This is the first part of our low-mid major conference players of the week ending February 5, 2012.
Maine sophomore Alasdair Fraser led the Black Bears to its third straight win, earning Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. Fraser, one of the few Division 1 players from Scotland, ranks 11th among the league’s scoring leaders with 13.2 points a game and 4th in rebounding with 7.8 a game. In an overtime win against UMBC (77-76) Fraser had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks, while shooting 10-of-14 from the field.
Boston University junior guard Chantell Alford led the Terriers to two more wins last week, extending the team’s winning streak to 10 games. She scored 19 of her season-high 28 points in the win over Vermont. Alford averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 steals a game, while shooting 70 percent (7-of-10) from beyond the arc. She has now scored in double-digits in 16 of the last 23 games.
Junior guard Parker Smith of North Florida led the Ospreys to two wins on the week. Smith posted back-to-back 20-point performances to give the Ospreys their first ever home weekend sweep in Atlantic Sun play. He scored a team high 23 points and had a career-high 6 rebounds in a win over FGCU. On the week, Smith averaged 22 points.
Sophomore guard Briana Williams of Mercer set a new single-game scoring record in the 87-71 win over USC Upstate with 54 points. On the week, Williams averaged 35 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and one block.
Junior guard Damian Lillard of Weber State helped the Wildcats earn home wins this week over Portland State and Northern Colorado. He scored his 1,700th career point, moving into 13th place on the Big Sky’s all-time scoring list. On the week, Lillard shot 69.7 percent from the field and 64.7 percent from 3-point range. He averaging 37.5 points and five assists for the week..
Eastern Washington’s Brianne Ryan led the Eagles to wins over Northern Arizona and at Sacramento State. Against Northern Arizona, Ryan scored 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the floor, with three 3-pointers. Ryan averaged 27.5 points on 47 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the two wins.
Redshirt-senior forward Al’Lonzo Coleman of Presbyterian College led the Blue Hose to two Big South road wins last week. In the victory at High Point, Coleman scored the game’s last six points, sealing the win and snapping a seven-game losing streak. For the week, Coleman shot 16-of-25 from the field while averaging 25 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2 steals.
Radford’s junior Da’Naria Erwin Spencer posted a pair of 20-point games this week to lead her team to two wins. In a win over High Point on February 4th she put in 21 points on 47 percent shooting. Two days later at Campbell she hit on 10-of-20 from the floor finishing with 24 points. For the week, she averaged 22.5 points, 3.5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
Yale senior center Greg Mangano aided the Bulldogs to a weekend sweep of Penn and Princeton. Mangano hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 53 and spark a 10-0 Bulldog run in the win over The Quakers. Against Princeton Mangano put up 20 points and 12 rebounds in the four-point win. He averaged a double-double on the week with 21.5 points, 11 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
Harvard sophomore guard Christine Clark helped propel the Crimson into second-place after picking up two road wins. She scored 23 points against Cornell and 21 vs. Columbia. Clark shot 17-of-17 from the free throw line in the two wins. She averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
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Iona junior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones was stellar in the two wins last week over Canisius and Manhattan. On the week Jones shot 59.5 percent (22-for-37) from the field and 75% (9-for-12) from beyond three-point line. Jones put up 43 points in the win over Canisius, matching the second highest single-game scoring total in school history. For the week, Jones averaged 30.5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Manhattan senior forward Lindsey Loutsenhizer was big in the two home wins over Siena and Marist last week. Against Siena she has 12 points and 7 rebounds in the 56-53 victory. In the 48-44 win over Marist she recorded her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. She made two free throws with four seconds remaining sealing the victory that ended Marist’s 34-game MAAC winning streak.
Sophomore guard Rian Pearson of Toledo averaged 27.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line in the two games against Akron and Buffalo. In Saturday’s contest versus Buffalo, Pearson had his eighth 20-point game of the season and ended with a game-high 26 points. Pearson is the only player in the MAC to be in the Top 10 of the conference rankings in scoring (17.3 ppg) third in rebounds (8 rpg) and fifth in steals (1.7 spg).
Sophomore forward Sina King of Akron returned this week after missing two games with an injury and had one of her best performances of the season. In the win over Central Michigan she had her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 boards. For the week, she shot 65 percent (17-of-26) from the field and averaged 20.5 points and 9 rebounds.
North Carolina Central’s junior guard Ray Willis averaged 20.5 points and 7 rebounds in the two conference wins last week. In a 78-61 win over Florida A&M he recorded a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Against Maryland Eastern Shore he posted 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Florida A&M’s senior forward/center Qiana Donald recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 102-66 victory over North Carolina Central. Donald shot 90 percent from the floor (9-of-10) with three assists and three steals.
Edison Crawley is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to Steve McLaughlin and Boston University, Weber State and Iona College for the photos.