Feb. 1, 2014
Army 56, Loyola 45 (OT)
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and outscored Loyola, 14-3, in the extra session to pick up a 56-45 overtime victory in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. The win sends the Black Knights to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the conference, while the setback drops the Greyhounds to 5-16 and 2-8.
Sophomore Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 18 points, while tallying five rebounds and three assists. Classmate Aimee Oertner posted 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and collected a game-high seven boards, three blocks and three steals. Sophomore Jean Parker hit a pair of three-pointers to finish with 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Freshman Lauren Daugherty netted a career-high 15 points for Loyola, while senior Nicole Krusen contributed 12 points. Classmate Nneka Offodile turned in a seven-point, four-rebound performance for Greyhound squad that used just seven players in the contest.
After regulation ended at a 42-42 tie, Army was successful on 4-of-5 of its attempts from the floor in overtime, while holding Loyola to 1-of-5 from the field. Parker knocked down a triple 27 seconds into the extra period before Offodile scored her team's next three points to even the score a 45 apiece with 2:53 left on the clock. Sophomore Brianna Johnson knocked in a jumper with 2:37 remaining before assisting on Minato's three that came 1:02 later and was part of an 11-0 Black Knight run to close the game.
Both teams struggled shooting in the first half, with Army hitting 7-of-22 from the floor and Loyola converting 5-of-14. The Black Knights led 12-10 at the 9:31 mark of the opening stanza, until the Greyhounds went 10-of-11 from the foul line as part of a 16-4 run that last 6:32 to grab a 26-16 advantage with 1:08 remaining in the period. Army cut Loyola's lead to six by halftime after a 5-1 run in the final 48 seconds of the half.
Army extended their 5-1 run to a 24-5 stretch thanks to a 9-of-18 showing on field goals through the second half's first 13:11. The Black Knights received points from seven players during the run, including six from Minato and five from Parker. Army controlled six of its 13 offensive rebounds in the contest during its run, as it turned a 27-21 halftime deficit into a 40-31 lead with 6:49 left in regulation. Loyola answered with a run of its own, outscoring the hosts 11-2 in the second frame's final 6:30. Greyhound sophomore Jeneh Perry converted a pair of free-throws at the 1:23 mark to knot the contest at 42-42 before each team had a chance to end it in regulation.
Army drew a pair of fouls, with the last coming with 33 seconds left, which allowed it to use all but three seconds of the remaining time to take a final shot. The Black Knights ran the clock down to under 10 seconds before Krusen made a steal with three ticks left. Senior Jen Hazlett stole the ball back for Army just two seconds later, but there wasn't enough time to get a clean look at the basket before time expired.
The Black Knights return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 5 when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for a 7 p.m. match-up against Lehigh.
NOTES: Army improves to 3-4 all-time versus Loyola, and 2-0 this season ... the Black Knights played just their second overtime game of the season, with the first coming at Loyola on Jan. 5 ... Kelsey Minato netted 18 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 37 games ... Army improves to 11-0 at Christl Arena, and increases its regular-season home winning streak to 14 games ... Army held its opponent to a season-low 45 points for the second game in a row and the third time this season.