Feb. 22, 2014
Army 64, American 60
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Jen Hazlett scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high-tying 12 rebounds to lead the Army women's basketball team to a 64-60 Patriot League victory over American on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. With the win, the Black Knights improve to 19-7 overall and 11-4 in the conference, while the Eagles, slip to 19-8 and 12-4.
Army entered the contest in third place in the Patriot League, while American came in second. Hazlett, who entered the game ranked 12th on the Academy's all-time scoring list, increased her career point total to 1,108 to surpass Kim Hall (USMA '81) and move into a tie with Pat Walter (USMA '82) for 10th in team history.
Army sophomore Kelsey Minato also netted 20 points while collecting six boards, and classmate Brianna Johnson and freshman Danielle Failor each chipped in six points. Sophomore Aimee Oertner controlled six rebounds and turned away a season-high-tying four shots.
Junior Arron Zimmerman finished with 20 points while going 4-of-7 from three-point range for American, while senior Alexis Dobbs notched 17 points and six rebounds. Junior Jen Dumiak recorded 10 points, and classmate Shaquilla Curtis added seven points and six boards off the bench.
The visitors were in front by as many as eight in the opening half, but Hazlett hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cap a 7-0 Army run and bring the Black Knights to within one at the break. Minato scored five of Army's first 12 points, as she buried a three-pointer 5:55 into the game to give the hosts their largest lead of the frame, at 12-10. American outscored Army, 6-4, during the next 3:06 to knot the game at 16 apiece before taking off on a 17-9 run during a stretch of 8:07 to grab hold of an eight-point lead.
The Black Knights began the second half by knocking down 6-of-13 shots to extend their 7-0 run before halftime to 16-7. Five players scored for Army during the stretch, including Hazlett and Minato, who each poured in five of their team's first 16 points of the second stanza, as the Black Knights led, 48-40, with 12:00 left. The Eagles attempted to come back, but Army countered and extended its lead back to eight on three separate occasions.
Following Hazlett's jumper at the 2:38 mark that put the hosts up by eight for the final time, Zimmerman drained back-to-back threes to cut American's deficit to two points with 1:27 remaining in the contest. Johnson kept Army's ensuing possession alive, grabbing a key offensive rebound that gave the Black Knights a fresh 30-second shot clock with 51 ticks left. Army took some time off the clock in its next possession until Hazlett knocked down a three-pointer with the shot clock nearly expired to extend the lead to 60-55 with 18 seconds left to play.
Dobbs converted a pair of free-throws at the 14 second mark to cut the American deficit to three, but Johnson extended it back to five with two foul shots of her own just four seconds later. The Eagles didn't make it easy for the hosts, as Dobbs buried a three with seven ticks to go, but Minato knocked in a couple of free-throws after a quick foul to make the score 64-60. Army's defense prevented American from getting a good look at the basket in the final six seconds, as the Black Knights hung on for the win.
The Black Knights will conclude their regular season with a three-game road trip that will take them to Lehigh, Boston University and Lafayette. Army will face Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa., on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in a makeup game from Feb. 5.
NOTES: Army improves to 12-17 all-time versus American ... the Black Knights' season sweep of the Eagles is their second of the year (swept Loyola) ... Jen Hazlett reached 1,108 points and moved into a tie for 10th on the program's all-time scoring list after netting 20 points against American ... Hazlett's double-double was her fourth of the season ... Hazlett was honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the game ... Kelsey Minato scored 20 points to increase her double-digit scoring streak to 42 contests ... Minato reached at least 20 points for the fourth game in a row and for the 15th time this season ... Aimee Oertner matched her season high of four blocks ... head coach Dave Magarity picked up his 140th win at Army (140-96).