Dyana Pierre Earns MVC Player of the Week

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    March 3, 2014

    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS - Southern Illinois women's basketball sophomore Dyana Pierre was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday, the conference announced. Pierre averaged 25.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in two games last weekend, including 63-59 upset over first-place Wichita State on Saturday.

    Pierre is Southern Illinois' first player to earn MVC Player of the Week honors since Teri Oliver on Jan. 23, 2012. Pierre is the 12th player in program history to earn MVC Player of the Week honors and just the fourth in the last decade.

    Against Missouri State, Pierre scored 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and she followed it up with 23 points and 15 rebounds in SIU's upset over Wichita State. With the two performances, Pierre became the first MVC player with back-to-back 20-point, 15-rebound double-doubles in at least 18 years. Pierre's two 20-point, 15-rebound double-doubles on last weekend alone matched the other nine MVC teams combined this season. She did it on 20-of-35 shooting (57 percent) and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds. In both games, Pierre had as many rebounds by halftime (8) as any member of the opposing team had in the whole game. For good measure, she added four assists, a block and steal in the two games combined.

    In Valley play, Pierre leads the league in rebounding (9.4), ranks seventh in blocks (1.4), eighth in field goal percentage (.481), and 11th in scoring (13.5). Including non-conference games, Pierre leads the league in double-doubles (11) and 10+ rebound games (12), ranks second in rebounding (9.2), fifth in field goal percentage (.492), fourth in blocks (1.4), and 10th in scoring (13.7). Pierre has 20 career double-doubles rank 14th in MVC history.