Jan. 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association now recognizing Div. III players
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Aaron Walton-Moss of Cabrini College (Radnor, Pa.) and Hayley Kanner of Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending Jan. 18.

Walton-Moss, a 6-1 senior guard from Camden, N.J., recorded two triple-doubles last week, averaging 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 2.5 steals for the Cavaliers of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (GSAC). He helped lead Cabrini (9-7, 6-3) to wins over Marywood University (9-6, 4-4) and Rosemont College (8-8, 6-3). Walton-Moss led a short-handed Cavaliers' squad (only seven players saw action) to an 86-82 win against Marywood on Wednesday with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 40 minutes. He shot a perfect 15-15 from the foul line and also snagged four steals in the contest. In Saturday's 103-70 win over Rosemont, Walton-Moss tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, matching the program's one-game assists record for the second time in his career. He again was perfect (4-4) from the foul line while adding another steal.

Kanner, a 6-2 senior forward from Scarsdale, N.Y., averaged 20.5 points on 58.6 percent (17-29) shooting, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for No. 5-ranked (D3hoops.com) Tufts. She also became only the 11th player in Tufts program history to reach 1,000 career points. The Jumbos (14-1, 3-0), who play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), posted a 65-42 home victory on Friday over then-No. 3-ranked Amherst College (14-1, 2-1). Kanner scored a game- and season-high 24 points, shooting 10-17 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks. It marked the first loss of the season and a season-low point total for Amherst, which had won 14 straight games. Kanner followed that performance by scoring 17 points (7-12 shooting), including her 1,000th career point, totaling game-bests of eight boards and three blocks, and adding two assists in a 70-46 win against Trinity (Conn.) College (5-10, 2-2) on Saturday.

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