WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WORSLEY
Army went on a 19-2 run between the halves that put them up for good as the Black Knights defeated the St. Francis Lady Terriers 59-43 on Wednesday night.
St. Francis (0-2) has lost 20 straight games dating back to last season and have not won their home opener since 2007.
Army (2-1) opened up the game with an early 5-0 lead when guard Jen Hazlett connected on her first two shots, one of which was a three-pointer.
The Lady Terriers would bounce back, however, going on a 6-0 run to ties the game at 10 apiece.
Later in the first half, St. Francis grabbed their first lead of the game when freshman Katie Fox hit a three-pointer to pull St. Francis ahead 19-16.
St. Francis held the lead until the final three minutes of the first half, when Army went on an 8-0 run to close out the opening period. During the run, Molly Yardley scored five of her 11 points, including a game-tying three-pointer.
Army would extend their lead in the second half, scoring on back-to-back three pointer by Hazlett. Hazlett, a sophomore, finished with a game-high 17 points.
The Black Knights would continue the run, extending their lead to 39-25 until St. Francis began to fight back, scoring on back-to-back shots from Jasmin Robinson and Jessica Kaufman. Kaufman had a team-high seven rebounds to go along with her six points.
Army lead by as much as 19 on three separate occasions, including within the last 10 seconds until Kim Snauwaert drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to bring the final score.
The Black Knights shot 48.8-percent from the field. St. Francis is 0-10 all-time against Army.
Freshman Eildh Simpson and sophomore Kiley Grabbe both missed the game with knee and back injuries. Simpson is recovering from an off-season knee injury and will begin non-contact workouts this week. Grabbe is listed as day-to-day.
St. Francis will face IUPUI on Saturday at 3 p.m.