Jan. 14, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Two days after halting a reenergized Bucknell team, 68-60, in its conference opener, Army women’s basketball (12-4, 1-0 PL) was recognized with a pair of Patriot League honors as senior guard Anna Simmers and freshman guard Kelsey Minato were named the conference’s Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Simmers went for a game-high 22 points, the most Bucknell has allowed one player since Nov. 14, 2012, and her sixth 20-plus point game of the year. The Anchorage, Alaska, native established a career high in blocks (three) while also matching her personal best with four three-pointers made. Simmers shot over 40 percent for the second game in a row and seventh time this season with her 9-of-20 clip. Her scoring average of 14.8 points per game leads the Patriot League. This is Simmers’ second Patriot League Player of the Week citation of the season and third of her career.
Minato was named the conference’s top weekly rookie for the fourth time this season after scoring 18 points and grabbing five rebounds against the Bison on Saturday afternoon. The freshman point guard played 39 minutes and did not record a turnover for just the second time in her young collegiate career. Following the weekend’s games, Minato is the top freshman long-distance shooter in the league based on percentage (37) and three-pointers per game (1.7).
Monday’s player-rookie sweep was the second of the season for Simmers and Minato, marking the first time since 2003-04 that the same combination of players swept the Patriot League weekly awards more than once in a season. Bucknell’s Desire Almind (Player) and Lindsey Hollobaugh (Rookie) swept the conference certificates five times that season, the most in Patriot League history.
Minato’s four-peat matches the most Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificates by any single player during the 2011-12 season, and is the most recognitions 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 seven times this season, as fellow plebe Aimee Oertner has been tabbed three times, most recently on Dec. 17.