LEWISBURG, Pa. – With a strong defensive effort to close out the game, the American University women's basketball team picked up a 60-55 victory over Bucknell Saturday afternoon in the Patriot League opener for both teams.
With the victory, the Eagles improved to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in the league, while the Bison dropped to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the Patriot League.
Senior guard Jen Dumiak scored 16 of her team-high 19 points in the second half, while also registering seven assists and five rebounds. Junior Michelle Holmes added 16 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Jordan Light pitched in 10 points.
In a back-and-forth contest that featured eight ties and 10 lead changes, American earned its largest advantage in the first nine minutes of the game with a 20-12 lead. However, Bucknell went on a 10-0 run, keyed by back-to-back three-pointers, to go on top.
The two teams traded leads for the remainder of the first half, when a three-pointer by Audrey Dotson in the final 10 seconds of the period gave the Bison a 31-30 advantage at the intermission.
Bucknell began to extend its lead in the second half, gaining a 46-41 edge with 12:45 remaining. However, the Eagles responded with a run of their own, scoring eight straight points to regain the lead.
After another short-lived Bucknell lead, the score was tied at 54-54 with five minutes to play. The Eagles' defense stepped up, limiting the Bison to just one point down the stretch. Meanwhile, Dumiak scored six points for AU, including all four free throw attempts.
Bucknell was 6-of-12 from beyond the arc in the opening half, but knocked down just one of its nine long-range attempts after the intermission. Meanwhile, American hit 4-of-8 three-pointers in the second half, with Dumiak and Light each knocking down a pair.
The Eagles now conclude their seven-game road stretch on Saturday, Jan. 3, when they visit PL foe Holy Cross in a 2 p.m. contest.