|Jake Ross, Springfield
Photo by Dave Hilbert, d3photography.com
The Team of the Week presented by Scoutware is D3hoops.com's weekly honor roll, in its 22nd season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.
|Joe Neal, Sr.
|G||Destiny Hurt, So.
|Jake Ross, Jr.
|G||Melinda Spahiu, So.
|Robert Holliday Jr., Jr.
|G||Shelby Boyle, Jr.
|Tim Roberts, Sr.
|F||Kayla Croswell, Sr.
|Kevin Dennis, Jr.
|F | C||Brittany Herring, Sr.
|Games of Feb. 11-17, 2019|
Hurt averaged 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals per game in a 2-0 week. On Wednesday versus Mount St. Vincent, Hurt tallied a career-high 40 points on 18-for-36 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals. On Saturday at Yeshiva, Hurt recorded 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Spahiu had an all-around effort with averages of 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals per game. The Bearcats upset Staten Island, 74-72, behind her 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, which was nearly repeated 72 hours later in the CUNYAC quarterfinals, where Spahiu had 21 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
Boyle went off for a career-high 33 points in Saturday's 85-68 win at Anderson to highlight a 2-0 week for the No. 20 Pioneers in which they clinched their first regular-season title in four years. She shot 13-for-18 from the floor and knocked down 6-of-9 three-pointers while adding nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. For the week, Boyle totaled 50 points in two games, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and a block. She also shot 67% from the field (20-for-30) and 9-for-16 (56%) from the three-point line.
Croswell averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three steals and two assists in a perfect 2-0 week for the Devils. She tallied 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting with 10 rebounds in a win over Manhattanville and had a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds on Senior Day as the Devils downed Wilkes. For the week, Croswell shot 50% from the field (19-of-38) and 19-of-23 from the free throw line.
Herring had a huge week for the Lancers, helping Worcester State secure the top seed in the MASCAC tournament. She averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game on the week, scoring a career-high 32 points and grabbing 15 boards against Westfield State on Saturday. Herring shot an outstanding 80% from the floor in the two games, nailing 20 of her 25 shots taken.
Neal averaged over 25 points a game, aiding the Tornados to a pair of wins over Howard Payne and Sul Ross State to lock up the two seed in the ASC West division. Against the Yellow Jackets, Neal dropped 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting while adding six steals and six rebounds. In the season finale, Neal scored a game-high 28 points on 12 shots and had a near double-double, pulling down nine boards in the team's 97-77 win.
Ross was sensational in leading Springfield to wins over WPI and Babson, securing a spot in the conference tournament. In the two games, Ross averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds per outing to go along with nine assists, four steals, and two blocks while playing all but three minutes. In the win over WPI, Ross went off for 30 points, 15 boards, and seven assists, scoring 11-straight points and grabbing all of the Pride's rebounds in the final 4:31. On Saturday, the junior totaled 26 points, including 19 in the decisive second half, to go along with nine boards to help the Pride earn their first win at Babson since 2014.
Robert Holliday Jr.
Holliday posted game-highs of 24 points and six assists to go with six rebounds and four steals leading the Roos to an 85-63 win v. UMPI in the NAC quarterfinal. The junior had 18 of his points in the second half as the Roos outscored the Owls by 24 after intermission. Holliday, Jr. was perfect on two-point shots in the second half going 6-for-6 and finished 9-for-16 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Roberts averaged a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds per game while shooting 81.8 percent from the field and averaged six assists per contest, in a 2-0 week that saw MIT clinch the regular season NEWMAC title. Defensively, Roberts finished the week with 20 rebounds, adding three blocks and five steals in 69 minutes of play.
Dennis averaged 27 points per game this week while shooting 64% from the floor. The junior recorded double-doubles in each contest, starting with a team high 32 points and 22 rebounds in the win over Cazenovia midweek. In that contest, he shot 67% from the floor hitting 14-of-21 shots. He followed with 21 points in the win over Keuka, adding 13 rebounds to his week totals.