Antiesha Brown, Guard, 5-10, Sr., New Mexico
Brown averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists during the Lobos’ wins against Boise State and Fresno State last week. During her game against Fresno State, she surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career, finishing with 21 points and a season-high nine rebounds. Brown also was instrumental in Thursday’s game, leading New Mexico with 16 points and had a stretch in the first half in which she scored seven points, with a rebound, an assist and a steal to help the Lobos break a 12-12 tie and jump out to a 31-19 lead.
The two wins helped the Lobos cap off an undefeated home season in conference play for the first time in 10 years.
Randi Brown, Guard, 5-7, Fr., New Orleans
Posting 27 points in consecutive contests while shooting 54 percent from the field (20-for-37), Brown led New Orleans to wins against Nicholls State and Abilene Christian. She set a new career mark with 11 field goals on Thursday as the Privateers defeated Nicholls State for the first time in their past five meetings. On Saturday, Brown started fast and contributed on both ends of the floor to help the Privateers coast to the win against Abilene Christian. Brown scored 17 points in the first half to give the Privateers a 10-point lead into the break. New Orleans forced 31 turnovers and Brown had seven steals. In the month of February, Brown raised her season scoring average from 7.6 points per game to 11.6. She scored 106 points in the past four contests and has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games.
Blake Dietrick, Guard, 5-10, Sr., Princeton
Leading the only undefeated team in Division I, Dietrick led her team to two more victories, averaging 16.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 61.9 percent from the floor (13-of-21) as the Tigers scored wins against Yale and Brown. She finished with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the win against Yale. Playing 33 minutes, Dietrick also had five assists, three rebounds and two steals. On senior day against Brown, she was 6-of-10 from the field with 15 points. Playing 38 minutes, she also collected five assists, four rebounds and two steals as Princeton set a new single-season record for wins. No. 13 Princeton improved to 27-0 overall, 11-0 in Ivy League play, moving one win from tying and two wins from breaking the all-time best start in Ivy basketball history, 28-0 set by the 1970-71 Penn men’s team.
Sydnee Fipps, Forward, 5-10, Sr., UC Davis
Fipps rewrote one school record and helped the team tie another as the Aggies split a pair of Big West Conference games last week. A 5-10 forward, Fipps recorded back-to-back 20-point efforts, giving her 32 for her career, setting a school record. In the 83-66 triumph against Long Beach State, Fipps drained five three-pointers, contributing heavily to the team’s barrage of 17 three’s which tied the school single-game record. She finished the game 7-for-11 from the field to go along with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocked shots. She came back to notch 13 of her game-high 20 points in Saturday’s loss to Hawaii. She made seven of her 12 field goal attempts and six-of-seven from the free throw line while dishing out three assists. For the week, Fipps shot an impressive 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the field and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from three-point range. She is just an even 100 points shy of becoming the UC Davis career scoring leader.
Taylor Manuel, Forward, 6-2, So., Loyola Chicago
Manuel had two outstanding performances over the weekend, averaging 27.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks as the Ramblers split a pair of games. Manuel led all scorers against Illinois State with 19 points and nine rebounds as Loyola defeated the Redbirds 67-53 for the first time in program history. She saved her best for Sunday’s matchup with Southern Illinois, pouring in a career-high 36 points, including the game-tying basket at the end of regulation. She paired that with 11 rebounds to notch her fifth double-double of the conference season. The 36-point outburst was the third highest single-game scoring output for an individual in program history. For the season, Manuel has 15 games of at least 10 or more points and leads Loyola in both scoring (15.1 points per game) and rebounding (9.1 rebounds per game). She is averaging 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds during Missouri Valley Conference play.