ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Redshirt senior guard Shrita Parker of UNCW has been named the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player-of-the-Week for the week ending Jan. 20.
In guiding the Seahawks to a 2-0 record last week, the Virginia Beach, Va., native averaged 18.5 points per game and shot 52 percent (13-for-25) from the field as UNCW handed James Madison and Towson their first Colonial Athletic Association losses of the season.
Parker, who was named the CAA’s Player-of-the-Week on Monday, scored a game-high 20 points in the win over James Madison on Friday night, making 6-of-11 field goal attempts, including a 3-for-4 effort from three-point range, and 5-of-6 free throws. She also sank the game-winning basket with 1.9 seconds remaining on a three-pointer from the right wing.
Parker poured in 12 of her 17 points in the second half in Sunday’s 77-73 victory over Towson, including a pair of baskets in the final 1:20 that gave UNCW a 74-71 advantage it did not relinquish.
The third-leading scorer in the CAA, Parker paces the Seahawks with an 18.6 average and has reached double figures in 15-of-16 games, including the last six contests in a row. She is the first CAA player to be named USBWA National Player-of-the-Week since Drexel’s Aubree Brown collected the accolade on Feb. 26, 2018.
The Seahawks, 11-5 overall and 4-1 in the CAA, venture north this weekend for a pair of CAA contests, visiting Delaware on Friday, Jan. 25, for a noon matinee before facing Drexel on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m.