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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
For the week ending January 23, 2023
|FOOD LION MEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK|
#23 Robert Osborne, Virginia Union
Robert Osborne continues his stellar play this season by leading the Panthers to a pair of conference wins while averaging 29.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game on 77 percent shooting from the field last week. In an 86-60 win over Bowie State, the senior needed only 24 minutes to tie his career-high of 34 points. The Richmond, VA native shot 15-of-19 and added seven boards and an assist against the host Bulldogs. In a 74-72 overtime victory over Lincoln (PA), the six-foot-five forward made 9-of-12 field goals and 8-of-11 free throws to total 26 points. He added 11 rebounds, three assists, and a steal in that win. This is the second consecutive week that Osborne earned player of the week honors from the conference.
FOOD LION MEN’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
#24 Amadou Faye, Elizabeth City State
Amadou Faye racked up 14 blocks and 13 rebounds in two games last week for the Vikings. In the 71-65 win over Bowie State, the sophomore recorded nine blocks, nine points, and five rebounds. The Dakar, Senegal native added eight points, eight rebounds, and five blocks versus Virginia State. This is the second consecutive week that Faye earned weekly honors from the conference.
|FOOD LION MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK|
#5 Ezekiel Cannedy
Ezekiel Cannedy averaged 22.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists while leading the Golden Bulls to victories over St. Augustine’s and Livingstone last week. The freshman had a stat line of 22 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, and two boards in a 93-58 win over the Falcons and then dropped 23 points and eight rebounds versus Livingstone in a 70-64 game. Eight rebounds are a new career mark for the guard from Kings Mountain, NC while five assists tied a career high.
|FOOD LION WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK|
#3 Jalessa Lanier, Lincoln (PA)
Jalessa Lanier was excellent for the Lions last week, averaging 16 points, four three-pointers, three assists, 2.5 rebounds, and one steal in two wins with a 54.5% (12-of-22) field-goal percentage and 61.5% (8-of-13) three-point percentage while committing just one turnover. In a 73-55 win over visiting Shaw, the sophomore set or tied career-highs in points (18), three-pointers made(six), and field goals made (six). Against Virginia Union, the Easton, PA native scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, going a perfect three-for-three to vault the Lions over the Panthers, 52-51. The five-foot-four guard finished that game shooting 6-of-10 from the field and two-of-four from behind the arc.
|FOOD LION WOMEN’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK|
#1 Nya Morris, Claflin
In two games last week, Nya Morris averaged 9.5 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2.5 assists. Versus Winston-Salem State, the Pittsburgh, PA native tallied 10 points, nine boards, five steals, and four assists. Against St. Augustine’s, the sophomore finished with nine points, seven rebounds, and a steal.
|FOOD LION WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK|
#22 India Howard, Johnson C. Smith
India Howard averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds while helping the Golden Bulls to wins over St. Augustine’s and Livingstone last week. In the 60-41 win versus the Falcons, the freshman contributed 11 points, five boards, two steals, and two blocks while shooting a perfect five-for-five on field goals. Against the Blue Bears, the Coppell, TX native led JCSU with eight rebounds and three blocks while pouring in 11 points for a 54-50 win.