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NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – No. 3 (Jan. 20)

January 20, 2015
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By Mike DeVader, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Akyah Taylor of Saint Francis (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Taylor was selected out of a group of conference winners for her performances from Jan. 12 – Jan. 18. This award is the second of the 2014-15 season.

 

National Player of the Week
Akyah Taylor, Saint Francis (Ind.)
5-11, Jr., F, Elkhart, Ind.

• Taylor paced the seventh-ranked Cougars to a 2-0 mark this week, as Saint Francis pulled away from then-No. 10 Marian (Ind.), 80-68, in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Game of the Week on Jan. 17.
• The Elkhart, Ind., native had 24 points and 14 boards against the Knights – including 15 points and 10 rebounds in the second half.
• She leads the Crossroads League (CL) with 10 double-doubles on the season, and in the Marian contest, posted her 31st-straight game scoring in double figures.
• The win was the Cougars’ 37th-consecutive at home.
• The junior collected over 20 points and 12 boards on average this week, and has scored 23.8 points per game in CL action.
• This is Taylor’s first national award.

For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.

The third National Women’s Basketball Player of the Week will be announced Jan. 20.

Nominees: Heather Wheat, Indiana Southeast; Allison Jones, Milligan (Tenn.); Ashley Romig, Ottawa (Kan.); Kara Krolicki, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Jenna Engh, Viterbo (Wis.); Dannisha Pierce, St. Thomas (Fla.); Quinn Rear, Ashford (Iowa); Sharee Galbraith, Dakota State (S.D.); Michele Hayes, Madonna (Mich.); Sadee Jones, Evergreen (Wash.); Hannah Dostal, Doane (Neb.); Tiffany Anzalone, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Amber Washington, Pacific Union (Calif.).

2014-15 Women's Basketball Division II Composite Award Winners (Schedule)
Week 1 (Jan. 6): Dannisha Pierce, St. Thomas (Fla.)
Week 2 (Jan. 13): Yolanda De La Torre, Robert Morris (Ill.)
Week 3 (Jan. 21): Akyah Taylor, Saint Francis (Ind.)