Game 4 · American (2-1) at George Mason (3-1)
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 · 7 p.m. ET · Fairfax, Va. (EagleBank Arena)
All-Time Record: George Mason leads, 29-23
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team continues its five-game road series on Monday with a quick trip to George Mason for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
AU is 2-1 after falling to Delaware on Thursday, 72-56, while George Mason (3-1) enters Monday night with their longest winning streak in nearly three years after three consecutive victories.
George Mason leads the 52-game series which dates back to 1974, 29-23. American has come away with wins the last two times against the Patriots starting with a 46-43 victory at home on Dec. 2, 2010, followed by a 55-51 win at Mason to open the 2011-12 campaign.
THE LAST TIME OUT
For the second consecutive season, Delaware handed American its first loss of the year after a third-quarter run overpowered the Eagles on Thursday, 72-56. Senior Io Chaney led the team in scoring for the first time in her career with a career-high 10 points. Junior Cecily Carl continued to lead the team on the boards with 10 rebounds, just missing the double-double after scoring nine points.
Sophomore Katie Marenyi also put up some good minutes off the bench, shooting 3-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from long-range, and 2-of-2 from the line for nine points.
The Eagles shot well from the free throw line, going 11-of-12 (.917), while also shooting 22-of-57 (.386) from the field.
AU struggled from 3-point range, but outscored Delaware 4-28 from the paint, and 6-0 off fastbreak points.
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
George Mason won both games in the Preseason WNIT Consolation Round against Old Dominion, 66-53, and Southeast Missouri State, 57-38. Their only loss of the season so far came to No. 24/23 Michigan during the Preseason WNIT First Round, 75-61.
Four players scored in double-figures as the Patriots held SE Missouri State to less than 10 points in two quarters during Saturday's victory. Jacy Bolton and Nicole Cardano-Hillary each contributed 14 points, while Natalie Butler added 12 and Sarah Kaminski 11.
Butler also led with 15 rebounds for the double-double, followed by Tayler Dodson with 12.
Cardano-Hillary leads the overall scoring efforts for the Patriots with 17.3 ppg. She is one of three players averaging in double-figures followed by Butler (16.5 ppg) and Bolton (11.8 ppg). Butler also leads the team on the boards with 13.0 rpg, while Dodson averages a team-high 4.3 assists per game.
The Patriots average 66.0 ppg while holding their opponents to a 59.5 ppg average. They are shooting 36.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 70.5 percent from the line.
#AUWBB vs. THE A-10
American bumped up to 67-95 against Atlantic 10 teams after overcoming La Salle, 66-48, to open the 2017-18 home slate on Nov. 13. The Eagles will face one more A-10 team this season as they visit crosstown rival George Washington on Dec. 17.
OWNING THE INSIDE
The Eagles have outscored their opponents from the paint, 100-72, so far this season. After tying with Tulsa, 26-26, from the inside, AU went on to beat La Salle, 34-18, and Delaware, 40-28, from the paint.
PUTTING IN THE TIME
All but one starter has put in over 30 minutes in a game so far this season, starting with junior Elina Koskimies, who played 35 minutes against both Tulsa and La Salle. Senior Emily Kinneston and junior Cecily Carl also played 35 against La Salle, while senior Maria Liddane maxed out at 32 minutes against Delaware.
Senior Michael Harris is the only starter who has not broken 30 minutes in a game - she has played 24 minutes in all three games so far this season.
Sophomore Katie Marenyi leads the bench after putting in 21 minutes against La Salle. Junior Kaitlyn Lewis, and seniors Kate Bond and Io Chaney have also come off the bench to play more than 10 minutes.
Sophomore Katie Marenyi has been a key aspect of the AU bench during the early season games. She put up a perfect scoreline during the Eagles' loss to Delaware, shooting 3-of-3 from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point range, and 2-of-2 from the line in her 17 minutes of play. She also contributed three assists and a team-high two steals.
Marenyi had a career-high performance during the win over La Salle, hitting 12 points during her 21 minutes of play, including a three early in the third quarter to tie the game before leading the team down the final stretch with five points late in the fourth.
Junior Cecily Carl continues to help lead the Eagles on both ends of the court. One of the top ten career blockers in program history (No. 7), Carl has led the team in rebounds for all three games this season and averages a team-high 9.3 rpg. She also led the team in scoring in the win over La Salle with 17 pts. and ranks second with 11.7 ppg.
Carl has fallen just short of a double-double in two games this season - Tulsa (9 pts., 11 reb.) and Delaware (9 pts., 10 reb.). She hit three during her sophomore campaign, including two against Colgate and one against Lafayette.
PICKING RIGHT BACK UP
Senior Emily Kinneston had an exciting performance against Tulsa on Friday with one of her highest scoring performances of her career. She led the team with 25 points, shooting 6-11 (.545) from the field, 2-3 (.667) from 3-point range and an impressive 11-12 (.917) from the line. This is the second-best performance for Kinneston after her 26-point game during the 73-67 OT loss to Bucknell last season (1/5).
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.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Dec. 2, to host Youngstown State at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena. Tickets for this and all AU basketball home games can be purchased by clicking here. For the latest on AU Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.