Oct. 2, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army women's basketball took its first step towards defending its Patriot League regular-season title on Wednesday afternoon when the Black Knights held their first official practice of the 2013-14 season.
Army lost just one key contributor from last season's team which went 22-9, including 11-3 in conference play en route to a share of the regular-season championship and the program's first WNIT appearance.
This year's roster features 13 players from a year ago, including reigning Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Year Kelsey Minato. Minato led the conference in scoring against league foes and was the Black Knights' No. 2 scorer behind recent graduate Anna Simmers.
Eighth-year head coach acknowledged Army's remarkable season, but is set on moving forward.
"We've talked about all we accomplished last year," said Magarity. "I'm proud of what we did, but it's history, we have to move on. We have to get better because the biggest difference from a year ago is now we have a target on our backs."
Magarity, who was voted the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2013, welcomed five plebes to the fold over the summer, including Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year Danielle Failor.
A tradition for the Black Knights is to start every practice with a quote, and despite the difference in circumstances from a year ago, Magarity used the same quote which opened the 2012-13 season.
"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving," by Oliver Wendell Holmes, former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The direction in which Magarity hopes this team is moving is towards Patriot League Championships and NCAA Tournament bids, because, as he stated, "We're about winning championships." Army took its first step towards doing so Wednesday.