Nov. 22, 2012
Army at WSU Box Score
OGDEN, Utah – Army women’s basketball defeated first-time opponent Weber State 77-58 on Wednesday evening at Dee Events Center led by a 26-point scoring effort by senior guard Anna Simmers. Simmers’ season-high showing highlighted an impressive offensive performance by the Black Knights as they remained undefeated on the road this season and improved to 4-1 overall.
Army shot a season-high 47.7 percent (31-65) from the floor, including 7-for-11 from three. Junior Jen Hazlett, who was playing her first collegiate game in her home state of Utah, led the Black Knights’ shooting corps, carrying a perfect 5-for-5 mark until the 12:38 mark in the second half. Hazlett’s 75 percent shooting percentage (6-8) is the best by a Black Knight this season. She finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Turnovers plagued the Wildcats (0-4) early, coughing the ball up 10 times in the first seven and-a-half minutes as Army had built up a 17-5 lead by that point. Despite cleaning up their play, WSU trailed by 10 at the half after Simmers totaled 16 of her 26 in the first stanza. Army’s halftime lead was its third consecutive, as the Black Knight would eventually improve to 3-0 when ahead at intermission.
The Wildcats got as close as eight (58-50) with 7:27 left in the game, but Simmers tacked on another eight points before games end to put the game firmly in the Black Knights’ hands.
Simmers shot 10-of-21, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, for her top shooting night all season.
Another notable performance for Army was by freshman Aimee Oertner who earned her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Oertner also tacked on six blocks and four assists, both career bests. Sophomore Olivia Schretzman was one rebound shy of a double-double, as her stat line read 12 points, nine rebounds.
Army’s 77 points are the most scored against a Division I opponent since the Black Knights put up 81 against Columbia on Nov. 25, 2007. Army’s shooting percentage was its best since going for 50 percent (21-42) against Bucknell last season (Feb. 4, 2012).
The Black Knights will have a quick turnaround before playing their biggest game so far this season. Army will fly to Colorado Springs, Colo., tomorrow morning in preparation of Friday’s showdown with service academy rival Air Force. The Falcons are 0-3 this season but have yet to play a home game. The Army-Air Force all-time series is tied 7-7, with Army winning the most recent installment back in 2009.
Game Notes: Army improved to 3-0 on the road this season – the first time they have started the season 3-0 in road games since 1983-84 … Army is 4-1 under head coach Dave Magarity for the third time … Army is 111-91 against first-time opponents … Army last defeated a Big Sky Conference foe on 11/28/03 (Portland State, 69-55) … Ciara Jackson had a season-high 4 points … Dave Magarity emptied his bench in the final minutes of the game as all 15 players who traveled entered the game … freshman Brianna Johnson recorded her first collegiate field goal … Army outrebounded (45-35) its opponent for the fourth time this season.