ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Seger Bonifant
of West Liberty University and Nicole Hampton
of Lubbock Christian University have been named the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association Division II National Players of the Week
for games of the week ending Feb. 14.
Bonifant, 6-7 senior forward from Berlin, Ohio, led Division
II No. 3-ranked West Liberty University to a pair of Mountain
East Conference wins over Concord University and University of
Virginia's College at Wise last week. Williams averaged 34.0
points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game as the
Hilltoppers ran their winning streak to seven while improving to
22-2 overall and 16-2 in Mountain East play.
In a 115-105 win over Concord on Feb. 11, Bonifant scored 37
points with five rebounds and eight assists, shooting 12-for-15
from the field, including seven-for-eight on three-pointers, and
he was a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line. Two days
later, he made 10-of-14 from the field including six-of-nine
three-pointers, as he scored 31 points in just 28 minutes of
action to lead West Liberty to a 103-64 win over Virginia-Wise.
On the week, he shot 76 percent (22-for-29) from the field
including a 77 percent (13-for-17) clip from three-point range.
The Mountain East Conference scoring leader (24.8 ppg) was also
85 percent (11-for-13) on free throws as he posted his fifth and
sixth 30-point games of the season.
Hampton, a 5-10 senior guard from Canyon, Texas, was the
Heartland Conference Player of the Week, averaged 18.0 points,
8.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game to lead the
Lady Chaparrals to a 2-0 week, helping them clinch their second
consecutive regular season conference title.
She was also 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) from the field and
15-of-16 (93.8 percent) from the free throw line.
Hampton came up two assists shy of a triple-double in an
82-54 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith, as she finished with 22
points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. She also collected three
steals in the win and was 12-of-13 at the free throw line. Then
in an 89-41 victory over Rogers State, Hampton was 5-of-5 from
the field and 3-of-3 at the free throw line en route to
finishing with 14 points, while also producing seven assists
without committing a turnover in 26 minutes on the court. On the
week, she had 15 assists and just two turnovers.
Hampton ranks second nationally in assist/turnover ratio at
3.3, 10th in assist per game (5.9), 20th in steals per game
(2.7), 16th in assists (129) and 14th in free-throw percentage
(88.1%). She leads the conference in the aforementioned
categories except steals per game (second in the conference).
LCU is 22-0 overall and 14-0 in conference play this season.
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