American Holds Off Loyola Maryland, 55-44

American Holds Off Loyola Maryland, 55-44

BALTIMORE, Md. – Overcoming a slow start, the American University women's basketball team picked up a 55-44 victory over Loyola Maryland Wednesday evening in Reitz Arena.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 14-8 overall and 9-2 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds dropped to 6-16 on the season and 4-7 in the league.

Senior Jen Dumiak (16 pts., 12 rebs.) and junior Michelle Holmes (14 pts., 10 rebs.) each posted double-doubles for the second straight game to lead American. Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles was senior Arron Zimmerman with 14 points.

American scored on its first possession of the game with a basket from Holmes, but went scoreless for more than seven minutes to fall into a 10-2 deficit. However, the Eagles were able to battle back and eventually regained the lead with 10 points from Zimmerman in the final 6:20 of the half.

AU outscored Loyola 19-4 over the first 12:30 of the second half to begin to pull away, but the Greyhounds put together a run to cut the margin to 48-42 with 2:03 on the clock. However, the Eagles were able to close out the game with the 11-point victory.

The Eagles outrebounded the Greyhounds, 43-35, and limited Loyola to just 26.2 percent shooting from the field. However, the Greyhounds were able to take advantage of American's 20 turnovers, getting half of their points from the Eagles' miscues.

American is back in action this Saturday, Feb. 7, when it hosts Colgate in a 2 p.m. contest.