@AU_WBasketball Opens Final Road Series at Lafayette

Team huddle after Lehigh (2/16/2019)

Game 26  ·  American (17-8, 13-1 PL) at Lafayette (7-18, 5-7 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019  ·  2 p.m.  ·  Easton, Pa. (Kirby Sports Center)
All-Time Record: American leads, 40-7
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium

Game Notes:  American  |  Lafayette

WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team (17-8, 13-1 PL) is set to open its final road series of the regular season on Saturday as the Eagles look for their 14th straight win with a 2 p.m. tip at Lafayette (7-18, 5-7 PL).

SERIES HISTORY

  • The Eagles lead the 47-game series against Lafayette, 40-7. AU opened the series with an 11-0 run against the Leopards, starting with a 62-53 victory in Washington on Jan. 19, 1982.
  • AU has only lost to Lafayette in Bender Arena once throughout the two teams' 35-year history - on Jan. 20, 2016 with a final score of 60-51.
  • American swept the Leopards during the regular season last year before earning a dominant 20-point win in Bender Arena during the Patriot League quarterfinal to open the Eagles' postseason run.
  • Head Coach Megan Gebbia is currently 11-2 against Lafayette since she arrived at AU in 2013-14.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • For the second consecutive game, it came down to the final minutes for AU as freshman Jade Edwards hit the last-second bucket to clinch the 50-48 win over Boston University.
  • The Eagles now stretch to a 13-game run in the win column - their only PL loss of the season was the league opener against Bucknell.
  • For the fifth time in the last six games, senior Cecily Carl paced the Eagles with 20+ points, scoring 24 to bring her average up to 24.2 ppg over the last six games.
  • Carl ranks just behind Army's Madison Hovren (17.7 ppg) in the No. 2 spot during conference play for scoring with 17.4 ppg.
  • AU has secured home-court advantage during the PL quarterfinal and is gearing up for a showdown against Bucknell to battle for the top seed.

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS

  • Lafayette is looking to break the seven-game skid that began during their trip to Washington, D.C., in January.
  • Natalie Kucowski put up 17 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Leopards against Navy, but couldn't quite the topple the Mids, 65-53.
  • Drew Freeland and Jiselle Havas were the only two other Leopards in double-figures with 12 pts. and 10 pts., respectively.
  • Kucowski continues to headline the Leopards' crew, leading the team in points (14.0 ppg), rebounds (11.4 rpg) and assists (3.0 apg).
  • Olivia Martino is the only other player averaging in double-figures with 10.0 ppg, but has missed the last three games.
  • Kucowski ranks in the top four of the PL in three categories, including the top spot for blocks, averaging 2.2 per game. She is also No. 2 in rebounding and No. 4 in scoring.

LAST TIME OUT

  • For the second consecutive game, it came down to the wire for AU as freshman Jade Edwards hit four of her five points in the final 30 seconds to lead the Eagles to their 13th consecutive win.
  • Edwards tied the game with less than 30 seconds on the clock, picking up the steal on the defensive end before hitting the layup in transition.
  • She added the game-winner with 1.7-seconds on the clock, taking the inbound from Kaitlyn Marenyi and throwing up a beautiful turnaround fadeaway jumper.
  • But it was Cecily Carl who was back atop the scoresheet with her fifth game in the last six with over 20 points. She scored 24 points off 10 of 14 from the field and 4 of 6 from the perimeter.
  • Edwards also led on the boards with eight rebounds while Kaitlyn Lewis pitched in six assists along with a team-high four steals.
  • Lewis also hit her 100th career trey to join classmates Carl and Elina Koskimies as the only three active players to have broken the century mark from the perimeter.
  • The Eagles broke a first-quarter tie (12-12) to take a four-point lead at halftime, 22-18. A strong third quarter from the Terriers tied the game back up at 36-36 before an 11-2 BU run put them ahead 47-40 with 2:10 left. Once again, though, AU dominated the final two minutes, hitting a 10-1 run behind baskets from Emily Fisher, Indeya Sanders, Carl and Sanders to pull away with the late victory.

#AUWBB vs. THE PATRIOT LEAGUE

  • American holds a 235-118 overall record (.666) against Patriot League teams, and are 186-87 (.681) since joining the league in 2001-02.

KEYS TO VICTORY

  • The Eagles are 13-1 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.
  • Performance along the perimeter has also been key for AU - 11 of the Eagles' 17 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.

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. 20 on Tuesday (Feb. 19).
  • The team opened the season at No. 24 and landed as high as 19th before the loss to Denver knocked them out of the poll.

NEXT UP
The Eagles will close out their regular season road schedule on Wednesday with a 6:05 p.m. tip at Holy Cross before returning home on Saturday, March 2 for a 2 p.m. start against Bucknell. That game will also serve as the team's senior day celebration and will have postseason implications as AU will look to take over as the No. 1 seed heading into the PL Tournament.

For the latest on American University Women's Basketball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_WBasketball.