The following are NetScouts Basketball’s Conference Players of the Week for the week ending December 9, 2012.
Men: University of Albany, Mike Black, 6-0 Senior G
Black averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and made 5-of-10 three-point tries in wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and Colgate. The senior guard scored a game-high 21 points and added five boards in a 77-73 win over St. Francis Brooklyn. He then had 18 points and a season-high seven assists in a 67-61 win at Colgate.
Women: Stony Brook, Chikilra Goodman, 5-8 Junior G
Goodman was unstoppable for the Seawolves, leading the conference in both scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (14.0 rpg) last week to help Stony Brook to a pair of wins over Sacred Heart and at Fordham. Against Sacred Heart, Goodman had her first-career double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds in a 51-46 Stony Brook win. She followed that effort with another double-double against Fordham, racking up 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in a 58-46 win.
Men: Weber State, Kyle Tresnak, 6-10 Junior C
Tresnak averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and shot 65 percent from the field in leading Weber State to the two wins. He scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 89-56 win over Utah Valley. He followed that up with 16 points and six rebounds as the Wildcats beat UC Irvine 65-51. For the week, Tresnak was 13-for-20 from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. He also recorded four blocked shots.
Women: North Dakota, Emily Evers, 6-5 Sophomore C
Evers notched a pair of double-doubles as UND defeated Air Force and Drake at home this past week. Evers had 17 points and 15 rebounds in a blowout of Air Force. She shot .500 from the floor on 7-of-14 shooting, and added two assists, two blocks and one steal. In a win against Drake, Evers added another 17-point performance, and added 10 rebounds. She also had two steals, four blocks, and shot .545 on a 6-of-11 shooting.
Men: Pacific, Ross Rivera, 6-7 Junior F
In 29 minutes against Nevada, Rivera posted 14 points, three rebounds and block on 5-of-9 shooting. Rivera was brutally efficient in Pacific’s next win in just 15 minutes of action. He poured in a season-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. For the week, Rivera made 12-of- 19 floor shots, 63.2%. He also knocked down 5-of-6 from the free throw line while averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Women: UC Santa Barbara, Sweet Underwood, 6-0 Senior F
Underwood notched 22 points in a 79-69 triumph at Loyola Marymount. She made 8-of-12 floor shots and sank all but one of her seven free throw tries. The 6-0 forward added a team-leading 11 rebounds to secure her third double-double. Underwood also had two steals, a block and an assist to aid the Gaucho cause.
Men: Towson, Jerrelle Benimon, 6-8 Junior F
Benimon averaged 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks as Towson split two road games last week. The junior forward scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made four steals in a 68-64 win over Vermont and contributed 11 points and 16 rebounds in a 46-40 setback at 15th-ranked Georgetown. Benimon shot 63.6% from the floor for the week.
Women: Delaware, Lauren Carra, 5-9 Senior G
The senior finished the week averaging 15.5 points per game to go along with 5.0 rebounds per outing. She added eight assists, two steals and one block on the week to help Delaware improve to 5-2 on the season. The senior needs just six points to break the 1,000 career-point mark.
Men: University of Houston, Tashawn Thomas, 6-8 Sophomore F
Thomas averaged 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to lead Houston to a road wins against TCU and Texas Southern. Against the Horned Frogs he totaled 19 points and 12 rebounds. Then, Thomas recorded 23 points and fell just one rebound shy of another double-double against Texas Southern.
Women: Tulane, Whitney Bibbins, 5-10 Sophomore G
Bibbins led Tulane to a two-point overtime victory over in-state foe LSU. The Baton Rouge native sealed the victory for the Green Wave as she hit a pair of free throws with 10.2 seconds to play, giving the team a four-point lead. Bibbins came off the bench to play a team-best 31 minutes where she scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Men: Valparaiso, Ryan Broekhoff, 6-7 Senior F
Broekhoff nearly notched a double-double on Wednesday, posting 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists against IPFW. Following the game, Broekhoff revealed he had been playing despite a diagnosis of mononucleosis. The effects were not on display at New Mexico, where Broekhoff had 24 points and seven rebounds in the defeat. He also knocked down five three-pointers in the game and added seven rebounds.
Women: Cleveland State, Shalonda Winton, 5-11 Senior F
Winton recorded a career triple-double in leading the Vikings to their third straight win. The senior forward scored 29 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and passed out 11 assists in CSU’s 87-75 win over Miami (Ohio). She leads the Horizon League with a scoring average of 24.1 points per game. Winton is the fourth player in CSU history to record a triple-double.
Men: Harvard, Wesley Saunders, 6-5 Sophomore
For the week Saunders averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Saunders went 8-of-13 from the field, finishing with 18 points in a win over Boston College. Saunders also dished out five assists against the Eagles, helping Harvard extend its win streak against Boston College to five games. He then led the Crimson with 14 points and four assists at Connecticut.
Women: Yale, Janna Graf, 6-0 Junior G
Graf shot 52.6 percent from the field in the two games for the week, including 71.4 percent against the Fordham. She shot 7-of-12 from downtown (58.3) and hit all three of her three-pointers against Fordham as well as all five of her free throws, matching a personal-best. Graf also recorded a career-high five steals against the Rams.
Men: Buffalo, Will Regan ,6-8 Sophomore F
Regan averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds to help the Bulls earn wins over Milwaukee and Niagara. The sophomore forward shot 12-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc for the week. At Milwaukee, Regan had 10 points, seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block to help the Bulls earn the 72-52 win. He followed that up with 26 points (8-of-11 shooting/3-of-4 from long distance) and eight rebounds. He scored seven of his points in the final 3:20, including a pivotal three-pointer that extended the UB lead from five to eight, to help the Bulls hold off Niagara. Regan was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw on the week.
Women: Northern Illinois, Amanda Carrol, 5-6 Sophomore G
Carrol returned from an ankle injury that sidelined her for the last two games. In her return she scored 19 points, pulled down four rebounds and had an assist and block to guide NIU to a 67-63 decision over Loyola. She went 6-for-13 from the field, 2-for-5 on three pointers and 5-for-6 from the foul line.
Andrew Heath is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball.