The American University women's basketball team rolled to its sixth straight win, defeating Boston U., 69-44, on Wednesday night in Bender Arena.
Arron Zimmerman tallied her second double-double of the season with a game-high 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jen Dumiak also reached double-figures for the Eagles with 10 points. Alexis Dobbs, Michelle Holmes and Sarah Kiely chipped in nine points apiece and Dobbs recorded a team-best six assists with three steals.
"It's a good win going into Army and Navy so I think our players are confident in themselves and just by the stat sheet there was a lot of balance in our scoring and I think that's something that we've tried to preach to them all year," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "If we can continue this type of scoring next two weeks into the tournament I think we'll be in good shape."
Holmes registered the first bucket of the game for American (19-7, 12-3) and the Eagles took an 8-6 edge on consecutive buckets by Dumiak at the 15:01 mark. The Terriers knotted it up on a jumper by Rashidat Agboola but Dobbs hit her first triple of the game to give American back the lead, forcing a Boston U. timeout. Kiely posted five straight points to give the Eagles a 21-11 advantage with 7:58 to play.
Dobbs and Ti'Asia McGeorge drilled in back-to-back triples for the 31-17 advantage with 1:18 to play as the Terriers called its third timeout. Zimmerman hit a pair of free throws to close out the half and send the Eagles into the break with a 33-17 lead.
American shot 42.9 percent from the floor and were 5-of-12 from 3-point range. Boston (11-17, 6-9) shot 25.9 percent in the first half and went just 1-of-12 from beyond the arc.
The Eagles came out of the intermission on a 14-1 run, holding the Terriers without a score from the field for the first six minutes of the half. Agboola ended Boston's drought and the Terriers began to chip away at the American lead, using a 7-0 run to put the score at 54-34 with 6:50 to play.
Lauren Crisler hit her first triple of the game to end the streak and Zimmerman and Ari Booth added treys for the 63-38 advantage with 2:55 remaining in the game. Sarah Hope answered with a 3-pointer of her own for Boston but the Eagles went on to win, 69-44, with a Jordan Light triple closing out the scoring in the game.
Agboola and Melissa Gallo led the Terriers with 12 points apiece and Agboola also registered a team-best six boards.
American outshot Boston 41.4 to 33.3 percent from the field and 44.0 to 18.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Eagles held a 42-31 advantage on the glass and also dished out a season-high 23 assists in the win.
American heads out on the road next to take on Army on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.