Women's Basketball Falls in Patriot League Semifinals, 68-55, at Army


The American University women's basketball team dropped its Patriot League Semifinal, 68-55, at Army on Monday night.

Geleisa George and Michelle Holmes scored 12 points apiece for American and Alexis Dobbs added 11 points and a team-high five assists. Sarah Kiely also chipped in 10 points in the game. Arron Zimmerman matched her career mark with 12 rebounds as the Eagles held a 34-33 edge on the glass. 

"It was definitely a game of runs, they went up 12 in the first and second half and we were able to make a comeback," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "I was really proud of the seniors, we had three of the four in double-figures so they gave it all they had. I'm really proud of the effort, unfortunately they shot the ball extremely well and what hurt us was offensive rebounds again and fouls. It was a great team effort and hopefully we continue to build this program in years to come."

Army (24-7) opened the game on an 8-0 run for an 11-4 advantage at 14:37. Holmes and Shaquilla Curtis hit jumpers on the Eagles' next two possessions but the Black Knights responded with six unanswered points for the 19-8 lead. 

American (22-9) made it a five-point game, 21-16, on an 8-2 run but a trey by Jean Parker sparked another 7-0 run for Army as it led 30-18 with 2:29 to go. The Eagles scored six unanswered points to close out the half as Dobbs hit a pair of free throws to send American into the intermission down six, 30-24.

The Eagles shot 37.5 percent from the field but were 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. The Black Knights went 41.9 percent from the floor and 2-for-7 from 3-point range. 

The Black Knights registered six straight points out of the break as a bucket by Olivia Schretzman gave Army its largest lead, 41-28, at 14:39. A Holmes putback sparked a 6-1 run for the Eagles and American was able to notch six straight points as a triple by Kiely brought the Eagles within three, 44-41, with 8:13 to go.

The Black Knights pulled away once again after a timeout, going up seven on a pair of free throws by Jen Hazlett. Dobbs hit a trey and Zimmerman laid one in to cut the Army lead back to two, 50-48, with 5:18 to go but Hazlett and Brianna Johnson hit consecutive triples to put the Black Knights back up by eight. American tried to fight back but Army was able to rebuild a 61-51 lead on a trey by Parker with 1:24 to play. The Black Knights closed out the game going 7-for-12 from the line for the 68-55 final score. 

Hazlett had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Army. Kelsey Minato scored 14 points, Johnson had 11 and Schretzman posted 10 points for the Black Knights. Johnson and Aimee Oertner led Army with four assists apiece.

The Black Knights held a 44.0 to 39.6 percent advantage from the floor and 37.5 to 15.4 percent advantage from beyond the arc. 

Following Saturday's championship, Dobbs was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.

"What a terrific, terrific year for the senior class," said Coach Gebbia. "Alexis, with everything she has been able to accomplish in this year has been outstanding and I don't think there's been another player that has accomplished as much as she has and I know she'll go on to do great things. Geleisa was a spark the entire year, had a lot of energy and played terrific tonight and really gave us everything she had. And then Sarah and Ti'Asia, Sarah came off and was a huge spark, especially in the second half. Ti'Asia didn't play as much as I would've liked her to play because of the match-ups but she's always an inspiration at practice and she's had great games for us this year.

"We just wish the seniors well and hope that we can bring home that championship one day."

American closed out the year with an overall mark of 22-9 and were tied for second in the league with a conference record of 14-4.