AU’s Second-Half Rally Falls Short at Army

AU’s Second-Half Rally Falls Short at Army

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Unable to overcome a 12-point second-half deficit, the American University women's basketball team dropped a 68-60 decision to Army on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. 

With the loss, the Eagles fell to 12-7 overall and 7-1 in the Patriot League, while the Black Knights improved to 13-5 overall and 5-3 in the league.

Senior Jen Dumiak finished with 19 points to lead American, while senior Arron Zimmerman added a season-high 16 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles was junior Michelle Holmes with 15 points and a team-leading nine rebounds.

American's largest deficit came with 5:13 to play, trailing 55-43. The Eagles responded with a 9-0 run, sparked by Dumiak, to get within three with 3:16 remaining, but Army scored 11 of its last 13 points at the free throw line to stay ahead.

The Eagles led throughout the first half, up by as many as seven points, but the Black Knights came back to tie the contest late in the period. Army grabbed its first lead of the game with a basket in the final seconds of the half to go into the locker room with a 27-25 advantage.

Kelsey Minato led Army with 26 points, while Aimee Oertner added 17 points and eight rebounds. Olivia Schretzman also scored in double figures for the Black Knights, scoring nine of her 12 points at the charity stripe in the final 2:20.

The Eagles return home on Tuesday, Jan. 27, as they host Navy in an 8 p.m. contest. The game is slated to be broadcast by the American Sports Network (ASN).