team-high two blocks.

La Salle dominated the first and third quarters against the Leopards, 20-7 and 29-11, respectively.

Overall, the Explorers shot 29-of-64 (.453) from the field, 10-of-24 (.417) from 3-point range, and 6-of-13 (.462) from the charity stripe.

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