@AU_WBasketball Looks to Defend Undefeated PL Run Sunday

AU Women's Basketball team huddle before Youngstown State (12/2/2017)

Game 17 ·  American (12-4, 5-0 PL) vs. Lehigh (10-6, 4-1 PL)
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2018  ·  3:00 p.m. ET  ·  Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: 
American leads, 28-13
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium

Game Notes:  American | Lehigh

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team will seek its sixth consecutive Patriot League victory on Sunday as the Eagles host Lehigh in Bender Arena at 3 p.m.

AU is on a six-game winning streak after closing its nonconference slate with a win over Penn State. The Eagles picked up victories in the first five Patriot League contests of the season to hit 5-0 in the conference and 12-4 overall. The Mountain Hawks are 10-6 overall and 4-1 in the league after beating Bucknell on Thursday, 66-62.

The Eagles lead the 41-game series against Lehigh, 28-13. Lehigh opened the series with a 72-58 win over AU in Bethlehem, Pa., on Feb. 4, 1983.

AU hit a seven-game win streak over the Mountain Hawks from 2014-2016 before Lehigh broke the run with a 61-51 win in Bender Arena on Feb. 6, 2016. The Eagles swept Lehigh in both games last season, winning 68-51 at home and 70-58 on the road in Bethlehem.

Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 8-1 against Lehigh since she arrived at AU in 2013-14. 

AU continued its undefeated PL run with a 71-58 win over Loyola (Md.) on Thursday.

Cecily Carl led the Eagles with her second consecutive double-double, scoring 20 points and bringing down a career-high 15 rebounds. Emily Kinneston (14 points), Michael Harris (12 points) and Elina Koskimies (11 points) all added double-figure tallies against the Greyhounds.

AU continues to be one of the top defenses in the PL, especially since the start of conference play. The Eagles lead in scoring defense (51.6 ppg), scoring margin (13.6), field goal defense (.309), and 3-point field goal defense (.182).

The Eagles are tied with Bucknell for the top scoring offense in PL play at 65.2 ppg.

Emily Kinneston (No. 2) and Maria Liddane (No. 5) are two of the top five distributors in the league with 4.1 apg and 3.2 apg, respectively.

Lehigh tabbed its fourth PL victory of the season, second consecutive, with a 66-62 win over Bucknell on Thursday.

The Mountain Hawks were led by a career-high performance from Quinci Mann, who hit 25 of her 27 points in the second half to lead Lehigh's comeback from a 7-point halftime deficit. Lehigh shot 44.2 percent from the floor and a season-high 58.3 percent from the perimeter against the Bison.

Lehigh leads the PL in conference play with 46.2 percent shooting from the perimeter, and ranks 3rd with 65.0 ppg since the start of the conference schedule.

Mann has averaged a league-high 18.4 ppg since the start of the PL schedule. She also ranks second with 57.1 percent from the perimeter, just behind teammate Camryn Buhr (.667).

The Eagles moved up to No. 18 on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 this week after they extended to five straight wins, including four in Patriot League play. American broke into the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 for the first time on Jan. 2, landing at No. 25 in the national poll after the win over Colgate.

Navy is the only other PL school to hold a spot on the list at No. 23.

Junior Cecily Carl's second consecutive double-double led AU to a 71-58 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Thursday, extending the Eagles' winning streak to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League.

Carl hit a new career-high with 15 rebounds and landed just off her career record with 20 points. This is the second time this season that Carl has put up back-to-back double-doubles after she helped lead the team against Vermont (21 pts., 10 reb.) and Villanova (11 pts., 14 reb.) during the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vt., over Thanksgiving weekend.

Three AU starters joined Carl in double-figures with senior Emily Kinneston (14 points), senior Michael Harris (12 points) and junior Elina Koskimies (11 points). Kinneston also led the team with four assists.

The Eagles put up their highest shooting percentage since the Dec. 2 game against Youngstown State, shooting 47.3 percent from the floor (26-for-55). AU struggled on the boards, though, pulling down a season-low three offensive rebounds to close with 34 total.

The Greyhounds kept AU close throughout the first half, leading in the early minutes before the Eagles drew even at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter. 

A 10-0 run by the Eagles, led by eight points in three minutes from sophomore Katie Marenyi, separated AU by 12 points at 27-15. Loyola closed with a run of their own, though, closing that gap to five points after a quick eight points to enter the locker room at 31-26.

AU tied for its highest-scoring third quarter of the season, leading Loyola 23-16 to take a 54-42 lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

Loyola held American to one of its tightest fourth quarters of the season, as the Eagles outscored the Greyhounds 17-16 in the final 10 minutes after six unanswered points by Loyola closed the game.

The Eagles will be back in Bender on Wednesday, Jan. 17, to face Boston University at 7 p.m. Tickets for this and all AU home basketball games can be purchased here. AU students are admitted free to all home games with an AU ID.

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