Dec. 10, 2012
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Army vs. Loyola Box Score
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior Jen Hazlett made a career-best five three-pointers, including two in the final 90 seconds, but Army women's basketball fell to Loyola (Md.) 53-47 at West Point's Christl Arena on Monday night. Hazlett finished with 19 points, while Aimee Oertner chipped in a double-double as the Black Knights fell to 8-2. Loyola improved to 5-6 on the year, including three victories over Patriot League teams.
Hazlett carried the Black Knight offense with her 7-of-13 shooting performance, including 5-of-7 from outside. Army shot 30.9 percent (17-of-55) as a team, but without Hazlett's contributions they were just 10-of-42 for 23.8 percent.
Oertner, who had not made a field goal since the Air Force game on Nov. 23, broke out of her offensive slump with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The freshman forward also added two blocks. The double-double was her fifth of the year.
Army's offense came out strong in the first, making all three of their first attempts from the floor, but they quickly cooled off. The Greyhounds surged to a 15-0 run as the Black Knights missed their next 14 field goal attempts. Army went without a field goal between 16:10 and 5:55 in the first half, helping Loyola to an 11-point (29-18) lead at intermission.
The Black Knights rallied in the second, going on a 10-0 run of their own to tie the game 34-34 with 12:24 remaining. But Loyola fought right back, going on a 10-2 stretch to carry an eight-point lead, 44-36, into the under-eight media timeout.
Army got within two with 1:27 remaining thanks to an and-one by Oertner and a triple by Hazlett, but senior Anna Simmers committed a costly foul with just five seconds left on the shot clock and 59 seconds remaining on the game clock, sending Loyola's Katie Sheahin to the line for a pair of freebies.
Sheahin made both free throws and Hazlett responded with her fifth three of the game, before Sheahin sealed the game with another pair from the charity stripe. Sheahin led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including an 8-of-8 showing from the line.
Oertner had a game-high 11 rebounds as Army outrebounded the Greyhounds 33-28.
"We once again made some bad decisions down the stretch, especially with the foul with 50-something seconds left," said Army head coach Dave Magarity. "We did that for the second game in a row in a similar situation, so that's obviously something we have to work on.
"I'm disappointed. We just didn't look like we had any energy in the first half. They got us on our heels early - things weren't going our way - we missed a lot of shots, shooting 20-something percent in the first half. But I thought we did a lot better job in the second half. We came out and battled, but three of our starters were just 5-for-32 from the floor.
"Sheahin was terrific and we knew that coming in. Simmers did a solid job on her at times, but she also makes other players better and that's what dangerous about her."
Army falls to 1-4 all-time against Loyola, which is slated to join the Patriot League prior to the 2013-14 season.
Army will host the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Thursday at Christl Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. The game against the Mariners will be the Black Knights last one prior to a 17-day break for Term-End Exams (TEE) Week and the holidays. Following USMMA, Army will play next on Dec. 30 at home against Bryant.