Game 9 · American (4-4, 0-0 PL) at Penn State (6-4, 0-0 Big Ten)
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 · 2 p.m. ET · University Park, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
All-Time Record: Penn State leads, 4-1
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WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team continues to wind down its nonconference slate this weekend as the Eagles (4-4, 0-0 PL) travel to Penn State (6-4, 0-0 Big Ten) for a 2 p.m. tipoff in the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, Dec. 16.
- This is the third straight meeting between AU and Penn State, and fifth overall since the two teams first clashed in 1981. The Lady Lions lead the overall series, 4-1, and are 3-0 at home in Happy Valley.
- American earned its first win over Penn State last season with the 75-66 overtime upset at home in Bender Arena.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU is coming off a close loss to Virginia last week (57-54), despite leading the Cavaliers through three quarters.
- The Eagles are looking to break a three-game skid on the road. The only away victory so far this season was against Hawaii, 69-57 (11/23).
- Senior Cecily Carl was back atop the scoresheet for the first time since Denver (11/19) with 21 points.
- Sophomore Indeya Sanders also put up a big game with seven points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
- Four players are averaging in double-figures for the Eagles with junior Kaitlyn Marenyi (13.8), Carl (13.1), senior Elina Koskimies (13.4) and senior Kaitlyn Lewis (10.5).
- The Eagles continue to be one of the top teams in Division I from the free throw line, ranking fifth with a .808 shooting percentage.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
- Penn State was back in the win column last week with an 80-65 win over St. Bonaventure. The Lady Lions suffered their fourth loss of the season the game before against Duquesne, 64-58.
- Four players landed in double-figures against St. Bonaventure starting with senior guard Teniya Page who earned her fifth +20-point game of the season with 23. Freshman Lauren Ebo also led Penn State with her first-career double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds).
- Page remains one of the top guards in the Big Ten, averaging 20.1 ppg in her 36.4 minutes per game.
- Sophomore Alisia Smith leads the team with 8.0 rpg and three double-doubles so far this season.
- Four players are averaging double-figures for the Lady Lions with Page (20.1), Siyeh Frazier (11.9), Kamaria McDaniel (11.2) and Smith (10.6).
LAST TIME OUT
- The Eagles led through three quarters but were unable to keep pace with Virginia in the final ten minutes as AU fell to the Cavaliers, 57-54.
- Cecily Carl led with 21 points followed by 15 from Kaitlyn Marenyi, who also pitched in five assists.
- Indeya Sanders put up the strongest all-around effort, earning a career-high nine boards along with seven points, five assists, and three steals while only giving up two turnovers in 34 minutes.
- The Eagles shot 36.2 percent from the field (21-58), 28.6 percent from three-point range (6-21) and hit 6 of 7 from the free throw line.
- The Cavaliers went 36.4 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from the perimeter and hit 10 of 13 from the line.
- Jocelyn Willoughby led Virginia with 25 points followed by nine from Moné Jones and Lisa Jablonowski.
- AU struggled off the bench with only two points from freshman Emily Fisher.
- Shooting woes haunted American in the second half, as the Eagles were held to only 29.6 percent from the field after hitting 41.9 percent of shots in the first.
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 .589 winning percentage (99-69) so far in her career at AU ranks behind only Matt Corkery (.661, 123-63).
TAKING THE FREEBIES
- American remains one of the top teams in the NCAA for free throw percentage, ranking fifth in Division I (.808)
- AU has shot over 80.0 percent in five of the eight games so far this season from the free throw line.
- AU tied the program-record with 36 made free throws during the win over Hawaii, shooting an impressive 90.0 percent (36-40).
- Senior Elina Koskimies remains one of the top performers in Division I from the free throw line, ranking second in the country with 96.6 percent shooting.
- Five Eagles have put in perfect games at the line with at least 4-for-4 shooting - Morgan Bartner (1), Cecily Carl (2), 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.
American will be back on the road one final time before the holiday break with a trip to High Point on Dec. 20. The Eagles will return home to close out the nonconference schedule on Dec. 29 with a 2 p.m. contest in Bender Arena against Ohio.
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