American Falls to 18th-Ranked Iowa in NCAA First Round

American Falls to 18th-Ranked Iowa in NCAA First Round


IOWA CITY, Iowa – In its first NCAA Tournament appearance, the 14th-seed American University women's basketball team was unable to get past third-seed Iowa in the opening round, falling to the host Hawkeyes, 75-67, on Friday afternoon.

Senior Jen Dumiak led the Eagles with 23 points and nine assists, while senior Arron Zimmerman and junior Ari Booth both added 17 points. Zimmerman and Booth both posted career highs with five made three-pointers, while Booth's scoring output was also a personal best.

Iowa got out to a quick 6-0 lead, but the Eagles began to settle down, going on a 14-4 run to take the lead with 12:25 remaining in the first half. Led by hot three-point shooting from Zimmerman and Booth, American held a 24-19 advantage with nine minutes left in the period and were still up 34-30 with 2:25 on the clock, but the Hawkeyes came back to tie the game at 36-36 going into the intermission.

After the break, Iowa came out on fire, opening the second half on a 15-6 run, eventually pushing its advantage to double digits with 10 minutes left to play.

While the Hawkeyes increased their lead to 67-54 with just under six minutes remaining, American battled back again, cutting the margin to 69-64 with a three-pointer from Zimmerman. However, the Eagles were unable to get their shots to fall down the stretch, as Iowa closed out the game with the 75-67 victory.

American shot over 48 percent from the field and over 54 percent from long range in the opening half, but cooled off in the second half, shooting 39 percent. Meanwhile, Iowa shot 54 percent after the intermission and was 5-of-7 from long range.

All five starters finished in double figures for Iowa, led by Ally Disterhoff with 18 points. Additionally, Samantha Logic added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Hawkeyes.

The Eagles conclude their season with a 24-9 overall record, setting the program record for most wins in a single season.

Meanwhile, Dumiak finishes her career as the fourth-leading scorer in program history (1,399) and ranks second in career assists (478), while becoming the first player in program history to record 200 assists in a single season.

"I'm so proud of this team—they've never been here before," said American head coach Megan Gebbia. "They have never played in front of so many fans before, cheering against them, and yet throughout the entire game, they fought. I think that this group represented American University extremely well and the Patriot League extremely well.

"Iowa is a terrific team. They just shot better than we did, which, credit to them, playing on their home court, they were ready for the tournament. But I'm just so proud of this team because they were able to keep it close the entire way."