AU Defeats Navy, 60-53, to Advance to PL Championship Game

AU Defeats Navy, 60-53, to Advance to PL Championship Game

WASHINGTON – Senior Jen Dumiak finished with 16 points, while junior Michelle Holmes added 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the top-seeded American University women's basketball team to a 60-53 victory over fifth-seed Navy in a Patriot League semifinal on Monday evening.

Also scoring in double figures for American was senior Arron Zimmerman with 11 points.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 23-8 on the season and will advance to the Patriot League Championship game, to be played Saturday at 6 p.m. in Bender Arena against sixth-seed Lehigh. American, which will host the Patriot League Championship for the first time, will make its fifth appearance in the PL title game and its first since 2011.

American got out to a hot start, taking a 14-2 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Mids began to battle back, eventually getting within one point with 2:31 remaining in the opening period, but the Eagles went into the locker room with a 30-25 advantage.

Navy's Sarita Condie hit back-to-back three-pointers to open the second half, giving the Mids their first lead of the game. It was short-lived however, as a basket from freshman Emily Kinneston sparked a 10-2 American run, pushing the Eagles' lead to nine points.

The Midshipmen (17-14) got back within three points with another pair of treys by Condie, but the Eagles were able to push the margin back to double-digits with less than five minutes on the clock.

Condie finished with 20 points to lead Navy, while Ashanti Kennedy added 15 points. The Mids had a slight advantage on the boards, with a 29-27 edge, but dominated the offensive glass in the opening period with 11 offensive rebounds.

The Eagles shot over 53 percent for the game, including a blistering 56.5 percent in the opening half, but were just 3-of-13 from long range.

"This group has been fighters all year and Navy put up a terrific fight today," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "[Navy] actually took the lead in the second half, and we fought back and retook the lead, and went up 10, 11. They fought back—we came back. That's what this group has done all year, and I'm really proud of them."

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