Feb. 15, 2014
Army 75, Bucknell 63
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army withstood a late comeback attempt by Bucknell to grab a 75-63 victory over the Bison in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. After the triumph, the Black Knights improve to 18-6 overall and 10-3 in the conference, while Bucknell falls to 13-11 and 8-6.
As a team, Army achieved its third-best shooting game of the season after going 26-of-52 (50.0 percent) from the floor. Five different Black Knights hit a three-pointer to help the Black and Gold finish 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range, marking their sixth-best showing from deep all year.
Sophomore Kelsey Minato netted 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting and 10-of-12 free-throw shooting to extend her Patriot League-leading double-digit scoring streak to 40 games. Minato also added six assists, while classmate Aimee Oertner came one rebound shy of tallying a double-double, as she posted 13 points and nine boards on 5-of-7 shooting.
In just her third appearance of the season, junior Krishawn Tillett set career standards of 10 points and two three-pointers, and matched her career high of four field goals, knocking down 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Senior Jen Hazlett recorded eight points and six boards, while sophomore Jean Parker and freshman Danielle Failor each netted six.
Junior Audrey Dotson registered 20 points and six rebounds for Bucknell, while freshman Megan McGurk tallied 12 points. Senior Shelby Romine contributed 11 points, six boards and five assists, and sophomore Claire Maree O'Bryan finished with 10 points.
Both teams shot the ball well during the early goings of the first half, as Army was 6-of-11 from the field while Bucknell was 7-of-9, as the score stood level at 13-13 after 6:36 of action. The Black Knights put together a 2-of-4 showing from the floor during the next 3:21, and the visitors managed to knock down just two of their next seven attempts, with both field goals coming by Dotson during the stretch. Dotson kept the Bison on pace with the hosts by scoring 11 of her team's first 17 points on a 5-of-5 effort from the floor.
Army and Bucknell were deadlocked at 17 apiece at the 10:03 mark before Minato sank a pair of free-throws to cap an 11-3 run and give the Black Knights a 28-20 advantage with 5:58 remaining in the opening stanza. Army increased its lead to nine points over the next 5:52, but entered the break with a seven-point lead after Romine drained two free-throws just two seconds before the half.
Romine extended her personal run to 7-1 by netting each of Bucknell's first five points to begin the second frame and bring the visitors to within three points, at 37-34. The Black Knights answered with a 15-2 run, thanks to seven points from Minato and four from Tillett, to increase their lead to 52-36 with 13:26 left in the second half.
Bucknell cut its deficit to two points by outscoring Army, 16-2, over the next 4:10, as the scenario nearly matched the one that played out during the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 18. In the prior contest, the Bison erased a 16-point deficit midway through the second half to grab a one-point win that came on a buzzer beater.
The Black Knights kept their composure over the final 8:19 by shooting 6-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-5 from long range. The hosts didn't allow Bucknell to close the gap to within four in the last 8:19, and finished the game on a 5-1 run.
Army returns to road to face Colgate on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. before returning home for its final regular-season home contest against American on Saturday, Feb. 22.
NOTES: Army improves to 22-32 all-time versus Bucknell ... the victory is Army's fourth in its last five meetings with the Bison ... Kelsey Minato scored a game-high 29 points to extend her double-digit scoring streak to 40 games ... junior Krishawn Tillett recorded career highs of 10 points and two three-pointers ... the Black Knights received 22 points from their bench, marking the second-best scoring output from the reserves this season (44 vs. Staten Island, 12/29) ... Army shot 26-of-52 (50.0 percent) from the field to notch its third-best shooting game of the year (61.7 percent at Yale, 12/7; 50.9 percent at Holy Cross, 1/15) ... Army wore its pink uniforms for the second game in a row as part of its Pink Zone initiative to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.