The following lists our conference players of the week ending February 19, 2012.
Xavier was able to defeat Dayton in overtime this week thanks to an outstanding performance by guard Tu Holloway. The senior led Xavier with 32 points (one shy of his career high), six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Holloway took over in the extra period scoring seven of the Musketeers’ 11 overtime points.
Shey Peddy averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 steals and 5.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week, helping Temple win its 10th and 11th straight games. With her career-high 10 steals in an 84-41 win at Rhode Island, she tied the all-time single-game record in Temple women’s basketball history, set back in 1985, in addition to her game-high 22 points.
Orlando Johnson averaged 23.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of UC Santa Barbara wins this week. Johnson recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Gauchos defeated UC Irvine, 85-62, on Wednesday and is now within 23 points of setting a new UCSB career scoring record.
Cal Poly’s Kristina Santiago led her team with 22 points and seven rebounds in their 76-63 win against UC Irvine, to go with four assists and four steals in her 34 minutes of play. In the second contest of the week, Santiago scored 19 points, 13 of which came in the second half to lift the Mustangs over UC Riverside, 60-47.
Kent Bazemore averaged 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals in Old Dominion’s 2-0 week. The senior guard had a career-high 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 73-67 road victory at Missouri State and also contributed a team-best 23 points, eight boards and four steals in an 81-64 triumph over UNCW.
Deanna Kerkhof had her best week of the season leading Northeastern to back-to-back victories over Georgia State and James Madison. The junior guard averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game on the week.
Jonathon Simmons was Houston’s leading performer in their lone game of the week, scoring a career-high 28 points in a 73-71 victory against Conference USA co-leader Southern Miss in Hofheinz Pavilion. Simmons also grabbed eight rebounds in the game which was also his seventh 20-point game of the season.
UTEP’s Gloria Brown averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 blocks per game as the Minors’ clinched a share of the 2011-12 Conference USA regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament. Against Tulsa the senior posted her ninth double-double of the year with 14 points and 12 boards in the 64-54 win. Brown added a trio of blocks and a pair of steals in just 20 minutes of action.
Leading Loyola to a split record on the road, junior forward Ben Averkamp averaged 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Averkamp could not be stopped in a 56-44 win at Bradleyas he notched his third double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds, chipping in five assists and two blocks.
Butler sophomore Sarah Hamm was a force to be reckoned with in the paint this week averaging 19.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in Butler’s wins over Loyola and UIC. Against conference rival Loyola, Hamm scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and rejected three shots in just 21 minutes of action in the Bulldogs 72-46 win.
Doug McDermott helped Creighton snap a three-game losing streak by averaging 27.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two victories last week. The sophomore went off on Saturday scoring a BracketBusters record 36 points and added 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season in the win over Long Beach State.
The normally right-handed shooting Casey Garrison shot exclusively with her left hand this week thanks to a thumb sprain and averaged 18.5 points on 61 percent shooting in Missouri State’s two wins. Friday, Garrison shot 8-for-10 from the field and 3-for-4 from three on the way to 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists against Evansville.
Drew Gordon averaged 22.0 points and 18.5 rebounds while helping New Mexico take sole possession of first place in the Mountain West standings with back-to-back wins over top-15 opponents last week. After defeating San Diego State 77-67, Gordon registered his 26th career double-double with a personal-best 27 points and 20 rebounds in a 65-45 win over No. 11 UNLV. He is just the eighth player in the last decade to record a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against a top-25 opponent.
Lenita Sanford posted back-to-back double-doubles in leading UNLV to a 2-0 week with wins over TCU and New Mexico. For the week, Sanford averaged 15.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (13-of-26).
Kevin Giltner averaged 23.5 points and six rebounds last week as Wofford topped Elon (72-59), before falling to Charleston Southern (77-59) in a BracketBuster matchup. Giltner has now scored at least 20 points in seven games this season and ranks fifth in the SoCon in scoring with 15.4 points per game.
Aiesha Harper helped lead Elon to a pair of wins on the road last week at Georgia Southern and College of Charleston. The senior posted a career-high 21 points in Elon’s 83-53 win at Georgia Southern in addition to dishing out four assists and recording four steals.
LMU sophomore Anthony Ireland led the Lions to a pair of wins on the week, including a 75-60 win at No. 16 Saint Mary’s and two nights later, a 61-53 win over Valparaiso in the Sears BracketBusters. Ireland averaged 17.5 points on 57.9 percent shooting, while adding 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
Gonzaga senior forward Kelly Bowen averaged 14 points and 12.5 rebounds last week as the Bulldogs went 2-0. The Zags are ranked No. 25 in this week’s AP Top 25.
University of Hawaii forward Joston Thomas scored a career-high 29 points and added 12 rebounds in an 83-81 overtime victory over San Jose State Saturday. Thomas made good on 12-of-16 shots from the field and five of nine from the free throw line.
Ki-Ki Moore averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 steals per game as Fresno State went 2-0 on the week and remained the only unbeaten team in WAC play. She posted game highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season in a win over Idaho. She also nabbed five steals and dished out three assists.
Michael Plesha is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball and can be followed on twitter @MichaelPlesha. Thanks to Creighton, Xavier and UCSB Athletics for the photos.