WASHINGTON – In its first contest of the 2014-15 season, the American University women's basketball team dropped a 63-52 decision to cross-town rival George Washington on Monday.
Senior captain Jen Dumiak registered 13 points, shooting 9-of-10 from the foul line, and added seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Eagles. Junior Michelle Holmes pitched in 12 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
American (0-1) led early in the game, but the Eagles went scoreless for more than seven and a half minutes as the Colonials pulled ahead. GW led by as many as 10 points in the first half before taking a 27-19 advantage into the intermission.
The Colonials (1-1) were able to push their margin back to double-digits early in the second half, but the Eagles slowly began to chip away at their deficit. A 20-8 run, capped off by a three-pointer from junior Ari Booth, gave AU the 44-39 lead with nine minutes remaining.
However, the Eagles went cold offensively, and GW responded with 12 straight points to regain the advantage for good.
AU outshot GW for the game, but connected on just 1-of-11 three-pointers and converted just 60.7 percent of its free throw attempts. Both teams struggled taking care of the ball, combining for 46 total turnovers, including 28 in the opening half.
For the Colonials, freshman Kelli Prange led three players in double-figures scoring, posting 16 points and nine rebounds. Chakecia Miller added 12 points and Brianna Cummings added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles continue their three-game homestand on Thursday, when they host 2014 NCAA participant James Madison in a 7 p.m. contest.