Napier named MVC Newcomer of the Week

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    Jan. 28, 2013

    MVC Release

    CARBONDALE, Ill.-- Southern Illinois freshman Rishonda Napier has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the week.

    Napier averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds for the Salukis in two games last week, hitting a few career milestones along the way.

    The Burbank, Calif., native went 6-of-9 from 3-point range for a career-best 23 points against league-leader Wichita State Friday night. Napier nailed 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to pull SIU back into the game midway through the second half against the Shockers. Her six made 3-pointers is tied for fifth-most in SIU history.

    Napier followed Friday's effort with a 20-point, seven assist outing in a seven-point loss to Missouri State Saturday at SIU Arena. She hit four more 3-pointers and her seven assists tied a career best.

    The honor marks the second MVC Newcomer of the Week honor for SIU this season. Freshman forward Azia Washington earned the award on December 31.