Schretzman Rallies Army To 61-51 Victory Over Columbia

Schretzman matched her career highs of 20 points, 11 rebounds against Colulmbia

Schretzman matched her career highs of 20 points, 11 rebounds against Colulmbia

Nov. 28, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Sophomore Olivia Schretzman matched her career highs with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Army to a 61-51 victory over visiting Columbia on Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Schretzman notched her third double-double of the season as Army moved to 6-1 on the season and the Lions dropped to 1-5.

Schretzman put the game on her shoulders after her fellow post player Aimee Oertner, Army's leading scorer and rebounder entering the game, picked up her third and fourth fouls just 18 seconds apart within the first two minutes of the second half as Army clung to a three-point lead. Oertner would finish with four points, six rebounds, well below her averages of 13.2 and 10.7, respectively.

Columbia grabbed the momentum and soon after took its first lead of the game at the 17:17 mark with Oertner on the bench. The Lions held on to the lead for 2:35 before Schretzman tied the game, 33-33, with 14:42 remaining. The sophomore then took charge, racking up nine points and six rebounds from that point on to make it a two-possession game in favor of the Black Knights.

Army would stretch its lead to nine with 5:20 remaining before Columbia made one last push, but the Lions got no closer than four (53-49 with 2:59 left) as Schretzman iced the game for Army with four of the Black Knights' final eight points.

The sophomore forward out of Dayton, Ohio, scored 20 points against the Lions last season as well, while the 11 rebounds matched her career best which she recorded in the 2012-13 season opener at Wagner (Nov. 9).

Army once again put up a fight down low, outrebounding its opponent for the fifth time this season and improving to 4-1 when doing so. Junior Jen Hazlett, who had a quiet scoring night, and senior Anna Simmers corralled eight rebounds apiece, while freshman Brianna Johnson grabbed three boards for a career high.  

Simmers was a steady scoring force for Army once again as she racked up 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting to move ahead of Oertner as the Black Knights' top scorer this season with a 13.6 average. Simmers has reached double figures in scoring in four of the last five games, including a season-high 26 at Weber State last week.

Columbia was led by Tyler Simpson who had 11 points and seven rebounds, followed closely by Courtney Bradford's 10-point, seven-rebound showing. Bradford fouled out with 3:12 remaining and Army leading by six.

Army improved to 6-1 through its first seven games of the season for the first time under the direction of seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity.

"Columbia is a relentless, aggressive team, they keep coming at you," said Magarity after the game. "The thing I was most impressed with by us was that I felt we always had an answer. When they took the lead we didn't just pack it in, we started making better decisions.

"We were in big foul trouble," Magarity continued. "I look back and the problem with losing Oertner and Simmers, two of our top scorers, we just found a way. Other kids stepped up - Olivia Schretzman; she's now put together back-to-back-to-back games, playing tremendous basketball. That's a great performance by her and I thought Simmers had a solid game, being very aggressive. She got to the foul line and did some good things tonight."

Army will face its third Ivy League opponent of the season when Yale travels to West Point on Saturday. Tipoff at Christl Arena is slated for 3 p.m. The Bulldogs are 1-5 after losing to Quinnipiac on Wednesday night. Yale snuck by Army with a  one-point win a season ago on New Year's Day in New Haven, Conn.

Game Notes:  Army shot 34 percent from the floor (18-53) but just 2-9 from outside ... 51 points by Columbia are the lowest by an Army opponent this season ...  the sixth nonconference win (with eight games still remaining) matched Army's total from 2011-12 ... the win over Columbia was Army's second over an Ivy League opponent this season after topping Penn on 11/18 ... sophomore Krishawn Tillett had a career-high 4 points ... Army improved to 10-3 all-time against Columbia ... the Lions become the 14th opponent Army has recorded 10 or more wins against all-time ... Army last had six wins in the month of November in 2006.

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