Paisley (Johnson) Harding is making the most of her fifth year of women’s college basketball eligibility.
The Glacier Peak High School graduate, now a senior guard at BYU, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 24-30.
Harding averaged 19.0 points per game as the Cougars won all three of their matchups. Her standout performance came Saturday when she dropped 30 points — including a career best-tying five 3-pointers — in a 99-58 home victory over San Francisco.
It was the second time this season Harding was named the WCC Player of the Week. She also won it on Nov. 22.
Harding is averaging 16.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game for the Cougars, who are 18-1 and ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press top 25. The ranking is the highest in school history.
Collins earns yet another weekly honor
Glacier Peak High School graduate Aaliyah Collins, now a first year on the Chicago State women’s basketball team, maintained her stranglehold on the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week award, receiving it for Jan. 24-30 to claim the honor for the fifth time this season.
Collins averaged 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.0 steals over the course of three games. Her five WAC weekly awards are one short of the conference record for weekly awards in a season.
Roe earns academic recognition
Lake Stevens High School graduate Taylor Roe, now a junior on the Oklahoma State University women’s cross country and track teams, was named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s cross country All-Academic Team. To qualify for All-Academic distinction, athletes must have a GPA of at least 3.25 and finish either in the top 25 at regionals or be named an All-American at nationals.
Roe placed fifth at the NCAA National Championship to earn All-American honors for the second straight season.
EvCC men’s hoops falls out of rankings
The Everett Community College men’s basketball team fell out of the top 10 in the latest Northwest Athletic Conference coaches poll.
Everett was ranked No. 3 in the first poll of the season. However, after opening North Region play with back-to-back two-point defeats against Shoreline and Bellevue, the Trojans fell out of the rankings. Everett received the most votes of those who didn’t make the top 10.
The Trojans, winners of four straight North Region titles, bounced back to beat Edmonds last week and now sit at 1-2 in region play and 10-4 overall.
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