The American University women's basketball team picked up its third straight win to open the season, rolling past UMBC, 60-39, on Wednesday night in Baltimore, Md. The Eagles' 3-0 mark is the first time an American squad has opened the season with three straight wins since 2008-09.
"I was pleased with how we came out in the first half, being active and aggressive on both ends of the floor," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "However, we need to be able to sustain that for 40 minutes and we didn't do that today. This game was a good test for us."
Jen Dumiak led the Eagles with 14 points and Ari Booth notched a career-high 12, going 4-for-6 from the field. Michelle Holmes grabbed eight rebounds for American with Alexis Dobbs dishing out a team-best seven assists while adding a pair of steals.
American (3-0) opened the game on a 9-0 run, holding the Retrievers without a bucket through the first four minutes. UMBC ended its scoreless drought with consecutive buckets from Taylor McCarley and Sara Tarbert but Arron Zimmerman answered with a triple for the 12-4 advantage at 14:39. A Dumiak bucket sparked a 12-0 run by the Eagles with a Dumiak triple capping off the streak for the 30-9 lead with 5:50 to go.
UMBC (1-3) tallied three points on a free throw by Tarbert and drive by Amanda Hagaman but Booth made up the points with her first trey of the game. Booth added the final five points of the half for American as a bucket by Hagaman closed out the scoring with the Eagles going into the break up 38-16.
American shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half and went 8-for-20 from three-point range. The Retrievers went 7-for-26 from the floor with one trey.
Dumiak came out of the break with five straight points, completing a three-point play for the 43-16 lead at the 18:45 mark. The Retrievers rallied, going on a 9-0 run and holding the Eagles without a bucket for nearly four minutes.
Lauren Crisler ended American's drought from the field, draining her first three, as the team held UMBC without a basket for eight minutes. Janelle Sailing hit a three to put the Retrievers back on the board, cutting the Eagles' advantage to 54-32 with 5:18 to play. Emily Russo hit a three but Holmes put American back up 20 with a short jumper for the 60-39 final score.
"I was very happy with the contribution we had from Ari Booth, who was a nice spark off the bench. I was glad we were able to play everyone so they get some game experience and hopefully we can continue to improve from top to bottom," said Gebbia.
The Eagles finished the game shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from beyond the arc. UMBC shot 30.0 percent from the floor and went 5-for-20 from three-point range.
Tarbert led the Retrievers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Hagaman had a team-high three assists and Russo posted three steals.
American continues its road trip at Quinnipiac on Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m.