PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jessica McEntee Claims First Weekly Award
WHITE PLAINS, NY (8 December 2008) – The NYU women’s basketball team is off to another strong start, a perfect 7-0, thanks to the play of this week’s PrestoSports/Met Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week Jessica McEntee (Flushing, NY/Archbishop Molloy). The Violets won two tough games last week, winning at SUNY New Paltz 97-89 and against Staten Island 65-57.
The senior sensation averaged 30.5 points and 17.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 37 minutes per game. At SUNY New Paltz on Dec. 1, she finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds while setting a school single-game record for free-throw attempts (19-for-23). McEntee then scored 21 of her game-high 30 points in the second half, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 4:26 remaining, sparking a comeback from 12 points down in a 65-57 triumph over the College of Staten Island on Dec. 6 in the CUNYAC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. She also grabbed a career-high tying 22 rebounds and went 12-for-18 from the charity stripe in 39 minutes.
For the season, McEntee averages 20.2 points, 16.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest. She was also named the UAA Athlete of the Week as the Violets climbed to #16 in the USA Today/ESPN Division III national poll.
NYU will host Drew University on Tuesday night in their final contest before the break.
This Week's Honor
Kaleia Davis, Baruch College, Junior, Forward, 5’8”, Bronx, NY/Lehman HS
Janelle Biamonte, Felician College, Junior, Forward, 5’7”, Secaucus, NJ/Marist
Olivia Nastasi, Manhattanville College, Senior, Guard, 5’5”, Cold Spring Harbor, NY/Haldane
Kamira Woodberry, Molloy College, Junior, Forward, 5’10”, Boston, MA/Newton North
Courtney Heesemann, College of Mt. St. Vincent, Junior, Center, 5’11”, New Hyde Park, NY/New Hyde Park
Lashawn Overton, New Jersey City University, Freshman, Guard, 5'0", Jersey City, NJ/Snyder
Jennifer Danio, Purchase College, Senior, Forward, 5’9”, Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s
Monique McLean, St. John’s University, Senior, Guard, 5’11”, Newport News, VA/Bruton
Dani Dudek, Stevens Tech, Senior, Guard, 5’4”, Rockaway, NJ
About the PrestoSports/MBWA
Weekly Player of the Week Award
Celebrating its fifth season, the Player of the Week Award is granted on a weekly basis by the New York Area Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Each week, each of the nearly 75 schools that play college basketball in the Tri-state area have the ability to nominate one male and one female student-athlete, based upon their on-court accomplishments over the previous seven days. An esteemed panel of media members votes to select the winners from the nominations. All players who receive votes, but are not named the Player of the Week, are then named to the Honor Roll.
PrestoSports is proud to sponsor the college basketball in the New York area, and specifically the MBWA. We are pleased to recognize the best athletic achievements in the Tri-state area. A Maryland-based company, PrestoSports is a leading provider of athletic content management software to colleges and conference offices used for designing, building and maintaining official athletic websites. With clients across the country, PrestoSports focuses on smaller schools and conferences in NCAA Divisions II and III.