Army Wins Seventh Straight With 54-49 Victory At Manhattan

Anna Simmers eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season

Anna Simmers eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season

Dec. 4, 2012

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RIVERDALE, N.Y.  – Army women’s basketball improved to 5-0 on the road this season by escaping Manhattan with a 54-49 win Tuesday evening at Draddy Gymnasium. Senior guard Anna Simmers was the Black Knights’ leading scorer for the fourth time this season and second consecutive game as she totaled 21 to bump Army to its seventh consecutive victory.

With an 8-1 mark, Army is off to its best start since 2000-01, when the Black Knights began the year with a 10-1 record. Conversely, the Jaspers drop to 1-6 for the first time since 1996-97.

Army found itself in an early hole for the second consecutive game, trailing by as much as five just 1:11 into the game and for much of the first four minutes. The Black Knight defense turned it on, however, as Manhattan went through an eight-minute stretch without a basket as Army went on a 10-0 run.

The Black Knights took their first lead of the game with 8:59 remaining in the half following Simmers’ second made three-pointer of the game, a lead they would never relinquish. Army led by as much as 13 in the first and built on that right out of the gate in the second half as junior Jen Hazlett drilled a three just 30 seconds in. Hazlett would finish with 10 points and a game-high four assists.

Army held a double-digit lead steadily through the first 11 minutes of the second half before a nearly five-minute scoring drought struck the Black Knights between 8:43 and 3:55, during which Manhattan scored six unanswered points, cutting the lead to five, 47-42, with just under five to play. The Black Knights also committed 11 second-half turnovers and a season-high 21 for the game which left the door open for a Manhattan come back.

The Jaspers run was built all on inside shots as they went 0-5 from three in the second half and just 1-of-15 (6.7%) for the game. Meanwhile, the Black Knights were 4-of-9 from outside, their second-highest percentage of the season at 44 percent.

Army relied on free throws once again to clinch the win as its final seven points came from the charity stripe, including three by freshman Aimee Oertner. Manhattan failed to make a field goal in the final two-and-a-half minutes which sealed its fate along with the Black Knights’ 7-for-8 clip at the line in the final minutes.

Manhattan’s Shayna Ericksen had the game’s lone double-double with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Monica Roeder added 11 points, eight of which came in the second half.

Sophomore Olivia Schretzman led Army’s rebounding effort with 11 boards as the Black Knights won the rebounding battle for the eighth time this season, 40-33, improving to 7-1 when doing so.

The Black Knights will face another Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member on the road when they travel to Rider on Friday. Tipoff in Lawrenceville, N.J., against the Broncs is slated for 7 p.m. Rider enters the game with a 3-4 record, most recently falling to Quinnipiac. It will be Army’s first game against Rider since 2007.  

Game Notes:  Army is 8-1 under seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity for the first time in his tenure … Army is 5-0 on the road for the first time since 1983-84 … the Black Knights improved to 6-8 against Manhattan, including 3-4 in games played in Riverdale … Army’s seven-game winning streak is its best since putting together an 11-game mark in Magarity’s first season (2006-07) … Army’s starting lineup remained unchanged for the eighth consecutive games as Kelsey Minato, Jen Hazlett, Anna Simmers, Olivia Schretzman and Aimee Oertner were the first five … the Black Knights are 17-5 (.773) when Dave Magarity has two freshmen in the starting lineup ... Rider is the first of three consecutive MAAC opponents for Army … the Black Knights are 36-37 all-time against current MAAC members... freshman Brianna Johnson had a career-high seven points.    

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