Game 25 · American (16-8, 12-1 PL) vs. Boston University (12-11, 8-5 PL)
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 · 11:30 a.m. · Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: American leads, 12-4
WASHINGTON - Winter weather isn't slowing down the American University women's basketball team (16-8, 12-1 PL) as the Eagles look to claim their 13th consecutive win on Wednesday with an 11:30 a.m. contest against Boston University (12-11, 8-5 PL) in Bender Arena.
The game is still set to tip at 11:30 a.m. in Bender Arena despite classes being canceled at American University. Reduced shuttle service (Blue Route only) will operate between main campus and the Tenleytown Metro Station starting at 7 a.m. This service will continue as long as road conditions permit. Parking will also be free all day in the Sports Center Garage.
To those planning on braving the snow attend the game, please drive safely.
- Although Boston University captured the series opener, 78-68, during the 1981 Hoya Invitational, the Eagles have since led the charge with a 12-4 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 10-2 against Boston since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American is coming off its closest win of the season on Saturday against Lehigh, 50-47. This is the 12th straight win for the Eagles as they keep even with Bucknell atop the league rankings.
- Cecily Carl paced AU with 20 points, making this the fourth game in the last five that she has scored 20+ points to lead the team.
- Jade Edwards was the only other player in double-figures as she scored 12 points alongside her 10 rebounds for her second double-double.
- The Eagles rank first in the league for assists per game (15.4) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1), and sit in second in five other categories including scoring offense (64.7) and FG percentage (.418).
- Head Coach Megan Gebbia is 64-21 (.753) in Bender Arena, including 49-11 against PL opponents (.817), since her arrival in 2013.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
- Boston posted back-to-back wins against Lehigh and Colgate before falling to Holy Cross at home, 61-64.
- BU is 6-1 in PL play on the road - Holy Cross (1/19) is the only league team to successfully defend home court against the Terriers, 69-75.
- Riley Childs helped lead the Terriers with her first career double-double (11p, 13r) while Payton Hauck put up a team-high 18 points.
- BU nearly overcame a 13-point deficit to send the game into overtime but missed on the last-second equalizer.
- Nia Irving is one of three players averaging double-figures for the Terriers (12.5 ppg), along with Payton Hauck (12.1 ppg) and Katie Nelson (10.5 ppg).
- Under first-year head coach Marisa Moseley, the Terriers have had one of their best starts to the conference season since joining the PL with an 8-5 record.
LAST TIME OUT
- It came down to the wire during the 50-47 win over Lehigh on Saturday as the Eagles put up an 11-4 run in the final 1:27 to earn its closest win of the season with a 3-point margin.
- Senior Cecily Carl paced the team with 20 points - her fourth game in the last five with at least 20 points.
- Freshman Jade Edwards added her second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, including six of AU's 10 points in the second quarter.
- Senior Elina Koskimies stretched her run to 30 consecutive games with a 3-point make after sinking the team's only trey in the early minutes.
- Both teams struggled from the perimeter - the Eagles hit only 1 of 21 while the Mountain Hawks were held to 2 of 6.
- AU trailed coming out of the first quarter before holding Lehigh to only four points in the second to enter halftime with a 22-17 lead.
- That 22-point tally tied for the lowest first-half total of the season for American while the 17 points from Lehigh is the second-lowest first-half performance for an AU opponent this season - Tulsa, UMBC and Boston University were all held to 15 points.
- The Eagles had a strong start to the third, but a 12-0 Lehigh run midway through the stanza put the Eagles at a 31-28 deficit before a layup from Carl closed the gap back down to one.
- Lehigh maintained its lead until the final 1:27 when Marenyi converted a steal into a layup where a Lehigh foul put her on the line for the three-point play. The Eagles carried this momentum through until the end of the game with an 11-4 run to secure the victory.
- American is 22-0 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 35-5 run at home since the start of the 2016-17 season.
- Coming into the season, the Eagles were ranked within the top ten in Division I for overall home win streaks. They reached 23 consecutive games (6th in the NCAA) before losing to Ohio on Dec. 29 (77-67).
- The run dated back to the Feb. 15, 2017, victory over Lafayette, 75-45.
- Before Ohio, the last nonconference loss at home was on Dec. 3, 2016, against William & Mary (48-34).
- In the Megan Gebbia era, the Eagles are 64-21 (.753) in Bender Arena, including 49-11 (.817) in Patriot League play. Among the highlights in her six seasons was the first undefeated season at home since the 1970s last year.
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 12-1 in games where they led at halftime, and remain undefeated at 15-0 when leading with 5:00 left.
- The Feb. 16 game against Lehigh was the only AU win despite trailing with 5:00 left on the clock (39-33). The Eagles also trailed Lafayette and Holy Cross heading into the fourth quarter before coming away with the win.
- 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).
- The Eagles led both High Point and Ohio in the second half but fell just shy of the comeback.
- American has won four games despite ending with a lower field goal percentage than its opponent - Hawaii (.292 / .467), Holy Cross (.426 / .471), Colgate (.426 / .459), and Lehigh (.308 / .345).
- 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 10-1 in games where they held their opponents to under 30.0 percent from long-range.
- AU is one of only 18 schools in Division I to have had at least seven players lead in scoring for at least one game this season. Lehigh is the only other PL team to make the list with eight players.
- 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 five of its 23 games.
- She has played at least nine in 17 of the remaining 19 games. Lehigh (1/19) and Loyola (2/13) were the only games she didn't go nine deep (8).
- Gebbia has also let all five freshmen close three games so far this season - Tulsa, FGCU, and UMBC.
The Eagles will be on the road for the next two games at Lafayette (Feb. 23) and Holy Cross (Feb. 27) before returning to Bender to close out the season against Bucknell (March 2) and Navy (March 6). The Bucknell game will also serve as the team's Senior Day celebration and is set up to have home-court advantage implications for the postseason.
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