Jan. 22, 2014
Army 62, Colgate 45
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore Kelsey Minato scored a career-high 30 points while netting an Academy-record 15 free-throws to lead the Army women's basketball team to a 62-45 win over Colgate in Patriot League action on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. The Black Knights improve to 13-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference after the win, while the Raiders drop to 5-13 and 1-6.
Minato nearly reached a double-double, finishing with a season-high nine rebounds to go along with her 30 points. The sophomore was 15-of-18 from the foul line, including 11-consecutive free-throws to close the game after starting 1-of-4. Senior Jen Hazlett posted her third double-double of the season, as she tallied 10 points and a career-high-tying 12 boards. Sophomore Aimee Oertner totaled six points, six rebounds and three blocks, while classmate Brianna Johnson added five points and six boards.
Junior Carole Harris led Colgate with 21 points, and sophomore Josie Stockill contributed 13 off the bench. Classmate Randyll Butler registered six points and eight rebounds for the Raider bench that finished with 21 points.
As a team, the Black Knights connected on 33-of-43 attempts from the free-throw stripe, which proved to be the key to the game, as Army was just 1-of-8 from long range and converted a season-low 30.4 percent (14-of-46) from the floor.
Army opened the game hitting 3-of-6 from the field, while Colgate was 2-of-6 with a pair of three-pointers, as the contest stood tied at 6-6 after the opening 4:32. Harris converted a lay-in to put the Raiders up by two before junior Olivia Schretzman tallied three-straight points to give the Black Knights a 9-8 advantage with 12:14 remaining in the first stanza. The visitors responded quickly, using a 9-0 run during a 2:01 span to grab an eight-point lead at 17-9. Minato buried a three at the 9:16 mark to spark a 6-0 run that pulled the hosts back to within two points. Minato played a central role in leading Army's late-second half charge, as she scored 12 of her team's final 17 points over the last 7:12 of the frame, including a 10-of-10 showing on free-throws. Hazlett hit Army's only field goal during the 7:12 span, with Johnson and sophomore Jean Parker contributing one and two free-throws, respectively.
Harris knocked down a jumper 5:29 into the second half to cut Army's four-point half time lead to three before a trio of Black Knights scored during a 12-0 run that gave the hosts a 49-34 advantage with 7:24 left to play. Colgate failed to cut its deficit to single digits the rest of the way, as the Black Knights outscored the Raiders 10-5 over the final 4:24. Minato scored her 29th and 30th points on a pair of free-throws with 30 seconds remaining to both reach the highest scoring total of her career and set Army's single-game free-throws mark.
The Black Knights will be back on the road on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they face American for a 1 p.m. contest.
NOTES: Army improves to 34-21 all-time against Colgate ... the win snaps Army's two-game losing streak in the series ... Kelsey Minato became the 23rd Black Knight to reach the 30-point plateau after netting exactly 30 points ... Minato scored in double figures for the 34th game in a row ... head coach Dave Magarity was honored for becoming Army's all-time wins leader (133) in a ceremony before the game ... Jen Hazlett scored 10 points, leaving her 11 shy of becoming the team's 16th 1,000-point scorer ... Minato made 15 free-throws to break her own record of 14 that she set against Lafayette earlier this year (1/2) ... Army's 33 free-throws are its second most of the year (35 at Stony Brook, 11/29).