@AU_WBasketball Visits Boston Univ. in Midweek Doubleheader

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Game 18  ·  American (9-8, 5-1 PL) at Boston University (8-8, 4-2 PL)
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019  ·  7:30 p.m. ET  ·  Boston, Mass. (Case Gym "The Roof")
All-Time Record: American leads, 11-4
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium

Game Notes:  American  |  Boston University

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team is heading to Beantown this week for a Wednesday evening contest against Boston University. Originally scheduled for 7 p.m., the game was moved back to 7:30 p.m. as the AU men will also be taking the court in Case Gym after their game was rescheduled from Monday to Wednesday (5 p.m.).

The Eagles enter the game on a five-game run and sit alongside Bucknell atop the Patriot League rankings at 5-1 in the conference, 9-8 overall. BU sits just below the Eagles at 4-2 in the PL and 8-8 overall.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Although Boston University captured the series' opener, 78-68, during the 1981 Hoya Invitational, the Eagles have since led the charge with an 11-4 record against the Terriers.
  • After meeting three times during the early-1980s, the Eagles and Terriers took a 32-year hiatus before meeting again in 2014 after BU joined the Patriot League. AU hit a 4-0 run against the Terriers in their first two years in the league before Boston broke the run with a 63-59 win on Jan. 13, 2016. Since then, AU's only loss to Boston was in the 2016-17 season in Boston, 71-62.
  • Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 9-2 against Boston since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • AU stretched to a five-game win streak in PL play on Saturday after beating Lehigh in a 61-53 battle.
  • Senior Elina Koskimies led the Eagles with 20 points while continuing her run with 23 consecutive games with at least one 3-point make.
  • Freshman Emily Fisher was voted as the PL Rookie of the Week after putting up back-to-back career-highs with 14 points against Loyola (Md.) and 15 against Lehigh.
  • Fisher is the second consecutive Eagle to earn Rookie of the Week after Jade Edwards was selected on Jan. 14.
  • Coming off arguably the hardest nonconference schedule in the league, AU has stepped it up in PL play and leads the conference in scoring margin (+13.2), FG defense (.324), and assists (16.8) while ranking second in FG percentage (.439) and scoring defense (52.5).

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS

  • After opening the conference season at 4-0, the Terriers have hit a two-game skid with losses to Colgate, 81-72, and Holy Cross, 75-69.
  • BU was able to cut into a 12-point halftime deficit against the Crusaders on Saturday, but couldn't quite overcome Holy Cross' early lead down the stretch.
  • Katie Nelson led the Terriers with 18 points and five assists while Nia Irving earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Lauren Spearman and Naiyah Thompson rounded out the double-figure scoring with 14 points and 13 points, respectively.
  • Three players average in double-figures with Nia Irving (13.8 ppg), Payton Hauck (12.7 ppg) and Lauren Spearman (10.6 ppg).
  • Under first-year head coach Marisa Moseley, the Terriers are second in PL play with 66.0 ppg and third with a .434 field goal percentage.

LAST TIME OUT

  • Another good team effort clinched a tight battle against Lehigh on Saturday, 61-53.
  • Senior Elina Koskimies led the team with 20 points followed by freshman Emily Fisher with a career-high 15 points off the bench, and senior Cecily Carl with a dozen.
  • This was Fisher's second consecutive game in double-figures after she tallied a then-career-high 14 points during her first career start against Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
  • Freshman Jade Edwards led the team with seven rebounds while sophomore Indeya Sanders pitched in a career-high eight assists.
  • The Eagles shot 43.8 percent from the field (21-48), 36.4 percent from the perimeter (8-22) and 78.6 percent from the free throw line (11-14).
  • AU gave up 19 turnovers - the most since Ohio (24) - while forcing 21 from Lehigh.
  • It was a tight race in the first quarter before an 8-0 AU run sent the Eagles into the break with a 20-14 advantage over the Mountain Hawks.
  • The two teams continued trading baskets early in the second as Lehigh's strong perimeter shooting kept the Eagles from expanding their lead. AU entered the locker room with a 35-28 lead.
  • Lehigh began to close in on AU in the second half, creeping to within two on several occasions before an 8-2 run rebuilt an eight-point AU lead at 59-51. Late free throws from Koskimies and Fisher closed the game at 61-53.

KEYS TO VICTORY

  • The Eagles are 9-1 in games where they led at halftime, and 9-0 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 - six 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.

PAIR OF FRESHMEN GET THE NOD

  • For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Eagles have had two freshmen earn the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after Jade Edwards (1/14) and Emily Fisher (1/21) were selected in back-to-back weeks.
  • Edwards earned her first career nod after a pair of career-high performances against Navy and Army West Point. The Chicago, Ill., native scored 15 points to lead the Eagles over the Mids before pitching in a career-high six assists and four blocks alongside her 10 points against the Black Knights.
  • Fisher also earned the honor after a pair of career performances, starting with 14 points and seven assists against Loyola Maryland. She followed that up with another career-best, scoring 15 off the bench against Lehigh.
  • 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.

5 ON 5

  • Four Eagles have earned their first career starts this season with Indeya Sanders, Jade Edwards, Emily Fisher, and Morgan Bartner
  • 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 four different starting lineups throughout the season so far with Sanders, Carl and Koskimies being the only mainstays. Edwards and Fisher both stepped into the lineup after injuries sidelined Marenyi and Lewis, respectively.
  • The threesome of Sanders, Carl and Koskimies have accounted for 50.3 percent of the team's scoring with 32.5 ppg, and 41.6 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 Kaitlyn Marenyi, Kaitlyn Lewis, Elina Koskimies, Indeya Sanders, and Jade Edwards leading the team in points, rebounds, and assists for at least one game each. Cecily Carl has also put in at least one game leading in points and rebounds, and Bartner has led the team in scoring once.

TAKING THE FREEBIES

  • Senior Elina Koskimies continues to be one of the top-ranked free throw shooters in Division I with a No. 7 ranking (.925) in the country.
  • 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. 40 at 74.6 percent after being held to under 70 percent in the last six of the last nine games.

NEXT UP
The next home game will be Saturday, Jan. 26, against Lafayette. This will be another doubleheader for the Eagles, with the women playing at noon followed by the men's game against Bucknell at 4 p.m.

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