Nov. 16, 2011
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -
Sophomore swing guard Jen Hazlett poured in a career-high 20 points as the Army women's basketball team earned head coach Dave Magarity his 400th career victory, 59-43, at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday night at the Pope Physical Education Center. The Black Knights used a decisive 17-6 run over the first seven minutes of the second half to pull away from the Terriers in the team's first road test of 2011-12.
"It's amazing how some of our younger kids thrive on just stepping up in these pressure situations," Magarity said. "I'm really proud of the way we played tonight. St. Francis is going to be a terrific team down the road. They have a great young group. We were a tough home opener for them, having played more games than them.
"I've played a lot of games in my career, but I've never been more satisfied in coaching than I am right now at West Point," Magarity noted upon picking up the milestone victory. "The credit goes to all of the players and assistant coaches I've had over the years. I also can't forget my family, my wife (Rita), for enduring all the years of me traveling and not being around."
After shooting 57 percent in the first half, the Black Knights finished the game shooting 48 percent (21-of-46) from the field. Hazlett's 20-point effort included four three-point buckets and accompanied eight rebounds. She tied freshman forward Olivia Schretzman for team-high rebounding honors. Junior guard Molly Yardley and freshman guard Janelle Travis totaled 11 and 10 points, respectively. Travis' career-high scoring night also included a game-high five assists.
"Jen Hazlett was just terrific tonight," Magarity said. "She really has shown more confidence and leadership, and I think that's translated in her scoring and being more aggressive offensively."
Hazlett netted the first six points of the second half on a pair of three-point buckets. Her second baseline triple gave the Black Knights a 34-23 lead a minute into the action. Overall, the Black Knights used that decisive 17-6 run over the opening 7:11 of the second half to create enough distance to walk away victorious.
The Black Knights did not let up the lead over the final 20 minutes of action. The defense held St. Francis (N.Y.) to two field goals over the final 10:20, forcing the Terriers to earn points at the free throw line only. The Black Knights, meanwhile, endured nearly a six-minute scoring drought midway through the second half, but was able to maintain the lead throughout.
Hazlett impacted the game from the outset, scoring Army's first five points of the game. Travis followed with a triple from the right baseline to give the Black Knights an 8-2 lead with 16:36 to go in the opening half. The Terriers took nearly four minutes to score their first field goal, but quickly made it a 10-8 Army advantage at the first media timeout (14:46).
The teams continued to play back-and-forth for the remainder of the half. The Terriers took their largest lead (21-18) at the 5:01 mark. The Black Knights benefited from a five-point Yardley swing that highlighted a 10-2 Army run to close the half. Halzett's pull-up jumper with three seconds on the clock put Army on top (28-23) at the half.
The Black Knights shot 57 percent (12-of-21) from the field over the opening 20 minutes, but struggled from the free throw line (1-of-5).
Jaymee Veney and Jessica Kaufman led the Terriers with eight points apiece. St. Francis (N.Y.) won the battle of the boards, 33-31.
The Black Knights return to the banks of the Hudson to begin a three-game home stand on Saturday, Nov. 19, as they host Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. Click here for tickets.
Game Notes: Jen Hazlett made her first start of the season ... St. Francis (N.Y.) started four freshman against the Black Knights ... Kait Goodall scored her first basket of the season at the 13:32 mark of the first half ... Army was outrebounded for the first time this season ... rookies Janelle Travis and Olivis Schretzman remained in the starting lineup ... Travis scored a career-high 10 points, including a 5-of-5 effort from the free throw line.