January 16, 2012

HURT NAMED CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY LEAGUE, COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS

RICHMOND, Va. – As she closes in on becoming VCU's all-time leading scorer, senior forward Courtney Hurt received a pair of weekly awards on Monday, earning Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors from both the league and national publication College Sports Madness.   

It's the second time this season Hurt has received both honors in the same week, and fourth time in the last six weeks she has been the league's selection as Player of the Week.

Hurt averaged 25 points and 15.5 rebounds per game in a pair of CAA wins against Old Dominion and William & Mary.  She opened the week with 22 points and 16 rebounds against the Lady Monarchs, including scoring five of the Rams' six points in overtime.  The Conyers, Ga., native then led all scorers with game-highs of 28 points and 15 boards at William & Mary on Sunday.  Hurt also dished out a career-high five assists, while shooting a season-best 71 percent from the field against the Tribe.

She is rapidly approaching the school's all-time scoring record and is just 42 points away from surpassing the 22-year-old mark.  Hurt is also 291 points shy of becoming 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.  With 14 guaranteed games left in the season, she needs to average 20.8 ppg the rest of the way to accomplish the milestone.  Hurt is currently contributing 23.4 ppg.

Once again this season, Hurt has placed herself on the national scene.  She currently leads the nation in rebounding (12.7 rpg) and ranks fifth in scoring (23.4 ppg) and fourth in double-doubles (10).  Hurt has grabbed at least 15 rebounds in six straight games, while posting a double-double in 10 of her last 12 contests.

VCU continues its three-game road swing at UNC Wilmington on Jan. 19, meeting the Seahawks for the second time in four games.  The Rams then travel to George Mason on Jan. 22 before returning to the Verizon Wireless Arena against Drexel on Jan. 26.

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