Aug. 27, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head women's basketball coach Dave Magarity
revealed the names of four players who will serve as team captains for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, as seniors Maggie Crisman
, Jordan Elliott
and Olivia Schretzman
and junior Kelsey Minato
were selected to lead the Black Knights.
Elliott and Schretzman return as captains after serving alongside graduating senior Jen Hazlett in 2013-14, while Crisman and Minato assume the captain role for the first time.
A back-to-back Patriot League Player of the Year, Minato has played a large role in Army's success over the past two seasons. As a sophomore, Minato established a number of Academy single-season records to include scoring average (22.0), points (725), free-throw percentage (92.4), free throws (207) and three-pointers (82), while becoming the quickest player in team history to reach the 1,000-point plateau (59 career games). The Huntington Beach, Calif., native also set a multitude of single-game records against Holy Cross on Feb. 12, including a Patriot League-record 49 points and an NCAA-record 26-of-26 showing from the free-throw stripe. After winning her second consecutive Patriot League Player of the Year honor, Minato helped guide the Black Knights to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history, thanks to a Patriot League Championship game-record 31 points against Holy Cross on March 15. Minato followed up her championship game performance with a 27-point effort against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament, the most points by an Army player in a national postseason tournament.
As a freshman, Minato became the first player in Patriot League history to be named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. She has appeared in the starting lineup in all 64 games over the last two years and enters her junior campaign riding a 49-game double-digit scoring streak.
Schretzman has been a solid post presence in each of her first three seasons at the Academy. As a junior, she was the team's second-leading rebounder with 5.6 rebounds per game and finished third on the team with 6.2 points per game. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Schretzman enters her senior season tied for 14th in team history with 553 career rebounds and is on pace to crack the top 10 this season. Among her highlights in 2013-14 include a career-high 15 rebounds against Loyola on Jan. 5 and a 10-point, five-rebound performance in Army's 68-55 Patriot League semifinal win over American on March 10. Schretzman holds averages of 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game over her first three seasons, while earning a starting role in 93 of 94 career games.
Despite a rash of injuries over her first three seasons, Elliott has persevered and contributed productive minutes off the bench for the Black Knights. As a freshman, she missed the entire season recovering from an injury before appearing in 24 games as sophomore, including one start. This past season, Elliott again saw time in 24 contests, including all three Patriot League Tournament games and Army's NCAA Tournament contest at Maryland on March 23. The native of Fayetteville, N.C., netted a career-best 11 points against Staten Island on Dec. 29, including a 9-of-10 showing from the free-throw line, after missing the previous four games due to injury.
A native of Bow, N.H., Crisman has seen time in 11 contests through her first three seasons at Army, including appearances in five games as a junior. Crisman netted two points at Boston University on Feb. 26, while also appearing in Army's NCAA Tournament contest at Maryland. She collected a rebound in her career debut against Manhattanville as a freshman before tallying her first career steal against the Merchant Marine Academy during her sophomore season.
Both the coaching staff and the team's upperclassmen provided input in the selection of the 2014-15 team captains.
"I feel the combination of these four captains will bring great balance," Magarity said. "Kelsey, Jordan, Maggie and Olivia each add certain strengths to this team in terms of their abilities to be great leaders. Because of the strength of our upper class, I felt their input was necessary in choosing our captains. This is a team that is very accomplished and it's important that we continue to move in a positive direction."
This season marks the first in which Army will utilize four captains since doing so in 2008-09. The Black Knights open the 2014-15 season on Nov. 15, when they travel to Quinnipiac for a road contest before playing at Christl Arena for the first time on Nov. 18 against Stony Brook.