This is our final group of conference players of the week ending February 12, 2012. Links to articles mentioning of all our players for this week can be found at the end of this article.
Men: Jamal Olasewere, LIU Brooklyn, 6-7 junior forward
Olasewere averaged 26.5 points and 11 rebounds per game as the Blackbirds swept St. Francis during NEC Rivalry Week. The preseason All-NEC selection posted his eighth double-double of the season with 21 points and a game-high 11 boards in the first of two games. He then followed that performance with a career-high 32-point outburst at home, lifting LIU Brooklyn past St. Francis, 81-78. Overall, he finished the week shooting 73% from the floor and 74% from the charity stripe. The 6-7 junior is the NEC’s second-ranked scorer (20.4) and fifth-best rebounder (8.5) in conference play
Women: Felicia Barron, Quinnipiac, 5-7 junior guard
On the week Barron averaged 18.5 points, 2.5 assists, 2 rebounds and 5 steals as Quinnipiac went 1-1 against Fairleigh Dickinson and Central Connecticut State. Barron is currently leading the nation is steals at 4.6 per game and sits 2nd in the NEC in points per game at 17.6.
Men: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6-0 junior guard
Canaan averaged 27.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game and hit 68.2% from the field, 66.7 % from 3-point range and 82.4 % on free throws last week as Murray State lost its first game of the season to Tennessee State but rebounded with a victory over rival Austin Peay. In the loss to TSU, Canaan hit 7-of-10 3-pointers on his way to 31 points, his fourth 30-plus point effort of the season. On Saturday Canaan hit 3-of-5 3-pointers and scored 23 points against Austin Peay.
Women: Heather Butler, UT Martin, 5-6 sophomore guard
Butler scored 32 points and led the Skyhawks to a 94-86 overtime victory over Eastern Illinios. Butler was 13-of-18 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range. She also had six rebounds and six assists. With the five 3-pointers, Butler set a new UT Martin record for the most 3-pointers made in a career (160)
Men: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6-3 junior guard
McCollum scored 30 points with nine rebounds in a 71-62 loss to American on Thursday before finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals in Saturday’s 89-69 victory over Colgate. The outing against the Raiders marked McCollum’s 17th career double-double. McCollum is averaging 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.3 steals in Lehigh’s last six games, while committing only six turnovers in that span. He leads the Patriot League in scoring (21.7) and steals (2.6) per game, ranking in the top 10 nationally in both categories.
Women: Shelby Romine, Bucknell, 5-8 sophomore guard
The sophomore guard averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 assists in the victories over Colgate and Lafayette. Romine scored a season-high 26 points at Lafayette last Saturday on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-for-4 clip from 3-point range, and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. In the victory over Colgate, Romine totaled 11 points and seven rebounds. For the week, Romine shot 10-for-19 from the floor and 14-for-18 from the free throw line.
Men: Antonio Bostic, Stephen F. Austin, 6-2 junior guard
Bostic averaged 18 points and five rebounds in wins against Nicholls State and UTSA. He never left the floor in either game, including all 45 minutes in a four-point overtime win over the Colonels last Wednesday. He scored 17 points in the game to go with five rebounds and three assist. Later in the week he recorded 19 points and five boards in a 59-51 road win at UTSA.
Women: Megan Herbert, Central Arkansas, 5-11 junior forward
Herbert set career milestones in wins against Texas State and McNeese State. Herbert topped the 1,000-rebound mark to move into 10th in Southland history and extended her double-double streak to five games. Herbert now has 60 double-doubles in her career, which is the most in the NCAA among active players. In the win against McNeese, Herbert recorded a game-high 26 points on 8-for-9 shooting, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Against Texas State, Herbert pulled down 15 rebounds to hit 1,000 for her career in only 85 games. For the week, the Sugar Bears’ forward averaged 21.5 points and 13.0 rebounds.
Men: Reggie Hamilton, Oakland, 5-11 senior guard
Hamilton scored a game-high 31 points, draining 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Hamilton finished a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line and dished out five assists. Hamilton is second in the nation in scoring at 24.6 points per game. He led the Golden Grizzlies to their 10th straight win over IPFW, 93-82, on Saturday.
Women: Amber Hegge, South Dakota, 6-1 senior forward
Hegge helped the Coyotes to a 3-0 record, including wins over rivals South Dakota State and North Dakota State. She averaged 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals for the week. The senior forward had 28 points against both NDSU and SDSU and recorded her ninth double-double of the season in the victory over the Bison. Hegge shot 50 percent from the field) and 64 percent from the three-point line.
Men: LaRon Dendy, Middle Tennessee, 6-9 senior forward
Dendy was a force for the Blue Raiders last week, averaging 24.5 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Middle Tennessee to a pair of victories. He had a career day against rival WKU in a 72-64 win on Thursday, posting his fifth double-double of the season with 26 points and 14 rebounds, both career-highs. He matched his career-high with four assists in the contest as well. The senior forward followed that up with his eighth game of 20 or more points this season, scoring 23 in an 68-60 victory over UALR.
Women: Jerica Coley, Florida International, 5-8 sophomore guard
Coley led FIU to a perfect 2-0 week as the Panthers defeated North Texas and Denver. She posted 25 points against North Texas to mark her 17th 20-plus point outing of the season and followed up with 18 points against Denver, averaging 21.5 points per game for the week. The point guard played all 40 minutes in both contests and had a stellar week at the free throw line, going 13-of-15. Coley also contributed 6.0 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists. The sophomore guard ranks second in the NCAA in scoring.
Andrew Heath is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to Oakland and Quinnipiac Universities for the photos.