Dec. 13, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
314-444-4300
Junior's 23 points spur win over No. 6 Duke
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KENTUCKY'S MATHIES IS WOMEN'S
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Kentucky guard A'dia Mathies as its Women's National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 11. The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 21 this season.

Mathies

As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Mathies was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Mathies, a 5-9 junior from Louisville, Ky., scored a season-high 23 points, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers (shooting 4-for-5), four rebounds and four steals as the Wildcats topped No. 6 Duke, 72-65. Mathies leads the Wildcats in scoring with a 16.8 points per game and in steals with 3.7, while also ranking second in the SEC with 5.7 rebounds per game. She is third in scoring in the conference and is seventh nationally in steals per game.

This is the first season that the USBWA has selected a women's national player of the week. The weekly national player of the week is added to the award's watch list, which will be released at mid-season.

Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2012 National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast in Denver, site of the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected a women's All-America team since the 1996-97 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4300.

2011-12 USBWA Women's National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 11: A'dia Mathies, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
Week of Dec. 18: Brittney Griner, Baylor (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Dec. 25: Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford (Pac-12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 1: Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown (Big East Conference)
Week of Jan. 8: Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week of Jan. 15: Brittany Rayburn, Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
Week of Jan. 22: Jessica Jenkins, St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Week of Jan. 29: Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut (Big East Conference)
Week of Feb. 5: Markeshia Grant, South Carolina (Southeastern Conference)
Week of Feb. 12: Tianna Hawkins, Maryland (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Feb. 19: Shey Peddy, Temple (Atlantic 10 Conference)