The following are NetScouts Basketball’s Players of the Week for games for the week ending January 6, 2013.
Men: Junior point guard Lorenzo Brown of North Carolina State led the Wolfpack to wins over UNC-Greensboro and Boston College. The 6’5 Brown averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting over 50% from the floor and only averaging two turnovers per game.
Women: Duke junior guard Chelsea Gray put up a triple-doubles against Boston College with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Gray averaged 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.5 steals for the week in two Duke wins. She shot 52 percent from the field and 10-of-10 from the foul line Gray scored 20 points to go along with six rebounds, two steals and two assists against NC State.
Men: Chaz Williams – Massachusetts G
Williams made a late, go-ahead jumper to lift Massachusetts over Miami (Ohio) 70-69 in non-conference action. The junior guard finished with 14 points, 9 assists, and 4 steals. Williams followed up with 10 points., 9 assists, and 6 rebounds in a 75-61 win over Eastern Michigan.
Women: Liz Brown – Richmond
Brown led the Spiders with 14 pts and 9 rebounds in a win 67-62 win over LaSalle.
Kansas Jayhawks center, Jeff Withey, is NetScouts Basketball’s Big 12 Player of the Week. Withey had a near triple-double against Temple with 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 blocks to go along with 3 assists.
Baylor Bears center, Brittney Griner, is the Big 12 Women’s Player of the Week. Griner averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds for the week as she led her team to a 2-0 record with wins against TCU and Oklahoma State.
Men: Syracuse senior guard Brandon Triche averaged 22.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 steals in the Orange’s two wins for the week. Cuse opened up Big East play on Wednesday against Rutgers with Triche scoring 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a 78-53 win. He was red hot from three connecting on 5-of-7 attempts. He followed that performance by scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting against the USF Bulls.
Women: Notre Dame junior guard, Kayla McBride is the Women’s Big East Player of the Week. In Notre Dame’s two wins this week, McBride averaged 20.0 points, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. In a 128-55 blowout against St. Francis (Pa) early in the week, McBride scored 19 points in only 16 minutes and also added 6 steals. Notre Dame than upset the #1 team in the country, the Connecticut Huskies, led by a career-high (and game-high) 21 points from McBride. She also added three assists as Notre Dame defeated a top-ranked team at home for the first time in school history.
Men: Trey Burke, Michigan, 6’0″ G, So.- Burke continues to lead the undefeated Wolverines towards a National title, leading the team with 18.2 ppg and 7.6 apg. In Michigan’s two opening conference wins versus Northwestern and Iowa, he averaged 21.0 ppg and 8.5 apg, including a double-double (19 points/12 assists) against Iowa. He also contributed 2.5 steals per contest and continued his improved floor game, committing just three turnovers.
Women: Karisma Penn, Illinois, 6’2″ F, Sr.- Penn earned her second straight Player of the Week honor, averaging 24.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, and 2.0 bpg as the Fighting Illini split games against Ohio State (W) and Purdue (L). Versus the Buckeyes, the senior forward notched a career-high 34 points and grabbed 12 boards. Penn leads the Big Ten in rebounds (10.8 rpg) and blocked shots (2.5 bpg), while tying for third in scoring at 20.5 ppg.
Men: Arizona State senior forward Carrick Felix led the Sun Devils to wins of Utah and Colorado to open up Pac-12 play. Felix scored 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks in a 65-56 win over Colorado. Earlier in the week Felix was helped Arizona State to a tough fought 55-54 overtime win over Utah with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Women: USC junior 6’2 forward Cassie Harberts led the Trojans to a road sweep of Oregon and Oregon State. Harberts had a season-high 27 points to go along with nine rebounds in USC’s last-second 56-55 win at Oregon State. She followed that up with 16 points to help USC top Oregon 67-62.
Men: Phil Pressey, Missouri, Guard. Pressey scored a career high 26 points along with 5 assists to lead Missouri to a 66-64 win over Bucknell. Pressey is in the top-10 in the country in assists per game averaging 7.2.
Women: Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M, Center. Bone averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds per game this past week. Her efforts helped the Lady Aggies jump out to a 2-0 start in the SEC. Bone is currently first in the SEC in field-goal percentage at 61%.