USA South Athletes of the Week - Jan. 7, 2013

USA South Athletes of the Week - Jan. 7, 2013


Men's Basketball Player of the Week
         Tra Benefield, Christopher Newport - The junior forward from Folkston, Georgia led the Captains to a 3-0 record last week versus USA South competition by averaging 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest. In a 76-58 win over Ferrum, Benefield tallied a double-double of 27 points and ten rebounds. He also added one steal and one block in the victory. In a 68-48 win at Methodist, Benefield notched his second double-double of the week with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Finally, in a 90-60 victory at Greensboro, Benefield scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds, collected two steals and dished out one assist. Also Nominated: Brandon Givens, N.C. Wesleyan; Christian Ford, Maryville; Justin Pierce, Averett; Lamont King, Ferrum.

Women's Basketball Player of the Week
         Katy Kipps, Ferrum - The Blacksburg, Virginia junior center led the Panthers to a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition by averaging a double-double of 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with 1.0 blocks per contest. In a 92-88 win at LaGrange, Kipps tallied a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds. She also added two blocks and one assist in the victory. In an 86-78 win at Piedmont, Kipps notched a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Also Nominated: Camry Green, Christopher Newport; Mette Scheiman, Averett; Tayler Smith, Maryville.

Rookies of the Week

Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week
           Jaumonee Byrd, Maryville - The Douglasville, Georgia freshman forward helped the Scots to a 2-1 record last week versus USA South competition by averaging 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. In an 80-68 win over Averett, Byrd totaled ten points, five rebounds, one assist and one block. In a 72-65 victory at Greensboro, Byrd scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and collected one steal. Finally, in a 65-61 loss at Methodist, Byrd tallied a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Also Nominated: Carter Jones, Averett; Evan Thorpe, Christopher Newport; JD Wallace, Ferrum.

Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week
           Jordan Miller, Christopher Newport - The Springfield, Virginia freshman guard helped the Captains to a 2-0 record last week versus USA South competition by averaging 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest. In a 62-50 win at Greensboro, Miller tallied ten points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. In a 61-37 victory at Methodist, Miller totaled nine points, one rebound and one steal. Also Nominated: Andrianna Robinson, William Peace; Nicole Garcia, Averett.

PLEASE NOTE: At least half of the teams in a sport must have competed within the previous week for honors to be awarded.