Men: Latif Rivers, Wagner, 6-1 sophomore guard
Rivers averaged 19 points in a pair of double-digit home wins over Robert Morris and St. Francis. Against Robert Morris, the 6-1 guard led all scorers with 28 points, including 17 in the first half and 15 from the charity stripe as Wagner prevailed 80-69. He also shot 50% from downtown and grabbed four boards. Two days later, Rivers scored in double-figures again, this time chipping in 10 while collecting four rebounds and a pair of steals in a 72-54 triumph over Saint Francis (PA). Rivers is currently the NEC’s 11th-leading scorer at 15.0 ppg. He is also the league’s second-ranked free throw shooter at 89.6 percent which also ranks him 11th in the nation.
Women: Aylsha Womack, Monmouth, 5-7 junior guard
Womack totaled 46 points against Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac, teams that entered the weekend with a combined 32-10 overall record. She tallied 19 points and four rebounds against Quinnipiac and came back even stronger against Sacred Heart with 27 points. Womack shot 60 percent (18-for-30) from the field, made 4 of 7 attempts from three-point range and was perfect (6-for-6) from the charity stripe.
Men: Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech, 6-7 senior guard
Murphy had a huge week as he averaged 35.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists while hitting 59.3 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from 3-point range and 85.7 percent at the free throw line in three Tennessee Tech victories. Included in those totals was a 50-point game last Monday against SIUE. Murphy followed that by scoring 33 points and pulling down seven rebounds in a victory at rival Austin Peay. He finished the week by scoring 23 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists at Jacksonville State. Murphy is currently ranked 4th in the nation in scoring at 21.8 ppg.
Women: Raven Berry, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 6-1 junior center
Berry averaged a double-double last week with 18.3 points and 11.0 rebounds. She shot 57.1 percent from the floor while dishing out nine assists over the three games. Berry scored a career-high 26 points versus Morehead State to go with 12 rebounds for her 20th career double-double.
Men: Charles Hinkle, American, 6-5 senior forward
Hinkle delivered in the clutch for the Eagles, hitting the go-ahead three-pointer with 33 seconds to play as American went on to a 59-58 victory at Colgate on Saturday. The shot put American up 59-57 after Hinkle had given the Eagles a 56-54 edge with a three-pointer with 1:11 to go. He scored eight of the final 10 points as the Eagles rallied from a 52-49 deficit. Hinkle led the Eagles with 23 points in the game. He made 9-of-19 shots from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range. It was Hinkle’s 13th 20-point game of the season, and he stands second in the Patriot League and in the top 20 nationally with 19.7 points per game for the year.
Women: Alexa Williams, Lehigh, 6-3 senior forward
Williams tied her career high with 23 points in a 75-73 victory at Holy Cross. She finished with a pair of assists and two steals, including a critical theft in the final minute to help seal the victory for the Mountain Hawks. The 6-3 forward leads the team in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. She leads the league with 9.1 rebounds per game and ranks third in free-throw percentage at 73.9 percent.
Men: Dantrell Thomas, Nicholls State, 6-2 sophomore guard
Thomas averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 rebounds in leading the Colonels to a pair of home-court wins last week against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and Texas State. Against the Islanders, the sophomore set career highs with 23 points and four 3-pointers. He followed that up with a 22-point performance against Texas State. In the two games, he made 18 of 27 field goals (66.7 percent) and was 5 of 11 from 3-point range.
Women: Megan Herbert, Central Arkansas, 5-11 junior forward
For the second consecutive week, Herbert receives our player of the week. Herbert helped Central Arkansas to a 2-0 conference record last week with back-to-back double-doubles in wins against Northwestern State and UT Arlington. In both contests, Hebert had her best effort in the second half. At UT Arlington, the 5-11 junior had 18 points and six rebounds in the second half. For the game, Herbert scored 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc. The forward also pulled down 14 rebounds. At Northwestern State, Herbert recorded 23 points and 13 rebounds, including nine offensive rebounds, to pace Sugar Bears to a crucial divisional road win. Herbert shot 56.0 percent (14-for-25) from the field on the week while averaging 22.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.
Men: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6-4 junior guard
Wolters averaged 27.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in a pair of wins. Against Oral Roberts, he finished with 24 points and nine assists. Two nights later, Wolters scored 31 points, converting 10-of-16 shots from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line in a win over Southern Utah. He added four steals, four assists and three rebounds in the contest. On the week, Wolters totaled 13 assists while committing just four turnovers for an assist to turnover ratio of 3.3.
Women: Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts, 5-10 junior guard
Luper tallied 41 points against North Dakota State. The 5-10 guard eclipsed the Summit League career scoring record during the game, which ORU won 84-75. Luper’s 41-point outburst was the second-highest single-game total of her ORU career. The junior was 16-of-28 from the field in the win. For the week, Luper averaged 25.0 points and 4.5 steals per game.
Men: Chris Udofia, Denver, 6-6 sophomore forward
Udofica helped lead the Pioneers to a 1-1 split last week, including a 75-60 win over Middle Tennessee. Udofia averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 blocked shots and 1.5 steals in the two games. In front of a national audience on ESPN2, Udofia exploded for a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds. The sophomore added four blocked shots, leading the Pioneers to a 75-60 win over SBC-leading Middle Tennessee. Udofia went 10-for-14 (.714) from the field, 2-for-2 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. In Thursday’s one-point loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, Udofia had 12 points, five assists and three blocked shots.
Women: Sarda Peterson, South Alabama, 5-6 senior guard
For the week, Peterson averaged 16 points while shooting 50% from the field and 46.7% from the three-point line. In a 66-57 victory over Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, Peterson had 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting. On Saturday, Peterson posted her third-straight double-figure outing with another 16-point effort against Western Kentucky. She has now recorded double digits in seven of her last 10 games.
Andrew Heath is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to Wagner, Lehigh and South Dakota State Universities for the photos.