WASHINGTON – With a balanced offensive effort, the American University women's basketball team cruised to a 75-46 victory over Colgate on Saturday afternoon in Bender Arena.
The Eagles improved to 15-8 overall and 10-2 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Raiders dropped to 4-19 and 3-9 in the league.
American began the game on an 11-0 run and never looked back, as Colgate never got closer than seven points. After taking a 41-22 lead at the half, the Eagles continued to extend their lead after the break en route to their second-largest victory of the season.
Junior Michelle Holmes registered her third straight double-double, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes of action. Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak added 13 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Eagles.
All 11 players who dressed for American played at least 10 minutes, with everyone getting on the scoreboard. Freshman Kate Bond scored eight points off the bench for the Eagles, more than doubling her offensive output for the season, while classmate Emily Kinneston added eight points and six rebounds in her second career start.
"The start helped us a ton," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "I think once you get up on teams a little bit and you're the number one team in the conference, it's a momentum thing for us, and a momentum killer for them."
The Eagles held Colgate to just 21.7 percent shooting, the lowest by an AU opponent this season. American also dished out 21 assists with just four turnovers and held a 47-35 advantage on the boards.
"We had a lot of players with a lot of assists today—everybody is looking for the cutters to the basket or trying to find the open person," said Gebbia.
"When you play with confidence and you don't play rushed and you're able to handle pressure, it helps. We've stressed trying to get 18+ assists every game, and when we do that, we seem to win ball games."
American is back on home this Wednesday, Feb. 11, when they host Lehigh in a critical Patriot League match-up.