ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A big week for junior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) of the University of Scranton women's basketball team was punctuated on Tuesday, as the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) named her the Division III National Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 21.
Roman becomes the first University of Scranton Lady Royal to earn the USBWA's National Player of the Week award for Division III, a program which began last season.
Roman, who was named the Landmark Conference's Athlete of the Week for Women's Basketball on Monday, led Scranton to four victories in the last week, as the Lady Royals currently enter the New Year with an 11-0 mark, the best start for the team since the 2003-04 season.
First against Johnson & Wales last Tuesday, Roman scored a team-high 18 points and snatched 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Royals to a dominating 66-48 victory over the previously unbeaten Wildcats. In the championship game of the Hilton Scranton Poinsettia Classic against Eastern on Wednesday, Roman added 16 more points, as Scranton rolled to a 81-58 victory.
This past Sunday in Las Vegas against Emory & Henry, Roman matched a career-high with 30 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Scranton to a 86-57 victory in a game in which they never trailed. In the win, Roman shot 13-of-19 from the floor.
She finished off the week by adding her sixth double-double of the season against Bridgewater on Monday in Las Vegas, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds to lead Scranton to another double-digit victory at 71-44.
For the year, Roman is averaging 20.1 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per contest. She also has led the Lady Royals in scoring in nine of their first 11 games on the season, as well. Currently, Roman leads the Landmark Conference in scoring and is fifth in the country in field goals made.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team are now on break for the Holiday season, returning to action on Saturday, January 2nd when they host Elizabethtown in Landmark Conference action. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. inside the John Long Center.