Feb. 24, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association now recognizing Div. III players
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Jordan Rezendes of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Megan Robertson of Amherst College (Amherst, Mass.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending Feb. 22.

Rezendes, a 6-2 junior guard from Onset, Mass., averaged 41 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game as the Corsairs (13-12, 9-5) of the Little East Conference clinched the No. 3 seed in their upcoming conference tournament. Rezendes set a new UMass Dartmouth single-game scoring record on Saturday by pouring in 51 points (third-highest one-game total in NCAA DIII this season) in a 92-80 win over Keene State College (17-8, 8-6). He shot 18-of-32 from the field, 4-of-8 from three-point range and 11-of-12 from the foul line while also contributing six rebounds, six assists and a steal. That performance followed a 31-point outing (10-of-22 FG, 2-of-5 3FG, 9-of-10 FT) in a 75-64 loss to Rhode Island College (18-7, 10-4) on Tuesday. Rezendes' double-double included 10 rebounds, an assist, two steals, and a block. For the week, he shot 51.8 percent (28-of-54) from the field, 46.1 percent (6-of-13) from behind the arc and 90.9 percent (20-0f-22) from the foul line.

Robertson, a 6-2 senior forward from Tewksbury, Mass., averaged 18 points, six rebounds and 3.5 blocks during a 2-0 week for No. 10-ranked (D3hoops.com) Amherst (23-2, 8-2) of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). She shot 85.0 percent (17-of-20) from the field while also going 2-of-4 from the foul line. Robertson scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting in an 83-53 victory over Wesleyan University (9-14, 2-8) on Tuesday in the Jeffs' regular-season finale. She also added three rebounds, two blocks and a steal in just 19 minutes. Robertson then produced a 16-point (8-of-9) effort in a 62-40 NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal victory over Colby College (16-9, 4-6) on Saturday. In that contest, Robertson added nine rebounds and five blocks over 27 minutes. Her efforts during the week moved Robertson into the all-time lead in career blocks (217) and into fourth place in career points (1,135) and career rebounds (783) at Amherst.

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