WEST POINT - Senior Jen Hazlett scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high-tying 12 rebounds to lead the Army women’s basketball team to a 64-60 Patriot League victory over American on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena. With the win, the Black Knights improve to 19-7 overall and 11-4 in the conference, while the Eagles, slip to 19-8 and 12-4.
Army sophomore Kelsey Minato also netted 20 points while collecting six boards, and classmate Brianna Johnson and freshman Danielle Failor each chipped in six points. Sophomore Aimee Oertner controlled six rebounds and turned away a season-high-tying four shots.
Junior Arron Zimmerman finished with 20 points while going 4-of-7 from three-point range for American, while senior Alexis Dobbs notched 17 points and six rebounds. Junior Jen Dumiak recorded 10 points, and classmate Shaquilla Curtis added seven points and six boards off the bench.
The visitors were in front by as many as eight in the opening half, but Hazlett hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cap a 7-0 Army run and bring the Black Knights to within one at the break. Minato scored five of Army’s first 12 points, as she buried a three-pointer 5:55 into the game to give the hosts their largest lead of the frame, at 12-10. American outscored Army, 6-4, during the next 3:06 to knot the game at 16 apiece before taking off on a 17-9 run during a stretch of 8:07 to grab hold of an eight-point lead.
The Black Knights began the second half by knocking down 6-of-13 shots to extend their 7-0 run before halftime to 16-7. Five players scored for Army during the stretch, including Hazlett and Minato, as the Black Knights led, 48-40. The Eagles attempted to come back, but Army countered and extended its lead back to eight on three separate occasions.
Following Hazlett’s jumper that put the hosts up by eight for the final time, Zimmerman drained back-to-back threes to cut American’s deficit to two points. Johnson kept Army’s ensuing possession alive, grabbing a key offensive rebound. Army took some time off the clock in its next possession until Hazlett knocked down a three-pointer to extend the lead to 60-55 with 18 seconds left to play.
Dobbs converted a pair of free-throws at the 14 second mark to cut the American deficit to three, but Johnson extended it back to five with two foul shots of her own just four seconds later. The Eagles didn’t make it easy for the hosts, as Dobbs buried a three with seven ticks to go, but Minato knocked in a couple of free-throws after a quick foul to make the score 64-60. Army’s defense prevented American from getting a good look at the basket in the final six seconds, as the Black Knights hung on for the win.