Feb. 3, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Kean
Association now recognizing Div. II players
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Derrick White of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Nettie Blake of Gannon University (Erie, Pa.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division II National Players of the Week for the week ending Feb. 1.

White, a 6-5 junior guard from Parker, Colo., shot 77 percent (17-for-22) from the field and 94 percent (30-for-32) from the free throw line for the week to earn his second USBWA national player of the week honor this season. He posted a 38-point, 11-assist double-double his second points-assists double-double of the season in the 103-91 win over Western New Mexico, hitting 11-of-15 from the field, including two-of-five three-pointers, and 14-of-15 free throws. He added 28 points by sinking six-of-seven from the field and 16-of-17 free throws in the win over New Mexico Highlands, which helped the Mountain Lions remain tied for first place in the RMAC standings.

White has scored at least 25 points in the last five games and is leading the RMAC with 26.3 points per game. His 552 total points for the season are first in NCAA Division II and third in UCCS records. With an average of 26.3 points per game, second best in Division II, White is on a pace to break the UCCS program scoring average record by more than four points per game.

Blake, a 6-1 senior center from Jersey City, N.J., was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Week after averaging 19 points and 19.5 rebounds per game as the Lady Knights swept Slippery Rock and rival Mercyhurst last week.

Blake recorded 19 points and 16 rebounds in Gannon's 72-50 win over Slippery Rock last Wednesday, while also tying a season-high with three steals and going 7-of-8 from the foul line. She then recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 23 rebounds in the Lady Knights' 59-49 win over Mercyhurst on Saturday. Her 23 rebounds were one shy of Gannon's school record and ranks within the top 10 rebounding performances in Division II this season.

The Lady Knights are 15-4 overall, including 14-2 in the PSAC.

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 II.

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 and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

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.)