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HBCU Hoop Players Of The Week
By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: January 23, 2007
NEW YORK — Here are this week’s HBCU men’s and women’s basketball players of the week as chosen by the four major black college conferences. (NOTE: All statistics are through Sunday’s games)
Player of The Week: Calvin Brown, Norfolk State
Brown averaged 20 points and 15.5 rebounds during the Spartans two games last week. Including shooting impressively from the field, 72 percent, he also recorded double-double performances in both games. In his top performance against non-conference opponent WSSU , Brown scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in the disappointing loss. His 20 rebounds top’s the conference rebounding performances of the season and ties for the third most in Division I this season.
Rookie Of The Week: Mike Freeman, Hampton
Freeman averaged 16 points and six rebounds in addition to shooting 87 percent (13-of-15) from the field for the Pirates last week. Against Coppin State , Freeman was perfect from the floor (8-of-8) and scored five of his 17 points in overtime to lead the Pirates to victory. Freeman, who garnered Rookie of the Week accolades last week, has won the honor four times.
Player Of The Week: Q’Vaunda Curry, Florida A&M.
Curry averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists to help the Lady Rattlers to a 2-0 mark last week and improve to 6-1 in MEAC play. Curry shot 41 percent from the field (12-of-29) and 37 percent from behind the arc (7-of-19). In a win against North Carolina A&T, she recorded 23 points, including five three-pointers to help the Rattlers snap a four-game losing streak.
Rookie Of The Week: April McBride, Maryland-Eastern Shore
McBride averaged a double-double of 19 points, and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 54 percent from the field, helping the Hawks to a 1-1 record last week. McBride recorded her fourth double-double of the season against Florida A&M with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. This is the second straight week that McBride has earned Rookie of the Week accolades.
Player Of The Week: Antonio Fitzgerald, St. Augustine’s
In two games, Fitzgerald shot 13-28 FGs, 3-12 3FGs, 18-23 FTs, nine rebounds (4.5 rpg.) (2 off., 7 def.), 47 points (23.5 ppg.), eight assists (4.0 apg.), three steals, and a block. Fitzgerald led the Falcons in scoring in victories over Elizabeth City State and Shaw this week. Against ECSU, he connected on eight straight free throws, blocked a shot and grabbed a critical rebound in the last minute for the win.
Rookie Of The Week: Jerry Hollis, J.C. Smith.
In two games, Hollis recorded 10-15 FGs, 7-8 FTs, 33 rebounds (16.5 rpg.) (6 off., 27 def.), 27 points (13.5 ppg.), four blocks, five assists and four steals. His best game came against Bowie State when he finished with 16-points, a career-high18 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and three assists in 81-53 win over BSU>
Coach Of The Week: Thomas Hargrove, St. Augustine’s
Hargrove has directed the Falcons to nine straight wins, including victories over Elizabeth City State and Shaw this week.
Player Of The Week: Tiffany Smith, Elizabeth City State
In three games, Smith collected 18-27 FG, 19-25 FT, 19 rebounds (6.3 rpg.) (11 off., 8 def.), 55 points (18.3 ppg.), five steals, and two blocks. Her best game came against Fayetteville State when she had 37 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and scored her 1000th career point.
Newcomer Of The Week: Shacovia Sheppard, Fayetteville State
In two games, Sheppard collected 14-32 FG, 6-8 FT, 21 rebounds (10.5 rpg.) (15 off., 6 def.), 34 points (17 ppg.), and seven steals (3.5 spg.). Her best game was against Saint Paul’s when she had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.
Coach Of The Week: Bryan Underwood, Virginia Union
The Lady Panthers went 3-0 this week, including wins over Chowan, UDC and Virginia State.VUU is on a five-game winning streak, their longest since the 2003-04 season.
Player Of The Week: Kenny Jones, Kentucky State.
Jones averaged 20.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals in three games. His best game was a 29 point, 11 rebound performance on January 18 vs. Morehouse.
Player Of The Week: Cortney, Matthewis, Kentucky State.
Matthewis averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots in two games. Her best game was a 16 point, 10 rebound performance in January 20 vs. Clark Atlanta.
Player Of The Week: Anthony Williams, Grambling State.
In his only game of the week, Williams notched a career-high 31 points along with 12 rebounds, a steal, and a block.
Newcomer Of The Week: Trant Simpson, Alabama A&M.
In two games, Simpson averaged 10 points, four rebounds, 5.5 assists, and two steals as the Bulldogs finished the week 1-1.
Player Of The Week: Gaati Werema, Prairie View A&M
Werema averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, two steals, and one block per game. She also had consecutive double-double performances in the Lady Panthers wins over Mississippi Valley and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Newcomer Of The Week: LaSharee Christian, Jackson State
Christian scored a game high 24 points, two rebounds, six assist, two steals and one block in the Lady Tigers loss to Grambling State University. She was the leading scorer for JSU.