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February 5th, 2014

Black Knights Outlast Loyola For Overtime Win

Army Forward Brianna Johnson (41) handles the ball as the Black Knight’s overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half to defeat Loyola 56-45 at Christl Arena. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
WEST POINT - Army overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and outscored Loyola, 14-3, in the extra session to pick up a 56-45 overtime victory on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.

Sophomore Kelsey Minato led all scorers with 18 points, while tallying five rebounds and three assists. Aimee Oertner posted 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and collected a game-high seven boards, three blocks and three steals. Jean Parker hit a pair of three-pointers to finish with 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Freshman Lauren Daugherty netted a career-high 15 points for Loyola, while senior Nicole Krusen contributed 12 points. Classmate Nneka Offodile turned in a seven-point, four-rebound performance for Greyhound squad that used just seven players in the contest.

After regulation ended at a 42-42 tie, Army was successful on 4-of-5 of its attempts from the floor in overtime, while holding Loyola to 1-of-5 from the field. Parker knocked down a triple before Offodile scored her team’s next three points to even the score a 45 apiece. Sophomore Brianna Johnson knocked in a jumper before assisting on Minato’s three and was part of an 11-0 Black Knight run to close the game.

Both teams struggled shooting in the first half, with Army hitting 7-of-22 from the floor and Loyola converting 5-of-14. The Black Knights led 12-10 until the Greyhounds went 10-of-11 from the foul line as part of a 16-4 run to grab a 26-16 advantage. Army cut Loyola’s lead to six by halftime after a 5-1 run

Army extended their 5-1 run to a 24-5 stretch thanks to a 9-of-18 showing on field goals. The Black Knights received points from seven players during the run, including six from Minato and five from Parker. Army controlled six of its 13 offensive rebounds in the contest during its run, as it turned a 27-21 halftime deficit into a 40-31 lead. Loyola answered with a run of its own, outscoring the hosts 11-2. Greyhound sophomore Jeneh Perry converted a pair of free-throws to knot the contest at 42-42.

Army drew a pair of fouls which allowed it to use all but three seconds of the remaining time to take a final shot. The Black Knights ran the clock down to under 10 seconds before Krusen made a steal with three ticks left. Senior Jen Hazlett stole the ball back for Army just two seconds later, but there wasn’t enough time to get a clean look at the basket before time expired.

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