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Sophomore guard Kelsey Minato scored a Patriot League Championship game-record 31 points, as the second-seeded Army Women’s Basketball team defeated No. five Holy Cross, 68-58, to claim its second conference title March 15 at Christl Arena.
By virtue of winning the conference championship, the Black Knights (25-7) earn the Patriot League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Division I plan history. Army final reached the national tournament in 2006. The Black Knights’ 25 victories set the team’s Division I record for most victories in a season, and tie the all-time total set as a Division II program in 1983-84 (25-3).
“These children knew that whatever the atmosphere was going to be, they have been going to make their personal history here tonight,” Army head coach Dave Magarity mentioned. “For us to come out and execute the game plan the way that we did was unique.
“(The team) embraced what occurred the final time we played a championship game here. We told the story, we showed them the story, but we also spent a lot of time talking about how this is their time. (The 2005-06 group) is such a large part of the fabric of our history right here, but this team will go down as 1 of the best.”
Minato, who was named the tournament’s most-useful player, went ten-of-18 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the foul line, whilst also grabbing 5 rebounds. Senior guard Jen Hazlett earned All-Tournament Team honors and completed with seven points and five boards, and freshman forward Danielle Failor posted seven points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Krishawn Tillett and sophomore forward Brianna Johnson also tallied seven points.
Seniors Brisje Malone and Alex Smith each netted 16 points to lead Holy Cross (20-12), although sophomore Raquel Scott posted a double-double with 15 points and a game-higher 15 rebounds.
Images by Eric S. Bartelt/Pointer View and the U.S. Military Academy Public Affairs Office. Text and story by Harrison Antognioni/Army Athletic Communications.
By West Point – The U.S. Military Academy on 2014-03-15 18:18:42
I love the christmas break time right now, simply because it makes it possible for me time to feel, reflect, and re-direct my basketball energy on new subjects like books and dvds. I had the possibility to study a book by Lon Kruger and DJ Allen named: “The X’s and O’s of Achievement”.
I really knew some of Coach Kruger’s assistant coaches from my days at Blinn College and had met him briefly although I was out recruiting on the road. He would not remember the meeting, but I remember that he went out of his way for a young assistant coach and didn’t “Massive-Time” me at all as opposed to a lot of Division 1 coaches.
Coach Kruger came up with a special formula for achievement and trys to bring out the really best for his basketball players and teams. He has carried out things with dignity and class that is not always associated with the sport’s planet. He talks about his principles for taking over cultures looking for stability and path and altering them into positive, productive environments. I felt that his book could be applied to the business and coaching globe.
Coach Kruger has produced it an “art” when it comes to rebuilding college basketball programs. He does a fantastic job of weaving his own basketball coaching experiences into examples that show leadership and the ability to enhance overall performance. He talks about coaching at Texas Pan-American as the head men’s basketball coach / athletic director at the age of 29, and elite eight look in his second year at Kansas State, a final 4 look and group record of 29 wins at University of Florida, a Big Ten title for Illinois, and a Sweet 16 appearance for the “Running Rebels” of UNLV. He also discusses his two and a half year coaching job with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and how they were fired mid-season. He doesn’t pull any punches in this book.
The chapters of the book cover 39 life lessons and how to apply leadership to any field of enterprise or coaching. Every single chapter is broken down into three parts: Pre-game, Game-time, and Post-Game. It is a extremely effortless to study book that has life lessons that everyone can take anything from. In lesson thirty, here is a quote that I enjoy: “Remember, excellent leaders develop other wonderful leaders”. It is simple, honest and correct.
Here is an excerpt of the book:
“Lesson A single: The Simplicity of Good results
It is basic. Success is a process, not an occasion.
That is not always the most exciting point to hear. We want to believe in swift fixes, silver bullets, catching magic in a bottle.
But if you take the time to analyze the massive majority of successful men and women, organizations, companies or teams, you will find that their general achievement is a byproduct of just undertaking the appropriate factors on a daily basis.
That is the reality we face as leaders — the simplicity of success. So how do we address some thing that is so elementary? How do we affirm this message with our teams day in and day out?
Welcome to the challenge of getting a leader.
The typical college basketball fan would most likely be surprised to understand how a lot our coaching employees focuses on functioning with players to create them off the court, in addition to helping them enhance on the court.
When these young guys join our system, they are usually 18-, 19- or 20-years-old. Many of them are away from house for the initial time.
Some arrive on the scene with a powerful function ethic although some lack the concept of operating hard. It is all relative to their background and surroundings. Although you can understand a tiny something about the players in the course of the recruiting method, there are just some things you can not locate out about men and women until you are about them every day.
Our objective as a employees is to create our plan for extended-term success.
This means possessing children on our group who are emotionally, mentally and physically in a position to carry out at their highest level achievable in basketball as properly as in the classroom and socially. We want to maximize the prospective of every player in our program.
In order to do this, we must commence with the basics. We speak to our youngsters about the simplicity of achievement. “Take care of what you have to take care of nowadays,” we tell them. “If you do this day in and day out for your complete tenure with us, you will have success and we will have accomplishment as a group.”
It is teaching elementary principles, but it is what works.”
What others are saying about Coach Kruger and the book:
“Lon Kruger assists to set the bar for integrity in our profession. His history of success in college basketball is even far more impressive when you realize he has repeatedly revitalized applications all whilst operating strictly within the guidelines. Lon is a coach’s coach. We all have some thing to learn from him.”
Head Coach, University of North Carolina
“Coach simply assists you be the best you can be – on and off the court. Players give their best simply because they know he cares.”
Former All-American for Kruger at Kansas State and six-time NBA All-Star
“Lon Kruger is an outstanding leader and a fantastic teacher. He brings every thing to the table, every little thing it takes to build a system. I encourage you to take the lessons from this book to heart. Lon knows what he is speaking about.”
Member of Basketball Hall of Fame, ABC and ESPN
“Lon is a brilliant businessman, who just takes place to coach basketball. Even though he is identified for his humility, his desire to win and his competitive drive is second to none. That balance of sincere humility with unending competitiveness is a exclusive trait several of the world’s premier enterprise leaders share.”
Steve and Elaine Wynn
Wynn Las Vegas
“Lon Kruger is one of the finest leaders of young guys I have ever witnessed in practically a quarter-century of covering college basketball for CBS. Furthermore, he is a great man. It does not surprise me that he has been a proven winner time and time once more. When you mix leadership with passion and integrity, you get Lon Kruger.”
“Very handful of coaches have been able to alter cultures as speedily and effectively as Lon Kruger. He understands how to mold a group of individuals into 1 team with a widespread objective and has confirmed that time and time once more. Lon has higher standards for all these around him and he possesses a passion for winning, but not at any price. That is arguably his strongest trait.”
Head Coach, Charlotte Bobcats
Only coach to win each an NCAA National Championship (Kansas 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit 2004)
“Lon Kruger understands business since he understands men and women. The enterprise planet missed out on an all-star when Lon went into coaching.”
Executive Chairman of the Board, Boyd Gaming Corporation
I personally loved the book and will reflect back to it alot in the coming years. It gives you factors to believe about and if you can take one particular or two things from the book then it would be worthwhile as a basketball coach. I would give it a five out of 5 stars. Go to Coach Kruger’s site to discover much more about it.