Army's Aimee Oertner garnered her first career weekly honor Monday with the Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week Award.
Nov. 12, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The first weekend of the 2012-13 women's basketball season is in the books for the eight Patriot League teams, with Lafayette junior Danielle Fiacco and Army freshman Aimee Oertner picking up the first Anaconda weekly honors of the season. Fiacco was named the Anaconda Player of the Week for the second time in her career, while Oertner nabbed the Rookie of the Week nod.
Fiacco opened with back-to-back double-doubles as the Leopards split their first two contests of the season, while Oertner recorded a double-double in her first career outing in the Black Knights' win Friday at Wagner. Her effort helped deliver Dave Magarity's 100th victory of his seven-year tenure at Army.
More information will be available in Tuesday's weekly women's basketball release from the Patriot League.
Two contests are on the docket Monday evening. American is on the road visiting Oakland at 6:30 p.m., while Oertner and the Black Knights open their home slate at 7 p.m. hosting St. Francis (N.Y.).
ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK DANIELLE FIACCO, LAFAYETTEJr., C, Brewster, N.Y. Fiacco began 2012-13 with a pair of strong performances, helping the Leopards get out to a 1-1 start. In Friday's opener, she scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 15 rebounds and six blocks in Lafayette's 62-51 win over Loyola-Chicago. She scored another 13 points with 10 boards and six more rejections as Lafayette hung tough before falling 60-54 at Seton Hall. For the week, Fiacco shot 11 of 16 (68.8 percent) from the field and averaged 12.5 rebounds per game while going a perfect 4 of 4 at the foul line. It's Fiacco's third career weekly honor and her second naming to the Anaconda Player of the Week nod.
ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK AIMEE OERTNER, ARMYFr., F/C, Slatington, Pa. It was a big debut for Oertner, who scored 18 points with 12 rebounds and four blocks in 30 minutes off the bench in the Black Knights' 65-62 win at Wagner Friday night. She's the first freshman in Army history to record a double-double in her collegiate debut, and she shot a team-best 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from the field. She rounded out her stat line with one assist and one steal. Friday's road win over the Seahawks was Army's first season-opening victory away from West Point since 1987.
HONORABLE MENTIONS JEN DUMIAK, AMERICANSo., G, Carlsbad, Calif. Dumiak scored a career-high 21 points with four rebounds and was stellar from the foul line (10 of 12) in American's 57-53 loss at Western Michigan.
JEN HAZLETT, ARMYJr., G/F, Syracuse, Utah Hazlett tied Oertner with a game-high 18 points and chipped in eight boards and three assists in Army's 65-62 win at Wagner.
SHELBY ROMINE, BUCKNELLJr., G, Centreville, Va. Rombine poured in 21 points on 7-of-16 from the field with four assists and a pair of steals in 21 minutes as Bucknell hung tough before falling 71-62 at Xavier on Saturday.
ALEX SMITH, HOLY CROSSJr., G, Delran, N.J. Smith scored 17 points with eight assists and seven boards in 33 minutes as 2012 Patriot League runner-up Holy Cross defeated Yale 87-71 in Friday's season opener.
KERRY KINEK, LEHIGHFr., F, Whitehall, Pa. Kinek shot 50 percent from the field and logged a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds in Lehigh's loss Friday night at No. 13/15 Cal.