February 11, 2014

Corvias ECAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week (for week ending Feb. 9, 2014)

Division I - New England

Breanna Stewart – University of Connecticut
Sophomore, Forward, Syracuse NY

Stewart averaged 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor, including 6-10 from long-range, in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. She shot 57 percent from the field (8-for-14) and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds vs. SMU on Tuesday. Stewart followed that up with 24-points, ten rebounds and six assists in Sunday’s victory over No. 4 Louisville. The Syracuse, NY native made four of her eight attempts from 3-point range vs. the Cards.

Division I - Metro/Upstate

MyNeshia McKenzie – Rider University
Senior, Forward, Springfield, Pa.

McKenzie led Rider to a 2-0 week, including a MAAC win over previously undefeated in conference play Iona. Against the Gaels, which was seen on ESPN 3, McKenzie scored a Rider record 37 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Broncs broke the Gael 18-game winning streak with a 92-90 overtime victory. Against Niagara, McKenzie again scored a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as Rider won its third in a row with an 82-72 decision over the Purple Eagles. For the week, McKenzie averaged 28.5 points and 15.0 rebounds while playing 84 of a possible 85 minutes. She also became Rider’s all-time leading rebounder and is fourth all-time on Rider’s scoring list.

Division I - South

Alyssa Baron – University of Pennsylvania
Senior, Guard, Miami, Fla.

Baron made sure her team remained in a tie for first-place, averaging 26.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists in wins at Cornell and Columbia. Baron scored a season-high 28 points against the Big Red, including 13 during a key 17-0 second half run that put the Quakers ahead for good. Baron then netted 25 at Columbia, including four-straight points late in the second period to help hold off the Lions. For the weekend, she shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from downtown and 81.0 (17-of-21) from the free throw line. It marks the first time Baron tallied at least 20 points in back-to-back games since the first two contests of the 2012-13 season.

Division II

Raven Wright-James – Post University
Senior, Forward, Middletown, Conn.

Wright-James recorded career-highs in points and rebounds this week as she averaged 21.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. In a victory over Nyack, was 12-for-17 from the field for a career-high 28 points to go with 11 boards. She also added three steals and four assists. In an 82-79 loss to Philadelphia, she grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and scored 15 points for her seventh double-double of the season. 

Nyasia Davis – LIU Post
Sophomore, Center/Forward, Rahway, NJ

Davis came up huge for the Pioneers in a battle for first place against University of the District of Columbia. The sophomore scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and also pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds in LIU Post’s 74-72 victory. She also contributed three assists and two blocks in the winning effort.

Division III - New England

Kiley Shoemaker - Wheaton College
Sophomore, Forward, Fayetteville, NY

Shoemaker powered Wheaton's offense for the second-straight week averaging 21.5 points per game, 13.5 rebounds per game, 5.0 blocks per game, a .560 field goal percentage and a .875 free throw percentage. Against Coast Guard on Thursday, 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. Shoemaker has compiled a double-double in three consecutive games and six double-doubles in her last seven contests.

Division III - Metro

Syreeta Williams – City College of New York
Senior, Forward, Queens, NY

Williams came up huge for the Beavers this past week, averaging 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game on 51.5% shooting. Williams surpassed the 1,000 point career scoring mark against New Rochelle on Friday.

Division III - Upstate

Becky Hebert – Fredonia State
Senior, Guard, Hilton, NY

Hebert led the Blue Devils in scoring and shooting accuracy as they won their third and fourth straight games. The Blue Devils hadn't won at either opposing school in eight years (were 0-14 in last seven seasons) and hadn't won both on the trip since 1993-94. Hebert averaged 22.5 points and shot 70% from the field this week. Overall this season she is averaging 23.5 points per game on 59.2 percent field-goal shooting and 84.7 percent from the line.

Chloe Hayter – William Smith College
Junior, Forward, Litilz, Pa.

Hayter averaged 19.7 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game, and 1.7 blocks per game in three Liberty League wins for the Herons last week. In Tuesday's 79-74 overtime win at RIT, she produced 17 points (including five in OT), 11 rebounds and four assists. In Friday's 62-52 win over Bard, Hayter logged 23 points and seven rebounds. In Saturday's 75-72 overtime win against Vassar, she had 19 points (including a team-high four in OT), ten rebounds, and four blocked shots. For the week, she shot .548 from the floor, .500 from 3-point range, and .857 from the free throw line.

Division III - South

Sami Schott – Bethany College
Sophomore, Forward, Caldwell, Ohio

Schott had arguably her best two-game stretch of the season, averaging 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists in a pair of league victories for the Bison last week. In Bethany’s 85-78 win at Westminster on Feb. 5, Schott scored a game-high 18 points, corralled five rebounds and chipped in with two assists and a steal. She continued her steady play in a 78-61 home win over Thiel on Feb. 8, tallying her fourth double-double of the season with a career-high 17 rebounds and a game-high 18 points. She finished the week knocking down 61.9 percent (13-of-21) of her attempts from the field and converted on 9-of-11 attempts (81.8%) from the charity stripe. 

Jessica Porada – Ursinus College
Sophomore, Forward, Morristown, NJ

In two win last week against Swarthmore and Dickinson, Porada averaged 16.5 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game. She also dished out two assists and two steals per game. She shot 61.5 percent from the field.