McGowan/Gayheart Record Career-Highs For Weekly Honors

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

MACON, Ga. – Stetson's Victoria McGowan and Northern Kentucky's Rianna Gayheart earned Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball weekly honors after achieving career-highs in points.

McGowan scored 33 points for the Hatters to overcome a 12-point deficit over Kennesaw State, while Gayheart came off the bench to land 24 points in the Norse first league win.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Victoria McGowan, Stetson
(Sr. – G – Inkster. Mich. – Sports Management)
  • Sixth Career Player of the Week award; second this season
  • Averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3 steals per game in the Hatters three A-Sun victories
  • Registered a career-high 33 points at Kennesaw State
  • Scored 20 second-half points vs. the Owls to help the Hatters overcome a 12-point deficit
  • Against Jacksonville, grabbed four steals and scored a game-high 27 points
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Serena Clark (So., ETSU) – Posted back-to-back double-doubles vs. Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky
  • Brittany Kennedy (Sr., FGCU) – Grabbed five steals in the Eagles 74-57 conference win vs. Jacksonville
  • Tee'Ara Copney (Sr. USC Upstate) – Broke the USC Upstate career records for three-point baskets (175) and steals (248)
  • Sametria Gideon (Sr., Kennesaw State) – Tabbed two double-doubles this week and ranks No. 10 nationally with eight this season
  • Jess Reece (Jr., Lipscomb) – Recorded 17 rebounds and six blocks in the Bisons 57-56 win over the Spartans
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Rianna Gayheart, Northern Kentucky
(Fr. – G – Owenton, Ky.)
  • First Career Newcomer of the Week award
  • Came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points in Northern Kentucky's 70-62 win vs. USC Upstate
  • Landed six of eight three-pointers against the Spartans
  • Hit three from behind the arc during a 14-4 run for the Norse late into the game
  • Averaged 12 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 1.7 SPG in three contests
OTHER NOMINEES:
  • Presley Stastny (Fr., Lipscomb) – Scored the game-winning shot vs. USC Upstate for Lipscomb's first win in league play
  • Brianna McQueen (Fr., ETSU) – Collected 23 points in the Buccaneers win vs. Lipscomb
  • Betsy Adams (Sr., FGCU) – Hit a career-high six three-point field goals in an Eagles road win vs. Mercer
  • Tweety Hawkins (Fr., USC Upstate) – Shot 8-of-10 from the charity stripe for the Spartans
  • Chelsea Mason (Fr., Kennesaw State) – Averaged 8.5 points and five rebounds for the Owls this week
2012-13 Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Weekly Awards
Date Player of the Week (School)
Newcomer of the Week (School)
Nov. 13 Hannah Phillips (Lipscomb)
Katie Meador (FGCU)
Nov. 20 Sarah Hansen (FGCU)
Chelsea Mason (Kennesaw State)
Nov. 27 Victoria McGowan (Stetson)
Briona Brown (Jacksonville)
Dec. 4 Destiny Mitchell (ETSU)
Chelsea Mason (Kennesaw State)
Dec.11 Precious Bridges (Mercer)
Christine Roush (Northern Kentucky)
Dec.18 Tracie Sneed (Jacksonville)
Betsy Adams (FGCU)
Dec.26 Destinee Smith (North Florida)
Tiana Burley (ETSU)
Jan. 1 Sarah Hansen (FGCU)
Chelsea Mason (Kennesaw State)
Jan. 8 Victoria McGowan (Stetson)
Rianna Gayheart (Northern Kentucky)

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