Game 10 · American (6-3) at George Washington (3-7)
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 · 2 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Charles E. Smith Center)
All-Time Record: Tied, 13-13
Stream: RaiseHigh Live
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will make its final road trip of 2017 on Sunday as the team travels to local rival George Washington for a 2 p.m. tipoff.
The Eagles continued to maintain their undefeated season record at home on Saturday, Dec. 9, with a 66-53 victory over Denver, rising to 6-3 overall. The Colonials are 3-7 so far this season after dropping their last four games.
AU and GW enter Sunday's matinee with a tied series record at 13-13. The two teams first met in 1977 when AU opened the series with a 51-48 win at home. Since then, the two teams have met nearly once a year except for a 10-year gap from 1999-2009.
Both teams lead on their home courts - the Eagles are 9-4 in front of a home crowd while the Colonials are 9-3.
The Eagles came out on top in their last meeting, overpowering GW 66-61 in overtime on Dec. 7, 2016.
#AUWBB vs. THE ATLANTIC 10
The Eagles are 69-94 against A-10 teams after spitting games against La Salle (W, 66-48) and George Mason (L, 71-53) earlier this season.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American enters Sunday's game off of three consecutive wins against UMBC (61-48), Youngstown State (78-72) and Denver (66-53). The Eagles are currently averaging 64.0 ppg to their opponents' 62.0 ppg, and have been shooting 40.5 percent while holding the opposition to 36.6 percent from the field.
Senior Emily Kinneston continues to lead the Eagles' scoring efforts after tying her career-high with 26 points against Denver on Dec. 9. She is averaging a team-high 13.9 ppg and 3.8 assists per game and ranks second with 6.4 rpg.
Junior Cecily Carl is the only other Eagle averaging double-figures with 11.0 ppg. She also leads the team on the boards with 8.6 rpg.
SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
George Washington comes into the weekend with four consecutive losses, including against two ranked teams with USF (No. 17), 83-78, and Maryland (No. 15/14), 80-54. The Colonials also fell, 74-62, to Syracuse, who had received votes in the Coaches Poll at the time of the game.
GW is led by Kelli Prange and Brianna Cummings, who are averaging 14.1 ppg and 13.3 ppg, respectively. Neila Luma leads the Colonials on the boards with 7.3 rpg while Mei-Lyn Bautista is the top distributor with 4.0 apg.
GW averages 62.9 ppg while shooting 38.1 percent from the field while their opponents' average 67.9 ppg off of 43.3 percent shooting. The Colonials lead the A-10 with 13.4 turnovers per game and a 1.11 assist-to-turnover ratio.
THE LAST TIME OUT
The Eagles stretched their home winning streak to seven consecutive games dating back to the 2016-17 season after powering to a 66-53 win over Denver on Dec. 9.
Senior Emily Kinneston tied her career-high as she led the team with 26 points. This was the second time this season that Kinneston scored 20+ points, and the second time she fell just shy of a double-double after she brought down a team-high nine rebounds.
AU had one of its best performances of the season from long-range, shooting 8-of-14 for 44.4 percent from beyond the arc. The team's 40 rebounds also tied for a season-best.
As has been the case so far this year, the Eagles separated themselves in the second half, leading Denver 11-8 in the third quarter and 26-14 in the fourth - the highest-scoring quarter yet this season for the team.
AU closed the game shooting 38.2 percent from the field and 64.0 percent from the free throw line. The Pioneers were held to only 31.0 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from 3-point range, and 63.2 percent from the charity stripe.
THAT 1-2 PUNCH
Senior Emily Kinneston and junior Cecily Carl are one of the strongest duos in the Patriot League, averaging 33.5 ppg and 15.0 rpg. Holy Cross' Lauren Manis and Infiniti Thomas-Waheed are the only two who have surpassed Kinneston and Carl so far this year, averaging 37.5 ppg and 15.3 rpg.
Senior Emily Kinneston matched her single-game career-high on Saturday after she led the Eagles with a 26-point performance. This was the sixth time in her career that she has put up a 20+ performance. She opened her senior campaign just one point shy of that career-record, scoring 25 points to lead the Eagles to a 72-67 win over Tulsa.
Kinneston is one of two players in the Patriot League to be ranked in the top-15 for points (No. 6), rebounds (No. 12), assists (No. 3) and steals (No. 10). Loyola Maryland's Stephanie Karcz is the only other to match her across the board.
She is currently shooting a career-high 44.8 percent from the field and is also averaging career-bests in points per game (13.9), rebounds per game (6.4), and assists per game (3.8).
Seven Eagles have stepped up as leading scorers in the first nine games of the season - Cecily Carl (3), Emily Kinneston (2), Kaitlyn Lewis (2), Maria Liddane (1), Michael Harris (1), TaeKenya Cleveland (1), and Io Chaney (1). Lewis, Cleveland and Chaney all put up their team-leading numbers off the bench.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Dec. 20, for a 1 p.m. tipoff against Penn State. 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.