13th-seeded Army vs. 4th-seeded Maryland in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
HONORS/AWARDS: AAA Athlete of the Week (11 times) ... Patriot League Player of the Week (11 times) ... Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division I Player of the Week (three times) ... 2014-15 All-Patriot League first team ... NCAA Women's Basketball Division I Starting Five (2/4/15) ... ECAC Division I Metro/Upstate Region Player of the Week (2/3/15) ... 2014-15 team captain ... 2013-14 Patriot League Player of the Year ... 2013-14 All-Patriot League first team ... 2013-14 Patriot League Tournament MVP ... 2013-14 Patriot League All-Tournament Team ... 2014 All-Met first team ... featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (3/3/14) ... 2012-13 Patriot League Player of the Year ... 2012-13 Patriot League Rookie of the Year ... 2012-13 All-Patriot League first team ... 2012-13 Patriot League All-Rookie Team ... 2013 All-Met second team ... Patriot League Rookie of the Week (eight times)
2014-15 (JUNIOR): One of two players to start in all 31 games … topped her own team record with 22.3 points per game … 22.3 points per contest and .903 free throw percentage ranked in the top 10 nationally … led the Patriot League in scoring, three-pointers per game (2.7) and three-point shooting percentage (.414) … surpassed her own Academy record with 84 three-pointers … scored in double figures in all 31 games … set the Patriot League record for consecutive double-digit scoring games against Bucknell (1/18), passing former Bucknell standout Molly Creamer’s mark of 64 straight games … raised that total to 80 games by the end of the year … first on the team with 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 38.3 minutes per game … posted a season-high seven rebounds four times: against Stony Brook (11/18), Manhattan (11/22), Holy Cross (2/11) and American (2/21) … scored at least 20 points in 18 contests and reached the 30-point mark four times … scored a season-high 37 points while making a career-high-tying 13 field goals at Lafayette (12/31) … also reach the 30-point mark versus St. Francis Brooklyn (12/8), Boston University (1/29) and in the Patriot League Tournament against Lehigh (3/9) … established an Academy record with eight three-pointers made at Boston University (1/29) and versus Lehigh (3/9) … three-time AAA Athlete of the Week choice … also earned Patriot League Player of the Week and Met Player of the Week honors three times … named ECAC Metro/Upstate Region Player of the Week once.
2013-14 (SOPHOMORE): One of four players to start in all 33 games ... set team single-season standards for scoring average (22.0) and free-throw percentage (92.4) ... also recorded Army single-season highs in points (725), free-throws (207) and three-pointers (82) ... scored in double figures in all 33 games, extending her overall streak to 49 contests ... finished with at least 20 points in 20 games ... 1.6 assist to turnover ratio ... tied an Army single-game record with six three-pointers against Fairleigh Dickinson (11/14), Ohio State (12/13), Boston University (1/29) and Maryland (3/23) ... set a total of 18 scoring and free-throw records while tying one other, including scoring a Patriot League-record 49 points against Holy Cross (2/12) ... 49 points were the second-most by a Division I player all season (Joanna Harden, Troy, 52 points) ... also set NCAA single-game marks for free throws made and consecutive free throws made after going 26-of-26 from the stripe ... became Army's 17th and youngest 1,000-point scorer after netting 11 points at Boston University (2/26) ... reached the milestone in just 59 career games ... also posted a career standard of nine assists vs. the Terriers ... game-high 26 points in a Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal win over Boston University (3/6) ... set a Patriot League Championship game-record with 31 points to help send Army to the NCAA Tournament in a win over Holy Cross (3/15) ... topped Army's NCAA Tournament scoring list with a 27-point effort at fourth-seeded Maryland (3/23) ... went 9-of-19 from the floor and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc ... six-time AAA Athlete of the Week selection ... named Patriot League Player of the Week five times.
2012-13 (FRESHMAN): First in Patriot League history to be voted Player and Rookie of the Year ... All-Patriot League first team ... unanimous All-Rookie selection ... All-Met second team ... Army record eight-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week ... matched conference standard ... two-time AAA Athlete of the Week ... league's leading scorer in conference games (16.1 ppg) ... six 20+ point games this season ranks second on the team ... Army's second-leading scorer (12.8 ppg) ... season point total (397) is most all-time by an Army plebe ... average (12.8) ranks third ... 55 three-pointers rank fourth on Army's single-season list ... free-throw percentage (.829) ranks sixth ... second consecutive season a freshman started at point guard ... 12 points, six rebounds in collegiate debut at Wagner (11/9) ... 15 points all from threes vs. St. Francis (11/12) ... shooting woes the next three games before a breakout game at Air Force (11/23) ... set Army single-game record for free-throws with 13 en route to her first 20-point game ... 13-of-16 from the charity stripe ... played all 40 minutes against Columbia (11/28) ... first of 11 games without taking a seat ... first Rookie of the Week (12/3) nod after averaging 11 points, five rebounds vs. the Lions and Yale ... tabbed the top rookie the next week as well ... season-best 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting against Bryant (12/30) for her third newcomer certificate ... first conference game vs. Bucknell (1/12) marked the beginning of a 15-game double-digit scoring streak ... 18 points, five rebounds vs. the Bison ... 21 points at Lafayette (1/16) the following game ... tied for the game high with 17 vs. Navy (1/20) including 3-for-5 from outside ... third player in Patriot League history to sweep Player and Rookie of the Week honors (1/21) ... eclipsed the 20-point mark for the second time in three games with a game-high 22 vs. Colgate (1/23) ... game-high 12 points at American ... matched Army record with seventh ROW certificate and fourth consecutive after averaging 11 points in loss to Holy Cross and the Black Knights' first win at Lehigh since 2007 ... turned the corner in league play with 14 points at Bucknell (2/9) ... tacked on another 20-point game vs. Lafayette (2/13) on 7-of-15 shooting ... game-high 19 points led Army to its first season sweep of Navy since 2008 ... named one of three National Player of the Week nominees by espnW (2/17) ... voted the conference's top player of the week for the second time (2/18) ... added another 20-point game vs. American (2/23) ... helped Army clinch the regular-season title and top seed by averaging 14.5 points per game in final week of the regular season ... broke program record with eighth Rookie of the Week nod in final ballot of the season (2/4) ... capped freshman campaign with first career double-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds in Army's WNIT loss at Fordham (3/21).
BACKGROUND: Four-year letterwinner and starting point guard for Huntington Beach High School ... two-time team captain ... established school records for points (1,863), three-point field goals (215) and three-pointers in one game (eight) ... No. 5 jersey was retired ... California All-State ... senior year scoring average of 20.8 PPG led Orange County ... also averaged 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest ... led Huntington Beach to its first CIF Division 1A Championship game in 34 years ... multitude of other accolades included two-time All-Sea View League selection, All-Sunset League honoree and ESPN-LA Athlete of the Week (2/22/11) ... successful in the classroom as well ... two-time Scholar-Athlete selection ... Principal's Distinguished Honor Roll 2008; 2010-12 ... Principal's Honor Roll 2009-10.
PERSONAL: Kelsey Marcella Minato ... born in Artesia, Calif. ... daughter of Rick and Dorothy Minato ... brother, Brandon ... long history of military in her family ... great-grandfather fought in World War I ... grandfather served in the Army Air Corps and fought in Europe during World War II ... uncle also served in the Army ... started playing basketball at age four ... credits coaches Pablo Martinez and Russell McClurg with having the most influence on her career ... certified SCUBA diver ... enjoys traveling, reading, shopping and going to the beach during her free time ... Environmental Science major.