Game 24 · American (15-8, 11-1 PL) vs. Lehigh (15-8, 7-5 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 · Noon · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 31-13
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (15-8, 11-1 PL) returns home for a top-five Patriot League matchup against No. 4-ranked Lehigh (15-8, 7-5 PL) at noon on Saturday, Feb. 16.
- The Eagles lead the 44-game series against Lehigh, 31-13. 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 is looking for its third consecutive sweep against the Mountain Hawks after outlasting Lehigh on their home court on Jan. 19, 61-53.
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 10-1 against Lehigh since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American earned its 11th straight victory on Wednesday after another late win over Loyola (Md.), 67-56.
- For the eighth time this season, four Eagles led in double-figures for scoring with Cecily Carl (16 pts.), Kaitlyn Marenyi (14), Jade Edwards (12), and Indeya Sanders (11).
- Carl continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 14.7 ppg as she is set to notch her 100th career start at AU.
- Elina Koskimies landed back in the top-5 for Division I in FT percentage after shooting a perfect 6-6 in the final minute against Loyola. She is fourth with 92.4 percent (61-66).
- AU continues to lead the overall PL rankings for assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and assists per game (15.6) and ranks either first or second in 12 categories during conference play.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
- Lehigh fell short of an upset on Wednesday and fell to No. 1 Bucknell, 73-68.
- The Mountain Hawks led by as much as seven late in the third quarter, but an early Bison run in the fourth put Bucknell out of reach despite a late surge.
- Gena Grundhoffer led the way with 17 pts. as Lehigh saw its sixth game of the season with four players in double-figures.
- Cameryn Buhr continues to lead the team in scoring and is the only Mountain Hawk averaging in double-figures with 12.2 ppg.
- Cameryn Benz leads the team on the boards with 6.8 rpg followed closely by Buhr with 6.7 rpg.
- Lehigh ranks second in the PL in scoring defense (55.9) and scoring margin (8.0), third in FG defense (.369), but is sixth in 3FG defense (.308).
LAST TIME OUT
- Senior Cecily Carl was back atop the scoresheet as AU picked up its 11th consecutive victory with a 67-56 win over Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
- Carl led the team with 16 points alongside her team-high six rebounds and four assists.
- Freshman Jade Edwards matched Carl on the boards with six rebounds along with 12 points while sophomore Indeya Sanders added another four assists with her 11 points.
- Junior Kaitlyn Marenyi was the fourth and final Eagle in double-figures with 14 points as AU put up its eighth game of the season with at least four players in double-figures.
- The Eagles put up their highest FG shooting percentage since FGCU at .500 after going 24-48 from the floor. They also went 35.3 percent from the perimeter (6-17) and had their best performance from the line since Hawaii (.900) with 86.7 percent (13-15).
- The Greyhounds held AU to a season-low three offensive rebounds as the Eagles tied with their season-low from Boston University with 24 total boards.
- The Eagles had their third game of the season with at least 20 assists (20).
- Edwards scored all 12 points in the second half, including seven in the third quarter to lead the Eagles as they shot only 4-for-9 from the field (.444).
- Carl and senior Elina Koskimies both scored six points in the fourth to lead AU down the stretch - Koskimies put up her eighth perfect game from the free throw line, shooting 6-for-6 in the final minute.
- American is 21-0 at home against PL opponents in a run that dates back to the 2016-17 season.
- Army was the last PL team to topple AU in Bender Arena, 68-57 (Feb. 11, 2017).
- The Eagles are on a 34-5 run at home since the start of the 2016-17 season.
MID-MAJOR TOP 25
- American was back in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 on Feb. 5 after dropping out of the rankings since Nov. 20.
- The Eagles landed at No. 25 on Feb. 5 and bumped up to No. 21 on Tuesday (Feb. 12).
- The team opened the season at No. 24 and landed as high as 19th before the loss to Denver knocked them out.
KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Eagles are 11-1 in games where they led at halftime, and remain undefeated at 15-0 when leading with 5:00 left.
- All three of AU's second-half victories have come in the last five games - the Eagles overcame halftime deficits against Holy Cross, Colgate, and Army.
- AU overcame a 13-point deficit against Holy Cross for the largest comeback victory of the season so far.
- 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.
- AU has entered halftime with a tie in only two games this season - Penn State (L, 80-59), and Lafayette (W, 60-45).
- AU trailed both Lafayette and Holy Cross heading into the fourth before coming away with the win.
- The Eagles led both High Point and Ohio in the second half but fell just shy of the comeback.
- American has won three games despite ending with a lower field goal percentage than its opponent - Hawaii (.292 / .467), Holy Cross (.426 / .471), and Colgate (.426 / .459).
- Performance along the perimeter has also been key for AU - 10 of the Eagles' 15 wins came when they were shooting over 35.0 percent from 3-point range, and they are 9-1 in games where they held their opponents to under 30.0 percent from long-range.
The Eagles will be back home on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for an 11:30 a.m. tilt against Boston University. The game will also serve as the team's annual Play4Kay Pink Day and Elementary School Day.
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