The following are NetScouts Basketball’s conference players of the week for games played through December 23, 2012.
Men: Maine, Justin Edwards, 6-3 Sophomore G
Edwards stuffed the stat sheet with 27 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals in Maine’s win over FGCU. Edwards shot 9-of-14 from the field to pace the Black Bears over the Eagles. The sophomore guard is averaging 17.9 points per game.
Women: Albany, Ebone Henry, 5-10 Senior G
For the week Henry averaged 24.5 points per game as Albany went 1-1. The senior also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. In an overtime loss to Sam Houston State, Henry scored 29 points on 12-of-25 shooting from the floor, including four 3-pointers. She also added seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. In a win against Canisius, Henry scored 20 points to go along with five boards, five helpers, three steals, and one block. She shot 46.5 percent in the two games.
Men: Weber State, Jordan Richardson, 6-1 Junior G
Richardson, a 6-1 junior guard from Lewisville, Texas, averaged 14.5 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal in road wins over Eastern Washington and Portland State. Richardson shot 70 percent from 3-point range (7-of-10) and 60 percent overall from the floor. He also had just two turnovers in 62 minutes of action. In the victory over Eastern Washington, Richardson scored 15 points with three assists, three rebounds and a steal. He was 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. In the win over Portland State on, Richardson scored 14 points with five assists, a rebound and a steal. Richardson made 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
Women: Northern Colorado, D’shara Strange, 5-10 Sophomore G
Strange had 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field with nine steals against North Dakota. Strange also added five rebounds and three assists in the victory.
Men: Cal State Northridge, Stephan Hicks, 6-6 Sophomore G
Hicks contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and two steals as the Matadors defeated Utah. Hicks made 8-of-11 shots from the field. He then had 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 93-63 victory over San Diego Christian. For the week, Hicks shot 57.1 percent from the floor and averaged 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds.
Women: Cal State Northridge, Ashley Guay, 5-7 Sophomore G
Guay led all players in the scoring column as the Matadors defeated UCLA. She hit 9-of-14 shots and sank 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the victory. She added three rebounds, two assists and two steals to her totals.
Men: Drexel, Damion Lee, 6-6 Sophomore G
Lee recorded 26 points and 11 rebounds in Drexel’s 69-58 victory over Davidson. The sophomore hit 8-of-17 from the floor and was 8-of-8 at the free throw line. He also dished out four assists.
Women: Hofstra, Shante Evans, 6-0 Senior F
The senior forward poured in 23.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game, to go along with four assists, six steals and three blocks. Evans shot 47.2 percent from the floor for the week going 17-for-36 during 67 minutes of play. She also went 13-for-16 (.813) from the free throw line.
Men: UTEP, Konner Tucker, 6-4 Grad Student G
In four games Tucker averaged 15.0 points and shot 50 percent from the field, 62.5 percent from three-point range and 100 percent from the line. He scored 13 points in 22 minutes in a narrow 62-60 loss to UNLV.
Women: SMU, Keena Mays, 5-7 Junior G
May averaged 24 points, seven rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game as the team went 2-1. The junior transfer from Kansas shot 48.2 percent from the field, including hitting 43.5 percent from the 3-point line. She scored 33 points against Stephen F. Austin then went on to record a double-double with 23-points and 11-rebounds against Louisiana-Monroe.
Men: Green Bay, Keifer Sykes, 5-11 Sophomore G
Sykes averaged 18.5 points and 6.5 assists in the two games. He scored a game-high 20 points in the Phoenix’s win over Marquette. Sykes followed up that effort with an efficient 17-point, 8-assist performance as Green Bay cruised to a 72-55 win over South Dakota. Sykes scored or assisted on 50 percent of the Phoenix points against the Coyotes.
Women: Detroit, Shareta Brown, 6-1 Sophomore F
Brown averaged 31.0 points per game in two Titan victories last week. The sophomore forward, scored 34 points in Detroit’s 84-54 win at IPFW. She then scored 28 points – shooting 13-of-15 from the field – while passing out five assists and had a career-high four steals in the Titans 90-43 win over Madonna. Brown, who entered the week averaging an NCAA DI best 25.1 points per game and ranked sixth in the NCAA in field goal percentage (61.9%), shot 73.3 percent from the field during the week and is now averaging 26.2 points per game and shooting 64.0 percent from the field on the season.
