Nov. 19, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – For the second consecutive week, freshman women’s basketball player Aimee Oertner was named the Anaconda Rookie of the Week as announced by the Patriot League on Monday afternoon. Oertner averaged a double-double en route to leading Army to a 2-1 record in the second week of play.
Oertner opened the week with a quiet five-point, 10-rebound, three-block showing against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Nov. 12, before kicking into gear at Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 15) and against Penn (Nov. 18). The Slatington, Pa., native was one of three Black Knights to tally double-doubles against the Knights, as Oertner registered 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks through 33 minutes of work. Against the Quakers, Oertner pounded the glass for a game-high 12 caroms to go along with 12 points and four blocks.
For the week, Oertner averaged 11 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. Through her first four collegiate contests, the freshman leads Army by averaging 12.8 points, 11 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and a .500 shooting percentage (19-38).
Oertner, who was also named the conference’s top rookie of the week by CollegeSportsMadness.com, becomes the first Black Knight since Nalini Hawkins (West Point ’11) to earn back-to-back Patriot League Rookie of the Week plaudits. Hawkins garnered the honors Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 2007.
Oertner and the rest of the Black Knights will spend Thanksgiving week in the Mountain West region of the United States as they will face Weber State in Ogden, Utah, on Nov. 21, before reigniting their rivalry with Air Force in USAFA, Colo., on Nov. 23.