The third-seeded American University women's basketball team will open play in the 2014 Patriot League Tournament when it hosts No. 6 Lafayette on Thursday, Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Quarterfinals.
American (21-8) completed Patriot League play with the fourth best conference record in program history, posting a mark of 14-4 to finish tied for second in the league. The Eagles closed out the regular season with back-to-back victories, ending conference play with a 67-53 win at Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Kiely scored a career-high 18 points to lead four double-digit scorers in the win, going a career-best 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Alexis Dobbs added 17 points with a team-high seven rebounds and Jen Dumiak finished with 13 points and led American with nine assists. Michelle Holmes also chipped in 10 points for the Eagles. American shot 46.3 percent from the field in its regular season finale, going 9-of-23 from 3-point range.
Dobbs, Dumiak and Arron Zimmerman were recognized on the All-Patriot League Teams on Tuesday. Dobbs was named to the conference's First Team after leading the Eagles with 13.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game this season. She ranks in 10 different all-time program records, including two single season record books for performances this year. Dumiak and Zimmerman each earned their first career All-League honors, being named to the Third Team. Dumiak has tallied 10.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4.3 apg this season for American, reaching double-figures 17 times and leading the team in scoring five times on the year. Zimmerman has had a breakout season for the Eagles and has posted a career-best 10.7 ppg and 4.6 rpg, leading American with 12.5 ppg in conference play this season.
Lafayette (14-15) earned the No. 6 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and dropped its final game of the regular season, 64-53, to Army. Danielle Fiacco surpassed 1,000 career points in the loss and Jamie O'Hare finished with a team-best 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Fiacco posted 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds but the Leopards were outrebounded 40-32 for the game. Lafayette shot 37.7 percent from the floor and went 6-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Emily Homan was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team on Tuesday. She led the Leopards with 13.6 ppg, averaging 14.0 ppg in conference play, and also added 6.6 rpg. Homan recorded six double-doubles on the year.
American completed the regular season sweep of Lafayette with a 72-61 victory over the Leopards in Bender Arena. Geleisa George registered a career-high 21 points and Holmes bested her career mark with 19 points. Dobbs also chipped in 19 points to lead the Eagles. Dobbs and Abigail Fogg tallied six boards apiece but Lafayette held a 44-42 edge on the glass. Homan led the Leopards with 14 points and Fiacco pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. American shot 41.2 percent from the field and went 3-of-17 from beyond the arc while Lafayette completed the game shooting 36.7 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from 3-point range.
The Eagles are 30-5 all-time against the Leopards and 17-0 when playing at home. American also holds a 2-1 edge in tournament action and are 1-0 against Lafayette when playing a tournament game in Bender Arena.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Patriot League Tournament and can be purchased by clicking here or calling (202) 885-TIXX. Tickets prices, set by the Patriot League, are $8 for adults and $4 for youth and seniors. Thursday's quarterfinal will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.