Feb. 15, 2012
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore guard/forward Jen Hazlett had a career night, authoring the top individual performance in the Patriot League this season and becoming the first Army player since 2005 to reach 30 points in a 62-48 win over visiting Colgate in Patriot League women's basketball action on Wednesday night at Christl Arena.
Hazlett registered her sixth double-double of the season, leading all players in points (30) and rebounds (12). The Utah native was 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Hazlett became the first player to score 30 points since Cara Enright (West Point '08) netted 30 points on March 3, 2005, also against Colgate.
The victory moved Army (13-13, 7-4 Patriot League) into a tie with Navy for second place in the conference standings. The Black Knights led 25-20 at the break and closed the game with a 9-1 run over the final three minutes to seal the victory.
"I'm thrilled with this win because Colgate was coming off a great win against Lehigh," said head coach Dave Magarity, who earned his 98th victory at Army on Wednesday night. "They have good guards and a great center, but I thought we were able to out-tough them in the second half.
"We really challenged Jen (Hazlett) after her performance last Saturday against Navy, and I'm so proud of the way she responded," Magarity continued. "We can't win without her playing better and she obviously did that tonight."
Hazlett scored nearly half of Army's points and was the only Black Knight to reach double figures in scoring. Colgate's defense played Army junior guard/forward Anna Simmers in a box-and-one, holding the league's leading scorer to six points and a single field goal. Simmers supplemented with 10 rebounds in 30 minutes of work.
"Once shots start falling for you, it helps your confidence for the rest of the game," Hazlett said. "My morale was down after the Navy game, but my coaches challenged me to respond and I tried my best to do that tonight. We played as a team and we need to carry that into the next few games."
Freshman forward Olivia Schretzman totaled seven points, while senior guard Meagan Doucette and sophomore forward Jessica Waggoner finished with six points apiece.
Colgate freshman Missy Repoli paced the Raiders with 17 points.
Hot from the opening tip, Hazlett scored 15 of Army's first 21 points as the Black Knights took a 21-15 lead - its largest of the half - with 10:12 remaining in the first half. Scoring would be at a premium for both teams the rest of the way, but the Raiders used an 8-0 run following a Hazlett three-pointer (10:12) to pull within 21-20 with 2:47 on the clock.
Freshman forward Ella Mason halted an 8:23 scoring drought for the Black Knights, while Doucette just beat the shot clock on Army's final possession of the half. The pair's effort gave Army a 25-20 cushion heading into the locker room.
The Black Knights scored the first four points of the second half, thanks to buckets from Hazlett and Schretzman as Army matched its largest lead to that point (29-20) less than two minutes into the action.
A pair of Simmers free throws less than two minutes later put the Black Knights on top by double-digits for the first time (31-21), but the Raiders netted the next four points unanswered to pull back within six (31-25) with 16:10 to play.
The Raiders inched within six (33-27) again with 15:30 to play, but Army responded with a 9-2 run over the next 3:52 to stretch its lead to 42-27 with 11:38 to go. Hazlett scored five of the Black Knights' seven points during the stretch.
Army went on to lead by as many as 15 (48-33) on a Hazlett layup with 8:49 to play, but Colgate proceeded to score the next eight points unanswered in trimming the deficit to 48-41 with 5:58 to go. The Black Knights scored the next five points, including junior Liz Benedict's baseline three-pointer at the 4:53 mark, going back up by 12 (53-41).
Once again, the Raiders refused to go quietly and inched back within 53-46 on a Catherine Lewis triple with exactly three minutes on the clock. Army went on to score nine of the final 10 points of the game to seal its seventh Patriot League victory.
The Black Knights return to action on Saturday, Feb. 18, as the team goes up against league-leader American in Washington, D.C. The Eagles edged Navy 55-52 on Wednesday night to remain a perfect 11-0 in Patriot League play. American escaped Army with a 40-39 victory in the first regular-season meeting at Christl Arena.
Game Notes: Army wore specially designed Nike road black uniforms with pink ACU (Army Combat Uniform) insets in honor of breast cancer awareness month ... the Fourth Regiment was in attendance for "Regiment Night"... Anna Simmers saw her 12-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end ... Jen Hazlett's 12 rebounds matched a career-high ... freshmen Ella Mason and Ciara Jackson both earned first-half minutes.