CHARLOTTE, N.C. – UNC Asheville’s Paige Love has been named the Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Choice Hotels Player of the Week, while Erica Williams of Winthrop was tabbed The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for games played Jan. 13-19, the League announced today.
Love, a sophomore from North Wilkesboro, N.C., averaged 16.5 points per game and shot 63 percent from the field to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-1 record last week, including an overtime win against Liberty on Jan. 18. She got her week started with 19 points on 64 percent shooting to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal against High Point on Jan. 16. Two days later against Liberty, the guard poured in 14 points as she connected on 63 percent from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. She also chipped in six rebounds and four helpers against the Lady Flames. The win snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Lady Flames that dated back to the 2006-07 season. The honor marks her first Big South Player of the Week nod this season.
Williams, a guard/forward from Rex, Ga., posted 17.3 points per outing on 58 percent shooting to lead the Eagles to a 2-1 record last week. Against Coastal Carolina on Jan. 13, she connected on 82 percent from the floor to finish with 21 points. She also recorded 11 rebounds, three assists and a block in the win over the Chanticleers. She posted her second double-double of the week as she recorded 18 points and 15 boards in the win over Longwood on Jan. 18. Williams recorded three assists, two blocks and two steals against the Lancers. In the overtime loss to Liberty on Jan. 16, Williams put in 13 points and posted four boards, two assists and two steals. The honor is her fourth Big South Freshman of the Week plaudit this season.
Also nominated for women’s basketball Player of the Week for Week: Latrice Phelps (High Point), Ashley Rininger (Liberty), Sherece Smith (Presbyterian College) and Ayanna Avery (Radford).
Also nominated for women’s basketball Freshman of the Week for Week: Kaylah Keys (High Point), Aianna Kelly (Presbyterian College) and Ja’Da Brayboy (UNC Asheville).