HURT NAMED CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME IN LAST FOUR WEEKS

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU senior forward Courtney Hurt is again proving to be one of the nation's top women's basketball players, ranking third in the NCAA in scoring and fifth in rebounding.  On Monday, Hurt was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks after averaging an impressive 28.5 points and 18.5 rebounds per game in a pair of contests at the University of Miami Holiday Classic.

She led all scorers with 32 points and a career-best 21 rebounds, three shy of the school's single-game record, against Morgan State on Dec. 28, posting her second career 20-20 game.  Hurt then followed with game-highs of 25 points and 16 boards against #12/10 Miami on Dec. 29.  The Conyers, Ga., native was also named to the all-tournament team.

Hurt, who is averaging 24.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season, is on the verge of rewriting VCU's record book.  Last year, she broke seven single-season records and is currently just 121 points away from breaking the Rams' 22-year-old all-time scoring mark of 1,750 points.  With 18 guaranteed games left in the season, Hurt is still on pace to become just the fifth player in CAA history, and first men's or women's player in school history, to reach the 2,000-point plateau.  She needs to average 20.6 ppg the rest of the year to accomplish the feat. 

VCU, which has posted double-digit victories in three of its last five games, resumes CAA play on Jan. 5, at James Madison.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.  The Rams then return to the Verizon Wireless Arena for back-to-back conference matchups against UNC Wilmington (Jan. 8) and Old Dominion (Jan. 11).

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