Men: Ken Horton, Central Connecticut State, 6-6 senior forward
Central Connecticut’s Ken Horton gave the fans a show last week, averaging 30.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 5.0 steals and 2.5 blocks in a pair of wins. In a 78-63 win over Mount St. Mary’s, the reigning NEC Player of the Year, scored a career-high 39 points and grabbed 13 boards. He also stuffed the stat sheet with six steals and five assists in addition to shooting 15-for-20 from the field, including 11-for-12 from inside the arc. He then dropped 22 points and reeled in seven boards against Wagner in a 78-61 win. Playing in his final regular-season home game, Horton also contributed five blocks, four steals and three assists while playing all 40 minutes.
Women: Artemis Spanou, Robert Morris, 6-0 sophomore forward
Spanou averaged 24.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 2.0 steals during Robert Morris’ final two regular season games. Spanou, who has tallied a double-double in 17 of her last 18 outings, accounted for 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and three steals in a 72-62 victory over Quinnipiac. Two days after, Spanou produced her 11th 20-point performance of the year against Sacred Heart. The Greek National Team member totaled 24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots in the 70-66 overtime loss at SHU. The 6-foot tall Spanou was 18-for-38 shooting over the two-game sample.
Men: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6-0 junior guard
Canaan averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while hitting 52 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from 3-point range and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. In helping Murray State avenge its only loss of the season at Tennessee State, Canaan hit 5-of-7 3-pointers and scored 24 points as MSU won 80-62. He capped the week by scoring 18 points, dishing out four assists, grabbing three rebounds and two steals in a win at Tennessee Tech.
Women: Jaclissa Haislip, UT Martin, 6-0 sophomore guard
Haislip recorded back-to-back double-doubles to lead UT Martin to a pair of wins last week. She had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a win versus Austin Peay. She followed that up with 14 points and 12 boards against Jacksonville State. She has four double-doubles this season and nine for her career.
Men: Mike Muscala, Bucknell, 6-11 junior forward
With the Bison leading American by just one game for first place, Muscala came through with a huge performance in a 55-50 win. The junior finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bison to the win. Two days later, Muscala helped Bucknell clinch the outright regular-season crown with 19 points and six rebounds in a 64-55 win over Navy. He went 6-of-8 from the field and hit all seven free throws in the game. Muscala averaged 22.5 points and 10.0 rebounds for the week while making 15-of-29 shots and 15-of-17 free throws.
Women: Lisa Strack, American, 5-10 senior guard
Strack had a big week for the Eagles, leading them to two victories on the road to cap off the first-ever 14-0 conference campaign. She started by scoring 19 points, including the 1,000th of her career, with five rebounds and four steals in a 62-59 victory at Bucknell. She followed it up with a double-double of 14 points, 13 rebounds and three steals in a 58-54 win at Lafayette. Strack scored six straight points late in the second half to turn a 54-50 deficit into a 56-54 American lead. She averaged 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game.
Men: Matt Staff, Texas State, 6-10 junior forward
Staff recorded back-to-back double-doubles in leading Texas State to a pair of road wins against Southeastern Louisiana and UTSA. He registered a career-high 28 points in a 66-52 win at UTSA, where he shot 78 percent from the floor. He also finished with 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots. In the 62-61 win road win against the Lions, Staff led the charge with 21 points and 13 rebounds. In the two wins last week, he shot 64.5% from the floor and 62.5% from beyond the arc.
Women: Britni Martin, Sam Houston State, 6-0 junior forward
Martin led Sam Houston State to two wins against Northwestern State and Lamar. Against the Lady Demons, Martin scored 24 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. In the win against Lamar, Martin put together a 22-point, seven-rebound, two assist and two-steal performance. She now has 20 double-figure scoring games this season and 60 in her career. In the two games, Martin averaged 23.0 points on 60.0 percent shooting (15-for-25), including 62.5 shooting from 3-point range (10-for-16).
Men: Reggie Hamilton, Oakland, 5’11 senior guard
Against UMKC, Hamilton totaled 31 points, including 18-of-22 from the free throw line, while adding seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. Two nights later at South Dakota, Hamilton turned in a 31-point performance. Hamilton converted 11-of-18 field goal attempts, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, while totaling six assist and five rebounds. For the week, Hamilton averaged 31.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game and shot 61.5% from three-point range.
Women: Jennie Sunnarborg, South Dakota State, 6-2 senior forward
For the week, Sunnarborg averaged 21.5 points and five rebounds per game, shooting 83.3% from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range. She also made all nine free throw attempts and contributed 2.5 assists per game. In a victory over IUPUI, Sunnarborg scored 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including 3-for-3 from long distance. In her final regular season appearance against Western Illinois, the senior contributed 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor.
Men: DeJuan Wright, Florida International, 6’3 senior guard
Wright helped FIU to a 1-1 record this past week, including an 81-74 win over South Alabama on Senior Night. He averaged 24 points, including a career-high 35 points versus the Jaguars. Wright also averaged 11.5 rebounds-per-contest, and tallied his fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season with 10 rebounds versus Troy and 13 rebounds against South Alabama. During his game with the Jaguars, Wright set a school record for free-throw attempts (19) and free-throws made (16). On the year, Wright is averaging 16.4 points-per-game and 7.7 rebounds-per-contest.
Women: Ebony Rowe, Middle Tennessee, 6-1 sophomore forward
Rowe averaged 19.5 points and 13.5 rebounds on the week, tallying a double-double in both outings at ULM and at Western Kentucky, and joined the 1,000-point club during the week. Rowe started the week with 12 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. She added a game-best six assists and three steals. She then capped the two-game performance with a 27-point, 10-rebound effort in the regular-season finale for her second-straight double-double, 13th of the season and 29th of her career.
Andrew Heath is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to Central Connecticut State, Murray State and Oakland University Athletics and Jose Juarez for the photos.