April 12, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association released its annual Division I women’s basketball award winners on Friday morning as Army freshman Kelsey Minato became the sixth Black Knight in program history to garner recognition. Minato was voted to the All-Met Second Team, becoming the first Army honoree since two-time recipient Erin Anthony earned second-team honors following the 2010-11 season.
Minato joins the ranks of Army Hall of Famer Katie Macfarlane (2001-02 second team; 2002-03 second team; 2003-04 first team), All-American Lisa Russell (1992-93 first team; 1993-94 first team), Patriot League MVP Cara Enright (2005-06 first team; 2006-07 first team), Patriot League Rookie of the Year Alex McGuire (2008-09 second team) and four-time All-League member Anthony (2009-10 first team; 2010-11 second team) who all previously earned All-Met recognition.
Minato had arguably the most successful freshman campaign any plebe has experienced in an Army uniform, becoming the first in conference history to be voted Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Year.
The freshman point guard was the lone player in the Patriot League to score in double figures in every conference contest en route to a league-best 16.1 points per game average. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native’s overall scoring average (12.8) ranked sixth in the conference at season’s end and was the best by a freshman. She will enter her sophomore season riding a 16-game double-digit scoring streak.
With 13 points in Army’s season-ending WNIT loss at Fordham, Minato became the all-time freshman scoring leader at West Point with 397 total points scored, edging Russell by four.
Among her season full of highlights include setting the Army single-game record for free-throws made (13 at Air Force on Nov. 23), establishing the Academy record for Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificates (eight) while also being named the Player of the Week twice, named one of three National Player of the Week Nominees as selected by espnW on Feb. 17, recording game-high points in both wins over Navy and shooting 80 percent (8-of-10) en route to a career-high 24 points against Bryant (Dec. 30).
Minato was the lone freshman to be named to an All-Met team as the field was comprised of seven seniors, two juniors, one graduate student and one sophomore. Honorees will be recognized at the annual awards dinner on Monday, April 15.
2012-13 All-Met Honorees
Nadirah McKenith, St. John's
Shenneika Smith, St. John's
Shante Evans, Hofstra
Damika Martinez, Iona
Erin Rooney, Fordham
Elizabeth Beynnon, Marist
Marah Strickland, Fordham
Rayven Johnson, NJIT
Kelsey Minato, Army
Erica Wheeler, Rutgers
Brittany Morris, Seton Hall
MyNeshia McKenzie, Rider
Player of the Year: Nadirah McKenith, St. John’s
Rookie of the Year: Aliyyah Handford, St. John’s
Coach of the Year: Stephanie Gaitley, Fordham
All-Time Army Honorees
1992-93 - Lisa Russell, 1st team
1993-94 - Lisa Russell, 1st team
2001-02 - Katie Macfarlane, 2nd team
2002-03 - Katie Macfarlane, 2nd team
2003-04 - Katie Macfarlane, 1st team
2005-06 - Cara Enright, 1st team
2006-07 - Cara Enright, 1st team
2008-09 - Alex McGuire, 2nd team
2009-10 - Erin Anthony, 1st team
2010-11 - Erin Anthony, 2nd team
2012-13 – Kelsey Minato, 2nd team