Feb. 4, 2012
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WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Junior Anna Simmers (18 points) and sophomore Jen Hazlett (13) combined for 31 points as the Army women's basketball team scored eight of the final 12 points of the game en route to a 60-56 win over visiting Bucknell in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.
Army (11-12, 5-3 PL) led 30-27 at the half and benefited from an 8-0 run in the final minutes of the game to secure its fifth Patriot League win. Bucknell fell to 2-21 overall and 0-8 in conference action.
The Black Knights shot 50 percent (21-of-42) from the field, while the Bison registered a 47 percent (23-of-49) effort. Army drained nine three-point field goals to Bucknell's two treys on the afternoon.
Senior co-captain Meagan Doucette put together a standout all-around performance with seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Freshman forward Olivia Schretzman totaled nine points on 4-of-8 shooting. Junior guard Molly Yardley scored nine points and made all three of her field goal attempts.
"I can't say enough good things about Bucknell and the way they hustled today," said Army head coach Dave Magarity. "We got lucky down the stretch. When you're on a 12-game losing streak (as Bucknell is), I think that creeps into your head at the end of a close. We were there and went through this during a seven-game losing streak this year.
"We had kids step up big-time today," Magarity continued. "(Meagan) Doucette and certainly (Olivia) Schretzman made some huge plays for us down the stretch."
Lindsay Horbatuck led three Bucknell players in double-figure scoring with 15 points.
Army opened a 6-0 lead over the first two minutes of play before Bucknell cut the deficit to 6-5 with 17 minutes on the clock. Doucette's lone three-pointer of the day (15:06) jumpstarted a 5-0 run as the Black Knights took an 11-5 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first half.
The Bison began to click midway through the first half, using a 12-4 run over the next 5:52 to take a 19-17 lead with 7:58 left before the break.
Yardley's first three-pointer of the game from the right baseline put the Black Knights back on top, 20-19, with 5:38 to play. Simmers later drilled consecutive three-pointers within a 45-second span, as Army stretched its lead to 26-21 with two minutes on the clock. The Black Knights led 30-27 at the half.
Bucknell scored the first four points of the second half, giving the Bison a 31-30 lead two minutes into the frame. Schretzman's layup at 17:47 marked the Black Knights' first bucket of the second half, while Halzett followed with her first three-pointer of the afternoon, as Army retook a 35-31 lead with just under 17 minutes to play.
While the Bison continued to keep things close, Simmers' third trey of the game gave the Black Knights a 40-36 cushion at the 13:36 mark. Bucknell wasted no time tying the score at 40-all with 12:48 on the clock.
After a pair of Jessica Waggoner free throws at the 11:44 mark, which gave Army a 45-42 lead, the teams continued to play within a single point of one another over the next five-plus minutes. Simmers, who once again had the hot hand for Army, buried her fourth triple of the game from the left baseline as the Black Knights took a 52-49 lead with 5:02 remaining.
Bucknell took its next two possessions to level the score for an eighth time, 52-52, with 3:26 left. Yardley and Schretzman came up with back-to-back three-point plays on the Black Knights' next two trips down the floor. The plays spurred a timely 8-0 run as Army began to distance itself, 60-52, with two minutes to go.
Although they did not score in over the final 1:59, the Black Knights hung on for the victory.
Patriot League play continues on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when the Black Knights visit Lafayette for a 7 p.m. start in Easton, Pa. Army edged the Leopards, 44-43, in the first regular-season meeting this year. Doucette provided the late-game heroics, driving in the game-winning layup with six seconds to go at Christl Arena on Jan. 11.
Game Notes: Army wore specially designed Nike home white uniforms with pink ACU (Army Combat Uniform) insets ... the program did its part to celebrate Pink Zone, a national initiative to support breast cancer awareness, and National Girls and Women in Sports Day ... a season-high 1,342 spectators took in the game ... Anna Simmers extended her double-digit scoring streak to 10 games with a game-high 10 points in the first half ... former Army associate head coach and Dave Magarity's eldest daughter, Maureen, was in the crowd for Saturday's game ... Maureen left West Point to take over the head coaching position at New Hampshire ... Bucknell outrebounded Army 35-18 ... Army scored 22 points off 21 Bucknell turnovers.