KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Morgan Stuut of Saint Xavier (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Stuut was selected based on her performances from Jan. 6 – 12 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Stuut, a native of Marcellus, Mich., averaged a double-double with 22.5 points and 17.0 rebounds per game last week to lead Saint Xavier to a pair of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victories. In the week’s opener against Trinity Christian (Ill.) on Jan. 8, the junior forward fell one assist short of her second triple-double of the season with 12 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists. Stuut also added four steals and three blocks in the eighth-ranked Cougars’ 60-49 win. Three days later against IU South Bend (Ind.), Stuut recorded her fourth 30-point effort of the season with a game-high 33 points on 10-of-22 shooting (45.5 percent). In addition to scoring, she grabbed 17 rebounds for the second-straight game en route to her fifth-straight double-double.
On the year, Stuut, who paces Saint Xavier in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, leads the NAIA in total rebounds with 230, while also ranking among the top 10 nationally in defensive rebounds per game (9.1), rebounds per game (12.8), total scoring (367), 3-point field goal percentage (.443) and points per game (20.4).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA National Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Jan. 21. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Rachel Melcher, Madonna (Mich.); Alecia Smith, Kansas Wesleyan; Katie Jensen, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Brooke Ridley, Saint Francis (Ind.); Allison Gida, Southern Oregon; Marcisa McMillan, Mayville State (N.D.); Quamisha Spence, Central Christian (Kan.); Sharnele Brown, Northwood (Fla.); Alli Engebretson, Northwestern (Iowa); Rainey Story, Virginia Intermont; Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.); Vanessa D'amico, Menlo (Calif.).
2013-14 Division II Women’s Basketball Players of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 7): Laurel Zwiener, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 2 (Jan. 14): Morgan Stuut, Saint Xavier (Ill.)