Eagles Host Lehigh in Mid-Week Contest

Eagles Host Lehigh in Mid-Week Contest


The American University women's basketball team concludes its two-game homestand on Wednesday as it hosts Lehigh at 7 p.m.

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Series Records: American leads, 23-12

Wednesday night's contest against Lehigh is being promoted as the Eagles' annual Play 4Kay game. The Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $3.8 million to support women's cancer research.

The Eagles started out on an 11-0 run and never looked back in a 75-46 victory over Colgate on Saturday afternoon.

American had a complete team effort against the Raiders, with all 11 Eagles playing at least 10 minutes. Junior Michelle Holmes scored her third straight double-double, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes of action, while senior Jen Dumiak added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Eagles committed just four turnovers in the game and held a 47-35 advantage on the boards, while also holding Colgate to just 21.7 percent shooting from the field, the lowest by an AU opponent this season.

American enters Wednesday's game with a 15-8 overall record and remains in first place in the Patriot League standings with a 10-2 mark in conference play.

Senior Jen Dumiak averages 17.0 points, 6.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Junior Michelle Holmes adds 12.0 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest, while senior Arron Zimmerman is averaging 9.7 points per game.

Lehigh owns a 16-6 overall record and sits in third place in the Patriot League standings with an 8-4 conference ledger. The Mountain Hawks are coming off a 75-61 victory over Loyola Maryland.

Sophomore Lexi Martins leads Lehigh with 15.6 points and a league-leading 11.1 rebounds per contest. Kerry Kinek adds 12.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while Katie O'Reilly adds 11.6 points per contest.

Senior Shaquilla Curtis scored five points in the final 65 seconds of regulation, including a game-tying three-pointer with 0.8 seconds on the clock, to help lead American to a 75-73 overtime victory over Lehigh on Jan. 14 in Bethlehem.

The Eagles, who trailed by as many as 14 points in the opening half, used the rally by Curtis to send the game into overtime and led throughout the extra period.

Senior Jen Dumiak finished with 22 points and nine assists, scoring five of AU's eight points in overtime, while Curtis scored a career-high 16 points. Junior Michelle Holmes pitched in 15 points for the Eagles, with 12 of them coming in the second half.

Katie O'Reilly finished with 19 points to lead Lehigh, while Kerry Kinek added 18 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out of the game in overtime.

In the latest Patriot League statistical rankings, American leads the league in free throw percentage (.741), assists per game (15.7) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1), while ranking second in scoring offense (63.7), field goal percentage (.441) and turnover margin (+1.0).

Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak leads the way individually, ranking first in the Patriot League in assists per game (6.2), free throw percentage (.925) and assist/turnover ratio (2.6), while Michelle Holmes is second in field goal percentage (.533) and steals per game (1.8).

In Patriot League games only, the Eagles lead the league in scoring margin (+10.2), field goal percentage (.447),  field goal percentage defense (.365), rebounding defense (32.8), assists (16.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4).

Lehigh currently leads the Patriot League in scoring offense (71.8) and field goal percentage (.442), while ranking second in scoring margin (+6.8), three-point field goal percentage (.332), rebounding offense (41.6), rebounding margin (+7.0) and defensive rebounds per game (29.1). Individually, Lexi Martins leads the league in rebounds (11.1) and defensive rebounds per game (8.3).

In Patriot League games only, the Mountain Hawks lead the conference in scoring offense (68.8), rebounding offense (42.3), defensive rebounds per game (29.2) and defensive rebounding percentage (.723).

Against Colgate on Saturday, American had its lowest turnover total of the season, finishing with just four turnovers. It marked the third time this season that the Eagles have committed fewer than 10 turnovers; American recorded just seven turnovers against Bucknell on Dec. 31 and eight at Holy Cross on Jan. 3.

With 13 points and 11 rebounds against Colgate on Saturday, junior Michelle Holmes recorded her third straight double-double, becoming the first Eagle known to perform that feat.

Holmes began her double-double streak on Jan. 31, when she recorded the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Holy Cross. She also posted 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Loyola Maryland on Feb. 4.

Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak also recorded double-doubles against Holy Cross and Loyola Maryland. Dumiak, who now has five double-doubles this season, tallied 30 points and 11 rebounds against the Crusaders, while finishing 16 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds versus the Greyhounds.

The Eagles have done an outstanding job of defending Bender Arena this season, particularly in Patriot League play. In six league games at home, American has limited its opponents to 50.2 points per contest, with just one scoring over 50 points. Additionally, in the Eagles' five home PL victories, AU's opponents are shooting just 31.4 percent from the field.

Freshman Kate Bond had a breakout performance against Colgate on Saturday, more than doubling her total offensive output for the season with a career-best eight points. Bond, who entered the game with five total points in six games this season, knocked down a pair of three-pointers against the Raiders and converted the first two free throw attempts of her career. She also recorded a pair of rebounds and a steal in just 10 minutes of action.

Senior Jen Dumiak ranks among the top 20 nationally in three statistical categories, rating third in free throw percentage (.925). She also ranks 16th in assists per game (6.2) and 17th in assist/turnover ratio (2.55). Meanwhile, junior Michelle Holmes ranks 30th nationally in field goal percentage with a mark of .533.

As a team, the Eagles rank in the top 40 in several categories, including field goal percentage (.441) and assist/turnover ratio, where they rate 31st and 33rd, respectively. American is also ranked 36th in free throw percentage (.741),  and 37th in assists per game (15.7).

Junior Michelle Holmes was selected as the GEICO AU Student-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 9 after her performance in a pair of Patriot League victories. Holmes finished with a pair of double-doubles for the week, averaging 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two AU wins, while shooting 58.8 percent from the field.

In a 55-44 victory at Loyola Maryland, Holmes finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on a career-best 6-of-9 free throw attempts. Meanwhile, she helped lead a balanced effort in a 75-46 win over Colgate on Saturday, registering 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists against the Raiders in just 23 minutes of action. 

The Eagles play their next two games on the road, beginning with a 2 p.m. contest at Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 14.