@AU_WBasketball Opens Three-Game Road Stretch at Virginia

Team huddle before Tulsa (11/9/2018)

Game 8  ·  American (4-3, 0-0 PL) at Virginia (3-5, 0-0 ACC)
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018  ·  7 p.m. ET  ·  Charlottesville, Va. (John Paul Jones Arena)
All-Time Record: Virginia leads, 3-1
Stream: ACC Network Extra
Listen: Cavaliers All-Access (NewsRadio 1070 AM and 98.9 FM WINA)

Game Notes:  American  |  Virginia (Home Page)

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (4-3, 0-0 PL) opens a three-game stretch away from Bender Arena on Wednesday as the Eagles travel to Virginia (3-5, 0-0 ACC) for a 7 p.m. showdown at John Paul Jones Arena.

THE SERIES

  • This will be only the fifth meeting between American University and Virginia, and the first since Nov. 24, 1996.
  • Virginia opened the series with three consecutive wins during the 1981-82, 1987-88, and 1994-95 seasons before the Eagles earned their first win against the Cavaliers in 1996 at home, 69-67.
  • UVA is 3-0 against AU at home in Charlottesville.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • American continued its undefeated stretch at home with a decisive 64-42 victory over UMBC on Wednesday after opening the game with a 30-8 run in the first quarter.
  • Senior Elina Koskimies took over as the team's leading scorer after putting in her seventh consecutive game in double-figures with a team-high 16 points.
  • Senior Kaitlyn Lewis also added 16 points along with a career-high five steals and season-high five assists.
  • Four of the Eagle starters are averaging in double-figures for scoring with Koskimies (14.9 ppg), Kaitlyn Marenyi (13.6), Cecily Carl (12.0) and Lewis (11.1).
  • Carl leads the team on the boards with 5.0 rpg followed by Marenyi (4.6) and Indeya Sanders (4.1).

SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS

  • Virginia broke a three-game skid with a 55-41 win over Coppin State on Sunday.
  • This was the third win of the season for the Cavaliers who also beat out Old Dominion, 73-67, and NC A&T, 67-57.
  • Dominique Toussaint was back as the team's leading scorer for the third time this season with 14 points followed by 11 off the bench for Khyasia Caldwell who went 5-5 from the field.
  • All seven players contributed at least 2 points and two rebounds.
  • Jocelyn Willoughby led the team on the boards for the third consecutive game, bringing down 14 rebounds alongside nine points to barely miss the double-double.
  • The Cavaliers brought down a season-high 50 rebounds, including 36 on the defensive end.
  • UVA shot 40.4 percent (21-52) from the floor, 29.4 percent from 3-point range (5-17), and 61.5 percent from the line (8-13).

LAST TIME OUT

 

  • American continued its undefeated run at home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with a decisive 64-42 win over UMBC.
  • The Eagles dominated the first quarter, 30-8, behind a 13-point effort from senior Kaitlyn Lewis who shot 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from the perimeter.
  • AU opened with a 15-0 run before the Retrievers were finally able to get on the board at the 6:48 mark.
  • Both teams struggled with shooting during the second quarter as the Eagles spread their advantage by only three points by halftime. AU was held to only 30.8 percent (4-13) shooting from the field compared to the 64.7 percent (11-17) from the first quarter.
  • American's 25-point lead at the half (40-15) is the largest halftime lead since the 2015-16 season when AU led Boston University by 27 after the first half, 39-12.
  • Shooting woes continued in the second half with AU hitting only 5 of 15 in the third quarter and 3 of 16 in the fourth.
  • Lewis led the team with a season-high 16 points alongside senior Elina Koskimies, followed by classmate Cecily Carl with 10 points. Carl, who was recognized in a pregame ceremony for hitting her 1,000th career-point last week, also led the squad on the boards with six rebounds while Lewis pitched in a season-high five assists and career-high five steals.
  • The Eagles emptied their bench during the second half, resting their starters after playing a tough four-game schedule over seven days last week, including three consecutive games during the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.
  • Freshman Maddie Doring led off the bench with six points. Freshman Emily Fisher also added three assists while freshman Jade Edwards threw up a pair of blocks and brought down five rebounds.
  • American closed the game with 37.7 percent shooting from the field (23-61) and 42.3 percent from three-point range. The Eagles landed in the record book with 11 made three-pointers, tying for the No. 4 spot for single-game performances in program history.

LOOKING FOR 100

  • Head Coach Megan Gebbia is on the hunt for her 100th career win at the helm of the Eagles as she continues her sixth season with 99 since she arrived in 2013.
  • Only three other coaches in program history have reached this milestone with Jeff Thatcher (150, 1989-00), Matt Corkery (123, 2008-13) and Linda Ziemke (120, 1978-88).
  • Gebbia's .593 winning percentage (99-68) so far in her career at AU ranks behind only Matt Corkery (.661, 123-63).

TAKING THE FREEBIES

  • The Eagles have shot over 80 percent from the charity stripe in four of their seven games so far this season.
  • They currently rank sixth in NCAA Division I with their 80.6 percent shooting from the line this season.
  • AU tied the program-record with 36 made free throws during the win over Hawaii, shooting an impressive 90 percent (36-40).
  • Senior Elina Koskimies led the way during that performance, breaking her career-record after shooting 13-for-14.
  • Koskimies ranks fourth in the nation with her .966 shooting percentage from the charity stripe.
  • Five Eagles have put in perfect games at the line with at least 4-for-4 shooting - Morgan Bartner (1), Cecily Carl (1), Kaitlyn Lewis (2), Kaitlyn Marenyi (3) and Elina Koskimies (3).
  • Koskimies leads the way with her 7-for-7 performance against FGCU, followed by a pair of 6-for-6 games from Marenyi.

UP NEXT
American will continue its road series at Penn State (Dec. 16) and High Point (Dec. 20). The Eagles' next home game is at 2 p.m. on Dec. 29 against Ohio. 

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