Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Women's Basketball: American 59 Navy 49

Jen Dumiak (#3) led all scorers with 17 points

From our friends at AU Athletics...

Dumiak Leads American to 59-49 Victory Over Navy

Senior Jen Dumiak scored a game-high 17 points to lead the American University women's basketball team to a 59-49 victory over Navy on Wednesday evening.

With the victory, the Eagles improved to 13-7 overall and 8-1 in the Patriot League, while the Midshipmen dropped to 11-9 overall and 5-4 in the league.

Michelle Holmes scored 13 points with 8 rebounds

Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles was junior Michelle Holmes, who finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Senior Arron Zimmerman added 10 points, while senior Shaquilla Curtis registered eight points and a game-high five assists.

Shaquilla Curtis led all players with 5 assists

Dumiak, who also dished out four assists, moved into 10th place on American's career scoring list with her performance, reaching 1,169 career points. She also moved into third place on the Eagles' assist list, now with 399 career assists.

Arron Zimmerman added 10 points & 5 boards

The Eagles led for most of the opening half, pulling out to an 18-10 advantage with 10:25 on the clock. While the Mids went on a 7-0 run to get within one, American pulled away to take a 32-22 advantage at the break.

While AU led throughout the second half, Navy never gave up, staying within striking distance. The Mids came as close as six points with five and a half minutes to play, but were plagued with turnovers down the stretch, as American held on for its eighth league victory of the season.

American shot over 50 percent from the field against Navy, which entered the contest as the league leader in field goal percentage defense. Meanwhile, the Mids had the advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Eagles 33-24, including a 12-4 edge on the offensive glass.

AU head coach Megan Gebbia

"I was proud of how we executed our offense," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "We were a little frantic at the beginning, but we became more patient and got better shots.

Dumiak defends vs. Navy's Hannah Fenske (#13)

"In the second half, it was a game. (Navy) came ready to play. They're a physical team, they rebound well, and we struggled at times guarding the inside on dribble penetration. But I think when push came to shove, we made baskets when we needed to make baskets and we got stops when we needed to get stops."

Marina Muenster (#33) led Navy with 13 points

The Eagles are back in action this Saturday, Jan. 31, for a 2 p.m. game versus Holy Cross. Following the contest, several AU sports teams will host a post-game clinic/autograph session in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

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