Dec. 11, 2013
Penn 67, Army 57
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After taking a three-point lead with 8:43 to play, Army went without a bucket for over five minutes as Penn pulled away to defeat the Black Knights, 67-57. Sophomore Kelsey Minato extended her double-digit scoring streak to 25 games after pouring in a team-high 20 points for her second consecutive 20-point showing.
Army (7-2) struggled to get into an offensive rhythm on the night, shooting just 33.3 percent despite entering the contest averaging a Patriot League-best 43.8-percent clip. The Black Knights went 0-for-6 during that decisive five-minute span, a period when the Quakers (4-2) when 3-for-8 and made a pair of free-throws. Army finished the second half shooting 30 percent, its second-lowest output of the season.
Minato scored nine of her 20 points from the free-throw line, going 9-of-9 and has now connected on 37-consecutive free-throw attempts, dating back to Nov. 14.
The contest went back and forth throughout, with 12 lead changes and nine ties, including six and four, respectively, in the embattled second half alone.
The game was divided by no more than two possessions the entire first period as Army broke Penn’s five-point lead down to two in the final seconds as Minato hit a floater in the lane just before the buzzer. Seven of the eight players head coach Dave Magarity played in the first half recorded points as well, including four apiece by Olivia Schretzman, Danielle Failor and Aimee Oertner.
Minato tried from three in Army’s first possession out of the break and was fouled, making all three free-throws to give the Black Knights their first lead since the 8:53 mark of the first half. The Quakers were quick to regain the lead right back 15 seconds later and held on to the advantage for most of the next 10 minutes.
Schretzman put the Black Knights back ahead at 8:43 after a momentum-shifting and-one, as Penn’s two leading scorers, Alyssa Baron (22 points) and Sydney Stipanovich (17 points) went to the bench with four fouls apiece. Despite their absence, Army failed to capitalize and went cold from the floor, allowing the Quakers to take control of the game.
Penn went on a 12-2 run beginning at the 3:22 mark to push its lead to a game-high 13 points as Army saw its chances fade in the final minute.
The Quakers shot 43.4 percent for the game, the highest by an Army opponent this season and just the second team to eclipse the 40-percent mark (St. Francis - .400). The Black Knights were narrowly outrebounded, 39-35, with Schretzman and senior Jen Hazlett grabbing seven boards apiece. Penn’s Katy Allen had a game-high 11 caroms.
Army will remain on the road as it gears up for its final Division I nonconference opponent of the year, Ohio State. The Black Knights and Buckeyes will tipoff on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Army’s winning streak ends at seven games, matching its longest streak of the 2012-13 season … the Black Knights fall to 2-2 in road games this season … the Quakers attempted 26 free-throws to Army’s 14 … the Black Knights made 13-of-14 from the charity stripe for their highest percentage since Feb. 9, 2013 (8-8 at Bucknell) … Jen Hazlett recorded her 500th career rebound (504) … Aimee Oertner was credited with her 100th career blocked shot.