Minato Sweeps Patriot League Player and Rookie Honors

Kelsey Minato

Kelsey Minato

Jan. 21, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa.  – For just the third time since the Patriot League’s inception in 1990-91, a women’s basketball player was voted the Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Week as Army freshman Kelsey Minato collected both certificates on Monday. Minato, who was also voted the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week on Monday, led Army to two wins last week, including an 11-point victory over rival Navy on Sunday at West Point.

Minato averaged 19 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists per game in a 2-0 week for the Black Knights (14-4, 3-0 Patriot League). The freshman from Huntington Beach, Calif., shot well over 50 percent from the field (15-of-27) and made six three-pointers in the two-game stretch, the same amount the rest of the Black Knights combined for. Minato had a game-high 21 points in Army’s 63-43 win at Lafayette on Wednesday, before tying junior Jen Hazlett for the game high with 17 against the Midshipmen.

Minato, who enters this week’s games against Colgate and American as the Patriot League’s leading scorer in conference games (19.5 points per game), joins Lafayette’s Emily Homan and Bucknell’s Amy Zehner as the lone women’s players to have earned both certificates in the same week. Homan was recognized on Jan. 3, 2012, while Zehner earned the achievement on Nov. 21, 2011.

Minato’s Player of the Week honor is the first of her career, while the Rookie accolade is the fifth of the season for the Army play caller. The five newcomer recognitions are the most by a Black Knight since Cara Enright (USMA 2008) collected seven in 2004-05. An Army player has been named the conference’s top rookie of the week eight times this season, as fellow plebe Aimee Oertner has been tabbed three times, most recently on Dec. 17.

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