Eagles Host Navy in PL Semifinal

Eagles Host Navy in PL Semifinal


The American University women's basketball team continues action in the 2015 Patriot League Tournament on Monday, March 9, with a semifinal match-up versus Navy. The top-seeded Eagles will face the fifth-seeded Midshipmen at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased 24/7 at AUeagles.com/Tickets. Prices, set by the Patriot League, are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth under 13. Fans can also call (202) 885-TIXX or visit the Bender Arena Box Office beginning at 9 a.m on Monday. 


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Series Records: American leads, 26-20

With its highest scoring output of the season, American moved past Lafayette, earning a 79-56 victory in its Patriot League quarterfinal on Friday evening. The Eagles, who led by as many as 31 points, began the second half with a 19-2 run to pull away from the eighth-seeded Leopards.

Senior Arron Zimmerman led the Eagles with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Michelle Holmes and Shaquilla Curtis added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

American, which has won nine straight contests, enters Monday's game with a 22-8 overall record. The Eagles earned the top seed in the tournament after claiming the Patriot League regular-season championship with a 16-2 mark in league action.

Senior Jen Dumiak, the Patriot League Player of the Year, averages 16.7 points, 6.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game to lead the Eagles. Third-team All-Patriot League selections Michelle Holmes and Arron Zimmerman add 11.0 and 9.9 points per game, respectively, while Holmes also averages a team-high 6.6 rebounds per contest.

American also boasts the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in senior Shaquilla Curtis. In addition to her status as the Eagles' top defender, Curtis averages 7.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Navy has compiled a 17-13 overall record on the season and finished tied for fourth place in the Patriot League standings with a 10-8 ledger in league play. As the fifth seed in this year's tournament, the Mids earned a 60-49 quarterfinal victory over fourth-seed Bucknell on Friday night.

Patriot League All-Rookie selection Taylor Dunham leads Navy's balanced offense with 9.0 points per game, as Navy has 10 players who average at least 4.5 points per game.

American swept both contests against Navy this season, defeating the Midshipmen, 59-49, in Washington on Jan. 27, while earning a 41-29 victory in Annapolis on Feb. 25.

In the Eagles' home win, senior Jen Dumiak led the way with 17 points, while junior Michelle Holmes and senior Arron Zimmerman added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Dumiak carried the Eagles to victory at the Academy, finishing with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and an 8-of-8 performance from the foul line.

In the latest Patriot League statistical rankings, American leads the league in field goal percentage (.440), assists per game (15.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.2), while ranking second in scoring offense (63.4), scoring margin (+5.8), free throw percentage (.727) and three-point field goal percentage (.328).

Meanwhile, senior Jen Dumiak leads the way individually, ranking first in the Patriot League in assists per game (6.2), free throw percentage (.920) and assist/turnover ratio (2.5).

Navy currently leads the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage defense (.258), steals per game (9.3) and three-point field goals made per game (7.3), while ranking second in scoring defense (54.1) and field goal percentage defense (.367).

Individually, Justice Swett ranks second in steals per game (1.9), while Chloe Stapleton is third in three-point field goals made per game (1.9).

In American's quarterfinal game against Lafayette, the Eagles had a balanced offensive output, with all 11 dressed players making their way into the scorebook. It marked the second time this season that all 11 players finished with at least two points­­­—the first came on Feb. 7, during American's home contest versus Colgate.

With her performance on Friday, senior Jen Dumiak moved into the top five in career scoring at American with 1,336 points. She already ranks second in career assists at AU with 458.

Dumiak is the only player in program history to rank in the top five in both points and assists and one of four to rank in the top 10 in both categories.

In its win over Lafayette on Friday, the Eagles matched a season low with just four turnovers. American also finished with four turnovers in its home victory over Colgate on Feb. 7. For the season, the Eagles have committed fewer than 10 turnovers in six games.

Senior Jen Dumiak ranks among the top 15 nationally in three statistical categories, rating fourth in free throw percentage (.920). She also ranks 14th in assist/turnover ratio (2.55) and 15th in assists per game (6.2). Meanwhile, she also ranks 42nd nationally in field goal percentage with a mark of .51.

As a team, the Eagles rank in the top 50 in several categories, including assist/turnover ratio (1.17), where they rate 20th. American is also ranked 25th in turnovers per game (13.2), 28th in field goal percentage (.440), 36th in assists per game (15.5) and 41st in scoring defense (57.6).

The winner of Monday's Patriot League semifinal will advance to the championship game on Saturday, March 13, at 6 p.m. The game, which will be held at the site of the higher seed, will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network.