The following are NetScouts Basketball’s conference players of the week ending December 2, 2012.
Men: Semaj Christian, Xavier, 6”3 Fr. G– Led the Musketeers to a 63-57 win over Purdue. Christian scored 25 points, dished out 4 assists, and had 3 steals.
Women: Sam McKay, Dayton – McKay scored 20 points and had 6 three pointers in a 95-73 win over Wright St. McKay led the Flyers with 18 points and a career high 8 rebounds in an 82-58 win over UNLV. In the championship of the Sun Devil classic, McKay scored 17 pts to lead Dayton past Arizona State 65-59.
Men: Justin Edwards, University of Maine, 6-3 Sophomore G
Edwards averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals over two games last week. The sophomore guard carried Maine to a 76-73 win at Northeastern as he scored 30 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the floor to go with five rebounds and three steals. He then had 19 points, eight assists, five boards and three thefts in a loss to Duquesne. For the week, Edwards, shot 68 percent from the floor (19-for-28).
Women: Chantell Alford, Boston University, 5-8 Senior G
For the week Alford averaged 19.5 points per game with 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks. In the Terriers win over URI, Alford had 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. She followed that with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists to push Boston U. in a win over a ranked opponent, St. John’s.
Men: Venky Jois, Eastern Washington, 6-7 Freshman F
Jois, a 6-foot-7 true freshman forward from Boronia, Australia, scored 22 points with 13 rebounds in a 79-75 home victory over Cal State Fullerton. Jois made 10-of-14 shots from the field and was 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. Jois has recorded double-doubles in three of his last four games.
Women: Se’nyce Parrish, Sacramento State, 5-8 Junior G
Parrish dropped 39 points in Sacramento State’s 80-71 overtime victory at Oregon State. Later in the week, she put together a solid all around performance with 11 points, 3 steals, 3 assists and 5 rebounds. For the week, Parrish averaged 25 points per game, while shooting 54.8 percent from the floor (17-of-31), including 50 percent (10-of-20) from 3-point range and went 6-of-7 at the free-throw line.
Men: Allen Williams, UC Santa Barbara, 6-7 Sophomore F
The 6-7 forward tallied 29 points and 17 rebounds, leading the Gauchos to an 83-80 overtime victory against Santa Clara. He shot 9 of 13 from the field and made 11 of 15 free throws. In a loss to Wyoming, Williams nearly collected a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. For the week, he averaged 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the field.
Women: Natasha Hadley, UC Riverside, 6-2 Junior C
The 6-2 center led the Highlanders in scoring in both games, and topped the team in rebounding and field goal percentage for the week. Hadley recorded a double-double with 17 points and13 rebounds in a 71-65 triumph. She knocked down 8 of 16 from the floor and added four assists, a block and a steal to her stat line. In her second game of the week, Hadley flirted with another double-double as she had 15 points and nine caroms in a 71-43 win. She made 6 of 9 from the floor and added two steals. For the week, Hadley averaged 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 56.0 percent from the floor.
Men: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary, 6-4 Sophomore G
Thornton averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in William & Mary’s two games last week. The sophomore guard scored a team-high 23 points and dished out four assists in a 71-62 conference win over Old Dominion and tallied a game-high 22 points and a season-best five rebounds in an 86-78 double-overtime loss at Richmond.
Women: Kashaia Cannon, Northeastern, 5-8 Senior G
The senior led the team in scoring in both outings for the week and grabbed a career-best three steals in the win on the road against NJIT. Cannon averaged a team-high 17.5 points per game on 53.8 percent shooting from the floor and 46.7 percent shooting from long range. She also added four rebounds for Northeastern to go along with five steals.
Men: Jalen Jones, SMU, 6-6 Sophomore G
Jones helped SMU to back-to-back wins over Utah and Hofstra by averaging 17.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocked shots, 1.5 assists and a steal. He recorded consecutive double-doubles for the week, including 20 points and 16 rebounds in the 62-55 win over Utah. Jones followed that with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in a 73-47 win at Hofstra.
Women: Tanecka Carey, Southern Miss, 5-9 Senior G
Carey finished the week averaging 28.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game as the team picked up a pair of victories. She connected on 21-of-35 shots from the field and hit 8-of-16 treys. She also had two assists, three blocks and three steals on the week. Carey turned in 39 points against Florida A&M to go with four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. She followed that performance by scoring a game-high 17 points in a win over Mississippi State.
Men: Cole Darling, Wright State, 6-8 Junior F
Darling helped Wright State shred Morehead State recording 29 points. Darling finished the game 10-for-13 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 mark from three-point range. Despite playing in just four games, Darling leads a balanced Wright State offense with 12.8 ppg.
Women: Shareta Brown, Detriot, 6-1 Sophomore F
Brown posted double-doubles in both Titans games last week in helping Detroit to two wins. She started the week with a 35 points while also pulling down 11 rebounds in Detroit’s 97-57 win at Western Michigan. Brown tallied 19 points with 15 rebounds and six assists in guiding Detroit to a 65-53 win over Ohio on the road.
Men: Wesley Saunders, Harvard, 6-5 Sophomore F
The Harvard sophomore forward led the Crimson in scoring both games last week. Saunders shot 7-of-12 from the field and tallied 21 points, while assisting on four baskets and making four steals against Vermont. He followed that performance by going 13-of-18 from the foul line and notching 17 points against Fordham. He leads Harvard with 15.8 points per game.
Women: Victoria Lippert, Harvard, 6-0 Senior F
In two games last week, Lippert had back to back 21-point efforts. Lippert led the Crimson to a 63-44 win over New Hampshire with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from downtown. She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. In a rematch of last year’s WNIT first round game between Harvard and Hofstra, Lippert again scored 21 points, including seven in overtime, to lead her team to a 70-67 victory. The senior guard shot 7-of-14 from the floor, 3-of-7 from three-point range and recorded three rebounds, three assists and one steal. For the week, Lippert shot 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
Men: Chris Evans, Kent State, 6-8 Senior F
Evans led Kent State to a 1-1 record this past week. The 6’8″ forward began the week by leading the Golden Flashes to an overtime win at Youngstown State racking up 24 points and 10 rebounds. He added another 18 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Princeton. For the week he averaged 21 points 9 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the two games.
Women: Kirstin Olowinski, Miami (OH), 6-1 Senior F
Olowinski had the 32nd double-double of her career scoring 13 points and brought in 13 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. She also recorded three blocks to become the all-time leader at Miami in that category, as well as contributing three steals and two assists. Olowinski also nearly had a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds in the RedHawks’ first game of the week, a tough battle against Kentucky.
Thanks to NetScouts Basketball Correspondents Andrew Heath and Ryan Klaas for this report.