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Big 5 Player of Week winners announced

November 16, 2009

The Philadelphia Big 5 named Darrin Govens (Sr. , G) of Saint Joseph’s University Men’s Player of the Week after scoring a game-high 23 points and a career best 8-for-11 from the foul line in the season-opening win over Drexel in overtime, 77-67. In the inaugural game at the Hagan Arena, Govens hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds to play to tie the score at 60 before heading to overtime with a score of 62-62. He then helped to secure the victory in overtime by forcing a turnover, scoring a layup, and then drawing an intentional foul to rack up a total of six points in the span of 7 seconds.

The Big 5 also recognized Ryan Brooks (Sr. , G) of Temple University, Rodney Green (Sr. , G) and Aaric Murray (Fr. , C) of La Salle University, Zack Rosen (So. , G) of the University of Pennsylvania, and Corey Stokes (Jr. , G) of Villanova University for their outstanding achievements worthy of honorable mention.

Brooks scored a career and game high 23 points to lead the Owls to a 76-56 win over Delaware, scoring 12 of his points in a decisive 30-5 opening run from which the Owls never looked back. Rodney Green moved into 21st position on La Salle’s all-time scoring list with 1,383 points. He scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half and knocked down a career high four from behind the arc. Assisting Green in La Salle’s 83-80 victory over Hampton was freshman Aaric Murray, co-recipient of the Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Week award. Murray finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds, becoming the first La Salle player to boast a double-double in his debut in more than thirty years.

Zack Rosen of Penn compiled one shy of his career best 8 rebounds while scoring 8 points and leading all players in assists with 6 in the Quakers’ 70-55 opening loss at Penn State. Villanova’s Corey Stokes scored 20 points with four boards to help the Wildcats to an 84-61 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. En route to his double digit scoring performance, Stokes shot an impressive 50 percent from three point range.

On the women’s side, the Big 5 announced Shaqwedia Wallace (Jr. , G) of Temple University as Player of the Week. In Temple's season opening overtime thriller against Illinois, Wallace scored 17 points in the second-half on her way to a career high 27, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc. She also had 5 rebounds and tied a team-high 4 steals, as she rallied the Owls from an 18 point deficit.

Also of notable mention are Morgan Robertson (Sr. , F) of La Salle University, Brittany Ford (Sr. , F) of Saint Joseph’s University , and Kristen McCarthy (So. , F) of Temple University. Robertson averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games to lead La Salle to a 1-1 week. In a season opening 69-55 loss to Loyola (Md.) on Friday, she tied the team-high 12 points and led La Salle with 6 rebounds. Robertson followed up that performance with 21 point, 8 rebound effort to lead the Explorers to a 77-73 overtime victory over Long Island University on Sunday. 11 of her 21 points came in the second half as La Salle rallied from what once was a 20 point Blackbird lead. Brittany Ford (Sr. , F) of Saint Joseph’s tallied back-to-back double digit scoring totals while averaging 6.5 rebounds per game and a team-best 13.5 points per game over the weekend for the Hawks.

Temple’s Kristen McCarthy tied a career-high 19 points and added on 3 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block in the Owl’s 82-78 win over Illinois. She went 8-for-11 from the free throw line, including a clutch 3-for-3 performance with 16 seconds remaining to force overtime with the score tied at 75.

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