AWARD: Spiker earns ASC East Division Player of the Week

Monday, December 11, 2017

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: December 5-10, 2017
 
EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Carissa Spiker, So., F, UT Tyler
University of Texas at Tyler sophomore forward Carissa Spiker (Sanger, Texas) continued her strong play off the bench, averaging 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game as the Patriots went 1-1 in Abilene. She recorded a season-high 19 points and grabbed eight boards in an 86-71 win at Hardin-Simmons. She then scored 15 points in a loss at McMurry. For the week, Spiker shot 75 percent (9-for-12) from the field and 94.1 percent (16-for-17) from the free throw line.
 
WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sham Hunter, Sr., G, McMurry
McMurry University senior guard Sham Hunter (Abilene, Texas) wins the Player of the Week award for the third time in her career as she averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in a pair of War Hawk victories. She came up with 18 points and 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals for her second double-double of the year in a 76-61 win against Ozarks. Hunter guided McMurry to their fourth straight win with 23 points, six boards and two assists in Saturday’s 83-73 win against UT Tyler. Hunter shot 52.2 percent (12-for-23) from the field, 4-for-5 from three-point range and was 13-for-16 at the line.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
 
EAST DIVISION
LeTourneau University senior forward Savannah Cummings (Bridgeport, Conn.) came just short of averaging a double-double with 9.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while helping the YellowJackets to their second win of the season. In Thursday’s 64-54 win over Centenary, she netted seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Cummings helped LeTourneau come back from a 13-point second-half deficit at Sul Ross State by recording 12 points and 11 boards before falling on a last-second shot 59-57.
 
University of Texas at Dallas senior guard McKenzie Petty (Maypearl, Texas) recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in a road loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor. She also had three steals and a pair of assists in the contest.
 
WEST DIVISION
Sul Ross State University sophomore guard Erica Solomon-Powell (Conroe, Texas) led the Lobos with a season-best 23 points in a 59-57 loss to Schreiner on Wednesday. She then hit a buzzer-beating three-point shot to beat LeTourneau 57-54 in an 11-point effort on Saturday. For the week, Solomon-Powell averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
 
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore guard Kendall Rollins (Lumberton, Texas) scored 15 points in helping the Cru to a 61-54 comeback victory against UT Dallas. She then led UMHB with 20 points in Sunday’s 68-50 win against Southwestern. For the week, Rollins averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
 
Hardin-Simmons University senior guard Danie Mabry (Winnsboro, Texas) recorded career-highs with 25 points and 10 rebounds in her first career double-double in a loss to UT Tyler.
 
Concordia University Texas sophomore guard Kaycie Dunkerley (Azle, Texas) came up with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a loss to Texas Lutheran.