March 4, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three members of the Army women's basketball team drew All-Patriot League honors on Tuesday, including sophomore Kelsey Minato, who earned the Player of the Year nod for the second season in a row. Senior Jen Hazlett was recognized on the All-Patriot League Second Team, while freshman Danielle Failor was named to the conference's All-Rookie Team in a vote by the league's head coaches.
Minato joins Lisa Russell (USMA '95) as the only Army player to grab back-to-back Patriot League Player of the Year honors after being the first player in league history to be named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year last season. Russell was named Player of the Year following the 1992-93 and 1993-94 regular seasons, while Katie Macfarlane (USMA '04) and Cara Enright (USMA '08) garnered the accolade in 2003-04 and 2005-06, respectively.
Minato, who was also the only unanimous selection on the All-League First Team, leads the conference with a 45-game double-digit scoring streak and carries a league-best 21.6 points per game through 29 contests. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native is atop the Patriot League in free-throw percentage (91.9), ranks second in three-point percentage (42.5) and lists fourth in three-pointers per game (2.4). Minato is also in the midst of one of the best single seasons in Academy history, as she ranks atop the team's single-season lists in points (627), free-throws (182) and three-pointers (71).
In last Wednesday's contest at Boston University, Minato netted 11 points to become the fastest Army player to score 1,000, reaching the milestone in just 59 career games. Entering the Patriot League Tournament, the sophomore stands 15th on Army's all-time scoring list with 1,024 career points.
Among her season highlights are a record-setting performance on Feb. 12 against Holy Cross, when she established 18 total records and tied one other, including a Patriot League-record 49 points and NCAA marks of 26 free-throws made and 26 consecutive free-throws made after shooting 26-of-26 from the stripe.
Hazlett's second team selection is the second of her career after being chosen as a sophomore in 2011-12. Hazlett joins a group of nine other Army's players to earn multiple All-Patriot League honors, following Minato and Anna Simmers (USMA '13), who each drew their second all-conference selections within the past two seasons.
The reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, Hazlett lists fourth among conference rebounders with 7.5 rebounds per game and ranks seventh with 14.0 points per game. The native of Syracuse, Utah, stands fifth in the conference with 2.3 three-pointers per game, and is second on Army's single-season three-point shooting list with 68 triples.
Hazlett notched five double-doubles this season, including a 21-point, 16-rebound performance at Boston University on Feb. 26. The senior led the game in both categories, and set a personal mark with 16 boards.
Hazlett became the 16th player in the 37-year history of the Army women's basketball program to eclipse the 1,000-point mark when she netted 15 at American on Jan. 15. She currently stands 10th among all Black Knights with 1,155 career points.
Failor becomes the 15th Army player to land on the All-Rookie Team, and makes it three seasons in a row with an honoree, following the recognition of Minato and sophomore Aimee Oertner last year and junior Olivia Schretzman in 2011-12.
Failor finishes the regular season with averages of 4.6 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game, and ranks among the team leaders in field goal percentage with a mark of 47.5 percent.
The Post Falls, Idaho, native began her freshman campaign with a double-double, recording 10 points and 11 rebounds at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Nov. 11, before posting 11 points and eight boards in her second outing, versus Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 14. The freshman registered two more double-digit scoring games throughout the season, tallying 10 points against Morgan State on Dec. 3 and pouring in 11 opposite Staten Island on Dec. 29.
The second-seeded Army women's basketball team will begin postseason play on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when the Black Knights host the winner of Tuesday's first round match-up between No. 7 Boston University and No. 10 Loyola. As a major award winner, Minato will be honored in a ceremony prior to tip-off at Christl Arena.