Feb. 14, 2006
WASHINGTON - American University women's basketball team will play Army in West Point, N.Y. Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Fans who cannot make it to Christl Arena can Click Here to listen to the broadcast live.
Matchup: American (6-17, 3-7 PL)
vs Army (14-9, 8-2 PL)
Tip: 7 p.m.
Site: Christl Arena
Series: AU leads 8-4
Notes on the matchup:
AU at Army Notes
Inside the Series: American owns a 8-4 series edge with the Black Knights. AU is 4-1 all-time on the road against Army. The Black Knights took the team's first meeting this season at Bender Arena, when they toppled American 75-66 on January 17.
The Coaching Matchup: American is headed up by Melissa McFerrin, who is in her second season with the Eagles. McFerrin's squad owns a 6-17 record, 3-7 in the Patriot League after dropping a 72-63 home game on Saturday to the Colgate Raiders. First year head coach Maggie Dixon has led Army to a 14-9 overall reacord and a 8-2 Patriot League record which has them tied for first place with Bucknell in the eight team conference.
The Story: American enters into today's contest with a 6-17 overall mark and on a two-game skid after losing to Colgate at home on Sunday. The Eagles are 3-7 in league play and come to Christl Arena looking to avenge a earlier home loss to the Black Knights, just one year after sweeping Army in the regular season. Tala Hadavi leads the Eagles with 14.9 ppg, which will not matter much since the senior guard will be out of the lineup tonight against Army due to an injury. Head coach Melissa McFerrin will look to a number of players to fill the void for Hadavi, including junior Tara Williams, who is averaging 8.6 ppg in conference games this season. Freshman Nicole Ryan is starting to see more minutes after recovering from an injury this season as the rookie scored eight points and was 2-2 from three-point land in just eight minutes of work against the Raiders. Forward Tish Curry is coming off a career day in which she registered a personal best 12 points and four blocks. American owns a 2-3 road conference record this season.
Scouting Army: The Black Knights enter into today's game tied for first in the Patriot League with Bucknell, holding onto a 8-2 conference record. Army is on a three-game win-streak after downing Lehigh 76-67 last time out. Earlier in the week the Black Knights defeated Holy Cross for the second time this season, the first time Army has swept the Crusaders in league play. Sophomore guard Cara Enright leads the Black Knights and the Patriot League in scoring, averaging 17.0 ppg this season. Enright was named Patriot League Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, fresh off of scoring a season-high 29 points against Lehigh last week. Enright also leads the team in helpers with 54 assists dished out this year. Alex McGuire is second on the team in scoring with 10.6 ppg. Stephanie Stone leads the team in rebounding with 5.8 per game this season with Megan Evans right behind her with 5.1 per game.
Still Searching for Weekday Win... Tonight will be another chance for American to capture a weekday win as American is 0-13 on games that fall Monday thru Friday.
Dynamic Duo... A pair of rookie forwards have caused problems for opposing teams this season. Tish Curry and Sahar Nusseibeh have filled in nicely for junior Abby Lipskis who has played limited minutes due to an injured back. Against Colgate Curry was two rebounds short of a double-double when she scored a career-high 12 points and led all players on the glass with eight boards. Nusseibeh is the team's second leading scorer in conference play, averaging 11.3 points per game. The Uniontown, Ohio, native has scored in double digits in eight out of her last 10 games.
AU vs The Patriot League... American owns an 62-40 record all-time against the Patriot League and a 39-33 record in their four seasons of league play. AU is 3-7 this season, losing its last game at home to Colgate.
Eagle Snap Shots:
The Fab Four: Last game American started four freshman for the first time this season when freshmen Talicia Jackson, Pam Stanfield, Tish Curry and Sahar Nusseibeh got the nod along with junior Tara Williams.
Tied for the Record: Tala Hadavi's 61 three pointers this season ties her for first all-time for made three-balls in a single season.
Tip-off: Five of the Eagles' six wins have come after AU wins the opening tip. AU Freshman Tish Curry handles a majority of the tip-off duty, winning it 12 times this season.
Missing In Action: The Eagles will be without leading scorere Tala Hadavi for the second straight game after the senior suffered a knee injury during practice.
An AU Win Would: Break AU's two-game losing skid ... keep Melissa McFerrin undefeated on the road against Army.