Gebbia Captures 100th with Decisive Win Over Colgate

Morgan Bartner vs. Ohio (12/29/2018)

WASHINGTON - American University women's basketball head coach Megan Gebbia and her staff reached a new milestone with their 100th win after a decisive 76-57 victory over Colgate at home on Sunday. Since they arrived at AU in 2013, Gebbia and her staff of Tiffany Coll (associate head coach), Nikki Flores (assistant coach), and Emily Stallings (assistant coach) have accumulated a record of 100-73 (.578), including 62-28 (.689) in Patriot League play.

The Eagles bump up to 5-8 overall, 1-1 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders fall to 5-7, 1-1 in the PL.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Senior Morgan Bartner and sophomore Indeya Sanders also walked away with a pair of milestones. Bartner came off the bench to lead the team for the first time in her career, posting a career-high 15 points alongside three rebounds, two steals, two blocks, one assist, and only one turnover. She closed the game shooting 6-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
  • Sanders also landed in double-figures, putting up her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Seniors Kaitlyn Lewis and Elina Koskimies also tallied double-figure performances with 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Lewis also led the team with five assists.
  • The Eagles had their highest bench production of the season with 26 points behind the efforts of Bartner, and freshmen Emily Fisher, Taylor Brown, and Laura Graytok, who scored her first career-basket as an Eagle in the third quarter.
  • American closed the game shooting 44.4 percent from the field (24-54), 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (20-30), and put up its highest 3-point percentage since Florida Gulf Coast (11/25) with 44.4 percent shooting (8-18).
  • Rachel Thompson led the Raiders with 13 points and 12 rebounds to complete the double-double. Mylah Chandler also added a double-figure performance with 10 points.
  • Colgate was held to 30.5 percent from the field (18-59), 23.5 percent from the perimeter (4-17) but led the Eagles on the line with 81.0 percent shooting (17-21).
  • The Eagles took advantage of an early streak of fouls by Colgate, breaking what was a back-and-forth battle in the opening minutes to widen the gap with a 13-3 run midway through the first quarter, including 8-for-9 from the line.
  • By the end of the stanza, American had built up an 11-point advantage at 26-15 behind an eight-point effort from Koskimies and seven from freshman Jade Edwards.
  • AU continued to build their cushion throughout the second quarter, gaining an 18-point edge by the close of the half after a late layup from Bartner and block from Sanders on the other end of the floor.
  • Bartner led American with 12 of her 15 points in the second quarter, including two of her three makes from long-range.
  • The Eagles hovered around a 20-point lead through most of the third quarter before a 12-2 run gave them their largest lead of the game at 65-38 with 2:37 remaining in the stanza.
  • AU ran into some foul trouble late in the game after Carl picked up her fourth midway through the third quarter. She returned to the floor in the fourth quarter but fouled out of the game with 8:03 remaining on the clock. Fisher's minutes in the final stanza were also limited after she was whistled with her fourth at the 9:03 mark. She picked up her fifth with 1:38 left in regulation.
  • Colgate closed with an 8-3 run to cut AU's lead back down to 17 before a final layup from Brown closed the game at 76-57.

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.

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