Women’s Basketball Can’t Hold off Army Second Half Rally in 64-60 Loss


The American University women's basketball team had its six-game win streak snapped on Saturday afternoon in West Point, N.Y., falling to Army, 64-60. 

Arron Zimmerman led the Eagles with 20 points, going 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while Alexis Dobbs scored 17 points and Jen Dumiak chipped in 10. Shaquilla Curtis and Dobbs posted six rebounds apiece to lead American as Dobbs also had a team-high three assists. The senior also broke the program record for starts in the game, starting her 112th career contest.

"I think the game came down to could we stop their two best players and could we rebound and we did neither," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "I think what we have to take away from this game is that we are able to play with the top teams and we just need to be able to finish out plays, whether that means getting rebounds or making stops, we need to be able to do that. That's the one thing that's going to get us over this hurdle of losing close games." 

The teams traded scores to open the game before American (19-8, 12-4) went on a 6-0 run for the 10-5 advantage at 15:36. Army answered with a 7-0 run to retake the lead. The game was knotted up at 16-all when Zimmerman hit her first trey of the contest to give the Eagles the advantage as a Lauren Crisler drive put American up 21-20 with 7:11 to play.

A Dobbs triple sparked a 12-3 Eagles' run as it took a 33-25 lead with 2:52 remaining. The Black Knights closed out the half with seven unanswered points to cut American's lead to one, 33-32, at the break.

The Eagles shot 40.9 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. Army shot 46.2 percent from the field and were 3-of-9 from 3-point range.

Army (19-7, 11-4) opened the half on a 14-5 run to take the lead for good, going up 46-38 at 13:04 and forcing American to call its first timeout. A turnaround jumper from Curtis made it a four-point game and Dobbs hit a triple to put the score at 54-49 with 6:14 to play. 

Neither team was able to score for the next three minutes before Zimmerman drilled in back-to-back treys to cut the Black Knights' lead to two, 57-55, with 1:24 to play. Jen Hazlett drained a 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play and the team traded free throws as Army led 62-57 with 12.2 seconds remaining. Dobbs nailed a triple from the top of the key to cut the advantage back to two but Kelsey Minato hit a pair of free throws and Dumiak's last second 3-point attempt was off the mark for the 64-60 final score.

Hazlett and Minato finished with 20 points apiece for the Black Knights. Hazlett posted 12 rebounds to complete the double-double as Army held a 40-28 advantage in rebounds for the game. Brianna Johnson led the team with five assists. 

The Black Knights outshot American 40.7 to 37.5 percent from the floor. The Eagles went 7-of-17 from 3-point range while Army was 6-of-17.

American will look to bounce back when it hosts Navy in its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.