Strong Second Half Carries AU Past UMBC

Strong Second Half Carries AU Past UMBC

WASHINGTONMichelle Holmes scored 20 points and Lauren Crisler added 16, both setting career-highs, while Jen Dumiak posted her second straight double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds as American University beat UMBC, 77-51, in a nonconference women's basketball game Wednesday at Bender Arena.

The Eagles won their third straight game and evened their record at 3-3. The Retrievers fell to 3-3 overall.
 
Capree Garner finished with 14 points to lead UMBC.
 
The Eagles hit nine of their first 11 shots in the second half, extending a 29-28 halftime lead to a 55-33 lead in the opening 7-1/2 minutes after the break. The Eagles hit 58 percent from the floor after halftime and added a 17-for-18 effort from the foul line.
 
"The way we came out in the second half and shot the ball with confidence as the difference," said AU head coach Megan Gebbia. "When Michelle came out and drained those two 15-footers at the start of the half, that took some pressure off us."
 
Crisler, a sophomore reserve, had 11 of her points in the second half.
 
Dumiak, who came one rebound short of a triple-double in her last time out – a victory over Oregon – had eight boards after halftime. The senior point guard finished with five assists and went 8-for-8 at the foul line.
 
AU's defense held the Retrievers to just 28 percent shooting after halftime and a 31 percent mark in the game. The Eagles held a 26-10 edge on the boards in the second half.
 
American now embarks on a stretch of seven straight road games, beginning with a Saturday matchup at Massachusetts at noon. The Eagles return home on Jan. 7, 2015, against Loyola Maryland.