Eagles Host Boston U. in Midweek Showdown

Eagles Host Boston U. in Midweek Showdown


The American University women's basketball team will attempt to extend its winning streak to seven games, as the Eagles host Boston University on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in a 7 p.m. contest. 

Live Stats:  aueagles.com
Video:  Patriot League Network
Series Records: American leads, 3-2
Last Season: The Eagles won both contests against the Terriers last season, earning a 63-56 victory in Boston on Jan. 22 and claiming a 69-44 win on Feb. 19 in Washington.

Junior Michelle Holmes scored a career-high 23 points to lead American to a 63-44 victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles, who had nine players finish with at least three points, led by as many as 25 points against the Leopards to improve to 6-0 in the Patriot League. Senior Jen Dumiak contributed a balanced effort for American, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds and a career-high 13 assists.

American, which has won eight of its last nine contests, enters Wednesday's game with an 11-6 overall record and 6-0 mark in the Patriot League.

Senior Jen Dumiak averages 16.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Junior Michelle Holmes adds 12.3 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per contest, while senior Arron Zimmerman is averaging 9.3 points per game.

Boston University currently holds a 4-13 overall record and is tied for ninth place in the Patriot League standings with a 1-5 mark. The Terriers, playing without two starters, dropped a 63-53 contest to Loyola Maryland on Saturday.

Meghan Green leads Boston with 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, while Sarah Hope and Mollie McKendrick average 9.7 and 9.4 points per game, respectively.

In the latest Patriot League statistical rankings, American leads the league in assists per game (16.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1), while ranking second in scoring offense (63.5), free throw percentage (.732) and turnover margin (+1.24).

Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak leads the way individually, ranking first in the Patriot League in assists per game (6.9), free throw percentage (.933), assist/turnover ratio (2.8) and minutes per game (38.2).

In Patriot League games only, the Eagles lead the league in scoring margin (+9.5), field goal percentage (.449), rebounding defense (33.0), assists (18.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8).

Boston University currently leads the Patriot League in defensive rebounding percentage (.376) and is tied for first in defensive rebounds (30.2). Individually, Meghan Green ranks third in the league in defensive rebounds (5.9), while Courtney Latham is third in steals per game (1.9).

In Patriot League games only, the Terriers rank second in defensive rebounds (28.2).

With her career-high 13 assists against Lafayette on Saturday, senior Jen Dumiak set a program record for most assists in a single game.

Dumiak now has three 10+ assist performances this season, becoming the first AU player to record at least 10 assists on three separate occasions.

Junior Michelle Holmes has been a force for American in the paint this season, particularly in Patriot League play. Holmes, who is averaging 12.4 points per game and 15.7 points in PL action, has registered three 20+ point performances this year, including a 23-point outing against Lafayette on Saturday.

Holmes is also shooting 55 percent from the field this season, ranking second in the Patriot League and 26th nationally.

Junior Michelle Holmes became the latest AU player to receive Patriot League Player of the Week accolades, earning the award on Jan. 19 for her play in wins over Lehigh and Lafayette.

In the two games, Holmes averaged 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds to help the Eagles remain undefeated in the PL. She also shot nearly 70 percent from the field and hit 6-of-7 free throws.

In an overtime victory at Lehigh, Holmes scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half to help the Eagles overcome a first-half double-digit deficit. In the game, she also dished out a career-high five assists, besting her previous personal-high mark of two assists. Meanwhile, Holmes was American's lone scorer in double figures in a 19-point win over Lafayette, finishing with a career-high 23 points.

Senior Jen Dumiak ranks among the top 15 nationally in three statistical categories, rating fourth in free throw percentage (.933). She also ranks sixth in assists per game (6.9) and 13th nationally in assist/turnover ratio with a mark of 2.79.

Meanwhile, junior Michelle Holmes has moved into the top 30 nationally in field goal percentage, ranking 26th with a mark of .550.

The Eagles are back on the road this Saturday, Jan. 24, as they visit Army in a 3 p.m. contest.