Photo courtesy of Monmouth athletics
The Team of the Week presented by Scoutware is D3hoops.com's weekly honor roll, in its 21st season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.
|Damion King, Jr.
|G||Zarkia Mattox, Sr.
|Travion Kirkendoll, Sr.
|G||Amber Jones, Jr.
|Jonathan Patron, Jr.
|F | G||Micah Weaver, Sr.
|Justin Aluya, Sr.
|F||Bria Smith, Jr.
|T.J. Duckett, Sr.
Case Western Reserve
|F | C||Hannah Johnson, Jr.
|Games of Jan. 29- Feb. 4, 2018|
Mattox led Ferrum to a 3-0 week in USA South play, averaging 28.3 points per game, with eight rebounds per game, four assists per game and four steals per game. These wins kept the Panthers tied for the top spot in the league's East Division standings.
Jones averaged 29.3 points per game, six rebounds per game, and 4 assists per game. She shot 33 of 60 from the field, including 5 of 8 from three point range and 17 of 22 from the FT line, adding 15 steals in a 2-1 week for the program. Jones' 42 points Saturday, followed up 32 scored the previous game and led to her being named Skyline Player of the Week.
Weaver led the Trinity women's team to a pair of SCAC home wins over the weekend, defeating both Texas Lutheran and Southwestern. She averaged 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game, while shooting 61.3% (19-31) from the field, 56.3% (9-16) from three-point range, and knocked down all five of her free throw attempts.
Smith led the FDU-Florham Devils to a 2-0 week, averaging 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting 18-of-28 from the field and 7-of-9 from the line. In a win over Wilkes, the junior scored 19 points while adding five boards, three assists, and three steals. In a crucial victory over DeSales, Smith notched season-highs with 24 points and 16 rebounds (seven on the offensive glass) while chipping in four steals.
Johnson averaged 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.5 blocks in Bethel's two wins. She finished with a triple double in BU's win over Saint Mary's, recording 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 blocks, for which she was named MIAC Player of the Week.
King helped the Saints extend their lead in the PAC standings to two games as they posted a pair of pivotal PAC victories last week. He finished the week averaging 22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from the floor and 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the charity stripe. King scored eight points in the final 49 seconds to help Thomas More earn a come-from-behind win over Geneva Saturday. He finished with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting and a career-best 13 rebounds in the victory, the Saints' 10th straight.
Kirkendoll put on a show in the final home games of his collegiate career. He helped the Gents rally from a double-digit deficit in both games as Centenary clinched an SCAC Tournament berth. In the weekend finale against Colorado College, he scored 31, including the game-tying layup in the first overtime and nine points in the second overtime.
Patron recorded three double-doubles this week. He scored 20 points and recorded 17 rebounds in Tuesday's 88-58 triumph over SUNY Canton. On Friday Patron put up 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Cardinals 74-60 victory over SUNY Oswego. On Saturday Patron recorded 30 points and 11 rebounds in Plattsburgh States 90-67 win over SUNY Cortland to claim the #1 seed in the conference tournament.
Aluya averaged a double-double last week to help keep Monmouth tied for the top spot in the Midwest Conference. The senior broke a forty year old record with 25 rebounds to go along with 37 points in Tuesday's 107-92 win over Grinnell. began the week breaking a record which had stood for more than 40 years with a 37-point, 25-rebound effort in Tuesday?s 107-92 win over Grinnell. Aluya then helped Monmouth to a 65-56 win over St. Norbert on Saturday to complete the Scots' first sweep of the Green Knights since the 2004-05 season. Aluya hit all four of his free throws in the final 30 seconds to ice the game. For the week Aluya averaged 24.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per game, hitting 20-of-27 field goals (.741) with five assists, five blocks and four steals.
The UAA Athlete of the Week, Duckett led Case Western Reserve University to a pair of wins last weekend, averaging a double-double with 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, shooting 76% from the floor. During Friday night's 69-64 win over Brandeis, Duckett led all players with 22 points and eight rebounds, shooting eight-of-10 from the floor, making six-of-11 free throw tries, and adding a steal over 33 minutes of play. On Sunday, he recorded his 10th double-double of the season and his third in University Athletic Association competition, again leading all players with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Duckett made eight of his 11 shots in the game and both of his free throw attempts, while collecting a pair of assists over 26 minutes of game time.