Dec. 16, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army sophomore guard Kelsey Minato and Lehigh freshman guard/forward combo Kiernan McCloskey picked up Patriot League Women's Basketball Weekly Awards from Anaconda Sports on Monday for the period from Dec. 9-15.
Minato collected her second straight Anaconda Player of the Week nod, while McCloskey was honored for the first time during her collegiate career with the Rookie of the Week laurel.
Competition was light during a week that featured more final exams than games, but there were honorable mention performances posted by Boston University senior Danielle Callahan, Colgate sophomore Randyll Butler and Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek.
The non-League portion of the schedule continues Monday evening when American ends an eight-day layoff with a 7 p.m. tip at home against Mount St. Mary's on Patriot League Network. A more thorough preview of this week's games before the Christmas holiday will be available in Tuesday's weekly release.
ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK KIERNAN McCLOSKEY, LEHIGH Fr., G/F, 6-1, Fort Washington, Pa.
KELSEY MINATO, ARMY So., G, 5-8, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Minato extended her double-digit scoring streak to 26 straight games in two outings last week. She recorded a career-high point total for the second time in three games and third time this season with 27 points in Army's 59-56 defeat at Ohio State on Friday. She shot 8-for-25 from the floor with six long-range buckets and five points from the foul line to accompany eight rebounds and one assist. On Wednesday in a 67-57 loss to Penn, Minato struck for 20 points with nine coming from the foul line with four rebounds and two steals. For the week, the sophomore averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 31.7 percent (13-of-41) from the floor and 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from the arc. She also made 14-of-15 from the free throw line and reclaimed the Patriot League's scoring lead at 19.5 per game.
McCloskey barely missed her first career double-double with career highs of 10 points and nine rebounds while dishing one assist and grabbing one steal in Lehigh's 75-54 win over St. Peter's on Monday at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa. She was responsible for half of her team's free throw points, finishing 8-of-9 from the stripe. Her effort helped Lehigh improve to 6-2, it's best showing through eight games since its Patriot League Championship campaign of 2009-10. It's McCloskey's first career weekly honor from the League.
DANIELLE CALLAHAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., G, 5-7, Drexel Hills, Pa.
Averaged 10.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds last week in contests against Boston College and Marist. Had a team-high 11 points in the 63-52 loss at BC. Five of her seven buckets on the week came from behind the arc.
RANDYLL BUTLER, COLGATE So., G, 5-8, Chicago, Ill.
Matched career highs in both categories with her first career double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in Colgate's come-from-behind 68-61 victory at Robert Morris on Saturday. Added four steals in 28 minutes off the bench.
KERRY KINEK, LEHIGH So., F, 6-3, Whitehall, Pa.
Torched St. Peter's for a career-high 25 points on 12-of-22 from the field with five boards, three assists and three steals in Monday's 75-54 win over the Peahens. Her 12 made field goals were also a career best.