Jan. 25, 2014
Army 64, American 63
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Jen Hazlett scored a game-high 15 points, with all 15 coming in the second half, to lead the Army women's basketball team to a 64-63 win over American in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena. With the win, the Black Knights improve to 14-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference, while the Eagles, who entered the day in second place in the Patriot League, fall to 13-6 and 6-2.
Hazlett hit a three-pointer with 3:54 left in the game to become the 16th 1,000-point scorer in Army women's basketball history. The senior entered the game 11 points shy of the milestone, and now stands with 1,004 career points, ranking her 16th in program history.
Hazlett added a game-high eight rebounds to her 15-point afternoon, while sophomore Kelsey Minato totaled 14 points to extend her league-leading double-digit scoring streak to 35 games. Classmate Brianna Johnson equaled her career high of 13 points and also controlled five boards, and sophomore Aimee Oertner scored 10 points. Junior Jordan Elliott tallied six points on a perfect 3-of-3 showing from the field, while classmate Olivia Schretzman posted five points and six rebounds.
Junior Jen Dumiak led American with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while adding six assists and five rebounds. Redshirt senior Geleisa George posted 12 points, sophomore Michelle Holmes turned in 11, and junior Arron Zimmerman recorded nine points and six boards.
Oertner netted the first six points for Army to give the visitors an early 6-4 lead before American scored the next five to take control of a 9-6 advantage 3:38 into the opening frame. Johnson capped a 10-4 Black Knight run with a lay-in at the 13:29 mark, scoring all eight of her first-half points during the stretch. The Eagles answered with a 13-4 run that lasted 7:26 to move back in front by six points at 26-20. Both sides attempted to take control of game, but neither was able to sustain better than a 5-0 run during the rest of the first frame. Army outscored the hosts 12-8 over the half's final 5:06.
The game's back-and-forth flow continued into the early minutes of the second half until Minato knocked down a jumper 3:20 into the stanza to spark a 10-0 run for the visitors. During the run, Hazlett scored her first points of the game, knocking down a pair of three-pointers to leave Army with a 44-39 advantage with 12:32 left in the contest. Hazlett started to heat up after netting her first six points, as she was 5-of-7 from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and 2-of-2 on free-throws during the game's last 14:18, while accounting for 15 of her team's 25 points during that stretch.
American scored four in a row to halt Army's run and climb back to within one point with 11:29 remaining before Holmes capped a 10-4 run at the 7:11 mark to put the Eagles up by five. The Black Knights responded with a 14-4 run to complete a 10-point swing that put them up 62-57 with 3:13 left. American cut the lead to one after back-to-back lay-ups by Holmes and George, but Hazlett drained a pair of free-throws at the 1:44 mark to give Army a three-point lead. Holmes converted a lay-in with 1:30 remaining in the game to again cut the Black Knight lead to one.
American had a chance to take the lead with three seconds left, but missed a mid-range jumper. After the missed shot, the ball caromed off an Army player to give the Eagles the ball under their own basket with 0.7 ticks left. The hosts fired a last shot as time expired, but it was off the mark, sparing Army its second last-second setback in the last three games.
NOTES: Army improves to 11-17 all-time against American ... the win was Army's first at American since Feb. 18, 2009 ... Jen Hazlett became the 16th Black Knight to reach the 1,000-point plateau after scoring 15 ... Kelsey Minato scored 14 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 35 contests ... Brianna Johnson matched her career high with 13 points ... Army responded with its third-best shooting game of the season (48.9 percent) after hitting a season-low 30.4 percent on Wednesday against Colgate ... four Army players reached double figures for the first time since six scored in double digits against Staten Island on Dec. 29, 2013.