Jan. 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army women’s basketball is off to a 3-0 start in Patriot League play thanks in large part to freshman Kelsey Minato. Minato led Army in scoring in both games this past week, including 21 points at Lafayette and a 17-point showing against service academy rival Navy on Sunday afternoon. For her efforts, Minato has been voted the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.
Minato’s first career AAA award comes after averaging 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.
Army’s win over Navy at Christl Arena was its first since 2008 on its home court, while the Black Knights held the Midshipmen to their second-lowest scoring output in the 59-game series between the familiar foes. By defeating Navy, the Black Knights captured their 14th win of the season, matching their victory total from a year ago and exceeding the totals from 2010-11 and 2009-10. Army’s 3-0 start to conference play is its fourth since joining the Patriot League in 1990-91, and third under seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity.
Minato is the fourth women’s basketball player this season to be tabbed the AAA Athlete of the Week following freshman Aimee Oertner (Nov. 12), sophomore Olivia Schretzman (Nov. 26), and Hazlett (Dec. 17).