Women's Basketball Looks To Keep It Rolling At Penn Wednesday

Danielle Failor

Danielle Failor

Dec. 10, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Army women’s basketball has its sights set on its eighth win in a row on Wednesday night when the Black Knights travel to Penn. Army (7-1) is coming off a 68-56 victory at Yale on Saturday afternoon, recording its hottest shooting performance in nearly six years. The Black Knights were led once again by sophomore Kelsey Minato, who went for a career-best 26 points en route to claiming her first Patriot League Player of the Week citation of the season. Army is aiming for its first set of back-to-back wins over Penn (3-2) in series history when the squads face off at 7 p.m. at The Palestra.

The Last Meeting
November 18, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Women's Basketball Holds On For 58-53 Win Over Penn
Army women's basketball held on to defeat the visiting University of Pennsylvania Quakers, 58-53, in a game which featured runs of 10-1, 9-0 and 16-2 and 11 lead changes.

After losing their first two games of the season, the Quakers have caught fire since, winning three straight. Penn is coming off a 69-61 victory over Patriot League squad Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers met a similar fate as Army, falling to St. Francis of Brooklyn in their season opener, with their only other loss coming against national powerhouse Notre Dame.

The game can be heard live via audio stream on Knight Vision, Army’s subscription-based service available on www.goARMYsports.com. Army’s Nikolai Busko will have the call. Live statistical updates via NeuLion Live Stats will be available on Penn’s website -  PennAthletics.com. For detailed in-game updates, follow Army women’s basketball on twitter – @WestPointWBB.

Army’s nationally ranked stingy defense forced Yale into 20 turnovers, keeping the Bulldogs out of offensive rhythm as the Black Knights earned a 68-56 win in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday afternoon. Army turned those turnovers into 24 points as the Black Knights earned their first win at Yale since 2002. Sophomore Kelsey Minato scored a career-high 26 points to stretch her Patriot League-leading double-digit scoring streak to 24 games, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the third time this season. Minato shot 71.4 percent from the floor, leading Army which shot 61.7 percent, its highest clip since Jan. 3, 2008 (.684 vs. UMES).

Despite their relative close geographic proximity, Army and Penn have squared off just six times in series history. On the line Wednesday night is the series lead as each team enters the contest having won three games. The Black Knights scored a 58-53 victory over the winless Quakers last season. Army last defeated Penn in Philadelphia, Pa., on Feb. 12, 1981 - the first game of the series. The Black Knights will look to become the first team in the series to win back-to-back games since the Quakers won on Jan. 26, 1998 and Jan. 26, 1999.

Army is off to a 7-1 start for the second consecutive season. Historically speaking, a successful start to the season has spelled a successful year for the Black Knights. Army has won seven of its first eight games six times previously. Those six teams, including last season’s WNIT-qualifying squad, went on to average 21 wins per year, nearly six victories more than the program average per season.

Army’s shooters were in the zone on Saturday afternoon at Yale, making 61.7 percent (29-47) of their attempts. The Black Knights’ shooting clip against the Bulldogs was their most accurate game since making 68.4 percent of their shots against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Jan. 3, 2008. Army is shooting a Patriot League-best .438 this season which ranks 55th among all Division I teams.

Army will play its final Division I opponent of nonconference play when it travels to national power Ohio State on Friday. The Black Knights and Buckeyes have squared off twice previously, most recently in 2008-09. OSU is 6-5 this season having lost three straight, all to top-25 opponents. Tipoff at Value City Arena is slated for 7 p.m.

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