Black Knights Top Lafayette, 66-49, In Patriot League Opener

Kelsey Minato

Kelsey Minato

Jan. 2, 2014

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women’s basketball team collected a 66-49 victory over Lafayette in the Patriot League opener for both teams on Thursday afternoon at Christl Arena. With the win, the Black Knights improve to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in the league, while the Leopards fall to 6-6 and 0-1.

Senior Jen Hazlett tallied 22 points and nine boards for Army, falling just one rebound shy of matching her double-double performance against Staten Island. Hazlett also added a season-high three steals and three assists, while shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 8-of-9 on free-throws.

Sophomore Kelsey Minato finished with 21 points, extending her double-digit scoring streak to 28 games. The sophomore also set a program record by making 14 free-throws as part of a 14-for-15 showing. Minato set the previous mark of 13 last season against Air Force before senior Olivia Schretzman matched it earlier this year at Stony Brook.

Freshman Stephanie Geyer put up eight points for the second game in a row and added four boards off the bench, while sophomore Brianna Johnson contributed five points.

Junior Emily Homan led the way for Lafayette, finishing with 13 points and five rebounds, while classmate Linnel Macklin chipped in 11 points. Senior Kelly Loughney added seven points off the bench, and senior Danielle Fiacco registered five points, six rebounds and five blocks.

After falling into an early 4-0 hole after the first 1:32, Army climbed back with a 13-0 run over a 5:05 span during which Hazlett scored nine points while converting 4-of-4 from the field. The Black Knights built their lead to 12 with 8:43 left in the half, but ended the frame by making just 1-of-11 from the floor during the last 8:42. Army was able to hold onto a 33-27 lead heading into halftime, thanks to a 9-for-10 showing from the free-throw stripe down the stretch.

Maddie Peabody hit a three-pointer for Lafayette 1:01 into the second half to pull the Leopards back to within three, but the Black Knights briefly turned around their cold shooting streak by hitting 3-of-3 from the field to extend their advantage to 41-32 3:17 into the second period. Army’s hot shooting didn’t keep up though, as it connected on just two of its next nine attempts over a 10-minute stretch. As they did in the first half, the Black Knights were able to keep their distance with Lafayette by knocking down free throws, as they were 4-of-5 on free-throws during that same 10-minute span.

Army extended its lead to 22 after junior Jordan Elliott knocked down a pair of free-throws to make the score 65-43 with 1:34 left before the visitors scored six of the contest’s final seven points on a pair of field goals and two free-throws.

The Black Knights are back in action on Sunday, Jan. 5, when they travel to Loyola for their first Patriot League road test of the year. Sunday’s game is slated for 1 p.m.

NOTES: Army improves to 32-23 all-time against Lafayette … Thursday’s win was the Black Knights’ sixth straight over the Leopards … Kelsey Minato set a program record with 14 made free-throws, breaking her own mark that was matched this year by Olivia SchretzmanJen Hazlett came one rebound (22 pts, 9 rebs) shy of her second straight double-double … the Black Knights improve to 7-0 at Christl Arena this season and 8-0 in Patriot League openers under head coach Dave Magarity … Magarity earned his 130th at Army, making him just three victories shy of becoming the program’s all-time wins leader … the Black Knights won for the just the first time this season when shooting under 35 percent from the field (34.9)

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