Feb. 19, 2014
Colgate 71, Army 60
HAMILTON, N.Y. - After trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half, Army came back to within three before suffering a 71-60 defeat in Patriot League women's basketball action on Wednesday evening at Cotterell Court. The Black Knights fall to 18-7 overall and 10-4 in the conference following the setback, while the Raiders snap their nine-game losing streak and improve to 6-20 and 2-13.
Senior Jen Hazlett made four three pointers and finished with 23 points for Army, while also notching seven rebounds. Sophomore Kelsey Minato scored in double figures for the 41st game in a row after totaling 20 points that included a 10-of-10 showing from the charity stripe. Minato also came away with five boards, while classmate Brianna Johnson added nine points, six rebounds and a career-high five assists. Junior Olivia Schretzman netted six points and six boards, with all six points coming in the second half.
Junior Mariah Jones put up 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead Colgate. Eight of her points came on lay-ups, as the Raiders outscored the visitors, 32-14, in the paint. Junior Carole Harris posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, and sophomore Randyll Butler added 11 points and five boards to pace a Raider bench that contributed 21 points to Army's two. Senior Lauryn Kobiela tallied eight points and five assists in 31 minutes.
Army led by as many as five in the first half, but Colgate used a 9-0 run over the final 2:33 of the frame to build its halftime advantage to 12 points. The Black Knights shot just 1-of-9 from the floor during the first 4:48 of the contest, as the Raiders commanded a 4-3 lead after going 2-of-5 from the field.
Army hit each of its next four shots over the next 1:49 during a 9-5 run, but the hosts responded by scoring 14 of the game's next 16 points to take a 22-15 advantage with 7:23 to play in the half. The Black Knights cut the Raider lead to three with 3:31 left in the stanza, thanks to buckets by Hazlett, Johnson and Minato before Colgate built its lead to 12 by halftime. The 12-point halftime deficit was Army's second-largest of the season after trailing by 13 last Wednesday against Holy Cross.
Jones opened the second half scoring with a jumper 22 seconds into the period to extend Colgate's run to 11-0 before Schretzman knocked in a lay-up to give the visitors their first points since the 3:31 mark of the opening frame. The Raiders increased their margin to 16 points following a 7-3 run after 2:58 of action in the second, but Hazlett and Minato kept Army in it by combining to score 15 points and bring the Black Knights back to a 47-40 deficit with 13:28 left to play. Junior Krishawn Tillett converted a long two-point bucket to cut the gap to five and ignite a 9-5 run by the visitors that brought them back to within three points with 7:34 left.
Three points would be as close as Army would come though, as the Raiders used a 9-3 run, during a span of 2:42, to move out to a 61-52 lead. The Black Knights netted five straight points to get back to within four at the 2:42 mark, but Colgate closed the game on a 10-3 run to snuff out Army's comeback hopes. The Raiders scored all 10 of those points on free-throws in the final 2:40 during a 10-of-10 showing from the line after making 13 foul shots in the entire contest.
Army is back at Christl Arena to wrap up its regular-season home slate against American on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. The Black Knights will hold a Senior Day ceremony prior to tip-off.
NOTES: Army slips to 34-22 all-time versus Colgate ... the Black Knights fall to 14-11 in games at Colgate, and are 0-2 in their last two trips to Hamilton, N.Y. ... Kelsey Minato finished with 20 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to a Patriot League-best 41 games ... Brianna Johnson tallied a career-high five assists ... Jen Hazlett and Kelsey Minato each scored at least 20 points in the same game for the fourth time this season ... Army suffered its worst shooting night of the year, making just 20-of-66 (30.3 percent) from the field ... the second worst outing was a 30.4 percent shooting night in the first meeting with Colgate on Jan. 22.