WASHINGTON – Senior Jen Dumiak scored a game-high 17 points to lead the American University women's basketball team to a 59-49 victory over Navy on Wednesday evening.
With the victory, the Eagles improved to 13-7 overall and 8-1 in the Patriot League, while the Midshipmen dropped to 11-9 overall and 5-4 in the league.
Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles was junior Michelle Holmes, who finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Senior Arron Zimmerman added 10 points, while senior Shaquilla Curtis registered eight points and a game-high five assists.
Dumiak, who also dished out four assists, moved into 10th place on American's career scoring list with her performance, reaching 1,169 career points. She also moved into third place on the Eagles' assist list, now with 399 career assists.
The Eagles led for most of the opening half, pulling out to an 18-10 advantage with 10:25 on the clock. While the Mids went on a 7-0 run to get within one, American pulled away to take a 32-22 advantage at the break.
While AU led throughout the second half, Navy never gave up, staying within striking distance. The Mids came as close as six points with five and a half minutes to play, but were plagued with turnovers down the stretch, as American held on for its eighth league victory of the season.
American shot over 50 percent from the field against Navy, which entered the contest as the league leader in field goal percentage defense. Meanwhile, the Mids had the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles 33-24, including a 12-4 edge on the offensive glass.
"I was proud of how we executed our offense," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "We were a little frantic at the beginning, but we became more patient and got better shots.
"In the second half, it was a game. [Navy] came ready to play. They're a physical team, they rebound well, and we struggled at times guarding the inside on dribble penetration. But I think when push came to shove, we made baskets when we needed to make baskets and we got stops when we needed to get stops."
The Eagles are back in action this Saturday, Jan. 31, for a 2 p.m. game versus Holy Cross. Following the contest, several AU sports teams will host a postgame clinic/autograph session in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.