Feb. 12, 2013
Army vs. Lafayette Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball turned the corner in Patriot League play with an ugly nine-point win at Bucknell on Saturday night, as both teams shot well below 30 percent in what turned out to be the lowest scoring game in the 52-contest series between the Black Knights and Bison. The victory pushed Army to its second consecutive season sweep of Bucknell. Second-place Army (17-6, 6-2 PL) now eyes its second sweep of the conference schedule when sixth-place Lafayette (10-13, 3-5 PL) comes to town on Wednesday. Tipoff against the Leopards is set for 7 p.m. at Christl Arena.
The Last Meeting
January 16, 2013
Army Freshmen Lead The Way In 63-43 Win At Lafayette
Army women's basketball secured its second consecutive Patriot League win on Wednesday evening with a 63-43 win at Lafayette. Freshmen Kelsey Minato and Aimee Oertner combined for 32 points, including Minato's game-high 21 as the Black Knights improved to 2-0 in conference play for the fourth consecutive season.
The Black Knights won the first meeting in Easton, Pa., in mid January by a 20-point margin for their largest league win in nearly two years (+22 vs. Lafayette, 2/23/11). Army has recorded multiple regular-season series sweeps six times since 2001-02, most recently in 2011-12.
Army will wear its specially designed white uniforms with pink ACU (Army Combat Uniform) insets in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Black Knights wore their road black with pink ACU insets at Bucknell on Saturday. Army’s official National Girls And Women In Sports and Pink Zone Game will be on Feb. 23 against American.
For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com or call 1-877-TIX-ARMY. Fans can also stop by the ticket office at its new location at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium during its regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). The Holleder Center ticket office, located just outside Christl Arena, opens for sales one hour prior to home contests.
How To Follow
The game will be aired via an audio and video stream 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.
Live statistical updates via Game Tracker can be seen free of charge on www.goARMYsports.com. For detailed in-game updates, follow Army women’s basketball on twitter – @WestPointWBB.
Army is eyeing its 10th regular-season season sweep of Lafayette on Wednesday night, the most against any Patriot League team. The Black Knights lead the all-time series, 30-23, which dates back to the 1983-84 campaign. Army is aiming for its fifth consecutive victory over the Leopards, matching Colgate for the highest active winning streak against any conference foe. The Black Knights are 19-9 all-time on their home court against Lafayette, while head coach Dave Magarity boasts an 11-2 mark against the Leopards.
Army’s Record vs. Lafayette...
at West Point: 19-9
at Lafayette: 11-14
in postseason: 1-1
Last Time Out
Despite entering the final five minutes of the game shooting just two of 17, senior Anna Simmers did not let it deter her as she went on an 10-point scoring outburst to push Army women’s basketball to a 44-35 win at Bucknell Saturday night. Simmers had just two points at halftime but went on to tie for an Army-best 14 along with freshman Kelsey Minato. The win over the Bison is the second of the season for Army as the Black Knights earn the season sweep of Bucknell for the second consecutive season. For the full box score and recap, click HERE.
Beating The Odds
Saturday’s 44-35 win at Bucknell went against Army trends in 2012-13. Looking at Army’s record in certain situations prior to the game against the Bison, the Black Knights bested the odds by winning when they scored less than 50 points (0-5), were outshot from the floor (4-6), attempted fewer free-throws than their opponent (4-5), had less defensive rebounds than their opponent (2-5), trailed at the half (1-5), were not winning with five minutes remaining (2-5) and scored less than 20 points in a single half (0-4). In historical trends, Army had only beaten Bucknell twice (2-2) at Sojka Pavilion when going for the season sweep of the Bison and had only won eight times (8-14) in Game 2 of the season series which dates back to 1990-91.
The pinnacle of the second half of conference play is set for Saturday as Army will travel to Annapolis, Md., to face service academy rival Navy. Tipoff at the Midshipmen’s Alumni Hall is set for 11:30 a.m. The Black Knights bested Navy 53-42 in the first game of the season series on Jan. 20 at West Point. Saturday’s contest will decide the winner of the Gold Star, as Army is in search of its first Star Game victory since 2011 and first season sweep of the Midshipmen since 2008.