Team of the Week

Scoutware The Team of the Week is's weekly honor roll, in its 13th season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.

Men Pos. Women

Steve Djurickovic, Jr.

G Suzanne Nichols, So.

J.T. Knight, Jr.

G Claire Ely, Sr.
Puget Sound

Tony Mane, Jr.
UW-La Crosse

G | F

Jennifer Nichols, Sr.

D.J. Marsh, Sr.


Jacki Cortese, So.
Carnegie Mellon

Mike Russell, Jr.

F | C

Carissa Verkaik, Fr.

Games of Nov. 23-29, 2009.




Steve Djurickovic
Djurickovic had 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, along with 8-of-10 free throws, five rebounds and four assists in the Red Men's 85-60 win over Concordia (Wis.) on Nov. 28 at Carroll. The following night, Djurickovic collected Carthage's first-ever triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in a 72-59 win over Wisconsin Lutheran. He connected on six of 13 field goals and a perfect 11-of-11 free throws against the Warriors.

J.T. Knight
Knight put together a two-game performance that included 65 percent shooting from long range (13-of-20) and 90 percent shooting at the line (9-of-10). He wound up scoring 27 points in a win against Washington and Jefferson, and then poured in a career-high 33 points in a win against Kalamazoo. Against Kalamazoo, Knight sank 8-of-11 three pointers in his home state. In all, Knight piled up 60 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, and a pair of steals in Kenyon's two games.

Tony Mane
Mane averaged 25.0 points in three games. He hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer in a 62-59 victory at city-rival Viterbo, scoring 30 points, including the last 13. He then had 22 points in the Eagles' 86-75 loss at NAIA D-II No. 4-ranked Dakota Wesleyan. Mane finished with a game-high 23 points in a 76-69 victory at Gustavus Adolphus. He shot 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the field in three games, including 40 percent (6-of-15) from three-point range. Mane was 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) at the free throw line.

D.J. Marsh
Marsh averaged 28 points and eight rebounds per contest as UW-Oshkosh posted a 1-2 record in games against Finlandia, Puget Sound and St. John's. Marsh totaled 84 points on 63.4 percent (26-for-41) shooting from the field and 90.9 percent (30-for-33) accuracy from the free-throw line. He also compiled 24 rebounds (11 offensive), eight assists, six steals and four blocked shots in 95 minutes of playing time. In a 90-87 loss to Puget Sound, Marsh scored a career-high 38 points and tied a career best with 14 rebounds. Marsh, who also blocked two shots and dished off two assists, shot 10-of-18 from the field and 17-of-18 from the free-throw line.

Mike Russell
Russell, with a rare 20-20 game in scoring and rebounding, helped the Mules to an 80-75 win over Maine-Fort Kent. Russell, the NESCAC Player of the Week, is averaging 16.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in two games.


Suzanne Nichols
Nichols led the Muskies to a 3-0 record and the Ursuline tournament title with 15.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Nichols shot 15-of-19 (.789) from the free throw line. She also added eight assists on the week.

Claire Ely
Ely led the Loggers to a pair of wins at the Lady ‘Yote Classic in Caldwell, Idaho. She scored 16 points and handed out eight assists in the win over Eastern Oregon and led all players with 24 points and six assists against NAIA D-II No. 12 College of Idaho.

Jennifer Nichols
Nichols helped the Spartans to three consecutive victories, averaging 21.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. She shot 22-for-43 from the floor and 9-for-23 from 3-point range, while going 12-for-13 from the foul line.

Jacki Cortese
Cortese continued to lead Carnegie Mellon despite falling in three contests for the week. She averaged 20.3 points per game and eight rebounds a game, while shooting 61.5% from the floor over the three games. In a 77-59 loss against Grove City she was 8-for-9 from the floor for 22 points and six rebounds with two steals. In a weekend tournament against Kenyon and Denison, she scored 18 and 21, respectively while pulling down nine rebounds in each game.

Carissa Verkaik
Verkaik led Calvin to victories against Elmhurst and Siena Heights last weekend at the Olivet Comet Thanksgiving Classic with back-to-back double-double peformances. Verkaik had 26 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 79-66 win over Elmhurst and followed with 23 points, 13 boards and five blocks in an 86-73 win over Siena Heights on Saturday.