After the Gators thrilling, last-second victory at St. Joseph Saturday afternoon, Pine Manor forwards Paulette Wright and Tia Nelson have been named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday night.
Wright hit the game-winning buzzer beater and secured the GNAC rebounding title with her monstrous 26-point, 22-rebound, four-block effort in Saturday's 75-73 win. Her tip-in as time expired sealed the Gators first road win of the season as the forward broke a three-way tie atop the league rebounding charts. In addition to her 22 boards, Wright also set career highs with 14 free throws in 17 attempts.
Nelson exploded for career- and game-highs of 28 points on 7-13 shooting from three-point range, playing all 40 minutes Saturday. The forward also pulled down seven rebounds while shooting 7-8 at the charity stripe. Her seventh three-pointer tied the game at 68, capping a late ten-point comeback in the final minutes.
Wright's accolade marks the first time a Gators basketball player has earned Player of the Week honors since former center Amanda Dennis earned the award on February 16, 2009.
Tue, February 23, 2010
by Ryan McCarthy, Sports Information Director