American Cruises to 74-58 Victory Over Lafayette

American Cruises to 74-58 Victory Over Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. – Again led by its senior class, the American University women's basketball team picked up a 74-58 win over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.  

The Eagles moved to 17-8 overall and 12-2 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Leopards dropped to 12-13 overall and 5-9 in the league.

Senior Arron Zimmerman scored a team-high 16 points in just 16 minutes of action, shooting 6-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Senior guard Jen Dumiak added 15 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while classmate Shaquilla Curtis also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

An early 13-1 run, sparked by three-point shooting, gave American a 21-8 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half, and the Eagles kept their lead in double figures for the remainder of the period.

Hot shooting early in the second half helped American push its lead to 26 points with just over 10 minutes to play, as the Leopards scored just two field goals in that period. Lafayette began to battle back against the Eagles' reserves, making the most of its time at the foul line, but American's early margin was too much to overcome.

The Eagles, who shot 47 percent from the field, held a 44-37 advantage on the boards, and dished out 22 assists with just 12 turnovers. American also scored a season-high nine three-pointers, including three by junior Ari Booth.

Emily Homan registered 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Lafayette, while Jamie O'Hare pitched in 14 points.

The Eagles return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 18, with a 7 p.m. contest at Boston University.