Sophomore Katie Garrish of Southern Virginia University was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending January 13.
Garrish, a 6-3 sophomore forward from Annandale, posted a pair of double-doubles as Southern Virginia (13-1, 4-0, receiving votes D3hoops.com) posted two victories and moved atop its conference standings. On Wednesday, Garrish scored 14 points, tied a career high with 19 rebounds, and added three blocks, two steals and an assist in the Knights' 63-54 victory over Frostburg State.
Last month, she totaled 22 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks, two steals, and an assist in her team's 66-50 win against Salisbury. Garrish averaged 18 ppg, 17.5 rpg, 4 bpg, 2 spg, and 1 apg over the two games while shooting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the charity stripe. She has now recorded eight consecutive double-doubles during the Knights' 12-game winning streak. For her efforts, Garrish was also named the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Week for the third consecutive week.
"We are very proud of what Katie is doing this year" said Coach Adam Wardenburg. "She has gotten better every day and is starting to get the recognition she deserves. From day one, Katie has worked relentlessly at rebounding, developing her moves down low and evolving into a great free throw shooter."
He continued, "What Katie is doing is a huge testament to what we are doing as a team. Without everyone on the team getting better and pushing her every day, we would not be where we are at."