Dec. 16, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association now recognizing Div. III players
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Hunter Hill of Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.) and Jamie Cuny of North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending Dec. 14.

Hill, a junior point guard from Byron, Ill., scored a career-high 41 points as the Vikings (7-1) beat the defending NCAA Division III national champion and top-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater, 96-94, in double overtime on Wednesday. Hill finished 14-for-21 from the field, including 7-for-10 from the three-point line, to go along with four steals, two rebounds and an assist in 44 minutes. In the first overtime, he hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds left to tie the game at 82, and after UW-Whitewater took the lead with 19 seconds left on two free throws, he tied it again with a basket at the 12-second mark. In the second overtime, Hill hit a three-pointer just 18 seconds into the action to give the then-No. 4-ranked Vikings (now No. 2) a lead they never relinquished. Hill scored 20 of the team's 21 points in the two overtime periods.

Cuny, a sophomore forward from Naperville, helped lead the Cardinals (8-0) to a pair of road victories last week and remain the only undefeated team in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). Cuny recorded a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds in a 119-53 win at Trinity International on Monday, as the 66-point victory was the largest margin in program history. She followed that up with a triple-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in only 17 minutes as North Central defeated Carroll University, 101-97, on Wednesday. The triple-double was the first in program history, while the 10 blocks set a single-game school record. North Central currently leads the nation in scoring (100.4 ppg).

Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the first season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.

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 III National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 7: Hayden Rooke-Ley, Williams College and Emily Lavin, Eastern University
Week ending Dec. 14: Hunter Hill, Augustana College and Jamie Cuny, North Central College
Week ending Dec. 21: Chris Cook, Hood College and Alyson Caiazzo, Manhattanville College
Week ending Jan. 4: Trevon Butler, Husson College and Jess Rheinheimer, Eastern Mennonite University
Week ending Jan. 11: Lorenzo Williams, Brooklyn College and Hannah Considine, Wheaton College
Week ending Jan. 18: Aaron Walton-Moss, Cabrini College and Hayley Kanner, Tufts University
Week ending Jan. 25: Hakeem Harris, NYU and Alex Moore, Rhode Island College
Week ending Feb. 1: Thayne Recker, Bluffton University and Kara McDuffee, St. Lawrence University
Week ending Feb. 8: DeShawn Hamlet, Southern Vermont College and Meghan Nowak, Eastern University
Week ending Feb. 15: Lucas Hausman, Bowdoin College and Sydney Moss, Thomas More College
Week ending Feb. 22: Jordan Rezendes, UMass Dartmouth and Megan Robertson, Amherst College
Week ending March 1: Gerry Wixted, Dickinson College and Kristen Schultz, Wisconsin Lutheran