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After leading La Salle to a pair of wins this week Ramon Galloway has been named the Men’s Player of the Week. The junior scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-12 shooting against George Washington in addition to grabbing six rebounds and handing out four assists. Galloway followed that up with a 15-point, 10-assist double-double at Duquesne. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half at Duquense to spark a nine-point comeback and the tallied a traditional 3-point play to put La Salle in front for good in the closing minutes.
Dayton’s Andrea Hoover has been recognized as the Women’s Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 22 points against George Washington. In addition to scoring the ball, Hoover equaled her career high with eight rebounds and sank a career-high eight (8-of-8) free throws in Dayton’s 74-56 road win. It’s the third time she has led the Flyers in scoring this season. She also had six rebounds and five points, including UD’s final free throw of the game to make it a three-point difference, in Dayton’s 81-78 overtime win over Richmond.
UC Santa Barbara senior Jaimé Serna made 76.5 percent of his shots and nearly averaged a double-double in a pair of road wins, earning himself Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades. Serna was pivotal in the narrow victory at Pacific. He posted his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but most of that production was in the second half when he had 13 points and seven boards.
Kristina Santiago has been honored as the Women’s Player of the Week after leading Cal Poly to a set of victories at home last week to break the three-game slump. The senior forward led the Mustangs with her tenth double-double in the victory over Pacific last week posting the game-high 25 points with 14 rebounds. Of the 25 on the night, 19 points and 11 rebounds were released in the second half. Santiago is currently fifth in the nation in scoring (23.3 ppg), 23rd in rebounding (10.2) and 10th in field goal percentage (56.1).
Ryan Pearson has been named the Men’s Player of the Week after leading George Mason to a 3-0 record that pushed the Patriots’ winning streak to six. The senior forward had 29 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds in an 89-79 victory over JMU and 20 points and 12 boards in a 67-61 triumph over UNCW. Pearson, who is among the league’s top 5 in scoring and rebounding, has 9 double-doubles this season.
Elena Delle Donne earned Women’s Player of the Week honors leading the then-ranked #15 Delaware Blue Hens to a pair of conference victories over Hofstra and James Madison. The junior averaged 32.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game to go along with eight assists, six blocks and two steals. She poured in a season-high and building-record 41 points against Hofstra with 15 rebounds. Delle Donne, the nation’s leading scorer (28.4 ppg), has surpassed the 40-point mark five times in her three-year career.
Tulsa guard Jordan Clarkson led the Hurricanes to a pair of victories last week and has been named Men’s Player of the Week. The 6’4″ sophomore totaled 37 points, combined with nine assists, five blocks in wins over UCF and SMU. Clarkson was clutch for Tulsa down the stretch against UCF making seven free throws in the final 1:15 to seal the victory.
Jasmine Lee of Memphis posted her third consecutive double-double and recorded back-to-back 20-point games, earning herself Women’s Player of the Week honors. The senior averaged a double-double last week of 20.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in wins over Marshall and at East Carolina. Lee has now posted a league-best 10 double-doubles on the season and is averaging 17.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in conference play.
Pushing Detroit to an unbeaten week, sophomore guard Ray McCallum has earned himself Men’s Player of the Week accolades. Averaging 19.5 points per game on the week, McCallum led Detroit to two victories, helping the Titans to their first three-game winning streak of the year and wins in five of their last six games. The sophomore had his best game of the year on Friday, when he tallied a season-high 26 points, six boards and four assists as the Titans held off UIC, 70-66.
Wright State freshman Kim Demmings stepped up big for her team last week and as a result has been awarded the Women’s Player of the Week crown. Demmings averaged 19.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in WSU’s two games last week. The young freshman had 25 points, including 10 in overtime, in Wright State’s 71-66 win. She also had a career-high 14 rebounds and nine assists in the game.
Jackie Carmichael has been named the Men’s Player of the Week after guiding Illinois State to a pair of conference victories. Carmichael recorded double-doubles in each game, including a career-best 26 points and a season-best 16 rebounds against Missouri State. In the two games, Carmichael shot 16-for-27 from the field, while averaging 35 minutes per game.
With consecutive double-doubles this week Drake senior Rachel Hackbarth has earned herself Women’s Player of the Week honors. Hackbarth had 23 points and 13 boards in a 77-62 victory over the Braves on Friday, while tallying 22 points, 10 boards and 5 assists, which tied a career high, in an overtime loss against UNI on Sunday. The senior forward’s two double-doubles brings her season total to 14, the most in the Missouri Valley Conference.
UNLV forward Mike Moser was named as the conference’s top Men’s Player this Week after leading his squad to two overtime wins last week. The sophomore averaged 22.5 points, 16.5 rebounds and a block per game in overtime victories at Boise State and at Air Force. Moser lead all scorers with 27 points against Air Force Saturday and has the Running Rebels in a position to win the conference this season.
Courtney Clements of San Diego State earned Women’s Player of the Week accolades thanks to her performances in wins over Wyoming and Colorado State. Clements started the week with 21 points and six rebounds in the Tuesday night win over Wyoming and followed that with a 19 point outing against Colorado State. San Diego State’s victory over Colorado State puts them in sole possession of first place in the conference.
After coming off the bench to lead UNCG in scoring, Derrell Armstrong earned himself Player of the Week honors. The junior guard tallied a game-high 27 points in UNCG’s win over Appalachian State on Thursday night. He followed that performance by posting 21 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime in UNCG’s win over Western Carolina.
Davidson’s Sophia Aleksandravicius has been named the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after nearly recording the first triple-double in school history. Aleksandravicius recorded a game-high 20 points, 11 rebounds and blocked a career-high nine shots in the team’s 78-57 win over Furman. The 6-foot-4 forward leads the conference in rebound (9.4 rpg) and is fourth in scoring (14.8 ppg).
Perris Blackwell is the Men’s Player of the Week after leading the surging USF Dons to an undefeated week. The junior forward averaged 22.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the week. Blackwell converted on 8-of-11 field goal attempts at Santa Clara, and turned in a career-high with 26 points against the Toreros on Saturday.
BYU center Kristen Riley seemed to score the ball at will last week and in the process garnered Women’s Player of the Week accolades. Riley had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the game at Seattle last Wednesday. The double-double against the Broncos marked the fourth she’s collected in WCC play, the fifth of the year and the ninth of her career.
Utah State sophomore Preston Medlin continued to shine this past week and earned himself Men’s Player of the Week honors. Medlin scored 25 points, while going 13-for-14 at the free throw line in the team’s 77-72 victory over Hawaii. On the season, Medlin ranks fourth in the WAC in three-point shooting (.430), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68), sixth in scoring (15.3), eighth in assists (3.05), ninth in free throw shooting (.770), and 10th in overall shooting (.491).
After leading Fresno State to two victories last week and keep them undefeated in conference play Ki-Ki Moore has been named Women’s Player of the Week. Moore opened the week with 19 points and five rebounds in a win over San Jose State. She followed it up by tying her career high of 28 points on 73 percent shooting (11-of-15) to go along with four rebounds and four steals in a rout of Hawaii. Moore has now scored in double figures against each WAC opponent Fresno State has faced.
Thanks to Michael Plesha, NetScouts Correspondent, for this post and UCSB athletics, BYU athletics, PhilaHoops, and Delaware athletics for the photos.