KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Yolanda De La Torre of Robert Morris (Ill.) has been named the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. De La Torre, who is the final weekly honoree for the 2013-14 season, was selected based on her performances from Feb. 17 – 23 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent winners.
De La Torre, a native of Country Club Hills, Ill., recorded back-to-back double-doubles to help lead Robert Morris to a pair of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victories against Trinity International (Ill.) and Roosevelt (Ill.). Against Trinity International on Feb. 19, the junior guard totaled a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds in 37 minutes of action to register her 13th double-double. Three days later against Roosevelt, De La Torre continued her stellar play, finishing two blocks shy of a triple double with 14 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high eight blocked shots. For the week, De La Torre averaged 21.5 points, 15.0 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 1.5 assists, while shooting 57.6 percent (19-for-33) from the field.
On the season, De La Torre leads the NAIA in offensive rebounds per game (5.0), while also ranking among the top 10 in total rebounds per game (12.0), total blocks (66) and blocks per game (2.5). Her 18.2 points per game scoring average is second in the squad.
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Nominees: April Harpe, Bethel (Kan.); Hannah Steele, Jamestown (N.D.); Katie Jensen, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Megan Jones, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Skylarr Shurn, Saint Francis (Ind.); Jalissa Williams, Michigan-Dearborn; Alexandria Gellman, Montreat (N.C.); Erika Parks, Berea (Ky.); Atavia Blake, Northwood (Fla.); Karen Hutson, Northwestern (Iowa); Allison Gida, Southern Oregon.
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.)
Week 4 (Jan. 28): Casey Davis, Roosevelt (Ill.)
Week 5 (Feb. 4): Caitlyn McCutcheon, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 6 (Feb. 11): Chakala Carthen, College of Idaho
Week 7 (Feb. 18): Bailey Morris, Concordia (Neb.)
Week 8 (Feb. 25): Yolanda De La Torre, Robert Morris (Ill.)