Saturday, January 25, 2014

Women's Basketball: Army 64 American 63

Jen Dumiak (#3) draws a crowd, leads AU with 14 points

Army Rallies, Ends American Win Streak at Five

The Black Knights of Army rallied to defeat the American women's basketball team 64-63 today at Bender Arena, in a battle for second place in the Patriot League: Both teams are now 6-2 in conference, two games behind undefeated Navy (16-3, 8-0.) The loss snapped AU's winning streak at five. After the game, all eight women's varsity teams (as well as the cheer and dance squads) held a free skills clinic to celebrate American's annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

AU (13-6) shot an impressive 56% from the field in the first 20 minutes, en route to a 34-32 halftime lead. The Eagles even led 53-48 with just over seven minutes remaining, before Army (14-5) put the game out of reach with two separate 6-0 runs. Sophomore forward Michelle Holmes made a layup with 1:30 left to cut Army's lead to 64-63; but both teams went scoreless for the final 90 seconds. Gelissa George (12 points) had a chance to win the game with one second left on the clock, but missed a jumper at the buzzer.

Alexis Dobbs (#21) missed 8 of 9 shots in a rare bad game

Junior Jen Dumiak led the Eagles with 14 points and six assists; and junior Arron Zimmerman chipped in with nine points and a team-high six rebounds. Holmes came off the bench to score 10 points on a perfect 5-5 from the field. Army had four starters score in double figures, led by senior Jen Hazlett with 15 points. Leading scorer (and reigning Patriot League Player of the Year) Kelsey Minato finished with 14.

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Next up for the Eagles, a road date with Navy in Annapolis on Wednesday night: You can watch that game (and others) on the Patriot League Network. American also gets another shot at Army before season's end, February 22nd at West Point. It should be an exciting stretch run.

Athletic Director Billy Walker awards Wounded Warriors

Click here for today's box score.