|Jordan Rawls, Allegheny
Photo by Ed Mailliard, Allegheny 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.
|Jack Nolan, Fr.
|G||Kendrea Williams, So.
|Herbie Brown, Sr.
|G||Bridgette Mann, Jr.
|Keenan Gumbs, Sr.
|G||Kaitlyn Read, Gr.
|Jordan Rawls, So.
|F||Essence Casey, Sr.
|Jayden Holden, Sr.
|F||Lauren Deming, Sr.
|Games of Dec. 11-17, 2017|
Williams, the MAC Freedom Player of the Week, averaged 32.5 points, 3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 21-of-38 from the field, including 12-of-22 from three. In a setback against No. 17 Messiah, the sophomore shot 6-of-16 for 20 points while pulling down five rebounds. In a dominant win against Hartwick, Williams set a new-school record while also breaking Scranton's gym record (male or female) with 45 points on 15-of-22 shooting. She tied her own mark with nine three pointers and outscored Hartwick 33-31 in the opening half.
Mann's performance over the past week has been arguably the best stretch of an already impressive career. In three victories, she averaged 20.7 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals. She went 12-for-25 (48 percent) from 3-point range and capped her week with a career-high 26 points in a 65-60 overtime victory against 17th-ranked Messiah on Saturday. She was named MVP of the Hilton Scranton Poinsettia Classic after that win over Messiah. In the two-game tournament, she averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals while hitting 9 of 17 from 3-point range.
Read helped lead NYU to a pair of road wins this week as she scored 20+ points in each game and filled many other stat categories. The graduate student averaged 23.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 5.5 apg, 4.5 spg while barely coming off the floor (37.0 mpg). Against Rutgers-Newark, Read helped the Violets turn a late two-point lead into a double-digit advantage with an 8-0 run where she scored four points and assisted on another basket.
Casey, Skyline Conference Player of the Week, averaged a double-double with team-highs in both scoring (19.7 ppg) and rebounding (12.3 rpg) in three games. Against Sarah Lawrence, scored 18 points and had game-highs in rebounds (14) and assists (6). Tallied a game-high 19 points, had five assists and 11 boards at Mount Saint Mary and ended the week with 22 points, four assists and 12 rebounds versus Albertus Magnus.
Deming's 28 points in 27 minutes was one point shy of her career high (scored 29 at Carnegie Mellon last year). She was the driving force that sparked Rochester to its second win over Ithaca in the past six meetings. (Both of those wins came AT Ithaca.) In the crucial third quarter, Rochester trailed by seven, 42-35, before Deming led 19-8 charge over six minutes with 8 points, (2 3-pointers), three rebounds, and two assists. In the fourth quarter, Ithaca pulled within two points with 3:40 to play, but Deming scored five points (four in the final minute on two layups) to help nail down the win.
Nolan averaged 16.5 points per game and hit 7-of-12 three-pointers in a pair of road wins for No. 11 WashU. Nolan scored a career-high 23 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting in the Bears' 95-69 win at Illinois Wesleyan Sunday. He also scored 10 points on a pair of three-pointers in a 98-68 victory Tuesday at Fontbonne.
Brown had a career-best 36 points on 11-of-19 shooting in an 83-78 loss against Wesley on Wednesday, as he was also 12-of-16 from the free throw line; he added 11 rebounds and three steals against the Wolverines, as his 11 field goals and 12 free throws were also career highs. Brown then had a game-high 21 points in an 87-74 victory over Susquehanna on Saturday, shooting 9-of-12 from the floor. Brown leads the Chargers with 17.3 points per game this season and was 20-of-31 from the floor over two games this week for Lancaster Bible which is 7-2 this season.
Gumbs led Schreiner to a 1-1 record on the road last week, defeating McMurry University, but falling just short against Hardin-Simmons University. The guard scored 24 points in both games, shooting 51.7% from the field and 50% from distance. Gumbs also grabbed 10.5 rebounds and dished out 2.0 assists per contest.
Rawls led Allegheny to a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference victories on the week. In Saturday's 70-57 victory over DePauw, Rawls erupted for game-highs of 29 points and 14 rebounds, as he went 8-for-15 from the field, 5-for-9 from behind the arc and 8-for-9 from the foul line. A day later in a 75-71 comeback win over Wabash, Rawls again led the Gators with 16 points and seven rebounds, while going 4-for-6 from the stripe and adding a pair of blocked shots. Through Allegheny's first 10 games of the season, Rawls is now averaging 16.7 points and 7.5 rebounds, and is shooting 52.6 percent from the floor.
Holden led Trinity to a 1-1 record at the Leslie Robinson Invitational Classic, defeating Springfield College on Saturday, but dropping a double-overtime game against East Texas Baptist. Holden scored a career-high 30 points on 9-12 shooting in Friday's loss to ETBU, hitting all three of his attempts from three-point range, and knocking down 9-10 from the free throw line. In Saturday's win, Holden connected on 5-5 from the floor and 5-5 from the foul line, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It marked his first double-double of the season, as well as the fourth of his career.