Feb. 28, 2012
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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - When the All-Patriot League Teams were announced via teleconference late Tuesday morning, Army was well represented with three first-time honorees in junior Anna Simmers, sophomore Jen Hazlett and freshman Olivia Schretzman.
The Patriot League's leading scorer heading into the 2012 tournament, Simmers became the seventh player in Army history to garner first-team laurels. Hazlett, who ranks in the league's top five in scoring, rebounding and three-point percentage, represented Army on the second team. Shretzman, a two-time Anaconda Patriot League Rookie of the Week, became the 11th Black Knight to land All-Rookie Team honors.
Army's three all-league citations are the most by the program since the 2007-08 season when Alex McGuire '09 (first team), Cara Enright '08 (second team) and Erin Anthony '11 (rookie team) were honored.
"This is a very well-deserved honor for all three players," said sixth-year head coach Dave Magarity. "All three players, particularly (Anna) Simmers kind of came out of nowhere this season. They have been a huge reason for our ability to excel this season with such a young, inexperienced group."
Simmers has emerged as one of the league's hottest offensive players this season, averaging 18.9 points per game over 14 Patriot League contests. She leads the league in scoring (14.9 ppg) and has led Army in scoring in 15 of the last 16 games. She recorded her seventh 20-plus-point effort with a game-high 20 points in Saturday's loss at Lehigh. The Alaska native owns two of the top three offensive performances in the Patriot League this season (27 points at Bucknell, 28 points vs. Lehigh).
Army's second-leading scorer from a year ago, Hazlett has emerged as one of the most balanced players in the Patriot League this season. Hazlett has scored in double figures 20 times, led Army in scoring 11 times, scored at least 20 points three times and tallied a team-best six double-doubles. Five of her six double-doubles came during Patriot League play. The Utah native amassed a career-high 30 points in a Feb. 15 win over Colgate, which remains the top individual performance in the league this year and the most points scored by a Black Knight since 2005. Hazlett ranks fourth in the league in scoring (13.0 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.5 rpg), three-point percentage (36.3) and three-pointers made (1.6 per game).
In her first collegiate season, Schretzman earned a starting job out of the gate and has remained in that role in all but one game since. Schretzman's 4.8 rebounds per game rank third on the team and are third among freshmen in the Patriot League this season. A native out of Dayton, Ohio, who also spent time growing up inside the West Point gates, Schretzman reached double figures in scoring six times this season and twice during Patriot League play. She poured in a career-high 20 points at Columbia on Nov. 27. Schretzman won Anaconda Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors on Nov. 28 and Jan. 23. Her 203 career points are the most scored by an Army freshman since McGuire in 2005-06.
Army's season continues with a home quarterfinal match-up against rival Holy Cross on Thursday night at Christl Arena. Tickets are on sale now for the 7 p.m. start. Doors for the event will open up 90 minutes prior to tip-off.
Fans can purchase tickets through the Army Ticket Office online at www.goARMYsports.com, by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or in-person at the Holleder Center box office. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for students/senior citizens/youth.
A limited number of courtside tickets remain. For $20 fans are on top of the action and treated to courtside hospitality, which includes food and beverage.
Army and Holy Cross split the regular-season series. Each team won by three points on its home court, including the Black Knights' 65-62 victory over the Crusaders last Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Christl Arena. The winner of Thursday night's contest will advance to the semifinal round on Monday, March 5, against the winner of No. 1 American and No. 8 Lafayette.
All-Patriot League First Team
Alexis Dobbs, American, So., G
Anna Simmers, Army, Jr., G
Alex Smith, Holy Cross, So., G
Lisa Strack, American, Sr., G
Alexa Williams, Lehigh, Sr., F
All-Patriot League Second Team
Jade Geif, Navy, So., F
Jen Hazlett, Army, So., G/F
Amy Lepley, Holy Cross, Jr., G/F
Alix Membreno, Navy, So., G
Tricia Oakes, Colgate, Sr., C
Jen Dumiak, American, Fr., G
Emily Homan, Lafayette, Fr., F
Emily Parker, Holy Cross, Fr., F
Missy Repoli, Colgate, Fr., G
Olivia Schretzman, Army, Fr., F
Player of the Year - Lisa Strack, American
Defensive Player of the Year - Ebony Edwards, American
Rookie of the Year - Emily Homan, Lafayette
Coach of the Year - Matt Corkery, American