American Takes on Bucknell in Regular-Season Finale

American Takes on Bucknell in Regular-Season Finale


The American University women's basketball team closes out the regular season this Saturday, Feb. 28, when it hosts Bucknell at 4 p.m. 

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Series Records: American leads, 22-12

Prior to Saturday's contest, the Eagles will hold a brief ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of American's three seniors­—Shaquilla Curtis, Jen Dumiak and Arron Zimmerman.

In a low-scoring game for both teams, senior guard Jen Dumiak carried American to a 41-29 win over Navy on Wednesday evening in Annapolis. Dumiak finished with 22 points to lead the Eagles, who clinched the regular-season Patriot League title with the victory.

The Mids were held to just 20 percent shooting from the field, as they attempted more three-point field goals (28) than two-point field goals (23). Meanwhile, the Eagles shot just over 35 percent from the field, buoyed by Dumiak's 7-of-10 performance.

American enters Saturday's game with a 20-8 overall record and a 15-2 mark in conference play. The Eagles have clinched first place in the Patriot League standings and will host a PL quarterfinal next Friday evening.

Senior Jen Dumiak averages 17.1 points, 6.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Junior Michelle Holmes adds 11.0 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest, while senior Arron Zimmerman is averaging 9.7 points per game.

Bucknell has compiled an 18-10 overall record on the season and a 10-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison, who are currently tied for third place in the league standings, are coming off a 69-61 victory over Lehigh.

Audrey Dotson leads Bucknell with 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while Claire DeBoer adds 11.3 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per contest.

With a strong defensive effort to close out the second half, American picked up a 60-55 victory over Bucknell in Lewisburg on Dec. 31.

Senior guard Jen Dumiak scored 16 of her team-high 19 points in the second half, while also registering seven assists and five rebounds. Junior Michelle Holmes added 16 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Jordan Light pitched in 10 points.

In a game that featured eight ties and 10 lead changes, the score was knotted at 54-54 with five minutes remaining. However, the Eagles made a stand down the stretch, limiting the Bison to just one point, to secure the victory.

Audrey Dotson was the top performer for Bucknell, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds.

In the latest Patriot League statistical rankings, American leads the league in field goal percentage (.437), assists per game (15.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.1), while ranking second in scoring offense (62.8), scoring margin (+5.0) and three-point field goal percentage (.324). 

Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak leads the way individually, ranking first in the Patriot League in assists per game (6.3), free throw percentage (.932) and assist/turnover ratio (2.6), while ranking second in scoring (17.1), field goal percentage (.512) and minutes played per game (37.9).

In Patriot League games only, the Eagles lead the league in scoring margin (+10.1), field goal percentage (.440), field goal percentage defense (.356), three-point field goal percentage defense (.255), assists per game (16.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.4).

Bucknell currently leads the Patriot League in free throw percentage (.742), field goal percentage defense (.349), rebounding margin (+8.2), defensive rebounds (29.1) and defensive rebounding percentage (.730), while ranking second in rebounding offense (40.9) and rebounding defense (32.7). Individually, Audrey Dotson leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.416)

In PL games only, Bucknell ranks first in rebounding defense (31.9), rebounding margin (+6.6), defensive rebounds (27.4) and defensive rebounding percentage (.725).

With its victory over Navy on Wednesday, American captured its 20th win of the season. It marks the eighth time in program history that the Eagles have reached 20 wins and the fifth in the last six seasons.

Additionally, American guaranteed itself a postseason appearance by clinching the regular-season Patriot League championship. The Eagles have advanced to the postseason on five previous occasions, playing in the WNIT in 1998, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Jen Dumiak has been chosen to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I women's basketball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Dumiak, who is currently pursuing her master's degree in mathematics, was voted to the five-member first team. All 349 NCAA Division I institutions sponsoring women's basketball are eligible for this award.

She is the third player in program history to receive Academic All-America accolades and the first since Kate Miller, a second-team selection in 2000. Mary Klima was the first AU women's basketball player to earn Academic All-America honors as a first-team selection in 1998.

Dumiak, who currently holds a 4.0 GPA in her master's program, earned her bachelor's degree in just three years, compiling a 3.95 GPA as a mathematics & economics major. In addition to her impressive academic credentials, she has been a leader for the Eagles on the court this season as well.

A native of Carlsbad, Calif., Dumiak has led American to its third regular-season Patriot League title in program history, averaging 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game.

Defense was the name of the game in American's last two contests, both against service academies. In the fight for first place between American and Army last Saturday, the Eagles were held to below 50 points for the first time this season, finishing with 45. Additionally, American allowed just 42 points by the Black Knights, which was then the lowest scoring output by an AU opponent this year.

AU's contest at Navy featured even fewer points, with the two teams combining for just 70 points total. In addition to American scoring a season-low 41 points, the Eagles held the Mids to just 29 points, marking the lowest point total allowed in program history.

Senior Jen Dumiak ranks among the top 15 nationally in three statistical categories, rating second in free throw percentage (.932). She also ranks 13th in assist/turnover ratio (2.59) and 14th in assists per game (6.3). Meanwhile, she also ranks 42nd nationally in field goal percentage with a mark of .512.

As a team, the Eagles rank in the top 50 in several categories, including assist/turnover ratio (1.13), where they rate 29th. American is also ranked 34th in turnovers per game (13.7), 37th in field goal percentage (.437), 44th in assists per game (15.5) and 48th in scoring defense (.578).

As the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament, the Eagles get a first-round bye and will host a quarterfinal on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. American will face the winner of the first-round match-up between the eighth and ninth seeds.