Dec. 9, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army sophomore Kelsey Minato and Bucknell freshman Megan McGurk picked up women’s basketball weekly honors from the Patriot League on Monday when they were named the Anaconda Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Minato averaged 21 points and 3.5 rebounds in two victories for the Black Knights, who extended their win streak to seven straight last week against Morgan State and Yale. McGurk is Bucknell’s second straight Rookie of the Week after Claire DeBoer was named to the honor last Monday. McGurk averaged 9.5 points and shot 75 percent from the field in a 1-1 week for the Bison.
Meanwhile, honorable mention performances were logged last week by players such as Alexis Dobbs of American, Holy Cross’ Raquel Scott and Shelby Romine of Bucknell.
Two games are on the Monday night slate. Lehigh gets the early tip at 5 p.m. hosting St. Peter’s on Patriot League Network, while Loyola Maryland has its second road game in three days when it visits George Washington at 7 p.m. More information on this week’s games will be available in Tuesday’s weekly release.
ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK MEGAN McGURK, BUCKNELL Fr., G, 5-7, West Chester, Pa.
KELSEY MINATO, ARMY So., G, 5-8, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Minato was a key factor in Army capturing a pair of victories to run its win streak to seven straight last week. The sophomore guard had her biggest game on Saturday with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the 3-point line with four rebounds and three assists in the Black Knights’ 68-56 win at Yale. Earlier in the week Minato notched 16 points and three rebounds while going a perfect 7-of-7 at the charity stripe in Army’s 73-48 victory over Morgan State at West Point, N.Y. For the week, Minato averaged 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 56 percent (14-of-25) from the floor. She also hit on 5-of-10 tries from long range and did not miss in nine tries at the charity stripe. It’s the first weekly honor of the season for Minato, who has scored in double figures in 24 straight.
McGurk was on fire from long range last week. The rookie from West Chester, Pa., started by shooting 4-of-5 from the 3-point line with a career-high 14 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists in the Bison’s 78-62 victory over Towson on Wednesday night. She added five points on 2-of-2 from the floor while hitting her only 3-point try with two boards and a dish in Bucknell’s 69-61 loss to Penn. For the week, McGurk averaged 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while hitting 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 from the arc. It’s her first career weekly award.
ALEXIS DOBBS, AMERICAN Sr., G, 5-5, Berea, Ohio
Averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in wins over Hampton and Drexel. Scored 11 of her 22 points against Hampton from the line, and added 17 in Sunday’s victory over the Dragons. Finished the week 16-of-18 from the charity stripe.
RASHIDAT AGBOOLA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., F, 6-1, Methuen, Mass.
Scored 21 points on 8-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-9 from the line while grabbing in eight boards in BU’s 66-63 win at Massachusetts on Wednesday.
SHELBY ROMINE, BUCKNELL Sr., G, 5-9, Centreville, Va.
Averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists during Bucknell’s 1-1 week. Had a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double in the win over Towson.
CAROLE HARRIS, COLGATE Jr., F, 5-10, Lansing, Mich.
Shot 50 percent (13-of-26) while averaging a double-double of 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two victories. Had 10 points and 11 boards in a 65-60 triumph over Drexel.
RAQUEL SCOTT, HOLY CROSS So., F, 6-0, Ridgewood, N.J.
Averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during the Crusaders’ 1-1 week. Scored 17 with 10 boards in Wednesday’s 70-62 victory over Northeastern.
EMILY HOMAN, LAFAYETTE Jr., F, 6-3, Upper Darby, Pa.
Shot 70 percent (14-of-20) from the floor while averaging 16.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in the Leopards’ 1-1 stretch.
KARA MARSHALL, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., G, 5-8, Gaithersburg, Md.
Netted 24 points for the second straight game with three steals and two assists in Loyola’s 65-59 loss at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday. Sank a career-high six 3-pointers in nine tries.
KARA POLLINGER, NAVY Sr., G, 5-7, Fort Gay, W.Va.
Posted a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double in Navy’s 63-55 victory over Mount St. Mary’s en route to averaging 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.