KANSAS CITY, Mo - Tugce Canitez of Westmont (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Canitez, who is receiving this award for the third time this season, was selected based on her performances from Feb. 4 - 10 and was chosen out of a poll of conference/unaffiliated group winners.
Canitez, a native of Izmir, Turkey, recorded her 13th and 14th double-doubles of the season to guide the Warriors to a 2-0 week that included a 70-58 victory against then-No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.). The senior forward averaged 25 points on 51.4 percent (19-of-37) shooting from the field and a 70.6 percent (12-of-17) success rate at the charity stripe. She also averaged 18 rebounds and two assists per game for the week.
Canitez converted 9-of-15 attempts and was 4-for-5 from the free throw line en route to a team-high 22 points, as Westmont completed the regular-season series sweep of Vanguard on Feb. 4. She also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, including five offensive boards. At Hope International (Calif.) on Feb. 9, Canitez posted her second 20-20 performance of the season with 28 points and a career-high 22 rebounds.
On the season, Canitez ranks second in the nation in scoring per game (21.0) and sixth in total rebounds per game (12.1). Her 14 double-doubles is eighth in the NAIA. She is the first individual to claim the national player of the week honor three times in a single season since Campbellsville's Whitney Ballinger accomplished the feat during the 2009-10 season.
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 19. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Sharde Henry, LSU Shreveport (La.); SiMon Franklin, Xavier (La.); Natalie Shumpert, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Erin Legel, Great Falls (Mont.); Debbie Onukwube, Lyon (Ark.); Janae Howard, St. Catharine (Ky.); Sierra Mcspadden, Evangel (Mo.); Desiree Jeffries, Oklahoma City; Brittney Carter, Faulkner (Ala.)
2013 Division I Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 8): Amber Arceneaux-Francis, St. Thomas (Texas)
Week 2 (Jan. 15): Kourtney Tyra, Georgetown (Ky.)
Week 3 (Jan. 22): Tugce Canitez, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 4 (Jan. 29): Arnissa Galloway, Southern Poly (Ga.)
Week 5 (Feb. 5): Tugce Canitez, Westmont (Calif.)
Week 6 (Feb. 12): Tugce Canitez, Westmont (Calif.)