Game 17 · American (8-8, 4-1 PL) at Lehigh (11-5, 3-2 PL)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 · 2:30 p.m. ET · Bethlehem, Pa. (Stabler Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 30-13
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is opening a two-game stretch on the road this weekend, with a Saturday matinee at Lehigh. Originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m., the game has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. due to the incoming inclement weather.
The Eagles enter the game at 8-8 overall, 4-1 in the Patriot League, after the 82-38 trouncing of Loyola Maryland at home on Wednesday. The Mountain Hawks, on the other hand, enter the contest with two consecutive losses to fall to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in the league.
- The Eagles lead the 43-game series against Lehigh, 30-13. Lehigh opened the series with a 77-58 win over AU in Bethlehem, Pa., on Feb. 4, 1983.
- AU hit a seven-game win streak over the Mountain Hawks from 2014-2016 before Lehigh broke the run with a 61-51 win in Bender Arena on Feb. 6, 2016.
- American swept Lehigh over the last two seasons.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 9-1 against Lehigh since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU put up one of its most dominant wins in recent history on Wednesday with an 82-38 rout against Loyola Maryland.
- Five Eagles put up double-figure efforts against the Greyhounds, including three freshmen with Jade Edwards (13), first-time starter Emily Fisher (14), and Maddie Doring (12).
- Seniors Cecily Carl (15) and Elina Koskimies (12) rounded out the double-figure performances.
- Koskimies shot 4-for-6 from the perimeter to stretch her run to 22 consecutive games with at least one trey.
- The Eagles lead the conference in nine statistical categories since the start of the PL slate, including scoring offense (66.6), scoring margin (14.2), assists per game (16.8) and turnovers per game (13.2).
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
- Lehigh is coming off a pair of consecutive road losses to Boston Univ., 58-45, and Bucknell, 71-53.
- The loss to Bucknell marked the first consecutive pair of losses for the Mountain Hawks this season, and the first time they didn't have any players finish in double-figures.
- Camryn Buhr led the team in scoring with nine points followed by eight from Cameryn Benz who also brought down a team-high eight boards.
- Lehigh shot 30 percent from the field (18-60), 12.5 percent from the perimeter (2-16) and 75 percent from the charity stripe (15-20).
- Buhr is the only player averaging in double-figures for the Mountain Hawks with 11.8 ppg along with a team-high 6.5 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT
- A collective team effort carried the AU women's basketball team to an 82-38 rout over Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
- This was one of the largest winning margins for AU since head coach Megan Gebbia took the reins in 2013-14 at 44 points. The only game that surpasses it is the 79-33 win over Boston University on Feb. 10, 2016 (46 points).
- For the first time this season, each of the 10 active players for AU contributed points to the final scoresheet, led by double-figure efforts from five players including three freshmen with Emily Fisher (14 pts.), Jade Edwards (13 pts.), and Maddie Doring (12 pts.).
- That was a new career-high for Fisher, who also pitched in a personal record seven assists to lead the team in her first career start.
- Doring also put up a pair of career-highs with her 12 points and team-high seven rebounds off the bench.
- This was the third consecutive game in double-figures for Edwards and fourth since she entered the starting lineup on Dec. 29 in the nonconference finale against Ohio.
- Seniors Cecily Carl and Elina Koskimies also hit double-figures in scoring with 15 points and 12 points, respectively.
- Koskimies shot 4-for-6 from the perimeter for her 22nd consecutive game with at least one trey dating back to Feb. 24, 2018, against Bucknell.
- AU put together its highest shooting percentage since Florida Gulf Coast (11/25) with 49.0 percent from the floor (25-51). The Eagles also went 40.9 percent from the perimeter (9-22) and 76.7 percent from the free throw line (23-30).
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 8-1 in games where they led at halftime, and 8-0 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 - five of the Eagles' eight wins came when they were shooting over 35.0 percent from 3-point range, and they are 7-1 in games where they held their opponents to under 30.0 percent from long-range.
5 ON 5
- Three Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Indeya Sanders, Jade Edwards, and Emily Fisher.
- 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.
- AU has had only three different starting lineups throughout the season so far with Sanders, Carl and Elina Koskimies being the only mainstays. Edwards and Fisher both stepped into the lineup after injuries sidelined Kaitlyn Marenyi and Kaitlyn Lewis, respectively.
- The threesome of Sanders, Carl and Koskimies has accounted for 50 percent of the team's scoring with 32.3 ppg, and 41.3 percent of AU's rebounding with 14.3 rpg.
- 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 six of the seven 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.
The Eagles will be back on the road next week for a trip to Boston University (Wednesday, Jan. 23) before coming back home to host Lafayette at noon on Saturday, Jan. 26.
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