Women's Basketball Hosting Bucknell Saturday in League Opener

Jen Hazlett is expected to return Saturday after missing last game with an illness

Jen Hazlett is expected to return Saturday after missing last game with an illness

Jan. 10, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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February 4, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Army Outlasts Bucknell, 60-56
Junior Anna Simmers (18 points) and sophomore Jen Hazlett (13) combined for 31 points as the Army women's basketball team scored eight of the final 12 points of the game en route to a 60-56 win over visiting Bucknell in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army women’s basketball will lift the lid on Patriot League play against Bucknell on Saturday at 1 p.m., at West Point’s Christl Arena. The Black Knights and Bison will kick off conference play for the second season in a row and second time in Patriot League history, as Army will look to prevail in its ninth consecutive league opener.

The Black Knights enter the contest with an 11-4 record, wrapping up non-conference play on Sunday with a 63-59 win at Morgan State. The Bison show a 9-6 mark after earning a convincing win (52-35) against NJIT on Tuesday. Army won both games against Bucknell a season ago, marking its first season sweep of the Bison since 2004-05.

For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com or call 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Fans can also stop by the ticket office at its new location at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium during its regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). The Holleder Center ticket office, located just outside Christl Arena, opens for sales one hour prior to home contests.

HOW TO FOLLOW
The game will be aired via an audio and video stream on Knight Vision, Army’s subscription-based service available on www.goARMYsports.com. First-year Army Coordinator of Multimedia and Broadcasting Heath Trabue will have the call.

Live statistical updates via Game Tracker can be seen free of charge on www.goARMYsports.com. For detailed in-game updates, follow Army women’s basketball on twitter – @WestPointWBB.

ARMY-BUCKNELL SERIES
The Black Knights will look to win their third consecutive game against the Bison for just the third time in the series’ 50-game, 30-season history. Bucknell leads the series 31-19, while Army earned its first season sweep since 2004-05 a year ago with a 67-64 win at Bucknell and a 60-56 victory at Christl Arena, where Army is 13-12 against Bucknell. The Black Knight offense was lights-out against the Bison in both meetings last year as Army had its two-best shooting nights in conference play, averaging a 51.1-percent clip, including 56.7 percent from outside. Anna Simmers averaged over 22 points per game against the Bison, while Jen Hazlett chipped in 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds per contest.

LAST TIME OUT
In its final game before the start of Patriot League play, Army defeated Morgan State, 63-59, at the Bears’ Hill Field House on Sunday evening. Senior Anna Simmers led all scorers with 21 points while sophomore Olivia Schretzman tacked on her fourth double-double of the season as the Black Knights finished with their best nonconference record since 2006-07. Army nearly doubled its shooting percentage from last game, shooting 40.7 percent (22-54), including a 44-percent clip (11-25) in the second half, to improve to 6-0 when shooting 40 percent or better. Simmers led the way by connecting on eight of 15 attempts en route to her team-best fifth 20+ point game of the season and first since Dec. 4. For the full box score and recap, click HERE.

CONFERENCE CALL
Patriot League play begins on Saturday with six of the eight teams in action. Army will begin conference action against Bucknell for just the second time since joining in the Patriot League in 1990-91. The Black Knights defeated the Bison, 67-64, a season ago in the teams’ inaugural meeting in a league opener. Army is 14-8 all-time in the first game of the Patriot League schedule, and 137-155 in all regular-season conference contests. The Black Knights are 48-36 in league games under the direction of seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity. Magarity has called the shots in five of Army’s 11 seasons in which it finished .500 or better against PL foes. 

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS
An Army Boot Camp will be held prior to tipoff at the Foley Athletic Center, directly across the street from Christl Arena. All boys and girls in grades K-8 can participate in an Army Boot Camp featuring kid-friendly military stations including sit-ups, push-ups and obstacle courses instructed by cadets.  This event is FREE; only a game ticket and waiver are required to enter.  Click here for the waiver and bring it with you to the boot camp.  No registration necessary.  Waivers will be available at the door.  Participants can come in any time during the boot camp and participate. 

There will also be a postgame autograph session with the Army women’s basketball team.

UP NEXT
Army will hit the road for the first time in Patriot League play when the Black Knights travel to Lafayette on Wednesday. The Leopards, who play at Navy on Sunday in their conference opener, enter this weekend with a 7-8 mark. Lafayette went 2-12 a season ago against Patriot League foes and 8-22 overall. Army won both matchups against LC in 2011-12, including a one-point edging at West Point in early January. 

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