Dec. 9, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Kelsey Minato was voted the Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday after helping Army women’s basketball to a third consecutive week of undefeated play. Minato, who doubled as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week as well, led the Black Knights in scoring over two games last week, including a career-high showing at Yale on Saturday.
Minato, the Patriot League’s leading scorer this season at 18.5 points per game, began the week with a game-high 16 points and a career-best seven assists in a 73-68 win over Morgan State on Dec. 3. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native followed with a career-high 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting against the Bulldogs, sparking the Black Knights to a 61.7-percent shooting night in their 68-56 win in New Haven, Conn.
For the week, the point guard averaged 21 points, five assists and 3.5 rebounds per contest while shooting .560 from the floor, including a .455 clip from three.
Minato extended her double-digit scoring streak to 24 games after last week’s effort and jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Patriot League scoring list. She also went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and improved to seventh nationally in free-throw percentage (.941) after entering the week No. 22.
Minato’s Patriot League Player of the Week honor is the third of her career and first of the 2013-14 season. She last earned the conference honor on Feb. 18, 2013. The AAA recognition is her second of the season and fourth career.
The Black Knights have won seven consecutive games since dropping their season opener and take a 7-1 record to Penn on Wednesday night. Minato had nine points, five rebounds against the Quakers last season.