NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Dayton’s JaVonna Layfield and La Salle’s Amy Griffin were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week while La Salle freshman Shaquana Edwards earned Rookie of the Week honors. The awards, the first of the 2017-18 season, were for games played over college basketball’s opening weekend that began Friday, Nov. 10.
Layfield averaged a double-double last week with 15.0 points and 16.0 rebounds over a two-game stretch last week. The senior forward from Louisville, Ky., posted a career-high 20 points and 22 rebounds in the season opening win over Harvard. The 22 rebounds were the second-most ever recorded in a single game in program history. Layfield followed that performance with another double-double grabbing 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Tulane. She was named the Tournament MVP and to the All-Tournament team at the Maine Tip-Off Tournament.
Griffin scored 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 from 3-pt range to lead the Explorers to a season-opening win over Lafayette. The senior guard/forward from Atlanta, Ga., also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and recorded seven assists and four steals.
Edwards recorded 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds in her collegiate debut in a win over Lafayette. The redshirt-freshman guard from Hartford, Conn., also collected four steals and was 7-of-14 shooting from the field including 3-of-9 from 3-pt range.
Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll
Davidson’s Justine Lyon averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds this past week for the Wildcats. She has now scored in double-figures in 23 of her last 25 games overall. Davidson freshman Sarah Donovan averaged 8.5 points and 3.0 rebounds over her first two collegiate appearances…Fordham’s G’mrice Davis, the nation’s returning leader in double-doubles, picked up right where she left off posting 10 points and 11 rebounds against UMBC on Friday. Freshman teammate Johanna Klug led the Rams with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field to lead Fordham past UMBC in the season opener…George Mason freshman Nicole Cardano-Hillary scored 22 points in her collegiate debut in loss to No. 24/23 Michigan in the first round of the Preseason WNIT…George Washington’s Kelli Prange was the Colonials’ leading scorer and rebounder in both contests this weekend, averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of hard-fought losses. Freshman Neila Luma averaged 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game for GW…UMass junior Genesis Rivera recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds and was one of six scorers in double-figures against Maine-Fort Kent followed by a game-high 21 points against Towson. UMass freshman Bre-Hampton Bey averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds in two wins for the minutewomen…Rhode Island’s Elemy Colome led at scorers with 19 points, nine assists, five steals and four rebounds in URI’s win over UMass Lowell…Richmond’s Micaela Parson averaged 17.5 points per game for the Spiders on opening weekend including 23 in the road win over Columbia. Freshman teammate and younger sister, Alex Parson, averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds to go along with 3.5 steals…St. Bonaventure’s Danielle Migliore scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Bonnies past Niagara in the season opener. SBU freshman Emily Calabrese set a new school record for steals in a game by a freshman with four against Niagara…Alyssa Monaghan got off to the perfect start in 2017-18 after scoring a career-high 23 points on 8-of8 shooting in Saint Joseph’s 93-69 victory on Sunday. After missing the last three seasons recovering from a stroke on her freshman move-in day, SJU’s Avery Marz made her collegiate debut, playing 12 minutes and tallied three points and a pair of rebounds…Saint Louis’ Maddison Gits posted her first career double-double (16 points and 17 rebounds) in the Billikens’ 60-59 win over Indiana State