KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kendra De Jong of Northwestern (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. De Jong was selected based on her performances from Feb. 4 - Feb. 10 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated group winners.
De Jong, a 6-foot forward, averaged 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game to lead the Red Raiders to a perfect 2-0 week. On Feb. 6 against Mount Marty (S.D.), De Jong recored her seventh double-double of the season, tallying a game-high 24 points and collecting 11 boards In Northwestern's 80-54 victory. She recorded six assists and shot 11-of-16 from the floor. The senior from Hopers, Iowa followed that performance with her eighth double-double of the season in a 70-65 victory against Doane (Neb.). De Jong scored a team-high 22 points and 13 boards. She was 12-of-12 from the free throw line and recorded three steals.
Nationally, De Jong ranks seventh in total rebounds per game (9.9), tenth in total rebounds (248), 19th in field goal percentage (0.521) and 22nd in points per game (17.08).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 19.
Nominees: Inekka Stevenson, Friends (Kan.); Orielle Thomas, William Penn (Iowa); Gaby Ayon, Ashford (Iowa); Chelsea Carradine, Indiana Tech; Emily Walker, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Bridget Schuneman, Jamestown (N.D.); Trenia Barbee, Asbury (Ky.); Yesenia Lora, Webber International (Fla.); Johneshia Good, Milligan (Tenn.); Juaneice Jackson, Grace (Ind.); Katie Gonnering, St. Francis (Ill.); Emily Tsugawa, Corban (Ore.); Ashley Rose, William Jessup (Calif.).
2012-13 Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (Jan. 8): Laura Johnson, Bethel (Ind.)
Week 2 (Jan. 15): Morgan Stuut, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Week 3 (Jan. 22): Karyn Bixler, Saint Mary (Neb.)
Week 4 (Jan. 29): Hannah Sabol, Concordia (Mich.)
Week 5 (Feb. 5): Chelsea Davis, Michigan-Dearborn
Week 6 (Feb. 12): Kendra De Jong, Northwestern (Iowa)