Lyon, Washington earn A-10 Women’s Co-Players of the Week Honors

Courtesy of Atlantic10.com

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Davidson’s Justine Lyon, and George Washington’s Caira Washington were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week while La Salle freshman Sofilia Ngwafang earned Rookie of the Week honors. The awards, announced Monday, were for games played Jan. 30– Feb. 5.

Lyon had an outstanding week, averaging 28 points, 4.5 rebounds and shooting an impressive 54.3 percent from the floor. The sophomore from Durham, N.C., tallied games of 22 points and a career-high 34, which topped her previous high set earlier this season by four points. She matched her career-best with 11 made field goals vs. UMass, while setting a new personal best by going 9-for-12 at the charity stripe. Lyon hit and attempted every free throw in the fourth quarter at UMass, scoring eight of the Wildcats final 10 points to seal the win. She also dished out two assists, blocked two shots and pocketed four steals on the week. The 22-point effort was the sophomore’s fifth 20-point game of the season and the fourth time hitting 22 points. She has reached the double-digit mark in points in 16 games this year.

After missing the previous four games with an injury, senior forward Caira Washington returned to the lineup and poured in a pair of 21-point performances to lead the Colonials to a pair of critical wins. In her first game back against Fordham on Wednesday, Washington connected on 9-of-13 field goals for a season-high 21 points. The native from Brandywine, Md., also pulled down eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. Midway through the third quarter she grabbed her 1,000th-career rebound to become just the second player in program history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The momentum carried over to Sunday’s win at La Salle where she matched her season-high with 21 points in addition to seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. For the week she shot 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the field while averaging 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in the two games.

Ngwafang averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for La Salle. The freshman from Silver Spring, Md., tallied a season-high 18 points against George Washington (7-10 FG) in just 24 minutes off the bench on Saturday after setting her former season-high with 11 points in a road win over Rhode Island Wednesday. She also matched her season-high with 6 rebounds against Rhody. She finished the week 9-for-18 (50%) from the field while averaging 14.5 points.

Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll

Dayton’s Lauren Cannatelli averaged 19.0 points while shooting 47.8% from the floor and hitting all eight of her free throw attempts, helping the Flyers to two key A-10 road wins over Davidson and VCU… Duquesne’s Julijana Vojinovic averaged 16.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games this week; she hit a game-high 23 points and tied her career-high 8 field goals against George Mason… Fordham’s G’mrice Davis averaged a big double-double, 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds, as the Rams split the week’s two contests. The junior shot 57.1 percent from the field (12-of-21) and also chipped in three assists, two blocks, and two steals, while averaging 34.0 minutes per contest… George Mason’s Alexsis Grate set a career high with 14 points off the bench against Duquesne on Sunday in Pittsburgh. The guard made 8-of-9 free throws and was 3-of-6 from the field… Richmond’s Janelle Hubbard continued to show her skill set as one of the top scorers in the Atlantic 10 this week, averaging 21.5 points per game. She first dropped 18 points on crosstown rival VCU then exploded for 25 points in a dominant win at home over Rhode Island… Freshman teammate Ragan Wiseman averaged 7.5 points per game this week to go with 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 33 percent from the floor… Saint Joseph’s Amanda Fioravanti averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 75 percent from the field. Against Saint Louis on Sunday she poured in a career-high 21 points, while grabbing eight rebounds and handing out three assists… Saint Louis’ Jenny Vliet averaged 16.0 points, 2.5 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field as the Billikens split the week’s two contest.

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