NAC Women's Basketball Weekly Honors (Week Ending January 8)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mikayla Hodge, Lyndon
(Jr., C - Newbury, Vt.)
Hodge posted three double-doubles on the week, while averaging 16.7 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and one assist, as the Hornets went 2-1 in conference action. The junior started the week with a 19-point, 18-rebound performance to go along with one block in a tough loss to New England College. In a 61-55 comeback win over Thomas, the center finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and one assist, while shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc. In the six-point victory, Hodge led all players with 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hornets erase a six-point deficit. She ended the week with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 74-66 win over UMaine-Farmington.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Rene Hudson, New England College
(Fr., G - Gallatin, Tenn.)
Hudson averaged 19.5 points, seven rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal per game as the Pilgrims went 2-0 on the week. The rookie scored a season-high 29 points as she drained six three-pointers, while grabbing eight boards and dishing five assists in a win over Lyndon. The guard then recorded 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in a blow-out victory over Bay Path. NEC's top freshman shot 87.5% (7-of-8) from the free-throw line on the week.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton lost to Williams on the road Wednesday, 55-47, before defeating Green Mountain Saturday, 73-18. Making the first two starts of her collegiate career, Morgan Raiche pulled down 13 rebounds against the Ephs and earned a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds Saturday. Castleton hosts Colby-Sawyer Thursday before traveling to face New England College Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer won both of its games last week. The Chargers began action with 74-56 win over NAC foe Johnson State. Lexi Iannone moved into eighth in career three-pointers with 135. The team closed the week with its fourth-straight win, which was a 71-58 victory at Fitchburg State. Amanda Calvo had an impressive 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Chargers will conclude a three-game road trip on Thursday with a NAC tilt at Castleton before hosting Green Mountain on Saturday.
UMaine-Farmington went 1-2, recording a 69-66 win over Johnson State.
Green Mountain was tripped up twice this week during its first two games of the New Year. The Eagles led for the entire first half before falling to Lesley, 63-52, late in the game. The Eagles' offense struggled against Castleton losing 73-18. Taylor Hill led the Eagles with 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Eagles will host New England College on Thursday before hitting the road to close out the season series at Colby-Sawyer on Saturday.
Husson went 2-0 on the week by picking up the teams third-straight victory over Southern Maine, 83-61, earlier in the week before tying a program record for consecutive home-court victories with their 15th straight inside Newman Gym with an 82-53 conference victory over Maine Maritime. The Eagles will host Thomas on Tuesday, before hosting Johnson State and Lyndon over the weekend.
Johnson State went 1-2 on the week, with losses to Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday and UMaine-Farmington on Friday. The Badgers ended the week with a 61-43 over Thomas on Saturday. Kasey DeGreenia was Johnson's leading scorer, averaging a double-double with 15.3 points and 10 rebounds per game. Johnson will hit the road this week, with a trip to Pine Manor on Tuesday, followed by a weekend trip to Maine for games against Husson on Friday and Maine Maritime on Saturday.
Lyndon finished the week 2-1. The Hornets lost to New England College in their first game back from break. The Hornets then picked up good wins over Thomas and UMaine-Farmington on Friday and Saturday. Junior Mikayla Hodge picked up three double-doubles this week as she averaged 16.7 points per game and 14.7 rebounds per game. Lyndon heads to Maine this weekend to take on Maine Maritime Friday night and Husson on Saturday.
Maine Maritime went 0-1 this week falling to Husson on Saturday. The Mariners host UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday, before hosting Lyndon and Johnson State on Friday and Saturday.
New England College opened 2017 with a 2-0 start following a NAC victory over Lyndon and a non-conference win over Bay Path. Freshman Rene Hudson averaged a team-best 19.5 points per game on the week, while scoring a season-high 29 points in the team's victory over the Hornets. The Pilgrims are now 8-3 overall and 3-2 in NAC play and will travel to Green Mountain on Thursday.
Thomas opened the week on Tuesday with a 67-57 victory over the UMaine-Farmington. Juniors Amira Jones and Jordan Turner led all scorers with 16 points each. The Terriers finished the weekend dropping both games on their trip in Vermont at Lyndon, 61-55, and Johnson State, 61-43.