Junior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) of The University of Scranton women's basketball team was named the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight National Player of the Week on Wednesday evening, capping off a strong week for the Lady Royals forward.
Mason, who earned the National Jesuit Player of the Week award for the first time in her career, joins fellow junior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) as Lady Royals who have earned the award on the year. Recupero was named the National Jesuit Player of the Week back on Dec. 19.
The National Jesuit Player of the Week is selected weekly by the The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) committee. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) is a program developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in 2008 to bring greater awareness of Jesuit education and its shared mission through the more than 80 games played by men's and women's basketball teams every season.
The nation's 28 Jesuit colleges and universities are part of a global network of 189 institutions of higher learning that are rooted in the traditions of academic excellence, service, and a faith that does justice.
Last week, Mason earned Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week honors after posting a career-day on the glass in a win at Goucher last Saturday, 69-46.
After a six point, three rebound performance against Drew last Wednesday, Mason poured in a team-best 18 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in the win over Goucher. The 19-rebound performance was the best for a Lady Royals player since 2013 and a career-high for the junior in the category, as well. The double-double was also the seventh of the year for Mason, as she has now scored in double-figures in 20 of 25 games on the year.
For the season, Mason leads the Lady Royals in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest.
Mason and the rest of the ninth-ranked Lady Royals return to action this evening, as they host Moravian in the semifinals of the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships inside the John Long Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.