The American University women's basketball team closes out the first half of its Patriot League scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 27, when it hosts Navy. Tip-off for the game, which is being televised by American Sports Network (ASN), is 8 p.m. For a complete list of stations that will be carrying the game, click here.
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TV: American Sports Network - Leah Secondo (play-by-play), Emmett Davis (color)
Series Records: American leads, 24-20
Last Season: The Eagles split its regular-season games against the Midshipmen last year, dropping a 48-44 decision in Annapolis on Jan. 29, while earning a 63-50 win in Washington on Feb. 26.
LAST TIME OUT...
American's seven-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday, as the Eagles fell to Army, 68-60, at West Point. AU cut a 12-point deficit to three, but the Black Knights were able to convert nine-of-10 free throws in the final 2:30 to secure the victory.
Senior guard Jen Dumiak finished with 19 points to lead the Eagles, while classmate Arron Zimmerman added a season-high 16 points. Also scoring in double figures for American was junior Michelle Holmes, who registered 15 points and nine rebounds.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES...
American owns a 12-7 overall record on the season and sit atop the Patriot League standings with a 7-1 mark in conference play.
Senior Jen Dumiak averages 16.6 points, 6.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Junior Michelle Holmes adds 11.9 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per contest, while senior Arron Zimmerman is averaging 9.7 points per game.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN...
Navy enters Tuesday's game with an 11-8 overall record and is in a four-way tie for second place in the Patriot League standings with a 5-3 mark. The Mids are coming off a 60-44 home loss to Holy Cross on Saturday.
Freshman Taylor Dunham leads Navy with 10.4 points per game, while Chloe Stapleton is second on the team with 10.4 points per contest. Sarah Reilly, who averages 6.7 points per game, leads the Midshipmen with 5.9 rebounds per game.
HOW WE RATE...
In the latest Patriot League statistical rankings, American leads the league in free throw percentage (.742), assists per game (15.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1), while ranking second in scoring offense (63.9) and turnover margin (+1.0).
Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak leads the way individually, ranking first in the Patriot League in assists per game (6.5), free throw percentage (.931) and assist/turnover ratio (2.7).
In Patriot League games only, the Eagles lead the league in scoring offense (66.9), scoring margin (+9.9), field goal percentage (.450), rebounding defense (32.4), assists (17.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5).
HOW THEY RATE...
Navy currently leads the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage defense (.257), steals per game (10.0) and three-point field goals made per game (7.5), while ranking second in scoring defense (56.4), field goal percentage defense (.362) and offensive rebounds (14.0) per game.
In Patriot League games only, the Midshipmen rank first in scoring defense (52.9), field goal percentage defense (.344), three-point field goal percentage defense (.259), steals (9.0) and three-point field goals made (6.1).
COLD FROM DOWNTOWN...
While American and Army are two of the top three-point shooting teams in the Patriot League, they struggled from beyond the arc in Saturday's contest. The two teams combined for a meagre 2-of-22 from long range, with each squad knocking down just one three-pointer in the game.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE...
Although American and Army both shot poorly from three-point range on Saturday, they were outstanding at the foul line, with each team connecting on over 85 percent of its shots.
Army in particular took advantage of strong shooting at the stripe, connecting on 23-of-26 foul shots (.885), including 16-of-17 in the second half alone.
DEFENDING THE HOME COURT...
While the Eagles began the season with an 0-3 record in Bender Arena (falling to three teams with a combined 50-4 record this year), American's last four games at home have been resounding victories. The Eagles have averaged 69.3 points per game in those contests, while only allowing 47.5 points per game.
Over the past two games in Bender Arena, the Eagles have given up the fewest points this season, with Lafayette scoring just 44 points and Boston University scoring 45 points.
Senior Jen Dumiak ranks among the top 15 nationally in three statistical categories, rating third in free throw percentage (.931). She also ranks 13th in assists per game (6.5) and 15th nationally in assist/turnover ratio with a mark of 2.67.
Meanwhile, junior Michelle Holmes has moved into the top 50 nationally in field goal percentage, ranking 32nd with a mark of .537.
MOVING UP IN THE RECORD BOOKS...
Finishing with nine assists at Colgate, senior guard Jen Dumiak moved into fourth place in American's record books for career assists. She now has 395 assists for her career and needs just one more to move into a tie for third place.
JEN REACHES 1,000...
With 21 points in the Eagles' contest at Wake Forest, senior guard Jen Dumiak became the 17th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for her career. Now with 1,152 points, Dumiak ranks 11th all-time at AU in career scoring and needs just 12 more points to break into the top 10.
The Eagles are back in action this Saturday, Jan. 31, as they host Holy Cross to kick off the second half of league play. Following the game, which is slated to tip at 2 p.m., American's female varsity sports teams will host a free clinic in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.