Feb. 6, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The second half of Patriot League began Saturday, and two big performances from the same game were recognized Monday as Lehigh senior Alexa Williams was named the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week, while Holy Cross freshman Emily Parker garnered the Anaconda Rookie of the Week nod.
The awards window was a seven-day period that ended Sunday.
Williams collects her second weekly award in three weeks after equaling her career-best in points as she helped spark a late 15-0 Lehigh run in its 75-73 win at Holy Cross Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile on the other side, Parker nabs her second straight Rookie of the Week nod and her fourth of the season after scoring 15 points and narrowly missing a double-double with eight rebounds in the loss to Lehigh.
ANACONDA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEXA WILLIAMS, LEHIGH Sr., F, Warren, Ohio
Williams matched her career high of 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and contributed several big plays during a game-ending 15-0 run for the Mountain Hawks in their come-from-behind 75-73 win at Holy Cross Saturday afternoon. Williams converted a three-point play to bring Lehigh within 73-72 before setting up Kelly Peterson’s 3-pointer with just over a minute left that stood as the game-winning shot. Williams finished with six rebounds, a pair of assists and two steals, including a critical theft in the final minute. She also went 3 of 3 from the foul line, while her numbers for made field goals and attempts were both career bests.
ANACONDA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HONORABLE MENTIONSEMILY HOMAN, LAFAYETTE Fr., F, Upper Darby, Pa.
EMILY PARKER, HOLY CROSS Fr., F, Johnston, Iowa
Parker posted her third straight game with double-digit points, as she scored 15 on 6-of-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in Saturday’s 75-73 loss to Lehigh. She tied the team lead in boards, making it the fifth game in a row in which she had at least four rebounds. All of Parker’s stats came in a career-best 31 minutes for the 6-foot-2 forward out of Johnston, Iowa. She leads all Holy Cross rookies with 20 starts, and now sits second on the team with 5.8 rebounds and third with 10.0 points per game.
Homan logged game-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds and shot 7 of 14 from the field in Lafayette’s 63-47 loss at Navy Saturday night. She put in a balanced effort with eight points and four rebounds in each half.
LISA STRACK, AMERICAN Sr., G, Langhorne, Pa.
Strack led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed three rebounds with three assists in 22 minutes on the floor as American cruised to a 70-47 win over Colgate Saturday to move to 8-0 in League play. Strack was almost perfect at the foul line, going 6 of 7.
ANNA SIMMERS, ARMY Jr., G, Anchorage, Alaska
Simmers posted a game-high 18 points, with 12 of those coming on 3-pointers, as Army held off Bucknell 60-56 Saturday afternoon. Simmers added two assists and a pair of steals, and has reached double figures in scoring in 10 straight games.
AMY LEPLEY, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, Norfolk, Mass.
Lepley poured in 22 points with seven rebounds and five assists in the Crusaders’ two-point loss to visiting Lehigh. She went 10 of 16 from the field and tied her career high in points.
More information will be available in Tuesday’s weekly women’s basketball release.