AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Jen Dumiak tallied a career-high 24 points and junior Michelle Holmes added 12 points, but the American University women's basketball team was unable to get past Massachusetts on Saturday, dropping a 71-61 decision on the road.
The Eagles dropped to 3-4 on the season with the loss, while the Minutewomen improved to 4-4.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, featuring two es and five lead changes. However, Cierra Dillard knocked down a three-pointer for the Minutewomen to give Massachusetts a 26-24 lead at the break.
After the intermission, UMass pulled away, never letting AU closer than one point. Massachusetts, which shot 53.3 percent in the second half, led by as many as 16 points with under four minutes to play. While the Eagles cut their deficit to single-digits in the final minute of action, the Minutewomen closed out the game with a 10-point victory.
Kim Pierre-Louis led UMass with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Dillard pitched in 18 points.
American was perfect from the free throw line, converting on 13-of-13 attempts, while UMass made just 14-of-24 shots from the charity stripe. The Minutewomen had a significant advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles 40-23.
The Eagles return to action on Friday, Dec. 12, when they visit 15th-ranked Maryland in a 7 p.m. contest.