ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota's Raeshel Contreras and Fort Wayne's KeShyra McCarver earned The Summit League's Player of the Week awards their performances Nov. 14-16. The honors mark the initial weekly awards of the season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Raeshel Contreras, South Dakota
Sr. // G // San Francisco, Calif.
Contreras earns her first career Player of the Week honor after leading South Dakota to a win at Drake and near upset at Kansas. In Friday's season-opening victory at Drake, the senior guard scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds in just 28 minutes of action. She also dished out two assists with one steal and only one turnover while shooting 47 percent from the field and 55 percent from downtown. She added 17 points off 6-of-10 shooting with two assists in Sunday's eight-point loss at Kansas. For the week, Contreras averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes per game. She shot 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field, 53 percent (8-of-15) from three-point range and 70 percent (7-of-10) at the free throw line.
KeShyra McCarver, Fort Wayne
Fr. // F // Toledo, Ohio
McCarver captures her first career Player of the Week award after recording a double-double in her first collegiate game at Illinois. The freshman forward scored a game-high 22 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and was 11-of-12 (.917) at the free throw line. She grabbed 14 rebounds, eight offensive, while hitting one of her three shots from three-point range. Her 14 rebounds are the most in school history by a freshman in their first career game and her eight offensive boards are the most by a freshman in a single game.
Also nominated: Shaquira Scott, IUPUI; Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State; Brianna Bogard, Omaha.
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