Jan. 14, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – A pair of guards came up with big performances Saturday to lift Army to a 68-60 victory over Bucknell in the Patriot League opener, and both were honored with weekly awards Monday.
Senior guard Anna Simmers was named the Anaconda Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while freshman guard Kelsey Minato was honored as the Anaconda Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week. The awards are for the period from Jan. 7-13.
Minato takes the League lead with four Rookie of the Week accolades, jumping ahead of Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek and Army’s Aimee Oertner, who have collected three honors apiece. Simmers earns her second award of the season (Dec. 3).
American, Army, Lehigh and Navy were victorious in the Patriot League openers over the weekend, with the second set of games coming Wednesday. American visits Lehigh in the only battle between 1-0 teams, while Lafayette entertains Army, Navy goes to Holy Cross and Bucknell welcomes Colgate. All games are set to tip off at 7 p.m.
More information and previews will be available in Tuesday’s weekly release.
ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANNA SIMMERS, ARMY Sr., G, Anchorage, Alaska
Simmers, the League’s defending scoring champion, scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to pace the Black Knights to a 68-60 victory over Bucknell in the League opener Saturday at West Point, N.Y. In 35 minutes of action, the senior shot 45 percent (9 of 20) from the floor and a solid 4 of 10 from beyond the arc. She was her team’s second-leading rebounder, and she also picked up three blocks and a pair of assists with just one turnover. It’s Simmers’ second Player of the Week honor this season.
ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HONORABLE MENTIONS ALEXIS DOBBS, AMERICAN Jr., G, Berea, Ohio
KELSEY MINATO, ARMY Fr., G, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Minato claims her fourth Rookie of the Week nod after scoring 18 points with five rebounds and no turnovers in helping Army win its League opener 68-60 Saturday over visiting Bucknell. The freshman continues to impress as she shot 4 of 9 from the field (3 of 7 on treys) in 39 minutes of action. She was also clutch at the free throw line, hitting 7 of 8 attempts, including a pair with 11 seconds left to help clinch the victory. Her three made 3s gives her a team-best 27 on the season, and she’s fifth in the League and tops among rookies shooting 37 percent from downtown.
Scored 12 points with four rebounds, four steals and two assists as American won its 16th straight against League opponents in the regular season with Saturday’s 54-45 victory over Colgate. Dobbs hit back-to-back 3s in the second half as the Eagles pulled away.
SHELBY ROMINE, BUCKNELL Jr., G, Centreville, Va.
Averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists during Bucknell’s 1-1 week. She scored 16 with seven assists and six boards in Saturday’s 68-60 loss at Army.
AMY LEPLEY, HOLY CROSS Sr., F/G, Norfolk, Mass.
Averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two games last week, and scored 17 with seven boards in Saturday’s 67-65 defeat at home to Lehigh.
JAMIE O’HARE, LAFAYETTE Fr., G, Staten Island, N.Y.
Tallied another big game with a career-high 19 points with five rebounds and five assists in Lafayette’s 62-44 loss Sunday at Navy. She averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 assists on the week.
KATIE O’REILLY, LEHIGH So., G, Colts Neck, N.J.
Led the Mountain Hawks twice on the week in scoring, including 17 points in Saturday’s 67-65 win at Holy Cross. She tallied the game-winning layup with 0.9 seconds remaining to give Lehigh its fourth straight win.
JADE GEIF, NAVY Jr., F, Lakeville, Minn.
Geif averaged 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in Navy’s 1-1 week, which included a team-high nine rebounds in Sunday’s victory over Lafayette.