Nov. 7, 2012
Army Game Notes vs. Wagner
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The 36th season of varsity women’s basketball at the United States Military Academy gets under way Friday night at Wagner College. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., at Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y.
The Last Meeting
November 11, 2011
West Point, N.Y.
Army Crushes Wagner, 70-46, In Season Opener
Juniors Molly Yardley (16 points) and Anna Simmers (14 points), along with sophomore Jen Hazlett (13 points), combined for 43 points as the Army women's basketball team opened the 2011-12 with a convincing 70-46 victory over visiting Wagner on Friday night at Christl 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.
Wagner will provide live statistical updates via ICS SIDEARM Sports on www.WagnerAthletics.com. For detailed in-game updates, follow Army women’s basketball on twitter – @WestPointWBB.
Under the direction of seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity, Army will look to improve upon its 14-16 record from a year ago and strives to capture its first winning season since 2008-09 (19-12). Magarity is one victory shy of the century mark at West Point, showing a 99-80 record, and will aim to become the third coach in Army women’s basketball history to record triple-digit victories. Entering his 30th year as a Division I head coach, Magarity collected his 400th career win during the first half of the year in 2011-12.
The Black Knights return all three of their All-Patriot League selections from a season ago, including the conference’s leading scorer and first-team selection Anna Simmers. The senior guard brought home league accolades at the end of 2011-12 along with junior guard/forward Jen Hazlett (second team) and sophomore forward Olivia Schretzman (all-rookie).
Magarity and his coaching staff welcomed a new batch of talented recruits this summer, as the Black Knights list eight freshmen on their opening-night roster. Expected to start right out of the gate are newcomers Kelsey Minato, a 5-8 guard out of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Aimee Oertner, a 6-2 forward/center from Slatington, Pa.
ARMY IN SEASON OPENERS
The Black Knights are 16-19 (.457) all-time in season openers, including 2-4 under seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity. One of Army’s 14 victories a season ago was in the season’s inaugural game, a 70-46 decision over visiting Wagner. The Seahawks, who amassed a 2-27 record last season, have been Army’s first opponent of the year in each of the last four seasons, alternating between Staten Island and West Point, N.Y., with the home team claiming victory in every contest.
Army and Wagner have faced off seven times in program history dating back to 1978-79’s 81-54 Black Knight victory at West Point. Following Wagner’s three-point victory (66-63) at the 1983-84 Cornell Invitational, the two regional foes did not meet again until Jan. 9, 2008. Starting in the 2007-08 season, the Seahawks have been on Army’s schedule every year. The Black Knights own the all-time advantage, 4-3. Army’s 24-point win over Wagner last season was its largest margin of victory over a Division I opponent since a 33-point rout of Presbyterian on Dec. 20, 2008. Last season’s meeting also marked the first time Army reached the 70-point threshold since 2009-10’s season opener - a 74-70 overtime win against Wagner.
1978-79 - Army, 81-54 - West Point, N.Y.
1983-84 - Wagner, 66-63 - Ithaca, N.Y.
2007-08 - Army, 59-50 - West Point, N.Y.
2008-09 - Wagner, 59-58 - Staten Island, N.Y.
2009-10 - Army, 74-70 (OT) - West Point, N.Y.
2010-11 - Wagner, 52-48 - Staten Island, N.Y.
2011-12 - Army, 70-46 - West Point, N.Y.
Army will lift the lid on the home portion of its 2012-13 schedule as St. Francis (N.Y.) comes to West Point on Monday, Nov. 12. Tipoff for the Veteran’s Day contest will be at 7 p.m., at the Black Knights’ recently renovated home court at Christl Arena.
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.