PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SJU Captures Tournament Title as McLain Claims MVP Honors
WHITE PLAINS, NY (22 December 2008) – The St. John’s University women’s basketball team completed a perfect 3-0 week, largely due to the efforts of this week’s PrestoSports/Met Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week, Monique McLean (Newport News, VA/Bruton). The Red Storm (11-1 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST) first defeated Howard University 66-36, then beat Buffalo 81-57 and Boston College 72-63 to win the St. John’s-Chartwells Holiday Classic.
For the week, McLean averaged 21.7 points and shot a blistering 53.8 percent from the field on a 21of-39 effort from the field. She was even more effective from 3-point range, connecting on 60.0 percent of her attempts (6-of-10).
As the St. John’s-Chartwells Holiday Classic Most Valuable Player, she led all players with 24.5 points per game. She also shot 48.3 from the field and 66.7 from 3-point range, in addition to leading the team in assists en route to the tournament championship. In the championship game against BC, she took the game into her hands and scored 12 of her 22 points in the second half to clinch the title.
The guard became the all-time three-point record holder at St. John’s with 148 in her career, and, just this week alone, moved up three spots in the all-time scoring list to rank seventh all-time with 1,312 career points. She led the team in scoring in all three games this week, was clutch from the charity stripe with an 89.5 free throw percentage, led the team with nine assists and was strong defensively with a 5.0 rebounding average.
St. John’s has one game remaining this calendar year, at Boston University on December 30. They will then return to the Carnesecca Arena on January 3 to host Providence College.
This Week's Honor Roll
Patti Foley, Georgian Court University, Senior, Forward, 5’10”, Lake Grove, NY/Hamilton North (NJ)
Jess Fuller, Hofstra University, Junior, Center, 6’4”, Queens, NY/Francis Lewis/Monroe CC
Rachele Fitz, Marist College, Junior, Forward, 6’0”, Seven Hills, OH/Trinity
Carolina Garcia, New Jersey City University, Junior, Guard, 5’4”, Plainfield, NJ/Franklin
Jennifer DiChiara, Queens College, Graduate Student, Forward, 6'1", Smithtown, NY/Kings Park
Laura Baranek, U. S. Military Academy, Sophomore, Forward, 5’9”, Orefield, PA/Parkland
April Smith, William Paterson University, Sophomore, Forward, 5’9”, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional
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.
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