COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Unable to overcome a sluggish start, the American University women's basketball team dropped a 94-50 decision to 14th-ranked Maryland on Friday evening.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3-5 on the season, while the Terrapins improved to 8-2 overall.
Maryland rolled out to a 15-0 lead in the first three minutes before junior Ari Booth put the Eagles on the board with back-to-back three-pointers. The Terps responded with another 15-0 run to extend its advantage before taking a 48-19 lead at the half, as AU shot just 17.9 percent from the field in the opening half and 53.8 percent from the free throw line.
Although American was able to improve offensively after the break, the Eagles could not get closer than 27 points the rest of the way. Senior Jen Dumiak scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the second half, while also finishing with five rebounds and three assists.
For the Terps, four different players finished in double-figures scoring, led by Shatori Walker-Kimbrough with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
"I think this game was a great experience for our team," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "I've been a part of playing top-10 teams before, but they haven't. They have to understand the little things you have to do to be able to even compete with them. I think we'll take a lot of good things away from this game from that standpoint.
"Maryland is just really difficult to guard, because they have all five players who can score in double digits, so you really can't help off of anybody. You have to hope that they miss perimeter shots, and they didn't miss today. They're an impressive team to watch."
The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 17, when they visit Manhattan in a non-conference match-up.