Game 14 · American (5-8, 1-1 PL) at Navy (6-6, 1-1 PL)
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 · 7 p.m. ET · Annapolis, Md. (Alumni Hall)
All-Time Record: American leads, 31-23
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
Navy Game Day Guide
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is set to continue the Patriot League schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 9, as the Eagles (5-8, 1-1 PL) visit the Navy Midshipmen (6-6, 1-1 PL) for a rematch of the 2018 Patriot League Championship.
The Eagles, who claimed the conference title over Navy last season, will tip off at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md., at 7 p.m.
- American pulled to a 31-23 lead in the 54-game series with Navy after beating the Midshipmen in the title game of the 2018 Patriot League Tournament, 58-49.
- The series dates back to Feb. 16, 1978, when AU beat Navy in Annapolis, 75-53.
- Both teams lead the series on their respective home courts - AU is 20-5 in Bender Arena while Navy holds a 17-9 advantage in Alumni Hall.
- The last time AU beat the Mids in Annapolis was Feb. 25, 2015 (41-29).
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is 8-4 against Navy since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
- Navy head coach, Stefanie Pemper, is now 11-12 against American after she arrived in Annapolis in 2009.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU snapped its five-game losing streak on Sunday with a decisive 76-57 win over Colgate.
- That win also marked the 100th for head coach Megan Gebbia and her staff since they arrived at American in 2013.
- Morgan Bartner led the team for the first time since transferring to AU before last season with a career-high 15 points.
- Indeya Sanders also had a career night with her first double-double, scoring 12 points and bringing down 12 rebounds.
- Kaitlyn Lewis (12 points) and Elina Koskimies (11 points) also closed the game in double-figures.
- AU also put up a season-high 45 rebounds and 26 points off the bench against the Raiders.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
- Navy tabbed its first loss of the conference season on Sunday with a 56-38 defeat at home against Lehigh.
- The Mids struggled to overcome a 15-2 deficit in the first quarter against the Mountain Hawks.
- Taylor Morgan led Navy with seven points while Jennifer Coleman pitched in six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
- The Mids shot 25.0 percent from the floor, 23.5 percent from 3-point range and 57.1 percent from the charity stripe.
- Navy opened the PL season with a 58-46 win over Loyola (Md.).
- Jennifer Coleman leads the team across the board with 12.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and 3.1 apg.
- Sophie Gatzounas is the only other player averaging in double-figures with 10.4 ppg and ranks second with 7.1 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT
- AU head coach Megan Gebbia and her staff reached a new milestone with their 100th win after a decisive 76-57 win over Colgate.
- Senior Morgan Bartner and sophomore Indeya Sanders also walked away with career-highs to lead the Eagles.
- Bartner, who sat out last season after transferring to AU from Marist, led the Eagles for the first time with a career-high 15 points along with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.
- Sanders added her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. She also added four assists, a pair of steals and one block.
- Seniors Kaitlyn Lewis (12 pts.) and Elina Koskimies (11 pts.) rounded out the double-figure scoring efforts. Lewis also pitched in a team-high five assists alongside two steals.
- The Eagles closed the game with their highest bench production of the season, scoring 26 points behind Bartner, freshman Emily Fisher (6 pts.), freshman Taylor Brown (4 pts.) and freshman Laura Graytok (1 pt.).
- AU also hit a new season-high on the boards, leading the Raiders with 45 rebounds - the most for the Eagles since they brought down 48 during the 64-46 win at Army West Point last season (Jan. 8).
GEBBIA HITS 1-0-0
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia clinched her 100th career victory on Sunday with the Eagles' 76-57 win over Colgate.
- Since their arrival at AU in 2013, Gebbia and her staff of Tiffany Coll, Nikki Flores, and Emily Stallings have accumulated a record of 100-73 (.578), including 62-28 (.689) in the Patriot League.
- Included among those victories are two Patriot League titles, nine wins in the postseason, two NCAA Tournament berths and one WNIT berth.
- 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 .578 winning percentage (100-73) so far in her career at AU ranks behind only Matt Corkery (.661, 123-63).
AMONG THE NCAA'S BEST
- Senior Elina Koskimies continues to be one of the top-ranked free throw shooters in Division I, coming in at No. 5 with her 92.7 percent performance so far this season (38-41).
- After missing one during her career-record performance at Hawaii (13-14), Koskimies put up four perfect games from the line before shooting 6-for-8 against Colgate.
- 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. 35 at 75.0 percent after being held to under 70 percent in the last five 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 82.3 percent of the team's scoring, averaging 53.2 ppg, and 57.9 percent of the Eagles' rebounding with 20.0 rpg.
- AU is the only team in the Patriot League to have three players ranked in the top ten for scoring - Marenyi (4th - 13.4 ppg), Carl (10th - 12.3 ppg), and Koskimies (10th - 12.3 ppg).
- Two Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Sanders and freshman Jade Edwards.
- Sanders and Edwards have put up the team's only double-doubles of the season - Edwards posted 12 points and 12 rebounds in her first career start against Ohio, and Sanders tabbed hers against Colgate with another 12-point, 12-rebound performance.
- 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.
The Eagles will return 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.
NAVY PARKING/SHUTTLE INFORMATION
Vehicle access to the U.S. Naval Academy is limited to those with a Department of Defense identification card. It is suggested that everyone else park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($5 per vehicle) and ride the free shuttle bus to and from the game. The shuttle will begin one hour prior to tip and can be accessed from the blue (west) parking lot of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium adjacent to the Blue Angel jet. The address of the stadium is 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401, and fans are asked to enter the lot using Gate 5.
Note that a government-issued identification card must be carried and presented by visitors ages 18 and older to the USNA prior to being allowed onto The Yard.
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