NEW YORK - 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.
Minato 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.