Dec. 7, 2013
Army 68, Yale 56
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's nationally ranked stingy defense forced Yale into 20 turnovers, keeping the Bulldogs out of offensive rhythm as the Black Knights earned a 68-56 win in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday afternoon. Army women's basketball turned those turnovers into 24 points as the Black Knights earned their first win at Yale since 2002.
Sophomore Kelsey Minato scored a career-high 26 points to stretch her Patriot League-leading double-digit scoring streak to 24 games, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the third time this season. Minato shot 71.4 percent from the floor, leading Army which shot 61.7 percent, its highest clip since Jan. 3, 2008 (.684 vs. UMES).
After trading baskets for the first eight minutes, Army (7-1) went on a 21-2 run over an eight-minute span, forcing six Bulldog (4-5) turnovers during that period, to pull ahead 32-14 with 3:25 left in the half. Yale battled back in the final minutes of the stanza to cut the Black Knights' advantage to 34-19 at the break, with Minato boasting a game-high 14 points.
Army held Yale without a bucket for the first two minutes of the half before the two teams once again traded baskets, with the Bulldogs cutting the Black Knights' advantage to 13 points with 15 minutes to play. Sophomore Aimee Oertner helped to keep the Bulldogs at bay, however, scoring a season-high 14 points to go along with four blocks and five rebounds.
Army's lead grew to 25 with seven minutes to play and hovered around the 20-point mark until the game's final minute when the Bulldogs scored eight unanswered points to get within 12 points at the final buzzer, the closest margin since the six-minute mark of the first half.
Minato and Oertner were joined in double figures by senior Jen Hazlett, who totaled 10 points and added six rebounds. Yale's Janna Graf and Sarah Halejan totaled 13 points apiece.
The Black Knights dominated the paint, scoring 42 points inside the key to Yale's 14, while winning the battle of the boards 30-26.
Army's game at Yale marks the beginning of a three-game road swing as the Black Knights' nonconference schedule draws to a close. Following the game in New Haven, Army will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to face Penn Wednesday night. The Quakers are 2-2 heading into the weekend. Penn will travel to Bucknell on Saturday prior to its tilt with the Black Knights.
NOTES: Army matches its highest winning streak from 2012-13 with its seventh win in a row ... the Black Knights win at Yale for the first time since Jan. 5, 2002 ... Army improves to 18-10 all-time against the Bulldogs and 5-9 in games played in New Haven ... Army remains undefeated when shooting better than 35 percent ... the victory was number 128 for head coach Dave Magarity at Army ... Magarity is five wins shy of becoming Army's all-time wins leader ... his career record is 441-424.