@AU_WBasketball Hosts Ohio to Close Nonconference Slate

Elina Koskimies vs. Tulsa (Nov. 9, 2018)

* Due to the winter break, all on-campus eateries will be closed for Saturday's game against Ohio. In-house concessions will be available in Bender Arena.

Game 11  ·  American (4-6, 0-0 PL) vs. Ohio (10-0, 0-0 MAC)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018  ·  2 p.m. ET  ·  Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: Series Debut
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
Tickets: bit.ly/autixx

Game Notes:  American  |  Ohio

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (4-6) is looking to return to the win column on Saturday, as the Eagles' host undefeated Ohio in the nonconference finale at 2 p.m. in Bender Arena.

THE SERIES

  • This will be the series debut between American and Ohio.
  • AU also met Hawaii, Stanford, and Florida Gulf Coast for the first time in program history while in Honolulu for the Rainbow Wahine Showdown last month.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • American is coming off three consecutive road losses. The last win for American was at home against UMBC on Nov. 28, 64-42.
  • The Eagles staged a late comeback against High Point, but couldn't quite overcome the 11-point deficit and fell to the Panthers, 66-61.
  • Indeya Sanders led the charge for AU with a career-high 22 points. Elina Koskimies added 11 points along with Cecily Carl who just missed the double-double with nine rebounds.
  • AU remains one of the top teams in the NCAA for FT percentage, coming in at No. 8 (.790) behind the No. 1 ranking of Elina Koskimies (.968).
  • Kaitlyn Marenyi has shot an impressive 60.0% from 3-point range but sits just off the NCAA minimum requirements of 2.0 made/game (1.5 average). 

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS

  • Ohio continued its undefeated record with a 109-58 win over Richmond on Saturday, making this the best start in program history.
  • Four of the five starters landed in double-figures with Gabby Burris and Amani Burke leading the team with 24 points each while Dominique Doseck added 21 and Cece Hooks put up 15. 
  • Doseck also led the team on the boards with seven rebounds and pitched in a team-high six assists alongside Hooks.
  • The Bobcats shot 40-for-69 from the field (.580) against the Spiders, 16-for-29 from the perimeter (.552) and 13-for-15 at the line (.867).
  • Five players are averaging in double-figures for Ohio with Cece Hooks (17.1 ppg), Gabby Burris (15.5 ppg), Amani Burke (13.8 ppg), Dominique Doseck (11.8 ppg) and Erica Johnson (11.6 ppg).

LAST TIME OUT

  • Sophomore Indeya Sanders put up a career-high 22 points, including 20 to lead American's late comeback, but the Eagles couldn't quite erase the 11-point halftime deficit and fell to High Point, 66-61.
  • Seniors Cecily Carl and Elina Koskimies both followed with 11 points while Carl also added nine rebounds to just miss on her first double-double of the season.
  • Senior Kaitlyn Lewis and Koskimies both led with three assists each.
  • The Eagles shot 45.5 percent from the floor (25-55), but were held to a season-low 25.0 percent (5-20) from the perimeter.
  • AU kept pace with High Point during the first quarter behind a seven-point effort from Koskimies.
  • A late 12-2 High Point run to close the second quarter spread the gap to 11-points as the teams headed into the locker rooms at 33-22.
  • Early foul trouble limited minutes for Koskimies in the second half and the Panthers took advantage, hitting another run in the third quarter to pick up their largest lead of the game at 46-30 with 4:00 remaining in the stanza.
  • Sanders took charge of the Eagles' offensive efforts, scoring 20 points in the second half, including 11 in the final quarter. 
  • American's defense held strong in the fourth quarter, holding High Point to a pair of scoreless stretches while key baskets from Carl cut the Panthers' lead down to one on two occasions, but late free throws spread the gap back to five points by the final whistle.

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 .582 winning percentage (99-71) so far in her career at AU ranks behind only Matt Corkery (.661, 123-63).

DON'T PUT THEM ON THE LINE

  • American remains one of the top teams in the NCAA for free throw percentage behind the efforts of No. 1-ranked senior Elina Koskimies. Koskimies leads Division I with her 96.8 percent performance so far this season (30-31) while the team ranks 8th (.803).
  • AU has shot over 80.0 percent in 5 of the 10 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).

KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE

  • The Eagles stretched to a 23-game undefeated run at home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, after the 64-42 win over UMBC.
  • AU currently ranks sixth in Division I for home win streaks behind UConn, Lamar, Mississippi State, Baylor, and Florida Gulf Coast.
  • The run dates back to the Feb. 15, 2017, victory over Lafayette, 75-45.
  • The Eagles closed the 2016-17 with four consecutive wins at home, including a PL Quarterfinal victory over Boston University, 57-51.
  • They continued the run in 2017-18 with a 16-0 record making that the first undefeated home season at home since the 1970s.
  • The last nonconference loss at home was on Dec. 3, 2016, against William & Mary (48-34).

3LINA'S CONSISTENCY

  • Senior Elina Koskimies continues to dominate from the charity stripe as she bumped up to the No. 1-ranked free throw shooter in Division I with her .968 shooting percentage (30-31). She has sat within the top-five in Division I since November 28.
  • Her only miss from the line came during her career-record performance at Hawaii (13-14).
  • She has been the most consistent scorer for the Eagles so far this season, tabbing double-figures in all but one game so far this season, including scoring a season-high 23 against Hawaii (11/23).
  • Virginia has been the only team to hold her under 10 points this season.
  • Koskimies has hit at least one trey in every game so far this season to bring her run up to 16 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 24, 2018, at Bucknell.

STEPPING INTO NEW ROLES

  • With the loss of three key starters from last year's team, junior Kaitlyn Marenyi and sophomore Indeya Sanders have been called up to contribute major minutes for the Eagles.
  • Marenyi has stepped up to take over as the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.4 ppg and earning double-figures in all but three games (Denver - 8, UMBC - 5, High Point - 9). She has contributed at least 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in all but one game this season (High Point).
  • After averaging only 7.5 minutes per game as a freshman, sophomore Indeya Sanders has become one of the primary contributors in the Eagles' starting five. She led the team with a season-high 22 points against High Point while filling the scoresheet with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.
  • Sanders has had three games without a turnover, including against George Mason where she scored a career-high 16 points. She nearly filled the scoresheet against Virginia with career-highs in rebounds (9), assists (5) and steals (3) while also scoring 7 points.
  • In her 27.6 minutes per game so far this season, she is averaging 7.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg and only 1.4 turnovers per game.

NEXT UP

American will be back on the road next week as the Eagles open Patriot League play at Bucknell on Thursday, Jan. 3. AU will return home to host Colgate at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6.

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