CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - Radford's Da'Naria Erwin Spencer has been named the Big South Conference Women's Basketball Choice Hotels Player of the Week, while Shatia Cole of Coastal Carolina was tabbed The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for games played Jan. 24-30, the League announced today.
Erwin Spencer, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., posted a pair of 20-point games to finish the week with a 22.5 points per game average to lead her squad to a 2-0 record, including a win over then Conference unbeaten High Point. She put in 21 points on 47 percent shooting against the Panthers on Feb. 4. She also chipped in six rebounds and came away with three steals and an assist in the win. Two days later at Campbell, the guard connected on 10-of-20 from the floor, one from long range and three from the line to finish with 24 points, as well as six helpers, four steals, two boards and a block in the win. The honor is her second-straight and fourth overall Big South Player of the Week nod this season.
Cole, a guard from Myrtle Beach, S.C., averaged 15.5 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field to push Coastal Carolina to a 2-0 record last week. Against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 4, Cole posted 16 points on 46 percent from the floor, three from long range and one from the line, to go along with six rebounds, four steals and two assists. She followed that effort with 15 points, four rebounds, three steals and an assist in the 74-58 win over UNC Asheville on Feb. 6. The award is her fourth Big South Freshman of the Week plaudit this season.
Also nominated for women's basketball Player of the Week for Week 12: Tonisha Baker (Campbell), Rachelle Coward (Charleston Southern), Catrina Green (Gardner-Webb), Avery Warley (Liberty), Mariah Pietrowski (Presbyterian College) and Gentry Manley (UNC Asheville).
Also nominated for women's basketball Freshman of the Week for Week 12: Kiera Gaines (Campbell), Shambreka Jones (Charleston Southern), Reagan Miller (Liberty) and Shonese Jones (UNC Asheville).
Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 15 - Shamia Brown, High Point
Nov. 22 - DaNaria Erwin Spencer, Radford
Nov. 29 - Tonisha Baker, Campbell
Dec. 6 - Lakeitha Alston, Charleston Southern
Dec. 13 - DaNaria Erwin Spencer, Radford
Dec. 20 - Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville
Jan. 3 - Rachelle Coward, Charleston Southern
Jan. 10 - Lindsey Thompson, UNC Asheville
Jan. 17 - Diana Choibekova, Winthrop
Jan. 24 - Cheyenne Parker, High Point
Jan. 31 - Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford
Feb. 7 - Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford
Women's Basketball Freshmen of the Week
Nov. 15 - Shatia Cole, Coastal Carolina
Nov. 22 - Leah Wormack, UNC Asheville
Nov. 29 - Reagan Miller, Liberty
Dec. 6 - Leah Wormack, UNC Asheville
Dec. 13 - Kiera Gaines, Campbell
Dec. 20 - Shatia Cole, Coastal Carolina
Jan. 3 - Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville
Jan. 10 - Leah Wormack, UNC Asheville
Jan. 17 - Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville
Jan. 24 - Shatia Cole, Coastal Carolina
Jan. 31 - Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville
Feb. 7 - Shatia Cole, Coastal Carolina