@AU_WBasketball Set for PL Home Opener

Elina Koskimies vs. Ohio

Game 13  ·  American (4-8, 0-1 PL) vs. Colgate (5-6, 1-0 PL)
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2019  ·  2 p.m. ET  ·  Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 33-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
Tickets: bit.ly/autixx

Game Notes:  American  |  Colgate

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (4-8, 0-1 PL) is set to open its 2018-19 Patriot League home slate on Sunday with a 2 p.m. tipoff against Colgate (5-6, 1-0 PL) in Bender Arena.

SERIES HISTORY

  • American stretched to a 24-game win streak against the Raiders on Jan. 27, 2018, after earning a 67-44 victory at home.
  • The 38-game series dates back to the Eagles' first season in the Patriot League (2001-02). AU picked up the 79-77 win during the teams' first meeting on Jan. 9, 2002.
  • Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently undefeated at 10-0 against Colgate since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • The 2018 Patriot League champion AU faced off against 2017 champ Bucknell to open the Patriot League slate on Thursday. The Eagles struggled to overcome an early deficit to the Bison, though, and fell, 71-56.
  • Cecily Carl led the Eagles with 16 points followed by 12 from Elina Koskimies and 11 from Indeya Sanders.
  • Emily Fisher also stepped up to earn a career-high 12 rebounds and seven points.
  • AU struggled from the perimeter, shooting a season-low 17.6 percent (3-17) from 3-point range while going 37.5 percent (21-56) from the field and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the line.
  • Koskimies continues to lead NCAA Division I from the FT line at 97.0 percent (32-33).
  • Four players are currently averaging in double-figures with Kaitlyn Marenyi (13.4 ppg), Carl (12.8), Koskimies (12.4) and Kaitlyn Lewis (10.8).

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS

  • Colgate opened the 2018-19 conference slate with a 70-67 upset over Holy Cross on Thursday.
  • Keelah Dixon led the Raiders with 17 points followed by 12 from Rachel Thompson and 11 off the bench from Summer King.
  • Thompson and King also shared responsibilities on the boards with seven rebounds each.
  • Colgate had one of its best shooting games of the season, shooting 43.8 percent from the field (28-64), 30.0 percent from 3-point range (6-20) and 57.1 percent from the line (8-14).
  • Thompson leads the Raiders across the board with 12.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 3.1 apg.
  • King is the only other player averaging in double-figures with 11.1 ppg.
  • Colgate leads the conference in 3-point defense (.271) and is ranked second for assists (14.3).

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Eagles couldn't overcome a 14-point first quarter deficit against Bucknell on Thursday, and fell to the Bison in the Patriot League opener, 56-71.
  • Senior Cecily Carl led the Eagles with 16 points, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and 4-for-11 from the field.
  • Senior Elina Koskimies and sophomore Indeya Sanders also hit double-figures with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.
  • Freshman Emily Fisher opened up her first conference slate with a pair of career-highs, scoring seven points while adding 12 rebounds to lead AU.
  • The Eagles shot 21-for-56 from the floor (.375), 11-for-17 from the charity stripe (.647) and were held to a season-low 3-for-17 from the perimeter (.176).

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 .576 winning percentage (99-73) so far in her career at AU ranks behind only Matt Corkery (.661, 123-63).

LEADING THE COUNTRY

  • Senior Elina Koskimies continues to be the top-ranked free throw shooter in Division I with her 97.0 performance so far this season (32-33).
  • Her only miss of the season came during her career-record performance at Hawaii where she went 13-14 to lead the team a program record 36 made free throws (36-40).
  • As a team, the Eagles ranked within the top-ten of Division I from the line for much of the nonconference season. AU now sits at No. 26 at 76.2 percent after being held to under 70 percent for the last four games.
  • 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).
  • Five Eagles have put in perfect games at the line with at least 4-for-4 shooting - Morgan Bartner (1), Cecily Carl (3), Kaitlyn Lewis (2), Kaitlyn Marenyi (3) and Elina Koskimies (3).
  • Carl leads the way after shooting a perfect 8-for-8 against Bucknell. She is followed by Koskimies who went 7-for-7 against FGCU, and Marenyi who has put in a pair of 6-for-6 performances.

5 ON 5

  • The starting five of Kaitlyn Marenyi, Indeya Sanders, Kaitlyn Lewis, Elina Koskimies and Cecily Carl has accounted for 85.8 percent of the team's scoring, averaging 54.2 ppg, and 58.7 percent of the Eagles' rebounding with 19.8 rpg.
  • AU is the only team in the Patriot League to have three players ranked in the top ten for scoring - Marenyi (5th - 13.4 ppg), Carl (7th - 12.8 ppg), and Koskimies (8th - 12.4 ppg).
  • Two Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Sanders and freshman Jade Edwards. Edwards made the minutes count against Ohio, putting up her first career double-double, and the team's first this season, with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Sanders has also had a breakout start to the season and ranks third on the team in assists (3.0 apg) and second in rebounding (4.5 rpg). 
  • Marenyi and Lewis also found themselves as mainstays in the starting five for the first time after the Eagles graduated three starters last season - Emily Kinneston, Maria Liddane and Michael Harris. 

NEXT UP
The Eagles will be back on the road on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tip at Navy before returning home on Saturday, Jan. 12, for a 1 p.m. showdown against Army West Point. Saturday's game will also serve as the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), and kids of all ages will be invited to join student-athletes from all of AU's varsity women's teams after the game for an autograph session and skills clinics. The event is free for all with a game ticket, and children are asked to wear athletic shoes for the clinic.

For the latest on American University Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.

FREE ADMISSION TO FEDERAL WORKERS

Due to the current federal government shutdown, AU Athletics has announced that throughout the month of January, all federal government workers may receive two free tickets to home athletic events at American University - including upcoming men's basketball, women's basketball and wrestling events in Bender Arena.

With a valid federal government ID, fans will receive free admission for themselves and a guest to support and cheer on the AU Eagles to victory. 

For more information and complete details, contact the AU Athletics Ticket Office at 202-885-TIXX. To purchase tickets and view full schedules click here.

TICKET INFORMATION

  • General admission to all AU women's basketball home games at Bender Arena are available throughout the season on AUEagles.com/Tickets.
  • Bring a group and save over 40% off end zone reserved seating
    • 10+ Group Rate: $3 per person
    • 40+ Group Rate: $2 per person
  • Individual game tickets are available for $8 for adults and $5 for youth (17 and below) and seniors (over 65). Military members, veterans, and AU students are invited to join the Eagles for free admission with a valid ID.
  • CLICK HERE to purchase mini-plans and tickets!
  • For inquiries, email clawed@american.edu or call (202) 885-TIXX (8499).