Kelsey Minato Named To All-Met First Team

Kelsey Minato

Kelsey Minato

April 21, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association announced its annual Division I women's basketball award winners on Monday. Army sophomore Kelsey Minato was voted to the All-Met First Team, marking the second year in a row she has been recognized by the association. Minato drew All-Met Second Team honors following her freshman campaign last year.

Minato becomes the fifth Black Knight to earn multiple All-Met accolades, joining three-time winner and Army Hall of Famer Katie Macfarlane (2001-02 second team; 2002-03 second team; 2003-04 first team) and two-time honorees Lisa Russell (1992-93 first team; 1993-94 first team), Cara Enright (2005-06 first team; 2006-07 first team) and Erin Anthony (2009-10 first team; 2010-11 second team). Alex McGuire was recognized once on the All-Met squad, landing on the second team following the 2008-09 season.

While turning in one of the best individual performances of any Army women's basketball player in 2013-14, Minato garnered her second consecutive Patriot League Player of the Year award, joining Russell (1992-93, 1993-94) as the only other Black Knight to collect multiple player of the year honors.

The sophomore concluded her year with program single-season standards in points (725), free throws (207) and three-pointers (82). The Huntington Beach, Calif., native's scoring average (22.0 points per game) and free-throw percentage (.924) also stand as the most in program single-season history. In the final week of the regular season, Minato scored 11 points at Boston University (2/26) to become the fastest player in team history to reach 1,000 points. She currently ranks 11th on Army's scoring list with 1,122 career points.

Minato posted one of the best single-game performances in Army history after finishing with a Patriot League-record 49 points and setting an NCAA mark with a perfect 26-of-26 showing on free throws against Holy Cross on Feb. 12. She also equaled an Army record with six three-pointers against Fairleigh Dickinson (11/14), Ohio State (12/13), Boston University (1/29) and at Maryland in the NCAA Tournament (3/23).

Minato played an important role in leading the Black Knights to their second Division I NCAA Tournament berth, netting a Patriot League Championship game-record 31 points in Army's 68-58 win over Holy Cross in the conference title game on March 15. The Black Knights finished the year with an Army Division I-record 25 wins.

2013-14 All-Met Honorees

First Team
Damika Martinez, Iona
Kelsey Minato, Army
Erin Rooney, Fordham
Kahleah Copper, Rutgers
Aliyyah Handford, St. John's
Emma O'Connor, Marist

Second Team
Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall
Joy Adams, Iona
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall
MyNeisha McKenzie, Rider
Gabby Washington, Sacred Heart

Third Team
Katie Cizynski, Fairfield
Sabre Proctor, Stony Brook
Cleandra Roberts, LIU Brooklyn
Tyler Scaife, Rutgers
Abigail Corning, Fordham

Player of the Year: Damika Martinez, Iona
Rookie of the Year: Tyler Scaife, Rutgers
Coach of the Year: Beth O'Boyle, Stony Brook

All-Time Army Honorees
1992-93 - Lisa Russell, 1st team
1993-94 - Lisa Russell, 1st team
2001-02 - Katie Macfarlane, 2nd team
2002-03 - Katie Macfarlane, 2nd team
2003-04 - Katie Macfarlane, 1st team
2005-06 - Cara Enright, 1st team
2006-07 - Cara Enright, 1st team
2008-09 - Alex McGuire, 2nd team
2009-10 - Erin Anthony, 1st team
2010-11 - Erin Anthony, 2nd team
2012-13 - Kelsey Minato, 2nd team
2013-14 - Kelsey Minato, 1st team

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