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February 15, 2014

Women’s Basketball Downs Lafayette, 72-61, on Senior Day; Watch Highlights

Career days from Geleisa George and Michelle Holmes helped lead the American University women's basketball team to a 72-61 victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon in Bender Arena. 

George bested her career mark with 21 points on Senior Day, going 7-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the foul line. Holmes finished with a career-high 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor. Alexis Dobbs added 19 points for the Eagles on 7-of-9 shooting. Dobbs and Abigail Fogg led the team with six rebounds apiece. Jen Dumiak tallied six assists and George posted four steals.

"It's feels really great to get the win for the seniors, I think Geleisa certainly came to play and Alexis has done a better job in the last few games," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "It's just nice that we continue to beat the teams that we feel like we should beat and are doing it as a collective team. It's been different people stepping up and reaching double-figures each game. For Geleisa and Michelle to get their career-highs, it's just a great thing today." 

Lafayette (13-12, 7-7) jumped out to a 6-0 lead before George tallied six unanswered points to knot it up at 8-all at 15:02. A three-point play by Dobbs gave the Eagles its first lead of the game but the Leopards answered with a 9-2 run for a 24-17 lead with 8:30 to go.

Six straight points for Holmes sparked an 11-0 run for American as it went up 28-24 with 5:24 to play before Lafayette was able to tie it up with four straight tallies. Holmes completed a three-point play but Madeline Fahan laid it in as the clock wound down to cut the Eagles' lead to one, 31-30, at the break. 

American (18-7, 11-3) shot 35.1 percent from the floor in the half and went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. The Leopards shot 36.4 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.

The Eagles opened the half with nine unanswered points and a deep trey from Dobbs gave American a 42-34 lead at 16:16. The Eagles went on a 10-0 run for a 52-38 lead, holding Lafayette scoreless for nearly six and a half minutes. Linnel Macklin ended the drought with a triple but Dumiak completed a three-point play to put American back up 55-41 with 8:06 to play. 

The Leopards made it a seven-point game, 63-56, after an 8-2 run and Jamie O'Hare hit a triple to put the score at 67-59 with 2:29 to play. The Eagles closed out the game on a 5-2 run as Dobbs and George went a combined 3-of-4 from the line down the stretch for the 72-61 final score.

Emily Homan and O'Hare led Lafayette with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Danielle Fiacco posted a game-high 14 rebounds to give the Leopards a 44-42 edge on the glass. 

American finished the game shooting 41.2 percent from the floor but went 3-of-17 from 3-point range. Lafayette shot 36.7 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The Eagles are back in Bender Arena to host Boston U. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.

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