Jan. 9, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League announced its Anaconda weekly women's basketball awards Monday after the first weekend of League play, with Army junior Anna Simmers being named Player of the Week, while Lafayette freshman Emily Homan garnered the Rookie of the Week nod for the second consecutive period, which ended Sunday.
Homan's award comes after she secured both the Player and Rookie nods a week ago, becoming the second student-athlete this season to be named to the two at the same time.
Simmers helped pace Army to a 67-64 victory at Bucknell Saturday night, snapping the Black Knights' seven-game skid and giving them their first win since Dec. 1 over Hawaii. Meanwhile, Homan continued her streak of strong play in Lafayette's tough 60-55 loss to visiting Navy Saturday afternoon.
As it happens, the two award winners will be opposite one another Wednesday when Army hosts Lafayette at West Point at 7 p.m.
ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANNA SIMMERS, ARMY Jr., G, Anchorage, Alaska
Simmers averaged 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 40.5 percent from the floor during a 1-1 week for the Black Knights. She scored the most points of any Patriot League player this season with a game- and career-high 27 on 11 of 21 from the floor with five rebounds and a steal in Army's 67-64 win at Bucknell Saturday evening. Seventeen of her points came in the second half, including scoring her team's final six to help seal the game. Her theft came at a critical time in the contest, as it occurred with 57 seconds to go to short circuit the Bison's rally. Earlier in the week she scored 14 points and grabbed four boards with three steals in Army's 64-54 loss to Bryant. Simmers is riding a three-game double-digit scoring streak entering the Black Knights' contest with Lafayette on Wednesday.
ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HONORABLE MENTION PERFORMANES LAST WEEKALIX MEMBRENO, NAVY So., G, Loxahatchee, Fla.
EMILY HOMAN, LAFAYETTE Fr., F, Upper Darby, Pa.
Homan scored 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting and collected five rebounds with a pair of blocks in Lafayette's 60-55 loss Saturday afternoon to visiting Navy in the Patriot League opener for both teams. It was a bounce-back performance for Homan, who tallied six points but had a game-high 11 rebounds in the Leopards' 53-45 victory Wednesday over Columbia in their non-League finale. For the week, Homan averaged 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists per contest while shooting 10 of 24 (41.7 percent) from the floor. Homan has been named Rookie of the Week three times in 2011-12, while Lafayette has tied a school record for most weekly awards in a season with six.
Membreno led the Mids in total points and rebounds and tied for the team lead in steals on the week. She scored a career-best 24 points in Navy's win Tuesday over NJIT and grabbed a career-high 15 boards in the team's come-from-behind 60-55 win at Lafayette Saturday.
HILARY WEAVER, LEHIGH So., G, Millersburg, Ohio
Weaver's breakout game was Saturday, as the sophomore tallied a career-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including 2 of 2 on 3-pointers) with three rebounds and three assists in Lehigh's 75-60 win over Holy Cross. The Mountain Hawks are 1-0 in League play for the first time since 2008-09.
AMY LEPLEY, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, Norfolk, Mass.
Lepley averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during a 1-1 week for the Crusaders, including tying her career high with 22 points Saturday against Lehigh.
ALEXIS DOBBS, AMERICAN So., G, Berea, Ohio
Dobbs averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 assists per game last week. She poured in 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting in Saturday's 56-43 win at Colgate and collected a career-high eight dishes earlier in the week against George Washington.
More information will be available in Tuesday's weekly women's basketball release.