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Rick Nixon | | February 11, 2015

Starting Five

Adut Bulgak, Center, 6-foot-4, Junior, Florida State
Junior center Adut Bulgak has been one of the driving forces behind Florida State’s best start in program history at 22-2 overall. Last week, Bulgak dominated the glass in the Seminoles 62-52 win against Syracuse and 80-60 victory versus Miami. She averaged 16.5 rebounds in both games combined, pulling down 16 rebounds against the Orange and 17 boards against the Hurricanes. Bulgak totaled double-doubles in each contest, finishing with 10 points to go with her 16 rebounds against Syracuse and posting a game-high 19 points along with her 17 boards against Miami. She also averaged three blocks per game in the two contests, which included four versus the Hurricanes. Bulgak leads Florida State in scoring average (13.7 points), rebounds per game (10.6), blocked shots (48) and field goals made (114). She is attempting to become just the fifth Seminole to average a double-double in a season. Bulgak leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding in conference play, averaging 11.9 rebounds against ACC competition. Her 12 double-doubles this year are tied for the second-most in school history and trail only Natasha Howard’s 15 set last year. The Seminoles face a critical road stretch this week as they battle No. 17 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Thursday night and then travel to Virginia on Feb. 15.
Vicky McIntyre, Center, 6-foot-7, Senior, Oral Roberts
A four-time Summit League Player of the Week selection this season, Vicky McIntyre led Oral Roberts to a pair of league wins in the past week against Omaha and Denver, averaging 29.5 points, 20.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, one assist and one steal per contest. McIntyre, a senior center, scored 33 points and grabbed 24 rebounds -- the second-best single-game rebounding performance in league history -- while adding four blocks in the 66-52 win against Omaha. She tallied 26 points with 17 rebounds and three blocks in Saturday’s 65-44 victory versus Denver. For the week she shot 60 percent (22-for-37) from the field and 75 percent (15-for-20) at the free-throw line. In her 17-rebound effort against Denver, McIntyre broke both the ORU and Summit League single-season rebound record. She surpassed Western Illinois’ Oberon Pitterson league record of 362, which was set during the 1993-94 season. McIntyre, the nation's leader with an average of 15.7 rebounds per game, now has 377 rebounds on the year. Oral Roberts returns to action on Feb. 11 at North Dakota State.
Raigyne Moncrief, Guard, 5-foot-10, Sophomore, LSU
Once an afterthought this season, LSU has won six of the past seven games and is tied for third place in the Southeastern Conference. Raigyne Moncrief turned in a solid all-around effort with 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 assists per game, as LSU joined South Carolina and Tennessee as the only SEC teams to collect three conference wins in the same week this season with wins versus Missouri, Alabama and Auburn. The sophomore connected on 48.6 percent from the floor and registered double figures in all three games and now has six in her past seven outings. Moncrief racked up an SEC career-high 21 points in LSU’s 74-65 win against Missouri. She also picked up her first career SEC double-double fueled by 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in a 51-39 win versus Alabama. Moncrief combined with Danielle Ballard to score all 24 of LSU’s points during the final four minutes of the Missouri and Auburn victories. Next up for LSU is a Feb. 12 game at SEC undefeated leader South Carolina.
Candice Warthen, Guard, 5-foot-5, Senior, Arizona
Arizona was able to break a 24-game losing streak to Stanford that dated back to Feb. 5, 2004, as Candice Warthen netted the game-winning shot with three seconds remaining to lead Arizona to a 60-57 win against No. 12 Stanford on Sunday. Warthen averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in two games last week against California and Stanford. She scored 17 points and added an assist and two rebounds in the Wildcats’ 65-46 loss to California, before scoring a game-high 19 points while pulling down nine rebounds, including scoring seven consecutive points in the final 58 seconds of play to lead the Wildcats to the stunning upset of Stanford. She also dished out two assists and went 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Warthen is currently No. 17 on Arizona’s all-time career scoring list with 1,052 career points. The Wildcats returns to action on Feb. 13 at Oregon.
Courtney Williams, Guard, 5-8, Junior, South Florida
While UConn continues to dominate the American Athletic Conference and the national headlines, South Florida continues to fly under the radar, winning 13 of the past 14 games to improve to 19-4 overall, 10-1 in conference play. Courtney Williams led South Florida to an undefeated week with wins over against and Cincinnati. A junior, she averaged 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and had her eighth consecutive game with 20 or more points, the longest streak in the nation. Williams opened the week with 26 points and seven assists on 10-for-18 shooting in a 91-68 win versus the Knights on Feb. 3. She scored 20 points in 25 minutes in Saturday’s 75-36 win against the Bearcats. South Florida will next face SMU on Feb. 10. The only loss for the Bulls in American Athletic play came on Jan. 18 against UConn, losing 92-50 to the Huskies in Storrs. The two teams will meet again on March 2 in Tampa, Florida.

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