WASHINGTON – Senior Jen Dumiak registered 17 points and nine assists, while sophomore Lauren Crisler added 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds to lead the American University women's basketball team to a 62-50 victory over Loyola Maryland on Wednesday evening.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds dropped to 3-11 and 1-2 in the league.
American pulled away in the first half, using a 15-0 run to stake a 21-4 advantage with 10:47 left in the period. The Eagles, who shot 57.7 percent from the field in the opening half, led by as many as 20 points before going into the locker room with a 34-18 advantage.
AU pushed its lead to 40-22 early in the second half, but Loyola Maryland responded with a 9-0 run that cut the margin to single digits with over 14 minutes to play. However, the Greyhounds never came closer than eight points, despite outscoring American in the second half.
The Eagles outscored the Greyhounds in the paint, 40-18, and held a 33-21 advantage on the boards. American also shot over 54 percent for the game, while Loyola hit just 39 percent of its field goal attempts.
"I think we opened up the game well," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "We were able to play some of our younger players and still feel comfortable enough to keep them in and let them get experience.
"In the second half, Loyola took over a little, shot the ball better. We came out a little complacent and I think it hurt us well into the second half."
The Eagles are back on the road this weekend, traveling to Colgate on Saturday, Jan. 10, for a 4 p.m. contest.