WASHINGTON – Despite a career-high 30 points from senior guard Jen Dumiak, the American University women's basketball team was unable to get past Holy Cross on Saturday, dropping a 67-61 decision in Bender Arena.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 13-8 overall on the season and 8-2 in the Patriot League, while the Crusaders improved to 9-14 overall and 5-5 in the league.
Dumiak, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, posted her fourth double-double of the season. Meanwhile, junior Michelle Holmes registered her first career double-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Eagles never led against the Crusaders, who shot over 51 percent from the field for the game. Holy Cross went into the locker room with a 29-22 advantage after leading by as many as 13 points in the first half.
After the break, American began to chip away at the lead, but the Eagles were never able to get closer than two points, as Holy Cross had an answer for every AU run.
With 30 seconds left on the clock, Dumiak drained a three-pointer to cut the Crusaders' advantage to 63-61. However, American was unable to score again, and Holy Cross hit its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
In addition to shooting poorly from the field, particularly in the first half, American struggled at the foul line, hitting just 13-of-21 free throw attempts.
For Holy Cross, Raquel Scott led all scorers with 31 points, including three-of-five from beyond the arc, while Lisa Mifsud added 15 points.
"You can't expect to come out and win games if you don't play for 20 minutes, and we just really weren't there in the first 20 minutes," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "But I'm proud of Jen, because she didn't give up and hit some shots that she needed to hit.
"I think this game will help us in understanding how to play when the target's on your back. I don't think we've been able to do that well this year, so the loss is good in the sense that it will get us back working hard in practice."
The Eagles return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 4, when they visit Loyola Maryland for a 7 p.m. contest.