Game 16 · American (7-8, 3-1 PL) vs. Loyola Maryland (1-14, 0-4 PL)
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 · 7 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 19-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (7-8, 3-1 PL) will look to extend to a four-game undefeated run as the Eagles host Loyola Maryland (1-14, 0-4 PL) for a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday in Bender Arena.
- The 25-game series against Loyola Maryland dates back to the 1976-77 season when the Greyhounds opened with a 107-60 win over the Eagles in Baltimore. Since then, AU has taken a 19-6 lead in the series, including a 9-0 run from 1977-85.
- AU won four consecutive games during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons before Loyola swept the Eagles in 2015-16, including the first and only American loss to the Greyhounds in Bender Arena on Feb. 27, 2016 (55-50).
- American returned the favor the last two seasons and enter Wednesday's game on a 4-0 run.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 7-2 against the Greyhounds since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU picked up a third consecutive win on Saturday with a 61-51 victory over Army West Point.
- Although Elina Koskimies led the team in scoring (17 pts.), it was Indeya Sanders who made the difference down the stretch, scoring 11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter to stymie Army's late push.
- Koskimies' 93.6 percent free throw shooting also came in clutch in the final stanza, as she went 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute of play.
- Jade Edwards put up her second consecutive career-high performance with four blocks and six assists to earn a PL Rookie of the Week nod.
- AU leads the PL in conference play for FG defense (.341) and ranks second in FG percentage (.427).
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
- Loyola is still in search of its first Patriot League win of the season, as the Greyhounds enter Wednesday's game at 0-4 in the league.
- Loyola's only win of the season was during the nonconference finale against Monmouth, 75-67.
- Isabelle Therien is the only player averaging in double-figures with 11.9 ppg, followed by Bri Betz-White with 9.7 ppg.
- Since the start of conference play, Therien has averaged 12.8 ppg followed by Taleah Dixon (10.8 ppg) and Stephanie Karcz (10.0 ppg).
- Karcz, who leads the team in overall rebounding (10.7 rpg) and assists (3.1 apg), has averaged a double-double since the start of the PL slate with 10.0 ppg and 13.3 rpg.
- Loyola ranks second in the league with 9.4 steals per game and leads the PL with a 3.13 turnover margin.
LAST TIME OUT
- A fourth-quarter run from sophomore Indeya Sanders helped pull the AU women's basketball team to a 61-51 win over Army West Point on Saturday in front of an electric home crowd to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD).
- Senior Elina Koskimies led the team with 17 points, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the line and 5-for-10 from the field.
- Sanders hit 11 of her 16 points during the fourth quarter to hold back a late run from Army.
- Senior Cecily Carl and freshman Jade Edwards rounded out the double-figure scoring with 14 points and 10 points, respectively. They also led the team on the boards with eight rebounds each.
- Sanders and freshman Emily Fisher led the team with two steals while Edwards also added a career-high six assists and four blocks.
- The Eagles shot 41.5 percent from the field (22-53), 30.8 percent from 3-point range (4-13), and eclipsed 70 percent from the free throw line for the first time in seven games with 72.2 percent shooting (13-18).
- It was a back-and-forth battle in the first quarter before a 12-5 AU run gave the Eagles a 15-10 advantage heading into the break.
- American maintained that lead throughout the second quarter, despite a 6-0 run from the Black Knights to briefly cut the lead down to three, and the teams entered the locker rooms at 33-25.
- Army chipped away at the lead throughout the third quarter and briefly regained the lead in the fourth, 44-43. But 4-for-5 shooting from Sanders in the final minutes, and a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the line from Koskimies secured AU the win.
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 7-1 in games where they led at halftime, and 7-0 in games where they led with 5:00 left on the clock.
- Virginia has been the only team to bounce back from an early deficit against AU, making up the nine-point spread at halftime to win, 57-54.
- The Eagles led both High Point and Ohio in the second half but fell just shy of completing the comeback.
- Performance along the perimeter has also been key for AU - four of the Eagles' six wins came when they were shooting over 35.0 percent from 3-point range, and they are 6-0 in games where they held their opponents to under 30.0 percent from long-range.
- The Eagles' 23-game win streak at home was brought to an end on Dec. 29 with the 77-67 loss to Ohio.
- American still retains the conference home win streak though, which has now grown to 18 consecutive games with the win over Army West Point.
- Army was also the last PL team to topple AU in Bender Arena, 68-57 (Feb. 11, 2017).
- Before the Ohio loss, AU ranked sixth in Division I for home win streaks behind UConn, Lamar, Mississippi State, Baylor, and Florida Gulf Coast.
EDWARDS GETS THE NOD
- After junior starter Kaitlyn Marenyi was sidelined with injury before Ohio (12/29), freshman Jade Edwards was called up for her first start as an Eagle.
- Edwards has certainly taken advantage of the opportunity and became the first AU player since the 2015-16 season to be selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday, Jan. 14.
- Seniors Kaitlyn Lewis (Dec. 21) and Cecily Carl (Jan. 25) were the last two Eagles to receive the weekly nod from the league during their freshman season.
- Edwards has scored in double-figures in three of her five starts, including the team's first double-double of the season against Ohio (12 pts., 12 reb.).
- She led the team for the first time during the win at Navy, scoring a career-high 15 points while nearly filling the scoresheet with four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.
- She added another pair of career-highs during the win over Army, leading the team with six assists and four blocks while pitching in another 10 points.
- Edwards has scored in double-figures in nearly every game that she has put in over 20 minutes. Bucknell (23 min.) was the only team to hold her to single-digits, but she still contributed across the board with five rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal along with her four points.
5 ON 5
- The starting five of Indeya Sanders, Jade Edwards, Kaitlyn Lewis, Elina Koskimies and Cecily Carl has accounted for 74.6 percent of the team's scoring, averaging 47.4 ppg, and 60.2 percent of the Eagles' rebounding with 20.7 rpg.
- All five starters, including Kaitlyn Marenyi before she was sidelined by injury, led the team in points and rebounds for at least one game.
- Two Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Sanders and 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.
- Not only does AU have one of the most consistent starting lineups in the league, but it's also one of the most productive with all six American starters leading the team in points and rebounds in at least one game. Five of the six have also led in assists with Carl being the only one missing. Bucknell is the only other team in the PL to boast such a stat line.
- Seven players have led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding for at least one game this season, including all six starters along with senior Morgan Bartner (scoring) and freshman Emily Fisher (assists).
- Lehigh is the only team in the league to have more players put up team-high numbers in scoring with eight.
- Head coach Megan Gebbia has played all 12 players in four of its 15 games.
- She has played at least nine in the remaining 11 games.
- Gebbia has also let all five freshmen close three games so far this season - Tulsa, Florida Gulf Coast, and UMBC.
The Eagles will be back on the road for the next two games with visits to Lehigh (Saturday, Jan. 19) and Boston University (Wednesday, Jan. 23) before coming back home to host Lafayette at noon on Saturday, Jan. 26.
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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