McPhatter continues strong play in comeback, earns KIAC Player of the Week
Dec. 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Photo by Derrik Whiten.
PITTSBURGH -- Ja'Nia McPhatter has come on strong the last few games in this a comeback season for Point Park University's 5-9 forward from New Castle, Pa. And on Monday, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference took notice.
McPhatter, a junior who missed all of the 2013-14 season with a foot injury, was named the KIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week Dec. 15-21 with averages of 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in two victories for No. 22 Point Park (11-1).
McPhatter shot 54 percent (13 for 24) from the floor and 44 percent (4 for 9) from 3-point range to lead the Pioneers to victories at NCAA Division III No. 22 Wilmington, 79-57, and home versus NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus, 75-69.
Point Park's leading scorer and rebounder from the 2012-13 season, McPhatter had 15 points and five rebounds at Wilmington Dec. 16. She followed that up with 16 points, three assists, two steals and a 3-for-6 performance from outside the 3-point arc versus Alderson Broaddus.
McPhatter has scored in double figures in each of the last three games after registering double digits just twice in the first nine games of the season. After an adjustment period with her first game action since the 2012-13 season, McPhatter is settling into form that had her lead the Pioneers with 15.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game two years ago as a sophomore.
And a new element to her game this year is improved outside shooting. McPhatter is seventh in NAIA Division II with a team-best 3-point shooting percentage of 48.6 percent with 18 makes in 37 attempts. McPhatter's improved play has her season averages up to 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting 47 percent from the field.
McPhatter and the Pioneers are idle until Jan. 3 when they begin KIAC play with a road game at KIAC South Division favorite Asbury (Ky.) (9-1). Point Park was picked to win the KIAC North Division.
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