Gold Star and First Place On The Line At Navy On Saturday

Aimee Oertner

Aimee Oertner

Feb. 15, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  –  The pinnacle of the regular season for Army women’s basketball is on deck for Saturday as the second-ranked Black Knights will travel to Annapolis, Md., to face the first-place Navy Midshipmen. Army has the opportunity to claim its first regular-season sweep of the Mids since 2007-08, while the annual Gold Star and first place in the conference standings will also be decided at 11:30 a.m. at Alumni Hall.

The Last Meeting
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January 20, 2013
West Point, N.Y.
Women's Basketball Ends Home Losing Streak To Navy With 53-42 Triumph
Army's hot start to Patriot League play continued Sunday afternoon with a decisive 53-42 win over rival Navy at Christl Arena. In the Black Knights' first win over the Midshipmen on their home court since 2008, Army shot an impressive 46 percent for the game (23-50) as junior Jen Hazlett and freshman Kelsey Minato scored 17 points apiece, each shooting 50 percent or higher.

Army (18-6, 7-2 Patriot League) won Game 1 of the two-game series on Jan. 20 at West Point, 53-42, but Navy (15-9, 8-1 PL) has been on a tear ever since, winning six straight games by an average margin of 18.8 points, including a 24-point drubbing of Holy Cross on Wednesday. Army is coming off a 13-point win over Lafayette to collect its second regular-season sweep of 2013, while the Black Knights have gone 4-2 since their win over Navy.

How To Follow
The game will be aired via an audio stream on Knight Vision, Army’s subscription-based service available on www.goARMYsports.com. Eighth-year Army Director of Multi-Media Services Rich DeMarco will have the call. Patriot League All-Access offers a live video stream for a fee at www.PatriotLeague.org.

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

Army-Navy Star Game Series
Army is aiming to capture its 18th Gold Star on Saturday as the Black Knights lead the all-time Star Game series 17-14. Army is 6-4 in Star Games played at Navy’s Alumni Hall, including a 57-46 win in the most recent one played in Annapolis (2/19/11). Seventh-year Army head coach Dave Magarity sports a 3-0 mark in Star Games played at Navy, and looks to even his all-time record against the Mids which currently stands at 6-7. After the Black Knights’ win over the Midshipmen in January, Army trimmed Navy’s lead in all games to 30-29, also halting the Midshipmen’s winning streak at two games. Since the service academy rivals began playing two regular-season contests annually in 1992, the Star Game winner also won the non-Star Game 13 times, or 61.9 percent of the time.

Army’s Record vs. Navy...
at West Point: 13-15
at Navy: 14-13
in postseason: 2-3

Last Time Out
Army broke free of a tie for second place in the Patriot League standings with a 70-57 win over Lafayette on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. Combined with a loss by American, the second-place Black Knights were led by a pair of 20-point scorers in senior Anna Simmers who totaled a game-high 23 points and freshman Kelsey Minato who chipped in 20 en route to Army’s second consecutive season sweep of the Leopards. Army got some much-needed help from its bench after junior Jen Hazlett, the Black Knights’ third-leading scorer, went down midway through the first half with an injury. Army found itself in foul trouble halfway through the second period as well, as three of the Black Knights’ starters had four fouls apiece. Army’s bench had been cause for concern after being held scoreless the previous two contests, and averaging just six points per game. Led by sophomore Ciara Jackson who matched her career high with six points as well as freshman Brianna Johnson who also totaled six, the Army bench added 15 points to register double figures for the first time since Jan. 2 at Brown. For the full box score and recap, see click HERE.

Seeing Stars
Army renewed its rivalry with service academy foe Air Force this past November in Colorado, with the Black Knights capturing the Silver Star following a four-point win over the Falcons on Black Friday. This season marks the 15th year Army will face both Air Force and Navy, with Jan. 20th’s win over the Midshipmen being the first of at least two meetings with Navy. The Black Knights are 7-7 against the Midshipmen in seasons which Army defeats Air Force, with four of those wins coming in Star Games. Navy also defeated USAFA this season and is 11-4 against Army in seasons which the Mids defeated the Falcons, including five Star Game sweeps.

Up Next
Army will remain on the road for the fourth time in five games as the Black Knights travel to Colgate on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Army defeated the Raiders 51-48 on Jan. 23 at West Point in the first game of the regular-season series. Colgate captured its first Patriot League win of the season on Wednesday night against Bucknell and will play at Lehigh on Saturday night.  

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