BOSTON – Senior guard Jen Dumiak registered 23 points and seven assists to lead the American University women's basketball team to a 58-50 victory over Boston University Wednesday evening in Case Gym.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 18-8 overall and 13-2 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers dropped to 5-21 overall and 2-13 in the league.
The Eagles got out to a quick 7-0 start, but the Terriers were able to hang around for most of the first period. After BU cut American's lead to 24-21 with just under six minutes remaining in the opening half, the Eagles closed out the stanza on an 8-0 run that included six straight points from Dumiak.
After the intermission, American led by as many as 14 points, but BU continued to battle. Led by a strong effort from Troi Melton, who scored 16 of her team-leading 23 points in the second half, the Terriers closed to within seven points at the 4:30 mark. Dumiak responded with a three-pointer to end BU's rally as American held on for the win.
American held a 35-31 advantage on the boards, but was outshot by BU from the field. The Eagles also struggled at the charity stripe, connecting on just 6-of-12 free throw attempts.
AU is back at home this Saturday, Feb. 21, for a crucial Patriot League match-up versus second-place Army. The game is slated to tip off at 1 p.m. in Bender Arena.