Women's Basketball: Players of the Week earn spot on ‘Starting Five’
Every week, NCAA.com's Starting Five will bring you a look at some of the top women's basketball players in the country. Here are this week's standout competitors:
Amber Campbell, Wake Forest, So., Guard
Amber Campbell led Wake Forest to two victories last week against Clemson and Duke, helping the Demon Deacons extend their winning streak to four in a row. The sophomore from Charleston, South Carolina, paced Wake Forest in both games, scoring 19 points in a 55-45 win at Clemson before setting a new career-high with 27 points in Wake Forest’s first victory over Duke since March 5, 1993, a 64-58 home victory on Valentine’s Day. Over the course of the last two games, Campbell averaged 23.0 points per game and is posting 17. 5 points per contest throughout Wake Forest’s four-game Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) winning streak, the longest streak since the Deacons won a program-record five ACC games in a row during the 1987-88 season. Wake Forest improved to 15-11 overall and 6-7 in ACC play. The six ACC victories are the most since the Deacons won seven conference games in 2011-12. The Deacons will look to tie the program record for most ACC wins in a row when they return to action on Feb. 18 at home against No. 2 Notre Dame.
Katie Frerking, Auburn, Jr., Guard/Forward
Undefeated in February, the Auburn Tigers are making a statement that they are a team to be reckoned with come March. Junior Katie Frerking has been the catalyst in the Tigers’ run and put together two outstanding games as Auburn moved to 5-0 in the month of February and improved to 8-5 in Southeastern Conference (SEC) play. In Sunday’s 80-58 win over No. 16 Florida, she picked up her second career double-double and led all players in points (18), rebounds (10), assists (5) and steals (4). She also scored 17 points in a Feb. 11, 65-60 win at Ole Miss, while leading the Tigers with six assists. During Auburn’s five-game winning streak, she has averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game to lead the Tigers in all four categories. She is Auburn’s leader in scoring, assists and steals in conference play and currently leads the SEC and ranks 32nd nationally in steals with 2.7 per game. The Tigers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 21 at home against Missouri.
Zahna Medley, TCU, Sr., Guard
TCU senior All-American candidate Zahna Medley had a big week for the Frogs, totaling 43 points for a 21.5 average as TCU split a pair of games against Baylor and Iowa State. In an 81-75 loss to No. 4 Baylor, Medley had 16 fourth quarter points and finished the game with 24 as TCU whittled a 25-point lead down to six points in the final minute. Included in the scoring burst was a Big 12 Conference record 37-point fourth quarter. Medley hit four three’s in the game and made all five of her fourth quarter shots for the Frogs. Against Iowa State, Medley had a game-high 19 points, hitting 3-of-6 from three-point range in helping TCU win 79-69 and complete a season sweep of the Cyclones. The effort versus Iowa State gave Medley her 90th career double-figure game and 19th of the season. During the week she moved into the Big 12 top-25 list in career points and with her seven three-pointers is now just three away from tying the TCU career record. Additionally, Medley needs only 73 points to tie Sandora Irvin for TCU’s all-time scoring mark. TCU returns to action on Feb. 17 at Kansas.
Taylor Proctor, San Francisco, Sr., Forward
San Francisco senior Taylor Proctor averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks as the Dons split a pair of games against the West Coast Conference’s (WCC) top two teams. USF defeated San Diego and came within one possession of upsetting BYU, the league-leader. At BYU, the 6-0 forward finished with 27 points as the Dons were nipped at the buzzer when Lexi Eaton Rydalch's near half-court heave found its mark as time expired giving the Cougars a 65-62 win. Two days later at San Diego, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native added a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds as USF defeated the Toreros, 59-54. The win at the Jenny Craig Pavilion was USF's first victory at San Diego since the 2004 season. Proctor is all over the WCC statistics leaders page this season, ranking in five separate top-10 categories, including scoring at 18.1 points per game (4th), rebounding (8.3/6th), field goal percentage (.480/5th), assists (3.4/7th) and blocks (1.2/3rd). In addition, she is now third on USF's all-time scoring and rebounding lists with 1,631 total points and 858 rebounds. Proctor needs only 12 more rebounds to jump to second all-time. The Dons return home to play Pepperdine this Thursday, Feb. 18.
Tyonna Snow, Missouri State, Sr., Guard
Senior guard Tyonna Snow averaged 31.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 4.0 steals in two Missouri State wins over Loyola (91-81 in overtime) and Bradley (59-56). Snow connected on 19-for-38 overall from the field and 24-for-34 from the free throw line. She posted one of the top individual games in Lady Bear history against Loyola on Feb. 12, finishing with 41 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and seven steals. She became the first player in Missouri State history to post a 40-point, 10-rebound game. The 41 points set a home scoring record and was the most points by a Lady Bear since Jackie Stiles in 2001. Snow also established new school records for free throws made (21) and attempted (29). The 12 rebounds were a career-high. Sunday against Bradley, Snow tallied 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, setting another career high in blocked shots with five, the most by a Lady Bear since 2011. Missouri State returns to action on Feb. 19 at Southern Illinois.