@AU_WBasketball Visits Bucknell to Open PL Play

Group huddle vs. Ohio (12/29/2018)

Game 12  ·  American (4-7, 0-0 PL) at Bucknell (9-3, 0-0 PL)
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019  ·  6 p.m. ET  ·  Lewisburg, Pa. (Sojka Pavilion)
All-Time Record: American leads, 25-18
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium

Game Notes:  American  |  Bucknell

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (4-7) opens Patriot League play on Thursday with a 6 p.m. tip at Bucknell (9-3) on Thursday.

THE SERIES

  • This will be the 44th meeting between Bucknell and American. The two teams first met on Jan. 15, 1983, when the Eagles overcame the Bison in Lewisburg, 77-72.
  • Both teams defended their home courts last season, splitting the two games with the Eagles coming out on top on Dec. 29, 68-58, before Bucknell delivered American's first Patriot League loss of the year on Feb. 24, 57-52.
  • Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 6-6 against Bucknell since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • AU is coming off a tough nonconference schedule and enters Patriot League play with a 4-7 record after hitting a four-game skid in December.
  • For the second consecutive game, the Eagles nearly pulled off the fourth quarter comeback before falling to Ohio, 77-67.
  • Freshman Jade Edwards stepped up in a big way in her first career start as an Eagle, putting up the team's first double-double of the season against Ohio with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Senior Kaitlyn Lewis earned her first 20-point performance of the season against the Bobcats, leading the team with a career-high 24 points.
  • Senior Elina Koskimies remains the top-ranked free throw shooter in Division I with 97.0 percent so far this season.

SCOUTING THE BISON

  • Bucknell's seven-game win streak was brought to a halt with an 86-61 loss at Iowa on Saturday. The Bison's only other two losses came against Drexel and Syracuse in November.
  • Kate Walker led the team with 15 points followed by 13 from Ellie Mack and 10 from Marly Walls.
  • Mack also pulled down a team-high six boards.
  • The Bison were held to only 28.6 percent shooting from the field (20-70) and 16.7 percent from three-point range (4-24).
  • Four players are averaging in double-figures with Kaitlyn Slagus (12.3 ppg), Walker (11.3 ppg), Ellie Mack (10.5 ppg) and Abby Kapp (10.3 ppg).
  • Slagus and Mack also lead on the boards with 5.3 rpg and 5.2 rpg, respectively, and average over 1.0 blocks per game.

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Eagles suffered their first loss in Bender Arena since February 2017 on Saturday, falling to Ohio 77-67.
  • Senior Kaitlyn Lewis led the team with her first 20-point performance of the season, scoring a career-high 24 points off 4 of 5 shooting from the perimeter and 6 of 11 from the field.
  • Lewis also added a game-high six assists to tie her career-best from 2016.
  • Freshman Jade Edwards also came away with a breakout performance, filling in for junior Kaitlyn Marenyi in her first career start. She put together the team's first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 6-for-11 from the charity stripe. 
  • Edwards also put together some key plays on the defensive end, earning a pair of blocks and three steals.
  • The Eagles shot 44.9 percent from the field (22-49), 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15), and 65.4 percent from the free throw line (17-26).
  • For the second consecutive game, the Eagles had to put together a second-half comeback after trailing at halftime, 42-31. That gap grew during the third quarter with AU going into the final stanza at a 65-46 deficit.
  • American controlled the final 10 minutes, 21-12, but were unable to cut the Bobcats' lead down beyond the final 10-point difference. 

#AUWBB IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS

  • American is 12-5 in Patriot League openers since joining the league in 2001-02.
  • Included among those games is a 5-0 record against the Bison.
  • The Eagles have won the last two consecutive PL openers against Bucknell in 2017-18 (68-58) and Loyola Maryland in 2016-17 (60-45).
  • Head Coach Megan Gebbia holds a 4-1 record to start the conference slate since her arrival in 2013-14.

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 .579 winning percentage (99-72) 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, ranking 16th in Division I (.772).
  • AU opened the season shooting over 80.0 percent in four of the first five games of the season. Since then, the Eagles' average has dipped slightly with Virginia being the only game that put them back over .800 (.857).
  • 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 took over as the top-ranked free throw shooter in Division I with her 97.0 percent performance so far this season (32-33).
  • 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.

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 .970 shooting percentage (32-33). 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 two games so far this season, including scoring a season-high 23 against Hawaii (11/23).
  • Virginia and Ohio have been the only teams 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 17 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 24, 2018, at Bucknell.

NEXT UP
American will open its home Patriot League schedule at 2 p.m. on Sunday against Colgate.

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