Nov. 23, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Sophomore Jen Hazlett and junior Molly Yardley scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, leading a balanced Army effort in a 58-43 win over visiting Manhattan on Wednesday evening in non-conference women's basketball action at Christl Arena.
Hazlett led all players with seven rebounds and scored in double figures for the fifth game in a row. Yardley added a career-high seven assists and three steals. Freshman Olivia Schretzman, sophomore Jessica Waggoner and junior Anna Simmers each scored eight points apiece.
Army (4-1) shot 46 percent on the game, while holding Manhattan (1-3) to a 37 percent mark. The Black Knights continued their streak of leading at the half (37-19). Army closed the opening half riding a decisive 23-5 run that would be the difference in the mid-week contest.
"We went with a big lineup on the perimeter and it paid off," said sixth year head coach Dave Magarity. "I was disappointed with our turnovers (20) tonight, but overall it's a very satisfying win against a program we have struggled against in the last couple of years. Manhattan is coming off a 24-win season last year and is a very good team.
"I'm proud of the way these young kids have really bought into what we're doing here," he continued. "This is a very unselfish, selfless team and that's really refreshing."
Despite committing 20 turnovers itself, Army forced 24 Manhattan miscues and turned them into 28 points.
"We showed great awareness and intensity," Magarity said. "Manhattan lives and dies with the 1-3-1 zone and that has worked against us in the past. Tonight, we really buckled down and were focused on ball awareness."
The teams exchanged buckets over the initial 10 minutes of the game before Army began to pull away. The Black Knights broke a 14-14 tie on a layup from Waggoner, igniting a 23-5 run to close the opening stanza. Waggoner scored eight of Army's 23 points, while Yardley finished the first half with seven assists.
The Black Knights continued to hold court in the second half, leading by as many as 21 points (50-29) thanks to a baseline three-pointer from Hazlett. The Syracuse, Utah, native was 3-for-3 on from behind the arc on the game. Army led by at least 15 points from there en route to its first win over Manhattan since 2008-09.
Lindsey Loutsenhizer poured in a game-high 21 points for Manhattan.
The Black Knights continue a stretch of three games in five days when the team hosts Manhattanville on Friday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Junior Kimberlyn Martin drew a season-high nine minutes of action, all in the first half ... Molly Yardley's seven assists were the most by any Army player this season ... Yardley also played a season-high 36 minutes ... Army's 4-1 start to the season is the program's best since head coach Dave Magarity's first season in 2006-07 ... Army was the only Patriot League team in action on Wednesday night.