AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: December 3-8, 2018
CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brosnan Cooks, Jr., F, Belhaven
Belhaven junior forward Brosnan Cooks (Elba, Ala.) led the Blazers with 28 points on 10-of-11 shooting to go with three rebounds, three assists and three steals in their 82-76 win against Rhodes. He scored 14 of Belhaven’s 18 points in the final four minutes, as the Lynx only managed nine points in the same stretch.
CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Nate West, Jr., G, LeTourneau
LeTourneau junior guard Nate West (Houston, Texas) recorded the 14th triple-double in ASC history in a 94-69 YellowJacket win over Sul Ross State Thursday night. In the victory, West recorded 24 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He was 14-for-14 at the charity stripe. West followed with 18 points, nine assists and five boards in a 99-60 win against Howard Payne. For the week, he averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game to earn his second Player of the Week honors of the year and fifth of his career.
WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sam Moore, So., G, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore guard Sam Moore (Gonzales, Texas) averaged 24.5 points per games as the Cru won a pair of games. He scored 16 points with four rebounds, three assists and a couple of steals off the bench in an 89-74 win against Texas Lutheran. He followed with 33 points, shooting 12-of-17 from the field and draining six of his nine three-point attempts to go with five boards, two assists and three steals in an 85-76 victory at UT Dallas. Moore averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game and shot 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the field and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from three-point range for the week to earn his second Player of the Week award of the year.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist junior guard Robby Dooley (Bossier City, La.) posted a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 73-68 win against Sul Ross State. He was perfect at the free throw line (4-of-4), including making both free throws in the final 10 seconds of the game to put the Tigers ahead by five and sealing the win.
UT Dallas junior guard Curtis Allen (San Antonio, Texas) averaged 18.5 points per game while shooting 64.7 (11-of-17) from three-point range as the Comets split a pair of conference home games. Allen was 6-for-9 from long distance Thursday as he scored a season-high 20 points in UTD’s 77-74 win over Concordia Texas. He then went 5-for-8 from outside for 17 points in a Saturday’s loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Ozarks junior forward Kelvin Knight (Katy, Texas) averaged 15.0 points per game and hit 70.5 percent (12-of-17) of his shots as the Eagles went 1-1 last week. Knight scored 18 points in a 94-81 win over McMurry, then recorded 12 points with seven rebounds in a loss to Hardin-Simmons.
McMurry junior forward Mike Williams Jr. (Houston, Texas) recorded a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds in an 86-68 at win at UT Tyler, where he was 10-of-18 from the field with four assists. He also added 18 points in a loss at Ozarks to averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 boards, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game for the week.
Hardin-Simmons senior guard Joe Hoeup (Santa Rosa, Calif.) scored a career-best 33 points in an 80-69 road win at UT Tyler, hitting nine three-pointers. He also scored nine points in an 82-71 victory at Ozarks to average 21.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from the floor and 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from three-point range.
Concordia Texas senior guard Joe Neal (Houston, Texas) averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the Tornados losses to Texas Lutheran and UT Dallas.
Howard Payne senior guard Shadd Cole (Stephenville, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points in a road loss at LeTourneau.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: December 3-8, 2018
CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Savannah Kate Smith, Sr., G, Ozarks
Ozarks senior guard Savannah Kate Smith (Perryville, Ark.) led the Eagles to a 2-0 start in conference play by averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 steals per game. She scored 14 points in Monday’s 72-60 win over McMurry, then helped Ozarks overcome a 15-point third quarter deficit for an 80-72 victory over Hardin-Simmons on Wednesday. Smith scored 10 points in the fourth, including a three-pointer with 2:02 remaining to give the Eagles the lead for good. She finished with 14 points, six assists and five steals against the Cowgirls.
CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Carissa Spiker, Jr., G, UT Tyler
UT Tyler junior guard Carissa Spiker (Sanger, Texas) averaged 22.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 58.6 percent (17-of-28) from the field and 50 percent (5-of-10) from outside as the Patriots picked up a pair of home wins. She scored 20 points with five assists in an 84-60 victory over McMurry and had 24 points with three rebounds in a 78-64 win over Hardin-Simmons to earn her third career Player of the Week honors.
WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Payton Berger, Jr., F, Concordia Texas
Concordia Texas junior forward Payton Berger (Azle, Texas) had back-to-back 20-point performances, including a career-high 26 points in the Tornados’ loss at No 18/21 UT Dallas on Thursday. On Monday, She scored 20 points with nine rebounds as Concordia rallied to defeat Schreiner 79-73 in overtime. Berger added 10 rebounds go with her 26 points in the loss to the Comets to average 23.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the week.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist senior guard Valarie Matlock (Azle, Texas) scored 12 points with five steals, four rebounds, and two assists in 16 minutes as the No. 12/14 Tigers defeated Sul Ross State 82-54. She shot 5-of-6 from the floor.
UT Dallas junior guard Victoria Pena (Helotes, Texas) returned to the starting lineup after an injury to average 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game in a home split for the No. 18/21 Comets. Pena scored 13 points with seven rebounds in a 70-59 against Concordia Texas. She then had 22 points, seven boards, and six assists in a 75-70 loss to No. 15/17 Mary Hardin-Baylor.
LeTourneau senior guard Sha’Donnaver Young (Houston, Texas) led the YellowJackets with 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as they lost a pair of home games. She scored a team-high 14 points with nine rebound and four assists against Sul Ross State, then had a season-high 16 points with five boards against Howard Payne.
Belhaven senior forward Lauren Brooks (Jackson, Miss.) netted 13 points go with eight rebounds and a steal in the Blazers’ 60-53 home win over Rhodes.
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior guard Kendall Rollins (Fulshear, Texas) helped the No. 15/17 Cru earn a 75-70 win over No. 18/21 UT Dallas with 16 points, shooting 6-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 at the line. She also brought down four boards with one block and one steal.
Hardin-Simmons freshman guard Samantha Newton (Hawley, Texas) led the Cowgirls with 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game in a pair of losses.
Howard Payne junior forward Anastasia Willis (San Antonio, Texas) posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists and two steals in the Lady Jackets’ 78-62 win over LeTourneau.