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January 29th, 2014

Hazlett’s Performance Propels Army Past American

Army Guard Jordan Elliott tallied six points as the Black Knights defeated American. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Jen Hazlett scored a game-high 15 points, with all 15 coming in the second half, to lead the Army women’s basketball team to a 64-63 win over American on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena.

Hazlett hit a three-pointer and became the 16th 1,000-point scorer in Army women’s basketball history. The senior entered the game 11 points shy of the milestone, and now stands with 1,004 career points, ranking her 16th in program history.

Hazlett added a game-high eight rebounds to her 15-point afternoon, while sophomore Kelsey Minato totaled 14 points to extend her league-leading double-digit scoring streak to 35 games. Classmate Brianna Johnson equaled her career high of 13 points and also controlled five boards, and sophomore Aimee Oertner scored 10 points. Junior Jordan Elliott tallied six points on a perfect 3-of-3 showing from the field, while classmate Olivia Schretzman posted five points and six rebounds.

Junior Jen Dumiak led American with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting, while adding six assists and five rebounds. Redshirt senior Geleisa George posted 12 points, sophomore Michelle Holmes turned in 11, and junior Arron Zimmerman recorded nine points and six boards.

Oertner netted the first six points for Army to give the visitors an early 6-4 lead before American scored the next five to take control of a 9-6 advantage. Johnson capped a 10-4 Black Knight run with a lay-in, scoring all eight of her first-half points during the stretch. The Eagles answered with a 13-4 run to move back in front by six points at 26-20. Both sides attempted to take control of game, but neither was able to sustain better than a 5-0 run during the rest of the first frame. Army outscored the hosts 12-8.

The game’s back-and-forth flow continued into the early minutes of the second half until Minato knocked down a jumper to spark a 10-0 run for the visitors. During the run, Hazlett scored her first points of the game, knocking down a pair of three-pointers to leave Army with a 44-39 advantage. Hazlett started to heat up after netting her first six points, as she was 5-of-6 from the field, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 2-of-2 on free-throws, while accounting for 15 of her team’s 25 points during that stretch.

American scored four in a row to halt Army’s run and climb back to within one before Holmes capped a 10-4 to put the Eagles up by five. The Black Knights responded with a 14-4 run to complete a 10-point swing that put them up 62-57. American cut the lead to one after back-to-back lay-ups by Holmes and George, but Hazlett drained a pair of free-throws at the 1:44 mark to give Army a three-point lead. Holmes converted a lay-in to again cut the Black Knight lead to one.

American had a chance to take the lead with three seconds left, but missed a mid-range jumper. After the missed shot, the ball caromed off an Army player to give the Eagles the ball with 0.7 ticks left. The hosts fired a last shot as time expired, but it was off the mark.

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