Nov. 23, 2013
Army 67, Brown 65
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Jen Hazlett's last-second tip-in off a Kelsey Minato miss gave Army its fourth win in a row, a 67-65 victory over visiting Brown on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Minato was the Black Knights' leading scorer with 17 points, while Hazlett chipped in 15, including the final four points, as Army improved to 4-1 heading into the holiday week.
Army, which led by five, 36-31, at the half, took advantage of Brown's 1-for-9 shooting to open the second to push its lead to as many as 17 points before the Bears made their run. Brown nearly tripled the Black Knights' scoring output (29-10) for close to eight minutes (9:14 to 1:21) as Army saw its once comfortable lead evaporate. The Bears took their first lead of the game with 1:49 remaining in the contest thanks to a 12-2 run which began with just under four minutes to play.
Brown relied on success at the free-throw line to keep itself in the game as the Bears went to the line 32 times, the most by an Army opponent in over three years (33 by Lehigh on Jan. 16, 2010). Brown went 5-for-7 from the charity stripe in the game's final four minutes, with one of the crucial misses corralled by Army junior Olivia Schretzman.
As Army trailed by two, Schretzman grabbed the board off Sophie Beutel's miss with 1:21 left, before Beutel fouled Hazlett at the other end of the court on her way to the hoop with 52 seconds left. Hazlett entered the game having shot just two free-throws all season, missing both. The Syracuse, Utah, native came up huge for the Black Knights by making both to tie the score, 65-65.
Brown's Rebecca Musgrove's field-goal attempt with 21 seconds left clanked off the rim as Minato grabbed the rebound and eighth-year Army head coach Dave Magarity called timeout with 16 seconds remaining. Minato took the ball out of the break curled towards the rim, missing a shot from 12 feet out. Hazlett escaped her defender and hung in the air where she grabbed the rebound and put the ball back up, sinking the game winner with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. Brown made it all the way down to inside its own three-point line before Sophie Bikofsky's last-chance shot fell short.
The Black Knights shot a season-high 48.1 percent from the floor, including a 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) mark from outside. Army outrebounded the Bears by a 35-31 margin, improving to 3-1 this season when winning the battle of the boards. Hazlett had a team-high nine caroms to be one board shy of her first double-double of the year.
Army got solid contributions from Schretzman (nine points, six rebounds), as well as sophomore Jean Parker (eight points, two rebounds, two assists) and classmate Brigette Ocran (four points), who played a career-high 18 minutes.
The Black Knights played four games in nine days for their busiest stretch of the season, going 4-0 during that span. Army will have six days to prepare for its next contest, a Black Friday tilt at Stony Brook slated for 2 p.m. The Seawolves stand at 3-2 and will play Morgan State on Monday night prior to their game against Army.
NOTES: Army is 4-1 through its first five games for the third consecutive year ... the win over Brown improves Army's series record against the Bears to 5-6 ... the victory was Dave Magarity 125th as head coach of the Black Knights ... he is eight wins shy of becoming Army's all-time wins leader ... sophomore Aimee Oertner had two blocks, her fourth consecutive multi-block game ... her 90 career blocks rank fifth all-time at Army ... senior Jen Hazlett moved into fourth place all-time in career three-pointers with 114 ... sophomore Kelsey Minato ranks ninth with 71 ... Minato's 17 points extend her double-digit scoring streak to 21 games.