Kelsey Minato Garners PL Player Of The Week Nod

Kelsey Minato

Kelsey Minato

Feb. 3, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore Kelsey Minato was recognized as the Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Army women's basketball squad to a pair of wins last week. The accolade marks her third of the season and fifth of her career.

Minato increased her double-digit scoring streak to 37 games after finishing with a combined 50 points last week. During the Black Knights' 72-45 win over Boston University on Jan. 29, Minato scored a career-high 32 points and tied an Academy record with six three-pointers made. The sophomore finished 12-of-22 from the floor, including a 6-of-8 performance from long range, and dished out four assists against the Terriers. The game marked her second 30-point effort in the last three games, as she went for a then-career-high 30 points against Colgate on Jan. 22.

On Feb. 1, the Huntington Beach, Calif., native registered 18 points while knocking down all six of her free-throws to help the Black Knights overcome a 10-point deficit to defeat Loyola, 56-45 in overtime. Minato accounted for seven of Army's 14 points in the extra session, including a crucial three-pointer that made the score 50-45 with 1:35 left. The sophomore also added five boards, three assists and three steals while playing a career-best 45 minutes.

Minato enters the week tied for eighth in the nation in free-throw percentage (91.3 percent) after going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe last week. Minato also ranks second among Patriot League three-point shooters with a 41.9 percent showing from beyond the arc.

Army (16-5, 8-2 PL) is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 5 when it takes on Lehigh for a 7 p.m. road contest before returning to Christl Arena to begin a three-game homestand against Navy on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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