ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Joe Lawson of the
University of Indianapolis and Morgan Pullins of
St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas) were named the
U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division II National
Players of the Week for the week ending Jan. 18.
Lawson, 6-7 senior forward/center from Indianapolis helped the
University of Indianapolis stand as one of just two undefeated Division
II teams with two wins over GLVC East Division rivals last week.
Lawson averaged 23.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks for the
week as Indianapolis (15-0, 7-0 GLVC) claimed a 66-62 win at home
over No. 4 Bellarmine before notching an 84-67 victory over Southern
Lawson shot 67 percent (16-of-24) from the field and also averaged
two blocks per game, starting with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double
in Indianapolis' win over Bellarmine. He scored 12 of his team-high
15 points in the second half as the Greyhounds improved to 3-0 against
ranked opponents this year. In the win over Southern Indiana, Lawson
was one rebound away from another double-double, this time registering
31 points with nine rebounds as he shot 12-of-14 overall from the
field. He hit all 10 of his two-point field goal attempts. His scoring
effort was the second 30-point game of his career, just a point
off his career-high of 32 points set last year.
Lawson now ranks third in the GLVC in scoring average (19.7)
and eighth in rebounding (7.3), and he also sits seventh in blocks
per game (1.3) and ninth in field goal percentage (.580).
Piaggesi, a 6-1 sophomore forward from Bethel Park, Pa., was
named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western
Division Athlete of the Week after averaging 20.5 points, 16.5 rebounds
and 6.0 blocks per game in the Lakers two games last weekend.
Pullins, a 6-0 senior forward from Franklin, Mich., was named
the Heartland Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this
season after averaging 24 points and 16 rebounds per game last week
while totaling five blocks and four steals to keep the Rattlers
undefeated at home.
In a 72-68 win over Texas-Permian Basin last Thursday, Pullins
scored 28 points in just 24 minutes, with 22 of those points coming
in the second half. She also grabbed 17 rebounds and recorded two
blocked shots and two steals. Then in Saturday's 63-44 victory over
St. Edwards, Pullins notched her 13th double-double of the season
with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while also contributing three blocked
shots, two steals and two assists.
The Rattlers improved to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in league play
with the two wins.
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division
II National Players of the Week. This is the first season that the
USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division
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 an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
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2014-15 USBWA Division II National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 7: Derrick White, Colorado-Colorado Springs and Sarah Nelson, Dominican
Week ending Dec. 14: Tyler Kelly, Florida Southern and Abby Kirchoff, Colorado-Colorado Springs
Week ending Jan. 4: Eric Anderson, New Haven and Shareta Brown, Wayne State
Week ending Jan. 11: Gerald Beverly, Daemen College and Natalie Piaggesi, Mercyhurst
Week ending Jan. 18: Joe Lawson, Indianapolis and Morgan Pullins, St. Mary's (Texas)
Week ending Jan. 25: Alex Herrera, Fort Lewis College and Taylor Beverly, West Georgia
Week ending Feb. 1: Derrick White, Colorado-Colorado Springs and Nettie Blake, Gannon University
Week ending Feb. 8: Darian Hooker, NYIT and Shareta Brown, Wayne State
Week ending Feb. 15: Garret Kerr, University of the Sciences and Schontiquah White, West Texas A&M
Week ending Feb. 22: Nick Harney, Fairmont State and Amy Philamlee, Union (Tenn.)