AU Drops 77-64 Decision to Wake Forest

AU Drops 77-64 Decision to Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Senior Jen Dumiak recorded 21 points, but the American University women's basketball team was unable to get past Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Demon Deacons, 77-64.

With the loss, the Eagles finished their non-conference slate with a 5-6 overall record. Meanwhile, the Demon Deacons improved to 8-5 on the season.

Dumiak, who registered her third straight 20-point performance, became the 17th player in program history to reach 1,000 points for her career.

Junior Michelle Holmes added 14 points and a team-best seven rebounds for the Eagles, while senior Arron Zimmerman pitched in 13 points.

Despite jumping out to a 6-0 lead to start the contest, American fell behind as the Eagles were plagued by turnovers in the opening half, recording 13 in the first 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Demon Deacons shot over 53 percent from the field and scored 30 points in the paint en route to a 44-28 lead at the intermission.

American cut the margin to 48-39 early in the second half, but Wake Forest used its opportunities at the foul line to maintain a double-digit lead for most of the period. The Eagles were able to get within eight points with 4:21 remaining, but were unable to get any closer.

Dearica Hamby led the Demon Deacons with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Kelila Atkinson added 12 points, including a 6-of-6 mark at the foul line.

With their non-conference slate completed, the Eagles open Patriot League competition on Wednesday, Dec. 31, when they visit Bucknell for a noon contest.