This is the final posting for our conference players of the week ending February 19, 2012. Links to articles mentioning of all our players for this week can be found at the end of this article.
Men: Jason Brickman, LIU Brooklyn, 5-10 sophomore guard
Brickman averaged 12.5 assists per game including a career-high 16-assist outing in his team’s 99-89 victory over Quinnipiac. He also added 10 points to record his third double-double of the season. Two days prior, the San Antonio, TX product put on a nine-point, nine-assist effort as LIU Brooklyn posted a 101-93 win in overtime over visiting Sacred Heart. He finished the week with 25 assists and just five turnovers in 73 minutes of action. Thanks to his two-game performance, Brickman moved to fifth in the nation with an average of 7.0 assists per game
Women: Ashley Palmer, LIU Brooklyn, 5-10 senior forward
Palmer averaged 27.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in contests against league leaders Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart, teams that had a combined 26-6 conference record. She shot 50% from the floor and connected on 11-of- 12 free throws over the two-game stretch. She accounted for 29 of the Blackbirds’ 51 points in the three-point overtime loss to Quinnipiac. Palmer’s performance against the Bobcats, which also included 10 rebounds and a trio of steals, marked her eighth double-double of the season. Two nights later, Palmer went for 25 points and eight rebounds to lead LIU Brooklyn past Sacred Heart. Palmer stands 12 points and 19 rebounds shy of becoming only the second player in NEC women’s basketball history to log 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Men: Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech, 6-5 junior guard
Dillard averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two victories last week. He hit 58.3% from the field, 50% from 3-point range and 73.3% from the free throw line. In the win over Coastal Carolina, the junior hit 7-of-13 shots on his way to 22 points and also pulled down seven rebounds. In the victory over Eastern Kentucky Dillard netted his eighth double-double of the year as he scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Dillard currently leads the OVC in rebounding at 8.7per game and ranks third in the league in scoring at 18.2 points per game.
Women: Jasmine Newsome, UT Martin, 5-7 sophomore guard
Newsome averaged 22.5 points, 10 rebounds and 9.0 assists in UT Martin’s two victories at Murray State and Southeast Missouri State. The 5-7 guard recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists versus Murray State. She tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists at Southeast Missouri State.
Men: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6’3 junior guard
McCollum helped lead Lehigh to a pair of key victories that brought the squad within a game of first-place Bucknell with two to play. The junior guard began by posting 15 points and seven rebounds in a thrilling 56-53 road win. That included the game winning shot with 0.8 seconds remaining to break a 53-53 tie. McCollum rode the momentum vs. Lafayette two days later, scoring a game-high 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting while adding eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal.
Women: Amy Lepley, Holy Cross, 6-0 junior guard
On the week, Lepley averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and hit 50% from the field. Leading the team in scoring on the week, she was one of three Crusaders to notch a double-figure outing in the first game against Lafayette, scoring 11 points while bringing down a team-best eight rebounds. In the second game against Bucknell, she posted 20 of the squad’s 49 points, adding seven rebounds, three steals and a season-high two blocks. She also went 9-of-13 from the field against the Bison.
Men: Patrick Richard, McNeese State, 6-4 senior forward
On the week, Richard averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, leading the Cowboys to a pair of wins over UTSA and Southeast Missouri. The senior recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the 58-54 win over UTSA and followed with 27 points and five rebounds in the Cowboys’ 74-61 non-conference win over Southeast Missouri.
Women: Kalis Loyd, Lamar, 6-2 junior guard
Loyd helped Lamar extend its winning streak to five games with conference wins against Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The junior shot 59.3% from the field in the two games and 66.7% from 3-point range. Against the Lady Lions, Loyd scored a game-high 21 points while recording four steals and three rebounds. Against the Islanders, she continued her hot shooting with another game-high 22 points while pulling down six boards.
Men: Trey Finn, Arkansas State, 6-2 junior guard
Finn helped lead the Red Wolves to a 2-0 record last week as ASU defeated Troy and FIU. Finn scored 20 in each of the Red Wolves victories. The junior shot 55.6% from three-point range during the week connecting on 6-9 against Troy and 4-9 against FIU. On the year, Finn is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Women: Marian Kursh, UALR, 6-0 junior center
Kursh averaged 17 points and five rebounds while shooting 73.7% from the field and 85.7% from the free throw line. In a win over FIU, Kursh led the team with 14 points while shooting 55.6% from the field and 80% from the free throw line. She also recorded three rebounds, a block, and a steal in just 15 minutes of play. In the win over Troy, Kursh led the team in points with 20 and got seven rebounds while going 9-of-10 from the field.
Men: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6-4 junior guard
For the week, Wolters averaged 26 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and two steals in 33.5 minutes per game and recorded a remarkable 6.5:1 assist/turnover ratio. In the national televised game against Buffalo, Wolters scored 22 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. Earlier in the week, Wolters led SDSU to an 80-57 win over conference foe North Dakota State. Wolters scored 30 points on 14-of-18 shooting and added five assists and three rebounds, all in 28 minutes played.
Women: Kerah Nelson, IUPUI, 5-10 junior forward
Nelson averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. In a win against South Dakota State, she scored 21 points with nine rebounds. The junior forward followed that up with a 19-point, five-rebound performance vs. UMKC.
Andrew Heath is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to LIU and South Dakota State Athletics for the photos.