Feb. 1, 2013
Army at Lehigh Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball will look to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season when the Black Knights travel to Lehigh on Saturday evening to wrap up the first half of Patriot League play. Army (15-6, 4-2 PL) is coming off a 51-46 loss at home to Holy Cross, while the Mountain Hawks will look to avoid their fourth-consecutive setback following a 25-point loss to Navy on Wednesday. Lehigh (10-11, 2-4 PL) has yet to win a Patriot League game on its home court of Stabler Arena this season (0-3), while the Black Knights are 1-1 in conference road contests.
The Last Meeting
February 25, 2012
Army Draws No. 4 Seed After 56-47 Loss At Lehigh
Lehigh scored 20 of the final 31 points to secure the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament, while the 56-47 setback dropped the Black Knights into the fourth seed on Saturday night at Stabler Arena.
How To Follow
The game can be heard live on the radio on 1340-AM (Middletown) or 1390-AM (Poughkeepsie), while an audio stream will also be available on Knight Vision, Army’s subscription-based service available on www.goARMYsports.com. First-year Army Coordinator of Multimedia and Broadcasting Heath Trabue will have the call.
The game will also be televised live in the Lehigh Valley on Service Electric 2.
Live statistical updates via Stretch Internet GameCentral can be seen free of charge on www.LehighSports.com, while Patriot League All-Access will provide video for a fee at www.PatriotLeague.org. For detailed in-game updates, follow Army women’s basketball on twitter – @WestPointWBB.
Home court advantage has rung true in the Army-Lehigh series as the home team has been victorious in four straight games and 30 of 45 contests overall. The Mountain Hawks have the edge in the all-time series, 28-23, including a 17-6 record at Stabler Arena. Army last won in Bethlehem, Pa., on Feb. 10, 2007, ending a nine-year road-win draught to Lehigh. Army and Lehigh met twice in 2012, with the Mountain Hawks defeating the Black Knights, 56-47, in the regular-season finale. Anna Simmers recorded a pair of 20+ point games against the Mountain Hawks last season, including a career-best 28 in Game 1 of the 2012 series, shooting better than 50 percent for the series.
A win at Lehigh would...
• Be Army’s 16th win of the season for its highest total since 2008-09
The 2008-09 team went 19-12
• Make Army 5-2 through the first half of Patriot League play for the first time since 2007-08 and fourth time since 2001-02 when American was added
• Be Army’s first win at Lehigh since 2006-07
The Black Knights are 6-17 all-time in Bethlehem, Pa.
• Avoid Army’s first three-game losing streak of the season
• Avoid Army’s first three-game losing streak in PL play since 2010-11
• Be Army’s eighth road win of the season, its most since 2008-09
The Black Knights went 9-7 on the road that season
• Be Dave Magarity’s 115th win at Army and 428th career victory
Magarity’s records: 114-86 at Army; 427-420 career
• Be Dave Magarity’s 53rd Patriot League win
Magarity’s PL record: 52-37
Saturday night’s Army-Lehigh game will put the Patriot League’s top two rookies on the court against each other for the first time this season. The Black Knights’ prized young gun is point guard Kelsey Minato, a six-time conference Rookie of the Week and the PL’s leading scorer in league games. The Mountain Hawks are anchored by 6’3” forward Kerry Kinek. Kinek is the only player not from Army to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season, which she has done three times. Kinek ranks third in the PL in scoring and fifth in rebounding in 2012-13 with averages of 12.7 and 8.1, respectively. Kinek will be reunited down low with another young standout on the Army roster in Aimee Oertner. Both Kinek and Oertner hail from the Lehigh Valley and were named Pennsylvania All-State players during their senior seasons in 2012. They’ve played against each other throughout their young careers, including 2010’s District Final and the Lehigh Valley All-Star Game in 2012.
Last Time Out
After starting Patriot League play 4-0, Army women’s basketball lost its second consecutive conference game on Wednesday night as Holy Cross defeated the Black Knights at Christl Arena, 51-46. Army was hamstrung by a 15-point first half and found themselves in a 15-point hole with six minutes remaining before clawing back, but the final minute frenzies were not enough as the Black Knights fell to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in the league. Junior Jen Hazlett totaled a team-high 15 points on five three-pointers, matching her career best, and freshman Kelsey Minato tacked on 11, while sophomore Olivia Schretzman tied for the game high with seven rebounds. For the full box score and recap, click HERE.
Army will complete the first cycle of Patriot League games against Lehigh on Saturday and will have a week to prepare for its next contest – a Saturday evening showdown at Bucknell on Feb. 9. The Black Knights defeated the Bison in the conference opener, 68-60, as Army eyes its second consecutive season sweep of Bucknell. The Bison wrap up their first set of Patriot League games at Navy on Saturday evening. BU enters the weekend with a 13-8 overall record, including 4-2 in conference games.