July 22, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Coming off arguably its best season in program history, Army released its 2014-15 women’s basketball schedule on Tuesday. The Black Knights open the season with 10 nonconference contests before kicking off a challenging 18-game Patriot League slate.
Army’s nonconference schedule features four home dates to include match-ups against service-academy rival Air Force and 2014 WNIT automatic-qualifier Stony Brook. The Black Knights’ nonleague slate also includes six road contests, highlighted by the season opener at 2014 WNIT participant Quinnipiac and a two-game trip to California.
“I feel we have put together a challenging nonconference schedule with our focus being on preparing us for the competitive 18 games we face in the Patriot League,” said head coach Dave Magarity. “The trip to the West Coast along with six contests against 2014 postseason participants will be demanding.”
Army begins the year away from home for the third season in a row as the Black Knights travel to Quinnipiac on Nov. 15 before making their season debut at Christl Arena on Nov. 18 with a contest against Stony Brook.
The Black Knights will be on the road for four of their next five, beginning with a trip to Riverdale, N.Y., to face Manhattan on Nov. 22. On Nov. 25, Army returns home to renew is rivalry with fellow service academy Air Force. The Army-Air Force meeting will mark the first since Nov. 23, 2012, and will be Air Force’s first trip to West Point since the 2009-10 season.
Army is away from home for its next three games to include contests against UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 28) and Pepperdine (Nov. 30) over Thanksgiving weekend before returning east for a match-up with Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 5.
The Black Knights face a pair of Northeast Conference opponents, hosting St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 8 and traveling to Central Connecticut State on Dec. 13, before welcoming St. Thomas Aquinas for their nonconference finale on Dec. 20.
Army will celebrate New Year’s Eve with its Patriot League opener on the road at Lafayette before playing four of its next five at Christl Arena. Games against Loyola (Jan. 3) and at Lehigh (Jan. 7) are followed by a difficult homestand against a trio of perennial conference powers.
Army and Navy will meet on Jan. 10 for the 63rd installment of the service-academy rivalry, which features last season’s Patriot League champion in Army versus the Patriot League regular-season winner and WNIT qualifier Navy. The Black Knights are scheduled to face Holy Cross on Jan. 14 for the first meeting between the teams since last season’s Patriot League title game before closing out the home stretch against Bucknell on Jan. 18.
Three of Army’s next four games, and six of its next eight, will be played on the road, beginning with an away tilt at Colgate on Jan. 21. Following their match-up with the Raiders, the Black Knights return home to face 2014 WNIT selection American (Jan. 24) before a two-game road swing that will see them face Boston University (Jan. 28) and Loyola (Jan. 31).
After a brief return home to battle Lehigh on Feb. 4, Army heads back out on the road for the “Star” game against Navy (Feb. 7) and match-ups at Holy Cross (Feb. 11) and Bucknell (Feb. 14).
Army plays three of its final four regular-season contests at West Point, beginning with a tilt against Colgate on Feb. 18. A road game at American on Feb. 21 is followed by back-to-back home contests, versus Boston University (Feb. 25) and Lafayette (Feb. 28), to conclude the regular season.
Army went 25-8 a year ago, topping Holy Cross in the Patriot League Championship game to earn its second automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team’s 25 victories established an Academy Division I record, while equaling the team’s Division II wins mark set in 1983-84. Rising junior Kelsey Minato established a number of Army single-season records to include scoring average (22.0 points per game), total points (725), free throws (207) and three-pointers (82), while earning her second consecutive Patriot League Player of the Year honor. Graduating senior Jen Hazlett and rising sophomore Danielle Failor were also recognized by the league, drawing selection to the all-conference second team and all-rookie team, respectively.