Jan. 29, 2013
Army vs. Holy Cross Game Notes
Holy Cross at Army Game Notes
The Last Meeting
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March 1, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Holy Cross Ends Army Season, 59-50
Junior guard Anna Simmers led Army with 13 points, while sophomore guard Jen Hazlett and freshman forward Olivia Schretzman added 10 points each, but it was No. 5 Holy Cross coming away with a 59-50 upset of No. 4 Army in Thursday night's Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game at Christl Arena.
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball will look to avoid its second set of back-to-back losses this season when they welcome Holy Cross to West Point on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Army (15-5, 4-1 PL) suffered its first setback in conference play on Saturday at American, 45-42, but have their eyes set on their fourth 5-1 Patriot League start in program history.
Conversely, the Crusaders are off to a shaky 1-4 start in league games after being selected third in the conference’s preseason poll. Holy Cross has defeated Lafayette but has been knocked off by Lehigh, Navy, American and most recently Bucknell, en route to a 9-11 overall mark. The Black Knights have an ax to grind with the Crusaders, as Holy Cross eliminated Army from the Patriot League Tournament in 2012 on its home court of Christl Arena, marking the second time in three seasons the Crusaders have handed the Black Knights their walking papers.
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-Holy Cross Series
The Black Knights and Crusaders have faced off 51 times in program history with Holy Cross winning 32 of those matchups. Despite the losing record against the Crusaders, Army has found success more recently against its conference foe, with the majority of Holy Cross’ victories coming before the year 2000. Since head coach Dave Magarity took over the program in 2006-07, Army has gone 10-5 against the Crusaders. Army and Holy Cross split the regular-season series in 2012 for the second consecutive year before the No. 5 Crusaders ousted the fourth-seeded Black Knights from the conference tournament, 59-50, at West Point.
Army’s Record vs. Holy Cross...
at West Point: 11-13
at Holy Cross: 7-19
at neutral site: 1-0
in postseason: 2-4
Last Time Out
Army’s hot start to Patriot League play was halted on Saturday afternoon at American as women’s basketball fell to the Eagles 45-42 at Bender Arena. The Black Knights entered the game undefeated in conference play after four games for just the second time in program history, but a frenzied American defense prevented Army’s offense from finding a groove and ultimately resulted in the Black Knights coming up short in their lowest scoring game of the season. Despite going scoreless through the first 20 minutes, freshman Kelsey Minato tied for the game high with 12 points, alongside sophomore Olivia Schretzman. Minato has led or tied for the lead in scoring through all five Patriot League contests this season. For the full box score and recap, click HERE.
Mad For Minato
Freshman Kelsey Minato is on her way towards making history after earning her sixth Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificate on Monday. The first back-to-back-to-back winner since 2010-11 and first six-time honoree since 2008-09, Minato is one shy of the Army record for rookie nods and two shy of the Patriot League record. She enters this week’s games as the leading scorer in conference games at 18 points per contest, while shooting a league-best 40.6 percent from three this season.
Army is 4-1 through its first five games of the Patriot League schedule for the seventh time since joining the conference in 1990-91, and fourth time under seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity. The Black Knights are looking to become 5-1 for just the fourth time in program history and first time since 2007-08. Five of Army’s 11 seasons in which they finished .500 or better against conference foes have come under Magarity’s watch as the Black Knights have gone 52-37 in Patriot League contests under the 30-year coaching veteran. Army is 141-156 all-time in regular-season Patriot League contests.
After a home-friendly schedule in January, the month of February sends the Black Knights on the road for five of their seven games beginning Saturday at Lehigh. Tipoff in Bethlehem, Pa., is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks split the series in 2012, with the home team earning the victory in each game. Lehigh enters the week 10-10 overall and 2-3 in Patriot League contests. The Mountain Hawks host Navy on Wednesday night.