Dec. 17, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball collected a pair of individual honors on Monday as freshman Aimee Oertner was named the Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week, while Jen Hazlett was tabbed the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Oertner’s rookie honor is her third of the year, while Hazlett earned the AAA recognition for the first time in her career.
In a 1-1 week for the Black Knights (9-3), Hazlett led Army with her 14 points per game average, including a 19-point showing in the Black Knights’ 53-47 setback to Loyola (Dec. 10). Army’s lone junior on the roster shot a compelling 52.6 percent from the floor in a two-game span, including 8-of-11 from behind the arc. Her three three-pointers against Merchant Marine on Dec. 13 helped Army match the Academy record for threes made in a single game with 12, as the Black Knights won in convincing fashion, 77-40. Hazlett also listed second on the team last week by averaging six rebounds per game, while her three assists per game led the squad.
Oertner led the Black Knight rebounding contingent with 7.5 boards per game, while ending her offensive struggles which dated back to the Air Force game on Nov. 23 by collecting her fifth double-double of the season with a 13-point, 11-rebound game against the Greyhounds. The Slatington, Pa., native averages a team-best 8.6 caroms per game this season. Oertner also added five blocks to her growing total, as she enters Army’s two-week winter break with a total of 35 rejections.
An Army player has earned the Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor in every week but one this season. Freshman Kelsey Minato was recognized following Weeks 4 and 5, while Oertner snagged the certificate Weeks 1, 2 and 6. Women’s basketball has taken home the AAA Athlete of the Week three times in 2012-13 with Hazlett joining Oertner (Nov. 12) and sophomore Olivia Schretzman (Nov. 26) as selections.
Army’s five weekly rookie certificates are the most earned since 2004-05 when Cara Enright was recognized seven times. The Black Knights own the conference mark for most rookie awards in one season as Lisa Russell (seven) and Carrie Garinger (two) tag-teamed for nine certificates in 1991-92.
Following a break for term-end exams and the holidays, Army will return to the court on Dec. 30 when Bryant travels to West Point. Tipoff at Christl Arena is slated for 1 p.m. The Bulldogs have one final game (Holy Cross, Dec. 21) before they face the Black Knights and currently show a 4-4 record.