Kelsey Minato Receives More National Attention

ATLANTA, GA – For the second season in a row, Army West Point senior Kelsey Minato was recognized as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention choice. Minato also drew Associated Press All-America honorable mention praise earlier this week.

 The two All-America accolades add to a growing list of Minato’s postseason accomplishments this season, as the Huntington Beach, Calif., native was also named espnW Mid-Major Player of the Year, Patriot League Player of the Year and Patriot League Tournament MVP, and was selected to the Senior CLASS Award first team and the ECAC Division I first team.

The senior became the sixth All-American in the 39-year history of the Army women’s basketball program after landing WBCA All-America honors last season and now becomes the only player in team history to be selected as an All-American three times.

 Minato finished the season second nationally in three-point percentage (.478) and seventh in points per game (23.2). She helped lead Army to a program-record 29 wins, as part of a 29-3 record in 2015-16, and the team’s third trip to the Division I NCAA Tournament, and its second in the last three seasons.

 Minato became the first active player in Academy history to have her jersey retired after the Black Knights’ 72-38 Senior Night win over Boston University on Feb. 24 and ended her career with a double-digit scoring streak of 112 games, which led the nation.

 She also competed in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships on March 31 in Cypress, Texas, and placed second among eight competitors in the Ooma Women’s 3-Point Championship.

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