Men: Princeton, Ian Hummer, 6-7 Senior F
The Princeton senior helped the Tigers to back-to-back wins over Rider and Bucknell. Hummer poured in 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists vs. Rider. He followed that performance with a 17-point, eight-rebound effort against Bucknell. Hummer was efficient from the floor, knocking down 13 of his 24 attempts.
Women: Princeton, Niveen Rasheed, 6-0 Senior G
The Princeton senior guard posted a double-double in consecutive games. She finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Tigers’ 67-50 win over Illinois State and 21 points and 12 rebounds in Princeton’s 86-75 loss at DePaul. She also averaged 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block while shooting 54.8 percent from the field (17-of-31).
Men: Ohio, DJ Cooper, 6-0 Senior G
Cooper averaged 16.0 points, 12.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while compiling an impressive 3.4 assist/turnover ratio, in two games for the Bobcats. In Ohio’s matchup at UMass, he led the ‘Cats with 23 points and added 10 assists and seven rebounds. In a win versus Maryland Eastern Shore, Cooper posted nine points while notching 14 assists in just 23 minutes on the floor.
Women: Bowling Green, Alexis Rogers, 6-1 Junior F
Redshirt junior forward Rogers had a double-double as the Falcons posted a come-from-behind, 64-61 victory at Massachusetts in the team’s lone game of the week. Rogers had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the victory, and she was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. On the season, Rogers is averaging 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
Men: Cleanthony Early, junior forward from Wichita State, averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two games last week. Wichita State won both games, 66-53 versus Charleston Southern and 59-51 against Southern Miss.
Women: Candace Sykes, senior guard from Illinois State, averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds last week in two games. Illinois state beat in-state rival Illinois 69-68 and lost to Princeton 67-50.
Men: Jamaal Franklin, junior guard from San Diego State, averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. San Diego State’s two wins against Indiana State 62-55 and San Francisco 80-58 put them in the final of the Diamond Head Classic Tournament.
Women: Danesia Williamson, a sophomore guard from New Mexico State, averaged 15 points, 6 assists and 3.5 rebounds last week.
Men: Isaiah Canaan, senior guard from Murray State, averaged 19 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds last week as Murray State went 1-1 in two road games.
Women: T’keyah Williamson, sophomore forward from Tennessee Tech, had 18 points and three rebounds as Tennessee Tech goes into Marshall and wins 67-60.
Men: Gabe Knutson, senior forward from Lehigh, had 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists in a win at North Texas 90-75. He shot the ball well going 10-for-14 from the field and 4-for-5 from the three point line.
Women: Shelby Romine, junior guard from Bucknell, averaged 24.5 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists last week. Bucknell went 2-0 on the week with a 69-62 win at Saint Peter’s and a 75-62 win versus Towson.
Men: Nate Wolters, senior guard from South Dakota, averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5 assists for the week. South Dakota had an impressive win versus #16 New Mexico State 70-65 but lost at Belmont 76-49.
Women: Carolyn Blair-Mobley, senior guard from Nebraska-Omaha, averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2 assists last week.
Men: Shawn Long, sophomore forward from Louisiana-Lafayette, averaged 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds for the week.
Women: Breana Turner, senior guard from Florida Atlantic, had 25 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes as Florida Atlantic won versus Troy 81-80.
West Coast Conference
Men: The 6’9 Marc Trasolini, senior forward from Santa Clara by way of Canada,, averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3 blocks in three wins over Wagner, Alcorn State and Cal Poly.
Women: Mel Khlok, senior guard from the University of San Francisco, averaged 19 points, 3 assists and 4.5 rebounds on the week.
Andrew Heath and Steven Siewert are Scouts and Mid-Major Correspondents for NetScouts Basketball.