MINNEAPOLIS – The honors continue to pour in this week as Gallaudet University women's basketball senior forward/center Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) was named to this week's D3hoops.com Team of the Week presented by Scoutware, a national team of five position players selected weekly by the national website, for the week of January 10-16, 2011. Faafiti was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Student-Athlete of the Week for a fourth time, third straight, on Tuesday.
This marks the fourth time Faafiti has been selected to the Team of the Week as she earned the honor twice in 2009-10, her first season with the Bison. She was honored back on December 2, 2010 for her performance the week of November 22-28. The All-American ties former Gallaudet great Ronda Jo Miller for most appearances on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week.
Faafiti led the No. 24 Bison (14-0, 11-0 NEAC) to three conference wins last week at home as GU defeated College of Saint Elizabeth, Morrisville State College and Cazenovia College. Gallaudet is off to its best start to a season in program history.
She averaged 21.3 points per game, 14.7 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game and 4.0 steals per game in 92 minutes of action last week. Faafiti had a monster game against Cazenovia College as she netted 31 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals and six assists. The points, rebounds and assists totals tied or set new season-high marks for the All-American. She has seven straight double-doubles to her credit, nine overall this season.
Faafiti is ranked ninth in the nation in steals per game (4.3), 21st in rebounds per game (11.5), 25th in field goal percentage (55.1 percent), 32nd in double-doubles (six) and 34th in points per game (18.5). All NCAA rankings are through January 9, 2011. She leads the NEAC in free throw percentage (.813) and steals.
The complete D3hoops.com Team of the Week for January 10-16, 2011, along with the archives can be found here: http://www.d3hoops.com/awards/tow/2010-11/week7. Players are nominated weekly by their college's Sports Information Director or coaches for the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, which is finalized by its national staff of reporters.
D3hoops.com Team of the Week honorees from Gallaudet University
Jan. 10-16, 2011 - Easter Faafiti
Nov. 22-28, 2010 - Easter Faafiti
Jan. 11-17, 2010 - Easter Faafiti
Jan. 04-10, 2010 - Easter Faafiti
Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2000 - Ronda Jo Miller
Jan. 25-31, 1999 - Touria Ouahid
Jan. 18-24, 1999 - Ronda Jo Miller
Feb. 09-15, 1998 - Ronda Jo Miller
Jan. 12-18, 1998 - Ronda Jo Miller
Jan. 05-11, 1998 - Dawn Birley