WEST POINT - Sophomore Kelsey Minato scored an Academy-record 49 points during the Army women’s basketball team’s 92-85 Patriot League loss to Holy Cross on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena.
Minato also added six rebounds and four steals, while senior Jen Hazlett notched 15 points and seven boards. Junior Olivia Schretzman chipped in a team-high eight rebounds while finishing with four points, and sophomore Allie Setter contributed a career-best six points off the bench.
Sophomore Raquel Scott led Holy Cross with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Alex Smith netted 23 points. Sophomore Kate Gillespie tallied 16 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting, and classmate Molly Hourigan came close to a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks. Senior Brisje Malone and junior Emily Parker each registered seven points.
Holy Cross opened up an 8-6 lead before using a 7-3 run to extend its lead to six. Army scored five of the game’s next seven points to cut the advantage to three, but the Crusaders outscored the Black Knights 21-6 to move out to an 18-point lead. Holy Cross went 8-for-13 from the field during the run, while holding Army to a 0-of-7 showing. The hosts responded with a 10-5 run, but entered the break trailing by 13 points, their largest halftime deficit of the season.
Army attempted to close the 13-point gap early in a second stanza, but couldn’t find success from the field, despite staying in the game by virtue of its free-throw shooting. Hazlett and Minato contributed to an 8-of-8 free-throw performance, but the Black Knights managed just 1-of-6 shooting during that span, with their only bucket coming from freshman Danielle Failor.
Failor’s lay-in cut the Holy Cross lead to 10, but the advantage quickly ballooned back to 17 after back-to-back threes by Smith.
Minato hit a three-pointer to spark a 15-6 run that closed the gap to two, at 74-72. The Crusaders scored the next six points in just 50 seconds to increase their advantage to eight before the Black Knights narrowed it to five . Minato netted the final six points for the hosts, but Army could only bring the margin as close as five in the remaining minutes.