ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Taevaunn Prince
of Missouri Southern State University and Kierra Simpson
of West Liberty University have been named the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association Division II National Players of the Week
for games of the week ending Feb. 7.
Prince, a 6-3 senior guard from Toronto, Ont., led Missouri Southern
State University to a pair of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic
Association wins on the road over Emporia State University and Washburn
University last week. Williams averaged 31.5 points, 11.5 rebounds,
and 6.5 assists per game as the Lions improved to 14-9 overall and
11-6 in MIAA play.
In the 102-97 overtime win at Emporia State, Prince scored 31
points with 14 rebounds and seven assists, shooting 10-for-15 from
the field and 11-for-15 from the free throw line. Three days later,
he had a perfect shooting night, hitting 10-of-10 from the field
including two three-pointers, and going 10-for-10 on free throws
in a 32-point, nine-rebound, six-assist performance to lead Missouri
Southern to a 103-95 win at Washburn. For the week, he shot 80 percent
(20-for-25) from the field and 84 percent (21-for-25) from the free
Simpson, a 5-10 senior forward from Columbus, Ohio, averaged
21 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks per game as the Hilltoppers
picked up a pair of road victories last week to hold their share
of first place in the Mountain East Conference standings.
In a 67-61 victory at Fairmont State last Thursday, the MEC Player
of the Week recorded game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds, going
12-of-15 from the field, while also recording three blocked shots
and three steals.
Simpson recorded her second dominating performance of the week
on Saturday in a 95-69 win at Shepherd, tallying 18 points and grabbing
a MEC regular-season record 25 rebounds, which ranks as the second-most
in NCAA DII this season. She also added five blocked shots to her
Simpson finished the week shooting 63.3 percent from the field
and currently leads the nation in that category at 67.2 percent.
She averages 13.9 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game
for West Liberty, which is 19-3 overall, including 14-2 in the MEC.
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