CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its players of the week for the week of January 30, and Gallaudet University senior center/forward Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) was named the Division III South Player of the Week for a third time this season.
Faafiti led the 20th-ranked Bison (18-0, 15-0 NEAC) to victory on the road in two conference games this past weekend against Cazenovia College and Morrisville State College. Gallaudet is off to its best start to a season in program history.
The All-American had an incredible weekend on the road as she netted 30 points and amassed 24 rebounds in a 64-57 victory over Morrisville State, only the second player to score 30 points and grab 24 or more rebounds in Division III play this season. The day before she dropped 22 points and ripped down 11 rebounds in a 64-60 win over Cazenovia. For the week she averaged 26 points, 17.5 rebounds, five assists and 3.5 steals per game.
Faafiti is ranked fifth in the nation in steals per game (4.3), 8th in double-doubles (13), 11th in rebounds per game (12.8), 17th in points per game (20.2) and 33rd in field goal percentage (53.2 percent). She leads the NEAC in overall rebounding, defensive rebounds, field goal percentage, and steals and is ranked second in points.
This is the fourth ECAC Player of the Week award for Faafiti in her career and third this season. She was previously honored on January 11 and November 30. Last season, she was named the ECAC Division III South Region Player of the Week on February 22. She later took home ECAC Division III South Region All-Star first team honors.
About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with approximately 300 Division I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,000 student-athletes are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, and men's lacrosse. For more information about the ECAC please visit its website www.ecac.org.