Simmers ‘unbelievable’ for Army (Basketball)

January 29, 2012
Anna Simmers

Anna Simmers of Anchorage scored a career-high 28 points today to help the Army women’s basketball team upset Lehigh 66-64 in West Point, N.Y.

The junior guard scored 20 points in the opening 20 minutes, including her team’s final 10 to spearhead a 42-26 halftime cushion.

“Simmers had just an unbelievable first half,” Army coach Dave Magarity told the military academy’s website.

The two-time former Alaska player of the year out of Anchorage Christian School now leads the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game. This was the third time she surpassed the 20-point mark, bettering her previous career-high of 27.

Army needed every point after blowing a 16-point lead. Luckily, though, the Black Knights have Simmers.

With the score tied at 58-58, she scored four points in a 8-6 run to end the game.

“It felt more natural, like I was in a rhythm this game,” Simmers told the school’s website. “I got out of that rhythm in the second half and started forcing things. It was great to see that we were able to be in sync like that and play as well as we did in the first half. We know what we’re capable of, we just have to be smarter and execute.”