Women's Basketball Looks to Extend Season-Opening Win Streak at Quinnipiac, Fordham


Game Information
American (3-0) at Quinnipiac (1-3)
Date and Location: Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m. - TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Game Notes

Teams: American (3-0) at Fordham (2-2)
Date and Location: Monday, November 25, 7 p.m. - Rose Hill Gym, Bronx, N.Y.
Game Notes

The American University women's basketball team closes out its three-game road swing with a pair of games at Quinnipiac on Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. and Fordham on Monday, November 25 at 7 p.m. 

American (3-0) is off to its best start in program history since the 2008-09 season, extending its win streak with a 60-39 win over UMBC on Wednesday night. The Eagles hit nine three's, with eight in the first half, and went up 38-16 at the intermission. American shot 42.3 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from beyond the arc as Jen Dumiak and Ari Booth led the scoring effort with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Michelle Holmes pulled down a team-best eight boards with American holding a 37-34 edge at the glass.

Alexis Dobbs leads the Eagles with 12.7 ppg, 6.0 apg and 2.0 spg this season with Arron Zimmerman and Dumiak adding 11.7 and 10.7 ppg, respectively. Sarah Kiely has a team-best 8.3 rpg this season with Dumiak adding 6.3 rpg. As a team, American is shooting 41.0 percent from the floor and 3.7 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 9.7 three-pointers a game. 

Quinnipiac (1-3) suffered its third straight loss on Wednesday night, dropping a 76-66 contest to St. John's. Brittany McQuain and Samantha Guastella were each a rebound shy of a double-double. McQuain finished with 14 points and nine boards and Guastella had 12 points and nine rebounds. The Bobcats shot just 38.7 percent from the floor but held a 42-40 edge in rebounds.

Jasmine Martin leads the team with 16.5 ppg this season while McQuain has added 9.5 ppg with a team-best 8.2 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.2 spg. Guastella has tallied 11.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 1.5 bpg on the year. 

Quinnipiac owns the only win in the series between the two squads, a 72-59 victory in Bender Arena in December 2011. Dobbs led the Eagles with 15 points as Dumiak added 12.

Fordham (2-2) bounced back from consecutive losses with a 84-63 win over Pacific on Sunday. Five players reach double-figures led by Erin Rooney with 23 points as Emily Tapio added 17. Rooney also completed a double-double with a team-best 10 rebounds. The Rams shot 57.1 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. 

Rooney has led Fordham in scoring and rebounding in three of its four games this season and is averaging 21.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 3.8 apg. Abigail Corning has notched 12.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg with a team-best 5.0 apg.

The two teams are tied at two games apiece in the all-time series. American has the lone win in Bronx, N.Y. but the Rams own the last win in the series after posting a 71-50 victory in Bender Arena a year ago. Dobbs led the Eagles with nine points and three assists as the team was held to 35.1 percent shooting from the floor.