Jan. 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two women's basketball student-athletes are picking up their third honors each of the 2013-14 season on Monday as Kelsey Minato of Army and Bucknell's Claire DeBoer were named the Anaconda Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Minato adds a third certificate to her haul for the season after garnering Player of the Week honors on Dec. 9 and 16. DeBoer was previously named the Rookie of the Week on Dec. 2 and 23, giving her two citations in the last three weeks.
Honorable mention performances were logged last week by Boston University's Rashidat Agboola and Meghan Green, Raquel Scott of Holy Cross and Navy's Kara Pollinger.
Five League games dot Wednesday's schedule, with American and Loyola Maryland tipping off in the early game in Baltimore, Md., at 11:30 a.m. Lafayette heads to Bucknell at 5 p.m., and three games are set for 7 p.m. with Holy Cross heading to Colgate, Army hosting Lehigh and Boston University at Navy. All five games will air on Patriot League Network.
ANACONDA SPORTS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KELSEY MINATO, ARMY So., G, 5-8, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Minato had a career week in leading the Black Knights to a 2-0 start in Patriot League play, averaging 25.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in wins over Lafayette at home on Thursday and at Loyola Maryland in overtime on Sunday. She saved her best performance for Sunday, as she netted a career-high 29 points on 10-of-22 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the foul line to help Army erase a 10-point halftime deficit, force overtime and eventually pull out the 66-62 win over the Greyhounds. Minato scored 19 in the second half, including a pair on the game-tying jumper with 21 seconds left in regulation, before finishing overtime on a personal 6-0 run with the game-winning basket and two insurance free throws to cap off the win. In Thursday's 66-49 win over Lafayette, Minato sank a program-record 14 free throws on 15 chances and finished with 21 points. The sophomore guard leads the League in scoring at 20.1 points per game.
ANACONDA SPORTS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK CLAIRE DeBOER, BUCKNELL Fr., F, 6-1, Grosse Pointe, Mich.
DeBoer averaged a double-double in the first two Patriot League games of the season, including an explosive 24-point, 12-rebound performance with four assists in Bucknell's 88-72 victory at Colgate on Sunday afternoon. She shot 50 percent from the floor (7-of-14) and added a 10-of-15 showing from the free throw line while collecting two steals. She opened the week with a game-high 14 rebounds to complement nine points and two steals in the Bison's 77-40 loss at American. DeBoer shot 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from the field and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the charity stripe while averaging 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
RASHIDAT AGBOOLA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., F, 6-1, Methuen, Mass.
Had another strong week in averaging 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while shooting 50 percent (12-of-24) during BU's 1-1 week in Patriot League play. Scored 14 points and hauled in 15 rebounds for her first double-double of the season in Sunday's 71-64 win over Lehigh. Also added 18 points in Thursday's 69-59 loss at Holy Cross.
MEGHAN GREEN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., F, 6-0, Bedford, N.H.
Averaged 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game off the bench during BU's 1-1 week. Recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's 69-59 defeat to Holy Cross.
RAQUEL SCOTT, HOLY CROSS So., F, 6-0, Ridgewood, N.J.
Logged back-to-back double-doubles in the first two League games with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday's 69-59 win over Boston University and 15 points and 10 boards in Sunday's 63-60 victory at American. Netted the go-ahead bucket with 14 seconds left in Sunday's win.
KARA POLLINGER, NAVY Sr., G, 5-7, Fort Gay, W.Va.
Led Navy in points on the week with back-to-back 15-point performances in League wins over Loyola (67-44) and at Lafayette (67-53). Shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) overall and 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from the 3-point arc while averaging 5.5 rebounds.