Holy Cross junior Alex Smith was named Anaconda Player of the Week Monday.
Feb. 4, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For one award it's a familiar winner, and for the other it's a first-timer this season. Holy Cross junior guard Alex Smith was named the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week in women's basketball Monday, while Army's Kelsey Minato was honored as the Anaconda Rookie of the Week for the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 period.
It's Minato's seventh Rookie of the Week nod, bringing her within one of the League's single-season mark. Smith picks up her first weekly honor of the season and first since Dec. 12, 2011.
League play turns over this weekend, with the second leg getting underway Saturday with three contests and a fourth Sunday. There's one non-League battle this week, as Colgate visits NJIT at 7 p.m. League teams are 63-55 this season in non-conference tilts, including 3-0 versus NJIT.
ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK ALEX SMITH, HOLY CROSSJr., G, Delran, N.J. Smith powered Holy Cross to a pair of League wins last week, averaging 19.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in the two victories. She scored 21 points with five boards and four dishes as the Crusaders held on 51-46 at Army Wednesday, and added 17 points and three assists with just one turnover in Saturday's 71-61 victory over Colgate. Smith shot 13 of 29 (.448) for the week, and hit 8 of 17 from beyond the arc (.471). She's scored in double digits in 20 of 22 games this season, and led Holy Cross in scoring in both of last week's contests.
ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK KELSEY MINATO, ARMYFr., G, Huntington Beach, Calif. Minato captures her seventh Rookie of the Week nod, placing her one shy of Bucknell's Lindsey Hollobaugh, who claimed eight awards during 2003-04. Minato averaged 11.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game during a 1-1 week for the Black Knights. She tallied 11 points and four boards in Wednesday's 51-46 loss to Holy Cross, and scored another 11 (with six coming from the foul line) in Saturday's 61-56 victory at Lehigh, the program's first in Bethlehem, Pa., since 2007. She overcame a 5-of-18 showing from the floor by going 10 of 10 at the free throw line for the week. The last to claim seven Rookie of the Week nods in a season was Army's Cara Enright in 2004-05.
HONORABLE MENTIONS JEN HAZLETT, ARMYJr., G/F, Syracuse, Utah Averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last week. She posted her first set of back-to-back double-digit scoring games since early January, and shot 8 of 12 from beyond the arc.
JAMIE O'HARE, LAFAYETTEFr., G, Staten Island, N.Y. Averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game from the point guard position. Had 15 points in Wednesday's 53-45 win at Colgate, and scored nine with eight rebounds in Saturday's 49-47 victory over American.
CHLOE STAPLETON, NAVYSo., G, Cary, N.C. Shot 55 percent from the field (52.9 percent on 3-pointers) and averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 steals per game during Navy's 2-0 week. Nine of her 11 field goals on the week were treys, and she tied a career high with six triples against Lehigh.