Wilson and Minato Earn Army, Patriot League Honors

Kelsey Minato

Kelsey Minato

Dec. 16, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Representing the men’s and women’s basketball teams, sophomores Kyle Wilson and Kelsey Minato were voted Army Athletic Association Co-Athletes of the Week on Monday morning. Hours later, Wilson was tabbed the Patriot League Men’s Player of the Week, while Minato garnered the Patriot League Women’s Player of the Week certificate.

Wilson led the Black Knights to their second straight victory with his fifth 20-point effort of the season, while Minato extended her Patriot League-leading double-digit scoring streak to 26 games, including a career-high performance at Ohio State.

Wilson scored a game-high 24 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead the Black Knights (3-6) to a 90-80 victory at Maine. It was his second straight 20-point game after posting 23 points in Army’s home win versus St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 7. At Maine, the Mission Viejo, Calif., native shot 7-for-16 from the field, including a 3-for-6 showing from behind the three-point line.

Wilson is the Patriot League’s fourth-leading scorer at 17.3 points per game. Last year’s unanimous Patriot League Rookie of the Year, he is one of only 12 players in Army history to average at least 13.0 points per game in each of their first two seasons.

In the women’s basketball (7-3) game at Penn on Wednesday night, Minato scored 20 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 mark at the free-throw line. She sophomore point guard followed that performance by upping her career-high point total for the third time this season, tallying a game-high 27 points at Ohio State on Friday. Minato matched the Academy’s single-game record for three-pointers with six, while grabbing a season-high eight rebounds in the Black Knights’ three-point setback to the Buckeyes.

Minato is the Patriot League’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game and has made a conference-best 31 threes through the first 10 games. The AAA honor is the fifth of her career and second in a row, after being recognized last Monday. A women’s basketball player has been voted Army’s top weekly athlete in each of the first five weeks of the season.

The Patriot League honor is Wilson’s first career, while Minato earns her second consecutive and fourth of her career.

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