Nov. 19, 2013
Army vs. Manhattan Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball will look to make it three in a row on Wednesday night when Manhattan comes to town for a 7 p.m. tilt. The 2-1 Black Knights are coming off a 57-51 win over visiting Weber State on Sunday afternoon, while the Jaspers, at 1-1, most recently lost at Towson, 63-43.
The Last Meeting
December 4, 2012
Army and Manhattan have had one common opponent this season in Fairleigh Dickinson. The Black Knights handed the Knights a 75-51 setback last week, while the Jaspers opened the ‘13-14 season with a 73-63 victory at FDU. Army is in the midst of its longest homestand of the season (four games), while Manhattan is in the middle of its longest road stretch of the year at three games. Army went 11-4 at Christl Arena a season ago and is currently 2-0, while Manhattan was 1-12 in road games last year.
For tickets to Wednesday’s game, 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 can be heard live on the radio on 1340-AM (Middletown) or 1390-AM (Poughkeepsie), and via audio stream on Knight Vision, Army’s subscription-based service available on www.goARMYsports.com. Army’s Nick DeSanctis will have the call. The Patriot League Network will offer a video stream – visit PatriotLeague.org for more information.
Live statistical updates via CBS Sports GameTracker will be available on Army’s website as well. For detailed in-game updates, follow Army women’s basketball on twitter – @WestPointWBB.
LAST SEASON AGAINST MANHATTAN
Army defeated Manhattan 54-49 in Riverdale, N.Y., on Dec. 4, 2012, led by Anna Simmers’ game-high 21 points. The Black Knights maintained a double-digit lead through most of the second half against the Jaspers, before a five-minute stretch without a field goal allowed Manhattan to fight back into the contest. In the end, Army sank 7-of-8 free-throws in the final minutes to secure the victory. For the full recap and box score to that game, click HERE.
Army is eyeing its longest winning streak in the series against Manhattan when the two square off on Wednesday night. The Black Knights won the last two meetings by an average of 10 points, including last season’s 54-49 victory in Riverdale, N.Y. Manhattan maintains the all-time series lead, 8-6, which dates back to the 1978-79 campaign, Army’s second season as a Division I program. The Black Knights are 3-3 all-time against the Jaspers at home, last playing at Christl Arena in 2011-12.
LAST TIME OUT
A 20-point lead proved not to be safe as Army narrowly escaped with a 57-51 win over visiting Weber State Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena. The Black Knights turned 17 Wildcat turnovers into 18 points to stretch their lead midway through the second half, before WSU mounted their own comeback, taking Army down to the wire on its home court before sophomore Kelsey Minato solidified the win. Army opened the game on a different note than Thursday night’s tilt against Fairleigh Dickinson, scoring 18 of its 27 points of the first half inside the paint. The Black Knights made 10 three-pointers through the first 20 minutes against FDU, two shy of the program record for total threes made in a game. Army shot just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from deep on Sunday afternoon, scoring 34 of its 57 points from inside the key, its highest total since scoring 38 in the paint at Weber State last season (Nov. 21, 2012). For the full recap and box score from Sunday afternoon’s game, click HERE.
Army picked up on Monday where it left off in ‘12-13 as freshman Danielle Failor was voted the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Failor recorded a double-double in her first career game, totaling 10 points and 11 rebounds at St. Francis (11/11). For the week, the rookie out of Post Falls, Idaho, averaged 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds over three games. Army had a virtual monopoly on the Patriot League Rookie of the Week citation in ‘12-13 as Kelsey Minato and Aimee Oertner snagged 11 of the 16 certificates the Black Knights were eligible for. In addition, Minato and Anna Simmers combined for five Player of the Week awards, as Army set records for total weekly awards, claiming 16 of the possible 34. Minato’s eight Rookie of the Week certificates set an Army record and tied the Patriot League standard.
NOT TO WORRY
Senior Jen Hazlett was held scoreless against Weber State on Sunday afternoon for just the third time in 64 career starts. But that’s no reason to worry; Hazlett has come out hot in the starts following the ones she was held without a point. After going scoreless in the 2010-11 season finale at Bucknell, Hazlett recorded her first career 20-point game in her very next start at St. Francis (N.Y.). After putting up a goose egg against Lafayette last season, she averaged 15 points per game the following two contests, which included a season-high 22 points at Colgate.
Army’s season-long homestand wraps up on Saturday when Ivy League foe Brown comes to West Point. Tipoff against the Bears is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Christl Arena. Brown is 1-1 this season, narrowly edged by Patriot League squad Lafayette, 70-69, in its season opener, before winning at Saint Peter’s on Saturday. The Bears will travel to Bryant on Wednesday before coming to West Point on Saturday. Brown handed Army a 48-45 loss last season.