KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 1/18/2011 - Kayla Hudson of Union (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Hudson was selected based on her performances from Jan. 10 - 16 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
The 5-foot-8 guard has scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games and has helped Union get off to a 17-0 start. In the 65-52 win over Lyon (Ark.) on Jan. 13, she chalked up 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Hudson’s strong play continued into the NAIA Game of the Week against No. 4 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) where she scored 27 points and dished out seven assists en route to a 76-65 win on Jan 15.
Hudson, a senior from Gleason, Tenn., finished the week averaging 26.5 points, four assists and 3.5 rebounds. She was 15-of-30 (.500) from the floor and was 8-of-18 (.444) from beyond the arc.
She is listed among the nation’s top-10 players in four statistical categories, ranking second in total 3-point field goals made (59), third in 3-point field goals made per game (3.3), seventh in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.457).
This is the first time Hudson has received National Player of the Week honors. The last Lady Bulldog to garner POW accolades was Josephine Owino on March 3, 2009.
For a complete listing of the national players of the week, click here.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 25.
Nominees: Sharday Cotton, LSU Shreveport (La.); Gabriell Mattox, Oklahoma Baptist; Marisa Stotler, Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.); Caitlin Russell, Evangel (Mo.); Shalonda Young, St. Xavier (Ill.); Rachel Baker, William Woods (Mo.); Callie Kautzmann, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Abby Ballman, Shawnee State (Ohio); Jazmone Kelly, Xavier (La.); Eboni Sadler, Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
2011 Composite Award Winners (Schedule)
Week 1: Vee Young, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Week 2: Sharday Cotton, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Week 3: Kayla Hudson, Union (Tenn.)
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