Dec. 10, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army’s stranglehold on the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Anaconda Rookie of the Week honor continued through Week 5 as freshman point guard Kelsey Minato earned the recognition for the second consecutive week. Minato averaged 10 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists in a 1-1 week for the Black Knights. Army has now collected the league’s top rookie honor in four of the season’s five voting periods.
Minato played all 40 minutes in both games last week – a 54-49 victory at Manhattan on Tuesday and a 66-60 setback at Rider on Friday. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native totaled six points, six rebounds and two assists against the Jaspers before registering 14 points, five boards and two helpers against the Broncs, including a 3-for-4 effort from beyond the arc.
On the year, Minato ranks third on the team in scoring, first in three-point field goal percentage (.368), first in three-pointers made (14), tied for first in free-throws made (31), and first in minutes per game (37.9). Among fellow Patriot League freshmen she lists second in scoring and first in free-throw percentage, steals, three-point percentage, three-pointers made and minutes played.
Minato is the second Black Knight this season to be named Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week in back-to-back polls following Aimee Oertner. Oertner earned the first two newcomer certificates of the season (Nov. 12 and Nov. 19), while the conference’s top freshman scorer, Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek, is the only non-Army player to be named rookie of the week (Nov. 26).
Minato and the rest of the Black Knights are back on the court tonight when they host future Patriot League member Loyola. Tipoff against the Greyhounds is slated for 7 p.m. at Christl Arena.