Olivia Schretzman battling for the rebound Wednesday night
Feb. 20, 2013
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Army’s stay atop the Patriot League women’s basketball standings lasted just three days as the Black Knights were upset by last-place Colgate 60-56 on Wednesday night in Hamilton, N.Y. Junior Jen Hazlett tallied a game-high 22 points, her highest total of the season, to lead three Black Knights in double figures.
Army and Navy entered the week in a tie for first place after the Black Knights defeated the Midshipmen on Saturday, but Navy topped American on Wednesday night to claim the top spot in the Patriot League standings and push the Black Knights to No. 2.
Army (19-7, 8-3 Patriot League) led by as many as 12 points with 12:14 remaining in the game before Colgate (8-18, 2-9 PL) went on a 13-0 run over a span of less than four minutes which included seven Black Knight turnovers and zero field-goal attempts by Army. The Black Knights went on to score just eight points in the final 12 minutes while the Raiders tallied 24 during that span.
Hazlett was the Black Knights’ offensive epicenter in the second half as she scored 16 of her 22 in the final 20 minutes. The junior guard shot 77.8 percent from the floor for the game, making seven of nine attempts for her most accurate night since the 2011-12 season opener against Wagner (6-7; .857). Army as a whole shot the ball well, eclipsing the 40-percent mark for the 12th time this season, but falling to 11-1 when doing so.
Colgate took its first lead of the second half with 7:38 remaining but Army would regain the lead two more times, never by more than a one-possession difference.
The final two minutes were a true battle as the Raiders led 58-55. Army head coach Dave Magarity called a timeout with 1:43 remaining, but senior Anna Simmers missed the jumper attempt out of the break as the shot clock ticked down and Colgate’s Jhazmine Lynch grabbed the rebound. Colgate rimmed out its ensuing shot attempt with Simmers collecting the board before Hazlett was hacked taking it to the hoop at the other end.
Hazlett made one of two free-throw attempts to cut Colgate’s lead to 58-56 with 57 seconds left. Army’s defense held strong as the Raiders’ Mariah Jones was forced to throw up a long-range shot with time expiring on the shot clock, with Jones’ shot falling out of bounds.
The Black Knights got the ball back with 25 seconds remaining and down two, as freshman Kelsey Minato’s floater attempt in the lane hit the front of the rim but Simmers grabbed the board before Minato got another attempt off which was off the mark.
Colgate took over as Minato’s missed shot fell out of bounds, but the Army defense came up with another big stop as the Raiders failed to inbound the ball within the five-second limit. With the ball thrown in from under the Army hoop, sophomore Olivia Schretzman took the ball to the basket but was whistled for the offensive foul with three seconds remaining. Hazlett quickly fouled Colgate’s Lauryn Kobeila off the inbounds pass, who went to the line and made a pair of free-throws to seal the win for the Raiders, 60-56.
Schretzman tied for the game lead with six rebounds as the Black Knights won the battle of the boards, 37-27. Minato and Simmers added 11 points apiece, as Minato’s double-digit scoring streak extended to 11 games, the most in the Patriot League.
Jones led Colgate with 17 points, while Kelly Reid was the team’s top rebounder with six caroms. The Raiders shot 42.3 percent from the floor
Up next for the Black Knights, Army will look to avenge one of its two Patriot League losses from the first round of play on Saturday when the Black Knights host American at 3 p.m. The Eagles defeated Army 45-42 on Jan. 26 in Washington, D.C., and lost to Navy on Wednesday to enter the weekend with a 13-12 mark overall, including a third-place league mark of 6-5.
Game Notes: Army’s record against Colgate dropped to 33-20 all-time, including 12-12 in games played at Colgate … Jen Hazlett’s 22 points were her most since totaling 30 against the Raiders on Feb. 15, 2012 … prior to Wednesday night’s loss to Colgate, Army had not lost all season when it shot 40 percent or better as a team, or had a player score 20 or more points.