Nov. 17, 2013
Army 57, Weber State 51
WEST POINT, N.Y. – A 20-point lead proved not to be safe as Army women’s basketball narrowly escaped with a 57-51 win over visiting Weber State Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. The Black Knights turned 17 Wildcat turnovers into 18 points to stretch their lead midway through the second half, before WSU mounted their own comeback, taking Army down to the wire on its home court before sophomore Kelsey Minato solidified the win.
Army (2-1) opened the game on a different note than Thursday night’s tilt against Fairleigh Dickinson, scoring 18 of its 27 points of the first half inside the paint. The Black Knights made 10 three-pointers through the first 20 minutes against FDU, two shy of the program record for total threes made in a game. Army shot just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from deep on Sunday afternoon, scoring 34 of its 57 points from inside the key, its highest total since scoring 38 in the paint at Weber State (2-2) last season (Nov. 21, 2012).
Sophomore Aimee Oertner, who earned her first start of the season, scored four of Army’s first five points and eight in the first half en route to an 11-point, three-block showing. Minato also added eight first-half points as the Black Knights took a 27-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Army opened the second half on a 22-7 run, including nine points by Minato, before the Wildcats responded with a 19-2 stretch of their own to make it a three-point ballgame with 4:31 to play. Army was 9-of-14 from the floor during its run before missing its next seven shots and committing five turnovers to allow WSU back into the game.
Free-throws proved to be Army’s saving grace as the Black Knights made 3-of-4 in the game’s final 12 seconds to preserve the lead. Minato scored four of Army’s final five points en route to her second consecutive 20-plus game as the point guard ended with a game-high 21.
Sophomore Brianna Johnson chipped in a free-throw with six seconds as the Army yearling scored a career-high 12 points. Junior Olivia Schretzman was a point and a rebound shy of a double, shooting an efficient 4-of-6 from the field.
As a team, Army shot a season-best 43.5 percent from the floor (20-of-46), limiting the athletic Wildcats to a 30.9-percent clip (17-of-55), including just 2-of-15 from deep. WSU has made just seven threes through its first four games. The Black Knights were outrebounded for the first time this season, 38-32, as WSU’s Regina Okoye corralled a game-best 12 boards. Amanda Hughes led the Wildcats in scoring with a 14-point showing.
Army will remain home for its third consecutive game when the Black Knights host Manhattan on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Jaspers played at Towson on Saturday night, falling to the Tigers 63-43 to fall to 1-1 on the season. Manhattan won its season opener against fellow Army foe Fairleigh Dickinson, 73-63.
NOTES: Sophomore Aimee Oertner earned her first start of the season, replacing freshman Danielle Failor in the lineup … Army opened the season 2-1 for the third consecutive year … the Black Knights improved to 2-0 all-time against Weber State … Army has won its last six games that have been played on Sunday … the Black Knights forced more turnovers than they committed for the second straight game … Aimee Oertner moved into a tie for fifth all-time in career blocks (86) … senior Jen Hazlett was held scoreless for just third time in 64 career starts.