March 3, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army women's basketball sophomore Kelsey Minato has been one of the top performers in the Patriot League this season, and has played an important role in helping the Black Knights earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. On Monday, she garnered national attention by being featured in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated magazine as one of seven athletes highlighted in the publication's "Faces in the Crowd" section. The issue is dated March 3, 2014.
Minato leads the Patriot League with 21.6 points per game and a 91.9 free-throw percentage through 29 contests. She is currently in the midst of a 45-game double-digit scoring streak that dates back to Jan. 12, 2013. On Feb. 12 against Holy Cross, Minato set a total of 18 scoring and free-throw records and equaled one other, while playing in all 40 minutes. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native scored a Patriot League-record 49 points in the contest, and went 26-of-26 from the free-throw stripe to set NCAA single-game standards for most free-throws made and most consecutive free-throws made.
The sophomore became the quickest Army player to reach 1,000 career points after netting 11 in a 75-48 win at Boston University on Feb. 26. Minato was the first sophomore to reach the milestone, and eclipsed the plateau in just 58 career games. She currently ranks 15th on Army's all-time scoring list with 1,024 points.
Minato recorded one of the most impressive single seasons in Academy history this year, as she holds the single-season records for points (627), free-throws (182) and three-pointers (71). Minato's scoring average of 21.6 and free-throw percentage of 91.9 also rank as the best in Army women's basketball history.
Minato becomes the latest in a long line of Army athletes to be honored in Sports Illustrated in the past two decades and the first Black Knight women's basketball player to do so. The last Black Knight to draw the honor was baseball player, Kevin McKague in April 2009.
Winners of four straight, Army (22-7, 14-4 PL) concluded its regular season with a 64-53 win over Lafayette on March 1. Minato scored a game-high 20 points in the win, while going 7-of-10 from the field. The second-seeded Black Knights will turn their attention to Thursday's Patriot League Quarterfinal, where they will host the winner of an opening round contest between No. 7 Boston University and No. 10 Loyola. Tip time on Thursday is 7:30 p.m.
Minato's entry can be viewed online at the following link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com//scorecard/faces/2014/3/3/index.html