February 24, 2015

Team of the Week

Scoutware The Team of the Week presented by Scoutware is D3hoops.com's weekly honor roll, in its 17th season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.

Men Pos. Women
Egzon Gjonbalaj, Jr.
Brooklyn
G Velvet Johnson, Sr.
Millsaps
Lucas Hausman, Jr.
Bowdoin
G Julie Frankian, Sr.
Worcester State
Jordan Rezendes, Jr.
Mass-Dartmouth
G Stephanie Wong, Jr.
Caltech
Kennedy Drey, So.
Buena Vista
F Jenna Kotas, Sr.
Dubuque
Andre Norris, Jr.
Dubuque
F Bria Smith, So.
New Jersey City
Games of Feb. 16-22, 2015
Julie Frankian, Worcester State

Women's

Velvet Johnson
Johnson led the Majors to two key conference wins and helped Millsaps lock up the SAA regular season. She played all 85 minutes. Johnson went for 25 points in a win vs. Hendrix while dishing out six assists. On Sunday, Velvet scored 15 points and dished out five more assists in the OT win against Rhodes. Her 15 points made her the all-time leading scorer in Majors' history. 

Julie Frankian
Frankian averaged 25.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 26 points, six boards and two swipes in a 61-48 win over Fitchburg State before she notched 24 points with six caroms and four trifectas in a 74-50 victory over Framingham State. She hit 48.5 percent of her shots for the week (14-for-29) and went 16-for-19 from the line (84.2 percent) helping the Lancers clinch a home game in opening round of next week's MASCAC tournament.

Stephanie Wong
Wong led Caltech to a 2-0 week, which in and of itself is a sentence that can rarely be said. The Beavers snapped a 64-game conference losing streak and recorded back-to-back SCIAC wins for the first time since 2007-08. She poured in 24.5 points per game, including a career-high 31 to become the program's fastest to reach 1,000 in her career while hitting a program-record seven 3-pointers in the team's first-ever win over rival Occidental. The SCIAC's three-point leader drilled 10 threes, shooting 48 percent from long range, and added 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals while hitting 75 percent from the free throw line (9-of-12).

Jenna Kotas
Kotas averaged 23.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while leading the Spartans to victories over Buena Vista (90-75) and Luther (94-81). She scored 24 points on 5-of-9 shooting and made 12 of 13 free throws against Buena Vista, then scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down five rebounds against the Norse as Dubuque clinched its first IIAC regular-season title. 

Bria Smith
Smith was a decisive factor in an incredible 72-66 comeback win over Rutgers-Camden. She posted her eighth career 20-point scoring performance (fourth this season) and her third outing of 25 or more points. Smith generated her 14th double-double of the season and 24th of her career, scoring 25 points (9-for-21 FG) including 2-for-2 3-point shooting, with 13 rebounds (eight defensive), four steals and two blocks.

Men's

Egzon Gjonbalaj
Gjonbalaj scored a game-high 26 points in a win over Baruch to start the week. The 2015 first team all-conference selection later flirted with a triple-double, finishing with a game-high 10 assists, nine points and seven rebounds in a win over John Jay in the CUNYAC Quarterfinals.

Lucas Hausman
Hausman scored 25 of his game-high 37 points in the second half as the Polar Bears rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Williams in the NESCAC quarterfinals Saturday. Hausman was 7-for-9 from the field in second period, almost singlehandedly matching Williams' second-half score (30-25), gave Bowdoin the lead for good with under 12 minutes remaining and scored seven points in a decisive 11-0 run for the Polar Bears. 

Jordan Rezendes
Rezendes averaged 41 points, eight rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game to help UMass Dartmouth split a pair of Little East Conference contests. He scored a career-high 51 points to establish a Corsair single-game scoring record, putting an additional nine points between the previous standard.  Rezendes poured in 33 of his 51 points in the second half to lead UMass Dartmouth past Keene State and earn the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.  Earlier in the week, he registered a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds at Rhode Island College.

Kennedy Drey
Drey posted a career-high in points (26) at Dubuque which propelled the team to capture the outright Iowa Conference title. Drey turned in 19 of his 21 points at Coe in the first half. He shot better than 73 percent from the field for the week and now has three straight double-doubles and four in the last five games. 

Andre Norris
Norris averaged 32 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals as Dubuque split a pair of games to lock up a top-3 seed in the IIAC tournament for the fifth straight season. He scored 32 points, pulled down six rebounds, had four assists and four blocks in 37 minutes in a 94-80 loss to Buena Vista. Norris shot 10-of-22 from the floor with five 3-pointers and was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. In the regular-season finale against Luther, he netted another 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting with another six rebounds in 33 minutes as the Spartans topped the Norse, 77-63. Norris averaged 31.5 points against Luther, which finished the year with the league's No. 2 scoring defense (67.8 ppg).

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