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Melendez, Washington Earn A-10 Women’s Basketball Honors

Release: 12/16/2013
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Rhode Island sophomore guard Tayra Melendez has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while George Washington’s Caira Washington was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.

Melendez helped Rhode Island to its first three-game winning streak with wins over UMass – Lowell and Vermont last week.  Melendez scored a career-high 29 points, including 24 in the second half, as Rhode Island rallied from a 10-point deficit. Her 11 field goals against the Riverhawks were a career high and tied Melendez for the fifth most in a game in school history. The Mattapan, Mass. native scored 13 points and blocked three shots in a win over Vermont. It was Rhody’s third straight win, marking the first three-game win streak since the 2007-08 season.  For the week, she averaged 21 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots.

Washington led GW with 15.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in two wins last week. The Brandywine, Md., native shot 66.7 percent (12-for-18) from the floor and added four steals, and six of her 19 rebounds on the week came on the offensive glass. Washington posted her second double-double of the season in GW’s 56-50 win over Loyola on Monday, tallying career highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds to go with three blocks and three steals. She made 7-of-11 field goals against the Greyhounds.  Washington followed that performance with another 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the Colonials’ 75-60 victory over Morgan State on Saturday. She added six rebounds and a steal against the Lady Bears. For the season, Washington leads GW with 7.9 rebounds per game and ranks second on the team with 10.4 points per contest.

A-10 Honor Roll
Ally Malott scored a team-high 19 points, including 15 second-half points to lead Dayton to its 87-76 victory over Washington State Sunday at UD Arena … UD freshman Andrijana Cvitkovic scored a career-high 17 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds. The 11 rebounds equaled her season total going into the game … Abigail Corning had yet another complete game for  Fordham in their lone contest of the week on Sunday, tallying ten points, eight boards, and six assists in the Rams’ 57-32 win over Illinois State … La Salle’s Jasmine Alston recorded her first career double-double against a 7-1 Villanova squad, draining a team-high 16 points and pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds … In a win over College of Charleston, Richmond’s Genevieve Okoro tied her season-high 18 points and brought down a season-best 15 rebounds, while registering four blocks for the first time in her career … UR’s Olivia Healy registered a career-high 21 points and brought down 10 rebounds for her second double-double of her young career … In St. Bonaventure’s lone game of the week, Katie Healy led the Bonnies with a career-high 25 points and brought down six boards in the team’s 64-62 loss against Toledo … Helping the Hawks to their eighth straight win, senior Erin Shields became the 22nd player in team history to reach 1,000 points for her career as she led SJU with 20 in Tuesday's win over Hofstra … VCU’s Robyn Parks led all scorers with a season-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting (.588) and 8-of-9 (.889) from the free throw line Sunday against Cleveland State …  The Rams’ Isis Thorpe scored 15 points, including the game-winning layup with 6.6 seconds left to give the Rams a 76-75 victory over Cleveland State.

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