Women's Basketball Traveling To Lafayette Wednesday

Aimee Oertner returns to the Lehigh Valley for the first time since high school

Aimee Oertner returns to the Lehigh Valley for the first time since high school

Jan. 15, 2013

Army at Lafayette Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Lafayette vs. Army Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
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February 8, 2012
Easton, Pa.
Simmers, Hazlett Pace Army In 62-47 Win At Lafayette
Junior Anna Simmers led all players with 20 points and sophomore Jen Hazlett added 17 as the Army women's basketball team picked up a 62-47 Patriot League win over Lafayette on Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center.

EASTON, Pa.  – Army women’s basketball will play its first Patriot League road game of the season on Wednesday night when the Black Knights travel to Lafayette. Tipoff at Kirby Sports Center is slated for 7 p.m. Army is eyeing its fourth consecutive 2-0 start in conference play after earning a 68-60 win over Bucknell at home in its league opener on Saturday, while the Leopards are hoping to avoid their third consecutive 0-2 start to Patriot League play after suffering a 62-44 setback at Navy on Sunday.

Army enters Wednesday’s showdown as winners of four of its last five games and 12-4 overall, while Lafayette shows a 7-9 record, having won two of its last three.  The game pits the lowest scoring team in the conference (Lafayette, 51.9 ppg) against the stingiest defense in the league (Army, 54.8).

How To Follow
The game can be heard live on the radio on 1340-AM (Middletown) or 1390-AM (Poughkeepsie), while an audio stream will also be available on Knight Vision, Army’s subscription-based service available on www.goARMYsports.com. Seth Cantor will handle the play-by-play and commentary duties.

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

Army-Lafayette Series
The Black Knights have defeated the Leopards in 22 of their last 24 meetings, including a sweep in last season’s tilts. Army escaped with a one-point victory at home in Game 1 of the season double dip before cruising to a 15-point win in Easton, Pa., in Game 2. The Black Knight offense struggled against the Leopards in 2011-12, never shooting higher than 33 percent from the field in either game while having 13 shots rejected. LC had similar showings, averaging just 29.5 percent from the field, including a paltry 18.2 percent from outside.

The Black Knights lead the all-time series 29-23, but are just 10-14 in games played at Lafayette. Among Army’s seven Patriot League opponents, the Leopards are one of two teams who the Black Knights have a winning record against; only Colgate has lost to Army more times than Lafayette as the Black Knights lead that all-time series 32-19. Army will face the Raiders a week from Wednesday.

Conference Call
Army is eyeing its fourth consecutive 2-0 start to Patriot League play when the Black Knights travel to Lafayette on Wednesday. Army dispatched Bucknell, 68-60, in the conference opener on Saturday to improve to 15-8 all-time in the first game of the Patriot League schedule, and 138-155 in all regular-season conference contests. The Black Knights are 49-36 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. 

Last Time Out
For the ninth consecutive season, Army began Patriot League play with a win, defeating Bucknell for the second consecutive year, 68-60, Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. Three Black Knights scored in double figures led by senior Anna Simmer’s 22, while junior Jen Hazlett recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bucknell entered the game as the top rebounding team in the conference with Army ranked second, but the Black Knights stepped up to the task by outrebounding the Bison, 38-36. Army improved to 9-2 this year when winning the battle of the boards. Hazlett’s 11 caroms were the most by an Army player on the day, and the most by the Syracuse, Utah, native since Feb. 15, 2012 - the last time she notched a double-double. For the full box score and recap, click HERE.

Up Next
Army will return to West Point, N.Y., for its most anticipated home contest of the season when the Black Knights host academy rival Navy on Sunday afternoon. The Midshipmen are 8-8 entering this week’s games and swept Army in last season’s showdowns. Navy plays at Holy Cross on Wednesday before Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. tilt.   

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