AU Hosts Army in Key PL Showdown

AU Hosts Army in Key PL Showdown


The American University women's basketball team hosts second-place Army in a crucial Patriot League showdown this Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.

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Series Records: American leads, 17-14

Senior Jen Dumiak registered 23 points and seven assists to lead American to a 58-50 road win over Boston University on Wednesday evening. 

Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles was junior Ari Booth with 10 points, while classmate Michelle Holmes finished with nine points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds.

Although the Eagles led throughout, the Terriers were able to keep it close, outshooting American in the game. AU also struggled at the free throw line for the second straight game, connecting on just 6-of-12 foul shots.

American enters this weekend's contest with an 18-8 overall record and a 13-2 mark in conference play. The Eagles, who sit in first place in the league standings, have already clinched one of the top two seeds for the Patriot League Tournament.

Senior Jen Dumiak averages 17.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Junior Michelle Holmes adds 11.3 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per contest, while senior Arron Zimmerman is averaging 10.2 points per game.

Army currently holds a 20-5 overall record on the season and a 12-3 ledger in league action. The Black Knights, who sit in second place in the Patriot League standings, are coming off a 48-47 home win over Colgate.

Junior Kelsey Minato leads Army with a league-best 22.4 points per game, while Olivia Schretzman adds 10.1 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per contest.

This weekend's contest will have a significant impact on the league standings, with the winner having the inside track to the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament.

Although neither team can clinch first place on Saturday, a win by American would give the Eagles a two-game lead over Army in the league standings with two games remaining. Meanwhile, an Army win would result in a tie between the two teams, with the Black Knights holding the tiebreaker.

The Eagles trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half before falling to Army, 68-60, at West Point on Jan. 24. Although American led through most of the first half, the Black Knights took the lead with a buzzer beater to close out the period.

Senior Jen Dumiak finished with 19 points to lead the Eagles, while classmate Arron Zimmerman added 16 points. Also scoring in double figures for American was junior Michelle Holmes with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 26 points to pace Army, while Aimee Oertner added 17 points and eight rebounds. Olivia Schretzman also scored in double figures for the Black Knights, scoring nine of her 12 points at the charity stripe in the final 2:20 to ice the win for Army.

In the latest Patriot League statistical rankings, American leads the league in field goal percentage (.443), assists per game (15.9) and assist/turnover ratio (1.2), while ranking second in scoring offense (64.3) and three-point field goal percentage (.332)

Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak leads the way individually, ranking first in the Patriot League in assists per game (6.5), free throw percentage (.927) and assist/turnover ratio (2.7), while also ranking second in field goal percentage (.516).

In Patriot League games only, the Eagles lead the league in scoring margin (+10.5), field goal percentage (.450), assists (16.9) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5).

Army currently leads the Patriot League in scoring defense (52.7), scoring margin (+9.2), three-point field goal percentage (.369), rebounding defense (31.9) and turnover margin (+3.28), while ranking second in assist/turnover ratio (1.0). In PL games only, Army ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (.378) and turnover margin (+4.0).

Individually, Kelsey Minato leads the league in scoring (22.4), three-point field goal percentage (.411) and three-point field goals made per game (2.6), while ranking second in free throw percentage (.902). Additionally, Aimee Oertner ranks first in the league in field goal percentage (.529).

With her 23 points at Boston University on Wednesday, senior Jen Dumiak moved into AU's top 10 for most points in a single season, ranking ninth with 451 points this year.

Dumiak already ranks third on the Eagles' single-season assist list with 170. American Hall of Famer Jody Thornton holds the top two spots on the list, including the record of 197 assists, set in 1986-87.

Senior Jen Dumiak ranks among the top 15 nationally in three statistical categories, rating third in free throw percentage (.927). She also ranks 10th in assist/turnover ratio (2.74) and 12th in assists per game (6.5). Meanwhile, she also ranks 36th nationally in field goal percentage with a mark of .516.

As a team, the Eagles rank in the top 40 in several categories, including assist/turnover ratio (1.14), where they rate 24th. American is also ranked 30th in field goal percentage (.443), 31st in assists per game (15.9) and 37th in turnovers per game (13.8).

The Eagles play their final road game of the regular season next Wednesday, Feb. 25, when they visit Navy in a 7 p.m. contest.