Cross Earns AMC Player of the Week nod following stellar week

Cross Earns AMC Player of the Week nod following stellar week

Mon, Feb. 20, 2017 - [Women's Basketball]

Courtesy of American Midwest Conference

ST. LOUIS, Mo – The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced its men’s and women’s basketball players of the week for the week ending February 19, 2017. The men’s recipient of the honor is DaShaun Stark of William Woods University, and the women’s award goes to Taleeah Cross of Freed-Hardeman University.

Cross, a 5-6 senior guard from South Fulton, Tenn., helped the Lady Lions to a pair of top-15 wins on the week as Freed-Hardeman locked up the AMC regular season title, and with that, a trip to the NAIA National Championship.

Cross averaged 23 points per game in the three wins, scoring nearly a third of the Lady Lions’ points in the three games. She netted a dozen and grabbed seven rebounds in an AMC Game of the Week win over #9 Lyon College on Tuesday, then she poured in 30 on Thursday night at #12 Columbia before finishing out her week with a 27-point afternoon at William Woods. Cross also played all 40 minutes in each contest.

Stark, a 6-5 junior guard from Springdale, Ark., led the Owls to a 3-0 week as they climbed back into the mix for one of the final two home games in the AMC Championship Quarterfinals. Stark averaged 17 points per game, including a 21-point, nine rebound, nine assist effort against Williams Baptist College on Thursday night. In addition to his outstanding week on the court, Stark competed on Friday night at the AMC Indoor Track and Field Championship, finishing fifth in the Long Jump and earning third-team All-AMC status in the Triple Jump. The Owls are now 19-10 on the season, including 13-8 in the AMC with one game left in their schedule. The Owls need a win, and a Freed-Hardeman loss to guarantee themselves a home game in the AMC Championship.

Other Notable Performances:

BJ Watson – Park

Watson helped lead the Pirates to a pair of wins on the week, as they secured their place as either the #1 or #2 seed in the upcoming AMC Championship. Watson scored 21 points in a win over Harris-Stowe State University in the AMC Game of the Week, and he added a 30-point, six rebound, six assist outburst on Saturday as the Pirates rolled over Lindenwood University-Belleville. Watson was 12-of-26 (46.2%) from the floor, 7-of-13 (53.8%) from deep, and 20-of-22 (90.9%) from the charity stripe on the week.

EJ Rucker – Williams Baptist

Scored 19 points on Saturday as the Eagles handed the NAIA #3 Columbia College Cougars their first home loss in AMC play this season. He also added 18 points each in a win over Central Baptist and a loss at William Woods.

Alison Webb – Lindenwood-Belleville

Webb posted a pair of double-doubles in three games on the week. She scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a win over William Woods, she narrowly missed a double-double with 24 points and nine boards at Stephens College, and she tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Park on Saturday afternoon.

Morgan Brandt – Columbia

Brandt poured in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 107-55 win over Williams Baptist College that locked Columbia into a home game in the AMC Championship Quarterfinals.

Angela Randall – Harris-Stowe

Helped the Hornets keep alive their hopes of a home game in the AMC Quarterfinals with three wins on the week. Randall averaged 15.7 points per game, with her best game of the week coming against Missouri Baptist University on Saturday when she scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Kendahl Adams – Stephens

Adams scored 51 points in her first two games of the week, and helped vault Stephens back into the AMC Championship field with just one game remaining for the Stars. She scored 26 points – a career high for her – and grabbed nine rebounds in an 83-68 win over Park University on Tuesday, and she added 25 points in an 81-63 loss to #23 Lindenwood-Belleville on Thursday night.

The American Midwest Conference is a 13-school NAIA Division I conference with schools in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee.  It was chartered in 1986 as the Show-Me Collegiate Conference becoming the American Midwest Conference in 1994.  The Conference sponsors 16 championships, eight each for men and women - baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field, women's volleyball and men's wrestling.