Alexis Dobbs tallied a career-high 25 points and became the 16th player in program history to register 1,000 points for her career but it was not enough as the American University women's basketball team was edged 64-61 by Mount St. Mary's on Monday night.
Dobbs went 10-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, but she was the lone player in double-figures for the Eagles. Jen Dumiak and Arron Zimmerman registered seven boards apiece as American held a 42-24 advantage in rebounds, posting a season-high 19 offensive boards. Dumiak also dished out a team-high six assists.
"They played great and shot the ball really well for the game…but I also think that's us just playing poor defense," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "I felt like we were a step slow to everything today and that hurts when you're playing against a team that can shoot the three and penetrate."
The two teams traded scores early before American (6-3) notched seven straight points for an 18-12 lead at the 9:43 mark. Sydney Henderson, Dobbs and Jessie Kaufman traded treys but back-to-back buckets by Jordan Light and Dobbs put the Eagles up 25-18 with 5:02 remaining in the first half. Jacqueline Brewer hit another triple for the Mount and completed a three-point play to give Mount St. Mary's the 29-28 edge with 1:04 left to go. Lauren Crisler hit a jumper on the dish from Dumiak but Henderson drained a three at the buzzer to send the Mount into the half up 32-30.
Mount St. Mary's (4-6) outshot American 52.2 to 38.2 percent from the floor and went 6-for-10 from three-point range while the Eagles were just 4-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Mount extended its lead with a drive by Rachel Mathews out of the break but American retook a 36-34 advantage on a triple by Zimmerman and free throw by Dumiak at the 17:30 mark. A three-pointer by Henderson knotted it up for the sixth time in the game at 48-all with 10:56 remaining and Mount St. Mary's took a 53-50 lead on a lay-up by Ashley Christie and a three-point play by Brewer. Dobbs notched her 1,000th career point on a triple to tie it up and sparked a 7-0 run for the Eagles as it took a 57-53 lead with 4:03 to go.
Henderson hit her fifth three with 2:53 to play to put the Mount up 60-59 but Dobbs gave American back the advantage with a bucket. A pair of free throws from Jody Chickey gave Mount St. Mary's the one-point edge 40 seconds later and Henderson hit a pull-up jumper with 52 seconds to play for the 64-61 lead. Light tried a trey to tie it up but her shot was off the mark and American was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds as the Mount walked away with the 64-61 victory.
The Eagles shot 40.3 percent from the field and went 8-of-18 from three-point range. Mount St. Mary's completed the game shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and were 9-of-17 from beyond the arc.
Henderson finished with a game-high 28 points, going 11-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-7 from three-point range. Brewer added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Christie led the team with five rebounds and five assists.
American will look to bounce back when it heads to Coppin State on Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m.