NWAACC Basketball Players of the Week - Dec 23
VANCOUVER, Wa. - The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges has named its Basketball Players of the Week for December 23, 2013.
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sean Price, Clark
Clark sophomore guard Sean Price led Clark College to the Everett Crossover Tournament championship with wins over #2-ranked Big Bend, #1-ranked Whatcom, and Lane respectively. Price was named MVP of the tournament.
Over the three-game tournament, Price averaged 22.6 points, and 7.6 rebounds per-game, while shooting 68% from the field, and 77% from the line. Price opened the tournament scoring 27 points on 12-15 shooting while snagging seven rebounds, to go along with five assists in Clark’s 79-72 win over Big Bend.
Price, charged with guarding each opponent’s best offensive threat, went up against two of the NWAACC’s leading scorers in Big Bend’s Brendan Westendorf, and Kyle Impero of Whatcom, who are one and two, respectively, in NWAACC scoring, while keeping each player under his season’s scoring average.
The Vancouver, Washington native is seventh in NWAACC scoring at 21.8 points-per-game while among league leaders in rebounds with 8 per-game (16th), and assists with 4.13 per-game (19th).
Also nominated: DJ Anderson, Southwestern Oregon; Darius Butler, Blue Mountain; David Ware, Everett
Dec. 9: Theo VandenEkart, Everett
Dec. 16: Brendan Westendorf, Big Bend; Honorable Mention: Kwinn Hanson, Spokane
WOMEN'S CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Riley Holsinger, Spokane
Spokane sophomore guard Riley Holsinger was named the Yakima Crossover Tournament MVP with her performance over the weekend. Holsinger led Spokane to a third-place finish at the tournament with contributions from all over the court. In the opening game, Holsinger led Spokane with 25 points, five rebounds, seven steals, and six assists in a 79-45 win over Shoreline.
Holsinger followed-up the next day with a season-high 28 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists in a 62-65 loss to Chemeketa. In the third place game, Holsinger finished with 26 points, seven rebounds, six blocks, and three assists in a 72-59 win over Grays Harbor.
The Spokane, Washington native finds herself in the top 20 in five NWAACC categories starting with scoring with a 21.7 ppg average. Holsinger averages 8.1 rebounds-per-game (13th overall), while also leading the league in steals with 38 on the season (3.8 SPG). She also ranks third in blocks per game (1.8) and 13th in assists per game (3.8).
Jada Piper, Highline
Highline freshman guard Jada Piper was named the Most Valuable Player at the Bellevue Crossover Tournament leading Highline to wins over #11-ranked Walla Walla, #3-ranked Lane, and Big Bend, respectively.
Piper had her best performance of the year in the championship game, finishing with 30 points on 12-17 shooting (doubling her average), five rebounds, and three assists in Highline’s 93-73 win over Big Bend.
Piper opened the tournament with 26 points on 11-14 shooting with four assists and four steals with zero turnovers. In the second game, She paced Highline with 18 points on 6-10 shooting, also dishing out five assists with three steals.
The Federal Way, Washington native is 13th in NWAAC scoring with a 15.56 average.
Dec. 9: Shelby Snook, Lane
Dec 16: Marikah Wright, Lane