Gebbia, Dumiak and Curtis Earn PL Major Awards

Gebbia, Dumiak and Curtis Earn PL Major Awards

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After claiming the regular-season Patriot League championship, the American University women's basketball team dominated the league's major awards, announced by the league on Tuesday morning.

Senior Jen Dumiak was selected as the PL Player of the Year, senior Shaquilla Curtis was voted the PL Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Megan Gebbia was tabbed the PL Coach of the Year.

Rounding out the group of major award winners was Bucknell's Jacquie Klotz, who was voted the PL Rookie of the Year.

Dumiak, who was also a unanimous first-team all-league selection, is the third Eagle to receive Patriot League Player of the Year honors, while Curtis is the second AU player to garner PL Defensive of the Year honors. Gebbia's PL Coach of the Year award is her first, and the fourth by an American head coach.

A native of Carlsbad, Calif., Dumiak earns the second all-league honor of her career and makes her first appearance on the first team. In her final year with the Eagles, Dumiak has taken over the reins at the point guard position and excelled, averaging 17.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per contest. She is also shooting 51.6 percent from the field and an impressive 92.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Dumiak, who has picked up five Patriot League Player of the Week awards this season, currently ranks second in American history in career assists and sixth in career scoring. She is also on pace to set new single-season and career standards in free throw percentage. 

In her first season as a full-time starter, Curtis became the Eagles' shut-down defender in the backcourt, often drawing the opponents' toughest matchup. The senior from Baltimore, Md., recorded four or more steals on four occasions. She also demonstrated a penchant for hitting the big shot, including forcing overtime against Lehigh with a three-point field goal with less than a second remaining.

Meanwhile, Gebbia has led the Eagles to a 21-8 overall record and 16-2 league mark in her second season at the helm of AU's program. After putting her team through the gauntlet with a challenging non-conference slate, Gebbia has guided American to its third outright regular-season Patriot League title. Additionally, she holds the PL coaching records for best winning percentage in all games (.705) and in Patriot League games only (.833). 

Also earning recognition on Tuesday for American were forwards Arron Zimmerman and Michelle Holmes, who were both voted to the All-Patriot League third team.

Zimmerman, who was also a third-team selection in 2013-14, finished the regular season averaging 9.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. The senior from Wayside, N.J., also led the Eagles in three-point field goals made and total blocks.

Meanwhile, Holmes receives her first all-league accolades after averaging 10.9 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per contest. A junior from Toledo, Ohio, Holmes registered three double-doubles this season and earned her first Patriot League Player of the Week recognition.

American will host its Patriot League quarterfinal on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena. The top-seeded Eagles will take on the winner of Wednesday's first-round match-up between eighth-seed Lafayette and ninth-seed Loyola Maryland.