The following are NetScouts Basketball’s Players of the Week for games through December 30, 2012.
Duke’s Seth Curry is NetScouts Basketball’s Men’s Player of the Week for games through December 30, 2012. In his only game of the week, Curry scored a career-high 31 points in top-ranked Duke’s 90-77 win over Santa Clara on Saturday. The 6’3 senior shot 12-of-18 from the field including 4-of-7 from three-point range in 36 minutes of play
Florida State senior guard Alexa Deluzio is our Women’s Player of the Week. Deluzio had a double-double with 25 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in Florida State’s 76-70 conference win over Boston College. She also added six assists and was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Men: Rotnei Clarke, Butler – Sr. G. The 6 foot senior made six three-pointers in a 68-49 win over Vanderbilt. Clarke finished with 22 points and 3 assists.
Women: Erin Shields, St Joseph’s G. The junior guard scored 14 points and handed out 9 assists in a 79-38 win over UMBC.
Marcus Smart, a freshman guard from Oklahoma State is NetSscouts Basketball’s Big 12 Men’s Player of the Week. Smart logged 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists to go along with a block and a steal in a loss to Gonzaga.
Toni Young, a senior forward from Oklahoma State is the Big 12 Women’s Player of the Week. Young averaged 23 points and 13.5 rebounds for the week. She also got it done on the defensive end, recording 6 blocks. Oklahoma State went 2-0 this week with wins against Harvard and San Diego State.
Men: Louisville guard, Russ Smith, is this week’s Big East Player of the Week. The electrifying junior lead Louisville to a big win against in-state rival #23 Kentucky on Saturday. Smith shined in the Final Four rematch scoring 23 points with 17 of those coming in the second half to hold off the Wildcats. He also added a career-high 7 rebounds and added 3 assists and 3 steals. Smith has been outstanding all year and is in the conversation of Big East Player of the Year. Smith is third in the Big East in scoring (19.8) and also has had at least 3 steals in 8 of the Cardinal’s games this season.
Women: UConn center Stefanie Dolson is the Woman’s Big East Player of the Week. Stefanie was the anchor and key contributor in UConn’s blowout victory against then-#1 Stanford. Dolson was solid all game both offensively and defensively. She scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the 61-35 rout. Stefanie’s biggest contribution was her great defense on All-American Center Chiney Ogwumike. Dolson held Ogwumike to 6-for-22 shooting and completely took her out of her game.
Men: Tracy Abrams, Illinois, 6’1″ G, So.- Playing next to more prolific scorers, Brandon Paul and DJ Richardson, it’s usually Abrams’ job to distribute, but the sophomore PG delivered in a big way in the Fighting Illini’s win versus Auburn. He tallied a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds, while dishing-out five assists versus one turnover. Abrams is now Illinois’ second leading scorer at 12.1 ppg and has shown a knack for rebounding from his point guard position at 3.8 rpg.
Women: Karisma Penn, Illinois, 6’2″ F, Sr.- Penn’s contribution in the Fighting Illini’s upset win over Georgia was just par for the year, as she continues to shine as one of the nation’s premier frontcourt players. She nearly notched a 20/20 game, going for 27 points and 19 rebounds. For the season, the senior forward ranks third in the Big Ten with 19.8 ppg, while leading the conference with 10.8 rpg and 2.8 bpg. Her two blocks in the Georgia contest was enough to vault her into first place all-time in Illinois women’s basketball history.
Men: Travis Wear of UCLA is the Pac-12 Player of the Week. He put up 22 points, nine rebounds, one assist, three steals, and two blocks in a 97-94 overtime victory over the visiting #7 Missouri Tigers. This was the Bruins 1st win against a top 25 team this season.
Women: Talia Caldwell of the California Golden Bears scored 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, an assist and a block as the Cal Bears easily defeated George Washington 70-43.
Men: B.J Young, Arkansas, Sophomore. Young posted his second career double-double, scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to earn him SEC Player of the Week. Young is having a stellar sophomore campaign averaging 17. points per game, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assist for the year.
Women: Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss, Junior. The point guard ended the year on a high note posting a triple-double for the week totaling 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists over two games. McFarland leads her team in scoring, assists and steals for the year and has scored in double-figures in 9 of the Rebels first 13 games.