HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior Jen Dumiak scored 20 points to lead the American University women's basketball team to a 66-58 road victory over Colgate.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 9-6 overall and took over sole possession of first place in the Patriot League standings with a 4-0 mark.
Dumiak scored a career-best four three-pointers against the Raiders, including a half-court shot to close the opening half to give American a 29-28 advantage at the intermission.
The game remained close through much of the opening half, but American was able to push ahead to a 17-11 lead with 9:42 remaining in the first half. However, Colgate responded with a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes to go up by seven. Still, the Eagles closed out the half strong, capped off by Dumiak's buzzer beater.
The Eagles led for most of the second half, but did not pull away until the final four minutes, when a three-point play by Zimmerman gave AU a 57-51 advantage and the momentum going down the stretch. American pushed its lead to double-digits after back-to-back scores by Jordan Light and Holmes with less than two minutes left to play to secure the win.
For the third time in four Patriot League games this season, the Eagles finished with fewer than 10 turnovers. Meanwhile, American held Colgate to their lowest point total since December.
Josie Stockill led four Raiders in double figures scoring with 18 points, while Randyll Butler registered a double-double for Colgate with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
"It was nice to see our three leading scorers [for the season] finish in double digits, so scoring was somewhat balanced," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "I knew going in that the game was going to be close, because Colgate has been shooting the ball extremely well, and they showed us today that they can do the same thing.
"We got some good looks that we just couldn't finish in the first half, so it was good to see that after Colgate got a little bit of a lead, we came back and went ahead at the half on that shot by Jen. When push came to shove down the stretch, we were able to get the ball in the right hands and were able to score where we needed to score."
The Eagles are back on the road next Wednesday, Jan. 14, when they visit Lehigh in a 7 p.m. contest.
"I'm sure that Lehigh will be ready for us," continued Gebbia. "It's going to be quite a battle for us to find ways to stop their scoring a little bit and for us to be able to score consistently throughout the game. I think that will be one way we'll be able to contest and be in the game with them."