Women's Basketball Edged by Seton Hall, 63-60, in WNIT First Round


The American University women's basketball team couldn't complete a comeback on Thursday night in South Orange, N.J., as it fell to Seton Hall, 63-60, in the first round of the WNIT.

Alexis Dobbs led the team with 24 points, one shy off her career mark, and went 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. Jen Dumiak scored 18 points for the Eagles with a team-high six boards. Shaquilla Curtis and Dumiak dished out four assists apiece. 

"It was a good way to end our season as far as effort is concerned," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "Playing against a BIG EAST team on their home floor is never an easy feat, and we were right there with them, so I think that speaks volumes of our team in general. I told the team at the end to get used to playing teams like this, because these are the types of teams I want to continue to play in our non-conference schedule. Alexis hit big shot after big shot. I'm glad she could end her career in that fashion."

Dumiak opened the scoring in the game, tallying seven unanswered points to put American (22-10) on top early. The Pirates answered with a 12-0 run to take the lead with 13:43 to go, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout. Dobbs and Dumiak hit back-to-back treys to give American the 13-12 edge but Seton Hall answered with nine straight points to retake the lead with nine minutes to play in the first half. 

A drive by Curtis sparked an 8-1 run for the Eagles as Dobbs nailed a triple to bring American within one, 24-23. Seton Hall (19-12) went back up five on consecutive buckets by Bra'Shey Ali and Tabatha Richardson-Smith with under a minute to play. Curtis laid it in at the buzzer to cut the Pirates' advantage to 30-27 heading into the intermission.

American shot 33.3 percent from the field and hit 4-of-10 attempts from beyond the arc. Seton Hall shot 41.9 percent from the floor and went 3-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half. 

Ali scored the first six points of the second half for the Pirates before Dobbs drained her third triple to make it a two-point game, 36-34, at 14:30. Seton Hall responded with a 9-4 lead to go up 43-38 with 10:56 to play. Dobbs hit her fifth triple of the game to end the run and bring the Eagles back within six, 54-48.

Another Dobbs' trey sparked an 8-2 run for American as Dumiak hit her third three to make it a two-point game, 60-58, with 2:02 to play. Alexis Brown went 2-of-2 from the line for the Pirates and Dumiak answered with a drive to put the lead back at 62-60 with 1:22 to play. Ali missed her second free throw with 19 seconds to go to put Seton Hall up three but Dobbs' 3-point attempt in the final second was off the mark as the Pirates held on for the 63-60 win.

Ali posted a double-double to lead Seton Hall with 18 points and 20 rebounds. Richardson-Smith and Ka-Deidre Simmons also finished in double-figures with 14 points apiece. 

American finished the game shooting 42.4 percent from the floor and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Pirates shot 40.4 percent from the field and were 3-of-8 from 3-point range, also holding a 41-30 advantage in rebounds for the game.

The Eagles finished the year with an overall record of 22-10 after earning its first at-large postseason berth in program history.