RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University junior forward Courtney Hurt is off to the hottest start in school history and has ranked among the nation's best women's basketball players during the first month of the season.  On Monday, Hurt's efforts were recognized by the Colonial Athletic Association when she received the league's Co-Player of the Week honor for the first time this season.

Hurt currently leads the nation in rebounding (13.0 rpg) and is second in double-doubles (seven) and third in scoring (24.7 ppg).  She has posted a double-double with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in all seven of VCU's games this season. 

The Conyers, Ga., native averaged 22.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game last week.  She scored 20 points and hauled in a career-high 17 boards at Coppin State on Wednesday before adding game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds against Charlotte on Saturday.  Hurt also collected nine steals, a pair of assists and a block last week.

VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Saturday, Dec. 18 to face in-state foe Longwood.  Tip-off will immediately follow the men's basketball game against Tulane, which begins at 2 p.m.