Nov. 19, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Sophomore forward Jessica Waggoner established career highs in points (11) and rebounds (eight), helping the Army women's basketball team score 25 of the final 32 points of the game and earn its third win of the season, a 51-37 triumph over visiting Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.
Waggoner's 11 points came off the bench and tied classmate Jen Hazlett for the team scoring lead. Hazlett added eight rebounds as well, while freshman forward Olivia Schretzman finished with a team-high nine boards to go with eight points. Junior guard Molly Yardley nailed a pair of three-pointers en route to a nine-point effort.
Army (3-1), which trailed Fairleigh Dickinson (1-3) by a 26-25 score with 14 minutes to play in the contest, used its decisive 25-7 run to close the game and notch its third win of the season.
"We did some really good things in the first half, but we didn't have any rhythm," said sixth-year head coach Dave Magarity. "Give FDU a lot of credit. They are a very aggressive group with great quickness and athleticism. We really turned things around rebounding in the second half. Our front line was tremendous. It was a real `coming out' for Jess Waggoner and she was a difference-maker this afternoon.
"Liv Schretzman deserves some credit as well," Magarity continued. "She's such a work horse in there and is playing well beyond her years as a freshman. Liz Benedict (seven points) also played a terrific game. She played a very, very productive 21 minutes for us today."
Army led at halftime (20-19) for the fourth game in a row, but outscored the Knights by a 30-18 margin in the second half to come away victorious. The Black Knights won the battle of the boards, 44-32.
Hazlett's transition layup at the 14:18 mark gave Army a 6-2 lead. Eight unanswered FDU points quickly put the Knights on top (10-6) with 10 minutes to play in the half.
Anna Simmers fed Waggoner in the post for an easy layup at the 9:01 mark, ending a 5:17 scoring drought and pulling the Black Knights within two (10-8). Simmers proceeded to hit a wide-open jumper, which tied the score (10-10) for a third time with eight minutes to go in the opening half.
Army scored seven of the next 10 points, including a Yardley three-pointer (6:50) and Waggoner (5:06) layup as the Black Knights went took a lead (17-13) for the first time since the 13:50 mark.
The teams traded buckets to end the first half as Army held a 20-19 lead at the break.
Yardley's second blocked shot of the game led to a transition pull-up three-pointer gave the Black Knights a 24-21 edge 2:35 into the second half. Fairleigh Dickinson then went on a 9-2 run and match its largest lead of the game (30-26) with 12:30 remaining in the contest.
With the score tied at 30-30, FDU's Esther Wallace was charged with a technical foul at which time the Black Knights hit 1-of-4 free throws and established a 31-30 lead. It also marked the Knights' 10th foul of the game, turning the tide and putting Army in the double bonus over the final 9:49.
The single made free throw courtesy of Waggoner spurred an 11-0 Army run. Waggoner's jumper with 7:11 capped the surge and gave the Black Knights a 37-30 lead. Army continued to roll the rest of the way and held the Knights to five free throws and a single field goal with four seconds to play.
Senior guard Mariyah Laury paced Fairleigh Dickinson with 14 points to lead all players.
Army continues its three-game home stand with a pair of games next week around the Thanksgiving holiday. The Black Knights host Manhattan on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. before welcoming Manhattanville on Friday, Nov. 25, for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Game Notes: The Black Knights presented head coach Dave Magarity and his wife, Rita, with commemorative 400th victory basketballs prior to Saturday's tipoff ... Magarity recorded his 400th win last Wednesday at St. Francis (N.Y.) ... Army has led at halftime of every game so far this season ... the game featured eight ties and eight lead changes ... four of Jessica Waggoner's eight rebounds came off the offensive glass ... Army has out-rebounded three of its first four opponents of the season.