Team of the Week
|Ricky Allen, Jr.
University of the Ozarks
|G||Lauren Avant, Sr.
|Jack Taylor, Jr.
|G||Sam Perez, Jr.
|Julian Strickland, Sr.
|G||Kayla Johnson, Sr.
|Dillon Stith, Sr.
|F||Melissa Tobie, Jr.
|Victor Smith, Jr.
Rhode Island College
|C | F||Kiley Shoemaker, So.
|Games of Feb. 3-9, 2014|
Allen nearly averaged a triple-double (19.5 points, 10.0 assists, 9.0 rebounds) during a 1-1 week. He scored 23 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out nine assists vs. Howard Payne, as well as 16 points and 11 assists in a triple-overtime loss against Sul Ross State. Allen shot 7-for-15 from 3-point range.
Taylor averaged 34.5 points, including a game-high 40 points with the help of nine 3-pointers in a win over Knox. He followed that up with a game-high 29 points, which was aided by an 8-of-15 performance from 3-point range, and four assists in a win over Beloit. In 31 games since transferring from UW-La Crosse, Taylor has scored 1,046 points.
Julian averaged 29.0 points per game, including the eighth 40-point game in Rose-Hulman history, to help the Fightin' Engineers finish 2-0 on the road last week. Strickland scored 41 points with seven rebounds and four assists in an 85-65 win at Manchester, after scoring 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists in a 65-54 win at Earlham. The 41 points marked a career-high for Strickland and the first 40-point game at Rose-Hulman since 1999.
Stith set Saint Vincent's single-game scoring record with 50 points in a 124-121 quadruple overtime loss at Thiel on Feb. 5. His 50-point effort is the highest in Division III this season by a non-Grinnell player and the second-best total against a Division III opponent. In a 68-52 victory at Grove City, Stith totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds. He averaged 32.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game last week while shooting a 45.5 percent (15-of-33) clip from the field and 76.2 percent (32-of-42) from the line.
Smith powered Rhode Island College to an overtime victory over Keene State, scoring a season-high 22 points and pulling in eight rebounds. The junior from Providence, R.I. made 10 field goals to shot 66.7 percent for the contest. He was also a force on the defensive end of the court with a season-high five blocks.
Avant scored a game high 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists in a win vs. the conference's second-place team, Millsaps. She again led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 75-57 win over Birmingham-Southern. Avant shot 47.6 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from 3-point range.
Perez set two career highs with 25 points on Friday, followed by 27 on Sunday. She shot 22-for-33 from from the field (66 percent), finishing with 26.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Johnson scored a career-high 31 points in Whitworth's win at Puget Sound on Friday. She added 21 points in a win at Pacific Lutheran the following day. She shot 65.7 percent from the floor, 2-for-3 from 3-point range and averaged 4.5 rebounds.
Tobie averaged 25.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game as the Red Hawks clinched a first-round bye in the NJAC tournament. Tobie scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half helping MSU overcome a nine-point halftime deficit in a 69-59 win over Ramapo. Tobie, who had a double-double in the second half, scored five points during an 11-0 run that put the Red Hawks in front for good. Three days later, she tied her career scoring 32 points in an 86-64 win on the road at Richard Stockton.
Shoemaker powered Wheaton's offense averaging 21.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, as well as 5.0 blocks. She shot 56.0 percent from the floor and 14-for-16 from the line. Against Coast Guard, Shoemaker poured in 25 points including a 13-for-14 showing at the free throw line and also hauled in 16 rebounds, both game-highs.