YORK, Pa. - Junior center Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) earned her record-setting fourth Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor on Monday for Gallaudet University as the conference announced its women's basketball recipients for the week of February 22.
Faafiti was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Region Co-Player of the Week. She shares the honor with D'Youville's Melissa Kanalley. This is the first ECAC Player of the Week award for Faafiti and the GU program this season.
On the men's basketball side, GU senior guard Johnny Jackson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) was an honorable mention selection for the CAC Player of the Week honor.
Faafiti received previous honors from the conference on January 11 and earned back-to-back CAC Player of the Week honors on December 7 and 14. Wesley College junior Angie Owens is the only other player in the conference to earn three CAC Player of the Week awards. This is the fifth time a GU women's basketball player has been recognized this season. Senior forward Brittainy Payne (Pine Hill, N.J.) took home the honor on November 30.
Faafiti averaged 26.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals per game in four games for the Bison last week as Gallaudet won three and secured the sixth-seed in the upcoming CAC tournament. Gallaudet will travel to Dover, Del., on Tuesday, February 23, to face third-seed Wesley College at 6 p.m. in the first round.
Faafiti recorded back-to-back double-doubles against York (Pa.) College and St. Mary's (Md.) College. Against the Spartans, Faafiti scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. In a thrilling 65-64 win over SMC the junior center scored 28 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists and four steals. She completed the week with 19 points in 13 minutes against Christendom College and reached her 15th double-double in a win over Trinity (D.C.) University where she netted 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Jackson netted 35 points in his final collegiate game against York (Pa.) College on Sunday, February 21, and scored his 1,000th career point in the final minute of his final game. Jackson averaged 19.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals, 1.6 assists and shot 52% from the field in five games last week.
This is the ninth CAC Player of the Week award for Gallaudet University this season, the fifth for the winter teams. Last season, the Bison only had four CAC Player of the Week honorees for the entire year.