CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its weekly players of the week for November 30 and Gallaudet University senior center/forward Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) was named the Division III South Co-Player of the Week. She shares the honor with Moravian College senior guard Amy Heffner. Faafiti was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Student-Athlete of the Week this past Monday.
Faafiti, a preseason All-American, led Gallaudet (3-0) to a thrilling 80-69 upset win over nationally ranked Lebanon Valley College last Sunday in the GU Holiday Tournament championship game. Faafiti scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her first double-double this season as the Bison beat No. 17 Lebanon Valley College. She was named the tournament's MVP. During the two-day tournament she scored 38 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, made 13 steals and nine assists. For the season the she is averaging 19.3 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 6.0 steals per game and 4.7 assists per game. She is also shooting 75 percent from the field and 80 percent (16-for-20) from the free-throw line.
This is the second ECAC Player of the Week award for Faafiti in her career. Last year, 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.