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This article has been updated with corrections since it was first published. Three players have now transfered from the University. Additionally, four out of the five players that received Petrucelli's initial letter on Nov. 25 had scholarships and a quote from Petrucelli has been corrected.
The AU women’s basketball season ended Monday with a 46-44 loss to Boston University inside the Case Gym in Boston. While AU (13-17, 8-10 PL) never trailed by more than six points in the game, it couldn’t get the offense going fast enough to upset the second-seeded Terriers (18-12, 12-6 PL).
This article has been updated with new information about winter sports cancellations.
Two weeks ago, it looked like sophomore guard Emily Fisher would close out her season as a one-way player: a special talent on the defensive end while averaging just six points per game down the stretch.
The American University women’s basketball team defeated Navy (7-23, 2-17 PL) 57-42 in their final game of the regular season in Bender Arena on Wednesday. The Eagles and Midshipmen finished seventh and tenth in the Patriot League standings respectively, meaning that AU will host Navy again on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the first round of the Patriot League tournament.
Senior guard Kaitlyn Marenyi is sitting next to the Bender Arena court with a walking boot on her left foot. Just minutes ago, she switched it over from her right foot. But are both legs injured? Could the university only provide one boot?
After some optimism heading into senior day, AU women’s basketball (11-16, 7-10 PL) dropped a crucial game against Holy Cross (17-11, 10-7 PL), 73-58, inside Bender Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles especially struggled on the defensive end, as they allowed a near-season-high 38 points in the paint.
AU women’s basketball experienced a setback on Saturday in their chase for a home-court playoff game, overcome by Lafayette’s size advantage in a 67-52 loss inside Bender Arena. AU (8-12, 4-6 PL) dropped to seventh place in the Patriot League standings, while Lafayette (11-9, 7-3 PL) shot up to third place following their fifth consecutive victory.
This article has been updated with a correction. The game against Loyola took place on Jan. 22.
AU held its first-ever "Rally in the Alley" on Saturday, a tailgate created by the AU Blue Crew to bolster school spirit at the University. Despite the grim weather conditions, dozens of students and alumni showed up before the basketball team’s 4 p.m. game against Holy Cross.
The University named Marsha Harper as the next head coach for women’s soccer on Dec. 29. Harper is the first African American head coach of American’s women’s soccer program, and the first African American head coach of any AU team since 2004.
As students gathered on the Letts Anderson quad, Joe Buck’s excitement carried them to celebrate.
It took three quarters, but the women’s basketball team got out of their rut for a 56-48 comeback win over the High Point Panthers on Nov. 18. It took an electric second-half performance from emerging star Jade Edwards for AU (2-1) to overcome a 6-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
It’s easy for young teams to get stuck in cold streaks, but as D.C. has started to cool down, the Eagles were only interested in heating up. Sophomore guards Jade Edwards and Emily Fisher both notched career highs on Thursday night, carrying the team to a 76-54 victory over the Villanova Wildcats in the home opener.
AU men’s basketball head coach Mike Brennan has agreed to a two-year extension and will now be under contract through 2022. This is Brennan’s first extension since 2014, which followed the Eagle’s last NCAA tournament appearance.
Two American graduates have quickly proven that every rule has its exceptions.
After another first place finish, head coach Megan Gebbia proved that she had exceeded the expectations set by her five-year extension in 2018. This past week, Gebbia inked a one-year extension that will keep her at the helm through the 2024-2025 season.
In its Patriot League quarterfinal game – the team’s biggest game of the year – AU men’s basketball came up decidedly short. The Eagles played in a style that deviated from their norm: jacking up threes, getting exposed by zone defense and refusing to drive to the rim.
If anything, the part that stung the most about AU men’s basketball’s 83-81 overtime loss on Saturday was that it felt…familiar.
AU men’s basketball is last in the Patriot League in threes made and attempted per game (5.4 and 17.1, respectively). But the Eagles still need the shot – or the threat of the shot – to open up their offense. With guard Sam Iorio and his 2.5 threes per game sitting out, Holy Cross decided to overlook American’s range on Saturday. They also chose to overlook freshman guard Jacob Boonyasith.