VCU’S HURT EARNS LEAGUE-BEST FIFTH CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University junior forward Courtney Hurt on Monday was named Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.  Hurt averaged a double-double with 28.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game in VCU's two wins last week, helping the Rams to their first regular season sweep of Old Dominion in program history.

The Conyers, Ga., native contributed game highs of 27 points and 19 rebounds in the Rams' 74-53 victory against the Lady Monarchs on Thursday.  It was just the second time ever a CAA team has defeated ODU twice during the regular season.  Hurt also registered 29 points and 11 boards at Drexel on Sunday, including a critical 13 points during VCU's 18-2 second-half run that erased a 10-point deficit with less than nine minutes to go.

Hurt, who was recently named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list, shot a team-best 52 percent from the field, 60 percent (3-of-6) from 3-point range and hit 19-of-24 free throws.

The junior currently leads the nation in both rebounding (13.0 rpg) and double-doubles (21), while ranking fourth in scoring (23.4 ppg).  She has scored in double figures in a school record 34 straight and 49 of VCU's last 53 games.  Hurt, who is 33 points shy of tying VCU's single season scoring record of 619 points, has already surpassed the schools double-doubles mark.

The Rams, who need just one win in their final three games to lock up a first round bye in the CAA Tournament, travel to Delaware on Thursday, Feb. 24 for a 7 p.m. matchup against the Blue Hens.  VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena for Senior Day on Feb. 27 against William & Mary at 2 p.m.

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