Patriot League Announces Women's Basketball Players of the Week

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Army's Kelsey Minato nabbed her first career weekly honor from the Patriot League Monday.
Army's Kelsey Minato nabbed her first career weekly honor from the Patriot League Monday.

Dec. 3, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army extended its win streak to six with two victories last week, and the good fortune kept rolling for the Black Knights, who captured both Patriot League Anaconda Women’s Basketball Weekly Awards Monday.

Senior guard Anna Simmers was named the Player of the Week, while freshman guard Kelsey Minato nabbed the Rookie of the Week honor for the period from Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

It’s the fifth time in League history that Army has swept the weekly trophies and first since Cara Enright and Erin Anthony secured the player and rookie nods, respectively, Dec. 17, 2007.

Monday marks the first awards sweep this season and first since the end of 2011-12, when American’s Lisa Strack (Player of the Week) and Jen Dumiak (Rookie) secured the season’s final certificates.

With the season approximately one-quarter done, Army remains the League's hottest team as its six game win streak has pushed its record to 7-1. Another hot team is Bucknell, which has won five straight since dropping its first two.

More information will be available in Tuesday's weekly release.

Two games are on Monday's schedule, both at 7 p.m. Lehigh is on the road at Loyola Maryland, while Bucknell tries to make it six straight when it visits Penn.

ANNA SIMMERS, ARMY Sr., G, Anchorage, Alaska
Simmers reached double figures in both Army victories last week, including a team-best 24-point performance Saturday as the Black Knights edged past Yale 53-47 for their sixth consecutive triumph. Simmers added seven rebounds and five steals for Army, which held the Bulldogs to a season low in points that feel well below their 70 per game average. Simmers scored 18 points with eight boards and a pair of assists in Army’s 61-51 victory last Wednesday over another Ivy foe in Columbia. For the week she shot .459 from the floor and averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. Simmers captures her second career weekly honor after grabbing one last season as a junior.

KELSEY MINATO, ARMY Fr., G, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Minato gives Army its third Rookie of the Week nod in four weeks after averaging 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and a steal in 39.5 minutes per game in the Black Knights’ two victories over Ivy League opponents Columbia and Yale. She was her team’s second-leading scorer Saturday with 13 points and seven rebounds in the 53-47 triumph over Yale. She scored nine points and hauled down three boards in Wednesday’s 61-51 win over Columbia. She shot .375 from the field, but made all eight of her free throw attempts.

JEN DUMIAK, AMERICAN So., G, Carlsbad, Calif.
Dumiak maintained her lead atop the League’s scoring standings after averaging 19.0 points per game during the Eagles’ 1-1 week. She scored 21 against UMBC and 17 versus Loyola Maryland while shooting almost 54 percent.

Dotson set career highs in scoring (15), assists (7), blocks (5) and made field goals (6) in Bucknell’s 78-71 win Saturday over Buffalo. She averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as Bucknell extended its win streak to five with two victories.

Smith averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Crusaders, and sank 7 3-pointers to jump into the League’s all-time top 10.

JADE GEIF, NAVY Jr., F, Lakeville, Minn.
Geif recorded one double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds in Friday’s 57-48 win over East Carolina. She averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as Navy went 2-1 on the week.