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. 13 – 19 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners. She is the first individual to receive back-to-back Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors since Jennifer Jorgenson of Grand View (Iowa) accomplished the feat in 2011.
Stuut, a native of Marcellus, Mich., recorded her second triple-double of the season with 40 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists in Saint Xavier’s 117-80 win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on Jan. 18. The junior forward set single-game school records for points scored (40), field goals made (17) and field goals attempted (26). Stuut’s 23 rebounds also tied the Cougars’ single-game mark. Three days prior to her performance against Olivet Nazarene, Stuut recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 11 points and 18 rebounds in Saint Xavier’s 92-42 win against NCAA Division III Illinois Tech. For the week, Stuut averaged 25.5 points, 20.5 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. She also shot 66.7 percent (22-of-33) from the field and was 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
On the year, Stuut, who paces Saint Xavier in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, leads the NAIA in total rebounds (271) and defensive rebounds per game (9.4), while also ranking among the top 10 nationally in rebounds per game (2nd; 13.6), total scoring (4th; 418), points per game (7th; 20.9) and 3-point field goal percentage (8th; .452).
The weekly honor is the third of her career.
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. 28. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Brittany Gray, Evergreen (Wash.); Brooke Adams, Concordia (Mich.); Megan Howard, AIB (Iowa); Sarah Munds, Friends (Kan.); Akia Davis, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Armeka Booker, Tennessee Wesleyan; Atavia Blake, Northwood (Fla.); Amy Daniels, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Brittany Lehner, Valley City State (N.D.); Celeste Beck, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd (Ky.); Natalia Hawthorne, La Sierra (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.)
Week 3 (Jan. 21): Morgan Stuut, Saint Xavier (Ill.)