Dec. 30, 2013
DENVER -- Utah Valley University freshman guard Rhaiah Spooner-Knight has been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 23-29, as announced Monday by the league office. This is Spooner-Knight's first-ever Player of the Week honor and is also the first of the season for the Wolverine women's basketball team.
The Hamilton, New Zealand, native earned the nod after she recorded second consecutive 20-point performance in UVU's 89-49 victory over New Orleans on Saturday at the UCCU Center. Spooner-Knight scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and also hauled in a team-leading nine rebounds on the afternoon as the Wolverines picked up their second straight non-conference win.
Prior to Saturday's win over UNO, Spooner-Knight also led Utah Valley in scoring when she put up 21 points and snared seven boards in helping her team to a 59-56 win over Idaho State on Dec. 20. The true freshman has averaged 15.3 ppg over the Wolverines' last three contests -- a figure that leads the team.
Other nominees for WAC Player of the Week included: Chicago State's Tierra Williams (21 pts, 5 rebs, 3 stls vs. Wright State); Grand Canyon's Deanna Daniels (14.0 ppg 7.5 rpg, 4.5 spg in two games last week); Eilise O'Connor of Kansas City (18 pts, 12 rebs, 8 assts vs. Western Illinois); Danesia Williamson of New Mexico State (18.7 ppg and 2.0 spg in three games last week); Seattle U's Sylvia Shephard (16 pts, 14 rebs, 9 assts vs. UC Santa Barbara); and Texas-Pan American's Shawnte' Goff (11 pts and 5 rebs vs. No 13 Oklahoma State).
Spooner-Knight was also named WAC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness -- an online publication specializing in the coverage of collegiate athletics.
Utah Valley returns to action on Saturday when it opens up WAC play at the UCCU Center. Fellow conference newcomer and former Independent rival Bakersfield will be on hand for the opener at 3 p.m.