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Singleton, Ellis Selected as Women’s Hoops Players of the Week

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Games: January 14-16, 2021

EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Taylor Singleton, Jr., G, East Texas Baptist

East Texas Baptist junior guard Taylor Singleton (Friendswood, Texas) helped the Tigers move to 12-0 on the season during a balanced scoring and defensive effort. In a 47-44 win at UT Dallas, she scored eight points with five rebounds and four big steals, and she followed with nine points and seven boards in a 77-52 victory at Ozarks. Singleton averaged 8.5 points for the week, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals for her second career Player of the Week honors. 

WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kaitlyn Ellis, Sr., C, Hardin-Simmons

Hardin-Simmons senior center Kaitlyn Ellis (Breckenridge, Texas) had 15 points, and a career-high 15 rebounds as the Cowgirls won 60-50 at Sul Ross State. She also added two assists, two steals, and a block while shooting 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the field. 

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

EAST DIVISION

UT Dallas senior guard Raenett Hughes (College Station, Texas) averaged 17.5 points, and 8.0 rebounds per game as the Comets split a pair of ASC East home games last week. Hughes tallied a game-high 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting Thursday in a narrow loss to unbeaten East Texas Baptist. She added six rebounds and a pair of assists in the defeat. Hughes then poured in 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds for her third ‘double-double’ of the season Saturday in a 62-51 win over LeTourneau. She added five steals and three assists in the victory. 

Ozark’s junior guard Janna Rhinehart (Danville, Ark.), came off the bench against LeTourneau and scored 16 points. In the Eagles’ two losses, she averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.

LeTourneau junior forward Ajanae Thomas (Detroit, Mich.) averaged 24.5 points, and 7.0 rebounds as the YellowJackets went 1-1 on the road. She netted 31 points with six rebounds, going 16-of-19 at the free-throw line, in a 78-69 win at Ozarks. Thomas followed with 18 points and eight boards in a loss at UT Dallas. 

WEST DIVISION

Mary Hardin-Baylor junior center Allaira Jones (Gatesville, Texas) led the Cru’s balanced scoring effort in a 75-73 win over Belhaven. She had 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots. Jones was perfect from the line and shot 40 percent from the field in the victory. 

McMurry sophomore forward Destiny Mathews (Palestine, Texas) recorded 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals at Sul Ross State’s loss.

Sul Ross State sophomore guard Teresa Quintana (El Paso, Texas) finished with 15 points and five rebounds in the Lobos’ 64-52 victory over McMurry. For the week, she averaged 12.0 points per game. 

Couch, Johnson, Licon Earn Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Games: January 13-16, 2021

EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Luke Couch, So., G, Belhaven

Belhaven sophomore guard Luke Couch (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) earned his second consecutive Player of the Week honors after averaging 34.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game as the Blazers split on the road. In a 102-98 victory over Concordia Texas, he scored 32 points, going 15-of-16 at the line, with five boards and four assists. Couch followed with a career-high 37 points to go with five assists in a loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor. Couch shot 69.2 percent (18-of-26) from the field and 93.5 percent (29-of-31) from the free-throw line for the week.

CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Josiah Johnson, So., G, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore guard Josiah Johnson (Big Sandy, Texas) was clutch in scoring in both of the Cru’s wins, averaging 31.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists 4.0 steals per contest to earn his third Player of the Week of the season. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 74-71 victory over Louisiana College. Johnson had defensive rebounds on two of LC’s last three possessions and hit four free-throws to ice the win. He also tied the ASC single-game record by going 16-for-16 at the stripe. His half-court shot at the buzzer to end the first half highlighted a 34-point, eight-rebound performance in a 109-91 win over Belhaven. For the week, Johnson was 25-of-26 from the free-throw line.

CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tristen Licon, Sr., G, Sul Ross State

Sul Ross State senior guard Tristen Licon (El Paso, Texas) moved into second place on the Lobos’ career scoring list after averaging 28.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in a pair of victories. He scored a career-high 36 points with 14 rebounds, tying a career-best, and four steals in a 77-70 win over Hardin-Simmons. Licon followed with 20 points, eight boards, and four more steals in a 73-57 victory against McMurry. It is his second Player of the Week award of the year and eighth of his career.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

EAST DIVISION 

Louisiana College senior Kae’ron Baker (Navasota, Texas) averaged 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5-steal as the Wildcats split on the road. In a 74-71 loss at Mary Hardin-Baylor, he netted 19 points with four boards and a pair of steals. Baker paced LC with 24 points to go with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 73-62 victory at Concordia Texas.

Ozarks senior guard Bryson Johnson (Katy, Texas) scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting in a loss to East Texas Baptist. He also made three shots from beyond the arc with four assists, four rebounds, and three steals.

East Texas Baptist graduate guard Landin Brown (Houston, Texas) recorded 18.5 points, and 8.0 rebounds per game as the Tigers posted a pair of home victories. He had a double-double with 10 points and ten boards to go with four assists in a 79-53 win over UNT Dallas. Brown followed with 17 points and six rebounds in a 76-65 at Ozarks.

WEST DIVISION

Concordia Texas sophomore guard Trevon Hester (North Richland Hills, Texas) averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game in a pair of losses Tornadoes. He set a career-high with 25 points and eight assists in a 102-98 loss to Belhaven. Hester followed with 15 points, five boards, and three assists in a loss to Louisiana College.

McMurry junior guard Remy Minor (Houston, Texas) averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0-steal as the War Hawks went 1-1 on the road. He came up with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half and overtime, in an 85-76 win at Howard Payne. Minor also scored 10 points at Sul Ross State, marking seven double-digit scoring games in eight contests.

Hardin-Simmons sophomore forward Trey Brown (Austin, Texas) recorded 12 points and hauled in seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of action in a 79-49 victory at Howard Payne. He shot 5-of-6 from the field, draining a pair of three-pointers, and had two assists and a steal.