AU Downs Oregon, 72-64

AU Downs Oregon, 72-64

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Senior Jen Dumiak finished with a career-best 22 points and 10 assists to lead the American University women's basketball team to a 72-64 win over Oregon Saturday evening in the final game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 2-3 on the season, while the Ducks, who received votes in last week's coaches' poll, fell to 2-3 on the year.

Senior Shaquilla Curtis and junior Michelle Holmes each added 14 points for American, while senior Arron Zimmerman tallied 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

Zimmerman helped American to a hot start in the first half, knocking down three shots from beyond the arc in the first five minutes to put the Eagles ahead, 13-6. AU, which limited Oregon's top two scorers to just four first-half points, stretched its advantage to 13 points before going into the locker room with a 29-18 lead.

The Ducks battled back after the break, putting together a pair of runs that cut AU's lead to 35-33 with 14:35 on the clock. However, American answered with a run of its own, outscoring Oregon 18-4 over the next six and a half minutes. The Eagles held on to their double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest until Lexi Petersen knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final 72-64 margin.

For the game, American converted on 14-of-15 free throws, all in the second half, while Oregon shot just 50 percent (8-of-16) from the charity stripe. The Eagles also scored 20 points off 19 OU turnovers.

Lexi Petersen scored 21 points to lead the Ducks, while Jillian Aleyne registered 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"Oregon is an extremely difficult team to defend, because they have an inside-outside presence," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "We tried to limit them to two-point shots and not allow threes. Today we were able to answer the runs that they put together, getting even bigger runs of our own.

"What a terrific game we got from Jen tonight, after she didn't score a field goal yesterday. It was great for her to nail free throws and hit big shots when we needed her most, and almost finishing with a triple-double great to be able to play in front of her family and friends."

"This was a terrific weekend," continued Gebbia. "Being able to knock off two very good programs in consecutive days is not easy to do."

The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 3, when they host UMBC in a 7 p.m. contest.